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The HR I.Q. Test: February ’13

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1. For individuals earning over $400,000, the new “fiscal cliff” law raises the top tax rate from:

   a. 33% to 35%

   b. 35% to 39.6%

   c. 35% to 36.9%  

2. What’s the No. 1 way HR pros and managers handle situations in which employee requests for vacation time overlap?

   a. Allow vacation on first-come, first-served basis

   b. Let the employees’ manager decide

   c. Let employees sort it out themselves

3. One in five workers say they would reject a job offer if the employer:

   a. Required them to pay for parking.  

   b. Had a bad reputation on Yelp and other business-rating sites.

   c. Did not allow them to access social media in the workplace.

4. What are the most and least stressful jobs in America, according to a new report?  

   a. Most: Airline pilot; Least: Tailor

   b. Most: Firefighter; Least: Librarian

   c. Most: Military personnel; Least: ­University professor

5. What percentage of employers say they’ve changed their minds about a job candidate after speaking with his or her references?

   a. 44%    

   b. 69%    

   c. 83%

6. Last month’s “fiscal cliff” law passed by Congress said employers can continue to exclude from income up to how much in employer-provided educational assistance?

   a. $5,250    

   b. $5,550    

   c. $2,550


Sources: 1. H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012; 2. weekly poll; 3. Hays Consulting survey; 4., using govt. data; 5. survey; 6. H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Answers: 1.  b  2.  a  3.  c  4.  c  5.  b  6.  a

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