A simple formula for professionals: Bad Hires = Bad Business

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  Most professionals understand that recruiting and hiring great employees is a critical aspect of business. So what happens when things awry? A recent study addressed just that. “The cost of a Bad Hire”. You know, those employees that somehow made it on the payroll, and now everyone is wondering why and how? The gist… Read more »

What Generation of Candidates are You Appealing to?

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A primary challenge for many companies will be to attract and retain a skilled work force as the labor market continues to tighten and technology continues to evolve. This situation is exacerbated as companies find themselves managing three generations of American workers, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y or Millennials. Each has their own… Read more »

Ask WorkSource: Is it true age discrimination claims are on the rise?

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As layoffs are occurring throughout the U.S., claims of age discrimination are soaring. First, we must review age discrimination law: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. The ADEA’s protections apply to employees and applicants alike. Under… Read more »

Ask WorkSource: Reference Checks

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Do not be afraid to check references! Checking references is a critical step in the selection/hiring process. By completing reference checks you help protect your business from being charged with negligent hiring practices. Great reasons to check references: 1. To reduce legal liability for negligent hiring 2. To determine that credentials such as education, position… Read more »

Is it legal to disqualify a candidate because they are pregnant?

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The quick and simple answer is, “No, you may not refuse to hire a person simply because she is pregnant or possibly going to become pregnant.” So you would think this issue would end without additional needed information, right? Well, according to the HR Daily Advisor Newsletter, “Some managers think that if the applicant is… Read more »

Ask WorkSource: What do I do if Tardiness becomes a problem?

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Occasional problems with traffic or family issues sometimes cause employees to be late for work.  But what do you do when the “occasional” isn’t occasional anymore – it’s rather chronic and habitual? Develop and implement a consistent series of oral and written warnings for all employees. Document each infraction and what you did regarding the… Read more »

Ask WorkSource: How can I plan ahead for a flu outbreak?

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Summer is nearly over and it’s time to begin thinking about a possible flu outbreak that could reach into businesses all over the world this season. Even though our natural reaction tends to say, “This will never happen to my company,” emergency plans should be developed to manage this possible crisis anyway – with hopes… Read more »

Ask WorkSource: How do I handle fraudulent Work Comp claims?

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When a workplace injury occurs, a standard practice is to interview witnesses.  If you are dealing with a fraudulent claimant, however, there will likely be no witnesses to the alleged injury/accident.  So what do you do?  Who do you talk to?  Who else can be considered a witness? Many other coworkers and supervisors can suffice as… Read more »

A Few Words About Terminating Employees

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We need to start this article by saying that in over 35 years of working with employers we have never met a supervisor that actually liked or enjoyed terminating employees. An involuntary termination of employment is a double failure since it shows that the employee could not meet the needs and expectations of the employer… Read more »

Ask WorkSource: Reference Letters

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What should I write in a Reference Letter? It’s often a precarious place to be when a former employee who has been fired requests a reference letter for a prospective employer.  Should you provide negative feedback or only relay the positive in order to avoid a defamation lawsuit? If the employee had real performance issues… Read more »