It used to be that an application, a resume, and a simple job interview were enough for most employers to know whether or not they wanted to hire somebody. These days though, with a growing number of horror stories involving dangerous criminals working in retail stores or rapists working in schools, more and more hiring […]
Incorporating E-Cigarettes Into Your Workplace Smoking Policies
With the raised consciousness over the last several years about the health affects of second hand smoke, including lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, many companies, particularly in the U.S. have instituted smoking bans or designated smoking areas in the workplace. Enter the electronic cigarette; battery-charged tobacco cigarette look-a-likes designed to be used as a replacement […]
Business School Graduates Can Be a Boon For Small Companies
There has been an increase in the hiring of students with freshly minted masters level business degrees and small companies are hiring these new grads at a record rate according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). This trend is largely attributed to the fact that MBA prepared graduates are primed to apply the business […]
Is Banning Dreadlocks at Work Racial Discrimination? A Federal Court Says No
A federal court dismissed a claim of racial discrimination filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a job candidate who was not hired by a company because of her dreadlocks. The candidate was offered a job by Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS) on the condition that she cut her dreadlocks. The candidate […]
The Critical First 90 Days – The Key To Success for New Hires
You just filled a job opening and you’ve spent the first few weeks orienting your new employee and delving into basic training; just enough to get them up to speed. But are your new hires prepared to succeed in their new roles after only a few days of onboarding? According to a study published in […]
Minimum Wage Increase For Some Federal Contractors Goes Into Effect
Employers who hire federal contractors should take note that as of January, 2015, certain federal contractors must be paid a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour per an Executive Order signed by President Obama. According to the Office of the Secretary in their recent press release on the new Executive Order, the increase will apply […]
The Pitfalls of Screening Job Candidates Using Social Media Sites
Employers need to be cautious about using social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn for screening job applicants during the hiring process. A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University shows that hiring managers sometimes use information obtained from such sites in ways that may not always be legally permissible under federal anti-discrimination […]
Mandatory Flu Vaccinations: A Legal Minefield
As an employer, it is reasonable for you to expect employees to adequately protect themselves against preventable illnesses such as the common flu and cold. Yet, each year, millions of employees fall sick with these ailments and are unable to work, sometimes for days. In January 2012, more than four million employees missed work because […]
Is Your Company Dress Code Policy Too Old School?
Most companies have established dress code policies that look something like this: Appropriate dress is required for all staff. T-shirts, shorts, jeans, mini skirts or other non-business attire is not acceptable in the office. If you have any questions regarding what is considered appropriate office attire, please speak with your supervisor and/or human resources. According […]
Things That Your Staff Do That Drive New Hires Away
Employee turnover is a data point that every manager wants to be conscious of no matter the size of your company.
After all, who wants to spend the time energy, and money that it takes to hire the right candidates only to see them walk out the door a short time later.
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