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May

2017

Retention Begins with Good Recruitment

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

There is an old recruiting joke that describes a man who passes away, and as he arrives at the “pearly gates,” is given the option of touring both Heaven and Hell before he decides where to spend all eternity. To his surprise, in Hell he is greeted by the jubilant sounds of celebration, with everyone laughing and appearing to have a grand time.  By contrast, Heaven, with its harp music and gently floating angels, seems bland and boring.  The next day he professes his...

2

May

2017

Is it Legal to Pay a Woman Less if Based on Salary History?

Author: Heather Nezich

Solely based on Federal law…yes.  A federal court ruled last week that it is legal to pay female employees less than men if it is based on past salary history.  This decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous ruling that stated that pay differences solely on past salary history were discriminatory, based on the Equal Pay Act.

2

May

2017

Will Your Applicants or Employees Kick You in the Teeth?

Author: Chance,Susan

According to Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who is as well known for his drug use as he is for his song writing and guitar skills, “if you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you may as well use two feet.” If you don’t want to be kicked in the teeth because of drug use by your employees or applicants, then you should consider your company’s drug testing program and policy prohibiting drug use, or the lack thereof, and how you can best protect your...

11

Apr

2017

You Want the Truth

Author: Chance,Susan

“You want answers?” “I want the truth!” This was a passionate exchange that took place between Tom Cruise as Lt. Daniel Kaffe, and Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan R. Jessup, in the 1992 film A Few Good Men. When you run a background check you don’t just want answers, you want the truth, but are you getting the whole truth?

4

Apr

2017

Finding Technical Talent is Tough, Not Impossible

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

April 3rd marked the first day this year that H-1B visa applications were accepted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The date holds particular significance for many employers who hire technical talent, as the H-1B is a vehicle by which many difficult-to-hire IT and engineering vacancies are filled with foreign workers. Historically, the application cap of 85,000 has been reached within five days.  This year, the agency announced that it is temporarily...

28

Mar

2017

Anti-Trust Concerns in Hiring and Compensation

Author: Michael Burns

On the list of wrongful employment practice issues, the risk of engaging in illegal anti-trust practices is pretty far down there. But everyday, employers in competitive industries (think tech) aggressively recruit and seek to retain valuable talent through various employment policies and practices. Some employers take these practices too far. What kinds of employment practices could result in a federal anti-trust lawsuit?

14

Mar

2017

Recruiting KPIs: Tracking What Matters

Author: Keisha Ward

There are several Key Performance Indicators (KPI) used to analyze organizational recruitment processes.  Metrics such as Time to Present, Interview to Offer, Offer Acceptance and Time-to-Fill are areas that are often tracked to evaluate the success of your recruitment strategy.  Combined, these tools are all aimed at providing a clear understanding of your talent acquisition team’s success and challenges in various areas. Of the many methods and tools used to measure...

28

Feb

2017

Trouble Caused by Post-it® Notes for Texas Roadhouse Restaurant Chain

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Employers have long known about being careful when it comes to appropriate non-discriminatory hiring practices and the legal risks involved when they are not.  Interview notes can become problematic when they contain inappropriate comments or evidence that potentially discriminatory hiring practices may have been used.  The restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse has found out the hard way how something as simple as a Post-it® could become key evidence in an age discrimination lawsuit.

21

Feb

2017

Still Having Hiring Challenges? It Might be Time to Take a Hard Look in the Mirror

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

You may have noticed a marked increase in radio advertisements by the job posting service ZipRecruiter over the past several months.  According to the website, Inside Radio, the firm launched a major advertising campaign late last year which eventually elevated it to the number two ranking among national advertisers in spots purchased, second only to GEICO.  While reviews appear mixed about the tool’s true efficacy, the dramatic increase in marketing points to significant...

7

Feb

2017

Will H-1B and Other Work Visa Rules Change?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

President Trump is considering an Executive Order (EO) to modify the current H-1B system.  During his candidacy he expressed the view that the H-1B system was subject to abuse and needed revamping.  “These are temporary foreign workers, imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers at lower pay,” Candidate Trump said in a statement last March. “I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B...

7

Feb

2017

How to Build an Effective Sourcing Strategy

Author: Emily Joseph

It may be of little surprise that in a competitive labor market, speed is a key factor in filling a firm’s open positions.  Often, a recruiter’s first instinct is to post a new vacancy on job boards, LinkedIn, or their corporation’s website, and then wait for responses.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, applicants who are actively seeking new opportunities, such as those who would reply to a job posting, make up only 14% of potential job...

31

Jan

2017

Attracting Young Workers into Manufacturing Careers

Author: Heather Nezich

Over the next ten years, there could be a vast shortage of manufacturing employees – up to 2 million.  This is due to a shortage of qualified workers and the 2.7 million workers that are expected to retire in the next decade.  In addition, it’s projected that 700,000 new jobs will result from business growth.  The manufacturing industry needs to find a way to attract today’s youth to manufacturing careers and the educational system needs to work with...

24

Jan

2017

Recruiters are Watching

Author: Keisha Ward

If you ever feel like you are being watched, you are probably right! A recent survey conducted by Jobvite revealed that recruiters spend a great deal of time reviewing social media accounts.  Careerbuilder.com says using social media to screen candidates has increased by 500% over the last decade and will continue to grow.

10

Jan

2017

More Companies Hiring Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Heather Nezich

Earlier this week Anthem announced its partnership with Mind Shift, a company that helps businesses employ the strengths of people on the autism spectrum.  They plan to recruit and hire autistic individuals for jobs in health care analytics.  For adults on the spectrum, finding quality employment is very difficult.  More and more companies are creating programs to provide satisfying employment to this growing population.

10

Jan

2017

What Does 2017 Hold for Hiring H-1B Workers?

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

Last month, 30 former Disney Corporation employees filed a lawsuit against the firm claiming they had been laid off for the purpose of being replaced with lower-cost foreign guest workers.  The complaint, originally placed with the EEOC, alleges that Disney made the decision to release the IT workers based specifically on their national origin and race, replacing them with Indian nationals who were all guest workers hired as temporary employees on H-1B visas.  The suit is the third...
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