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Hiring

When hiring employees, negligent hiring practices can doom the process. Learn from your colleagues’ successes – and avoid their pitfalls.

Smart interview questions, well-written job descriptions, and sharp interviewing result in hiring employees that work out well, AND make you look good in the process.

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Women’s clothing retailer Wet Seal has agreed to settle a class-action race discrimination suit for $7.5 million. Out of those funds, $5.58 million will go to compensate 1,600 current and former black managers for lost pay and promotions, termination and emotional distress.
Sixty-three percent of HR managers surveyed by Robert Half said their company had used video to handle part of the interview process. But does the technology deliver the same insights you capture in person, or are video interviews an operational shortcut that leaves questions on the table? Considerations when conducting video interviews:
To attract 3,000 new salaried em­­ployees this year—800 more than the company anticipated—Ford Motor Co. launched a recruiting campaign that relies heavily on social media.
Public employers in Minnesota have been able to give employment preference to veterans for years, but private employers that favor hiring vets have always run the risk of facing discrimination claims from other applicants who lack military experience. A new state law gives some limited protection to private employers with hiring policies that give preference to hiring veterans.

Walmart has promised to hire any honorably discharged veteran for up to a year after he or she leaves active duty. Through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the retail giant aims to hire more than 100,000 veterans over five years.

The DOJ has reached a settlement with the city of Corpus Christi, resolving claims that the city police department’s hiring test violated Title VII. The DOJ charged that from 2005 to 2011, the police depart­­ment used a physical abilities test that unlawfully screened out female applicants for entry-level police officer positions.
The American Red Cross has be­­come the first organization other than a government agency to partner with the Uncle Sam’s VA for Vets program, which trains veterans in preparation for high-technology jobs outside the military.

You may have a clear vision of your dream employee, but how do you capture those thoughts and form them into an accurate and enticing job description that attracts the right candidates? Here are five tips to help you write a better job description.

In the past year, laws banning em­­ployers from asking employees and applicants to hand over passwords to their personal social media sites have been passed in 10 states. Now, such legislation is pending in Congress.
Q. When interviewing a candidate for a job, I became suspicious that the job-seeker was a tester. Her answers to my questions seemed as though she was fishing for a slip-up. Does the EEOC send out testers to see whether employers are conducting their hiring processes within the law? What about civil rights groups?
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