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Ready, Set, Hire.

Every day, while we typically hear of companies instituting hiring freezes, furloughs, and layoffs, certain essential businesses – cleaning companies, healthcare facilities, some retailers like supermarkets, and delivery services – appear to be hiring at a record pace to meet the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their hiring methods, however, are different for several reasons. First, given social distancing and state and local orders to stay at home, many companies are choosing to interview by phone or video. Second, quickly onboarding individuals can be a challenge, particularly when background checks may take longer than usual due in part to court closures and delayed verifications, e.g., an employer may not be available for a reference.

Deck the Halls and Pack the Malls: 10 Issues for Seasonal Employee Hiring

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and the shopping frenzy is about to commence. This annual phenomenon brings the hurried engagement of seasonal employees, with thousands of these retail elves helping manage the increased workload. While seasonal employees generally work for only three to six months over the holidays, their brief tenure raises several organizational challenges. To effectively meet these challenges, employers must take steps to hire, onboard, and manage seasonal staff in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances to ensure the retail season remains jolly long after we ring in the New Year.

Salary History Bans: FAQs, Best Practices, and Latest Updates

Laws limiting employers’ inquiries on a prospective employee’s compensation history are on the rise. More and more states and localities are passing these laws and, at the same time, courts are deciding cases on whether prior salary can justify pay differences. In this episode, Lara de Leon discusses the current state of the law and key steps employers can consider to address bans on salary history.

What’s in a Name? Stamping Out Bias in Employment Screening Processes

Implicit bias in the workplace can start as early as the application process. A key study conducted by National Bureau of Economic Research found that significantly fewer employers responded to resumes listing stereotypically “black-sounding” names than resumes including similar qualifications but listing “white-sounding names.” Job advertisements might include words or phrases that – by accident or design – tend to draw applicants of a certain race or gender. How can employers recognize these unconscious biases in hiring and take steps to address them? In this podcast, Cindy-Ann Thomas, Littler Principal and Co-Chair of the firm's EEO and Diversity and Inclusion practice group, discusses these issues with Littler Shareholder Jeffrey Hanslick and Amy Peterson, Director of Parker and Lynch and Ajilon professional search firm.

Enhancing the “Human” in “Human Resources” – How AI Can Unlock Talent and Eliminate Bias

In this podcast, Aaron Crews, Littler’s Chief Data Analytics Officer, discusses potential uses for AI in supporting HR decisionmaking with Athena Karp, the CEO and cofounder of HiredScore. They explore ways that technology – such as explainable algorithms – can serve employers by improving the effectiveness and transparency of processes for companies and other stakeholders, including candidates. They also address how organizations can structure, validate and verify their data and data training to prevent bias from sneaking into AI-driven analysis.

This Valentine’s Day, Fall in Love With These Hiring Practices

The hiring process can be one of the most stressful steps of any employment relationship. As the employer, you are opening your doors to somebody who is hopefully going to contribute to your company’s success. Moreover, hiring is a process that requires both time and money. Thus, employers often want to expedite the hiring process.

Top 10 Ways Employers Can Avoid Getting Ghosted This Halloween…And Beyond

As if things aren’t spooky enough this time of year, employers have a new concern: getting “ghosted” by an applicant, a new hire, or even an existing employee. But this modern phenomenon isn’t just something to worry about during the Halloween season—it can happen at any time, to just about any employer. The good news is that there are some techniques you can employ to reduce the chances of it happening to you.

EEOC Reminds Employers of the Importance of Targeted Screening and Individualized Assessment Processes

On September 24, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reaffirmed the importance of following its 2012 enforcement guidance on employer use of criminal history information—specifically the EEOC’s targeted screening process and individualized assessment process--when it announced a voluntary agreement with large furniture retailer Rooms To Go. The agreement resolved allegations of race discrimination brought by an African-American job applicant whose offer of employment was rescinded based on Rooms To Go’s background check policies.

"Ban The Box" Turns 20: Decoding the Current Framework

Twenty years ago, on a warm summer day, Hawaii enacted a restriction on employer inquiries into an applicant’s work history until after a conditional offer of employment. Intended to give applicants with criminal histories a fair shot at employment, the law—the first state "ban the box" law—crystalized a movement that, in time, would yield similar restrictions in 12 states and 17 localities (for private employers). The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements with little uniformity, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants (and sometimes even existing employees) in different jurisdictions.

FDIC Loosens Restrictions on Hiring Bank Personnel with Criminal Histories

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently published its final rule on modifications to the Statement of Policy (SOP) for Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12 U.S.C. § 1829 (“Section 19”), which will ease certain hiring requirements for banking industry employers.1

State Attorneys General Step Up Antitrust Probes of Franchise Industry Hiring Practices

In the midst of a federal effort to ramp up antitrust prosecutions of companies agreeing not to recruit or hire each other’s employees (see previous articles dated November 9, 2016, January 25, 2018, April 25, 2018 and July 17, 2018), special scrutiny – and criticism – has been directed toward the use of no-poach agreements in the franchise industry. State Attorneys General now lead the fight to limit the practice, and early indications suggest that their efforts are already producing results.

Does the Ban on Salary History Inquiries Violate the First Amendment? Ruling on Philadelphia Bill May Impact New York

n May 4, 2017, New York City joined the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Philadelphia when the Mayor signed legislation that bans employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants. These laws, which have the stated aim of reducing pay inequity along racial and gender lines, could have a wide-ranging influence on the way companies do business. The New York law is set to go into effect on October 31, 2017, although there is a possibility that the law’s implementation will be challenged, as the similar law has been in Philadelphia.

The Protocol for Broker Recruiting Suffers Major Defections—and May Suffer More

Three prominent financial services companies recently announced their withdrawal from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, an agreement among securities firms regulating the conduct of stockbrokers changing jobs and curtailing the related litigation. The departure of these major firms may foreshadow the departure of other Protocol firms and the unraveling of the Protocol generally.

Emerging Laws Prohibit Employers from Inquiring About Past Pay Histories

Executive Summary: Subject to limited exceptions, federal, state, and local laws already require employers to pay men and women equally for doing similar work under similar working conditions. In another important effort to narrow the gender wage gap, four U.S. states, three cities, and the territory of Puerto Rico have recently passed laws that impose even stricter equal pay obligations on employers. These “past pay privacy” laws prohibit employers from seeking certain information about job applicants’ historical salaries. Without exception, these laws are gender-neutral. Thus, they aim to stop lower wages from following both women and minority workers in their professional careers and stop wage disparities from perpetuating in the United States labor market.

Ban the Box Legislation: Eclipsing the U.S.

Nationwide, there are approximately 29 states and over 150 cities and counties that have adopted some form of “ban the box” legislation. Although the legislation varies from one jurisdiction to the other, typically it requires employers to remove the criminal history check box from employment applications. This does not prevent employers from asking about criminal history, but it does limit when an employer can ask. Proponents believe that banning the box helps balance the inequities faced by convicted felons who are attempting to re-enter into the workforce; giving them a “fair chance.”

Don't Fear The Future: Using Instagram As A Recruiting Tool

By now, most employers recognize that they shouldn’t peek at the social-media profiles of applicants for all sorts of reasons. It’s sort of like driving past an applicant’s house hoping that you can catch a glimpse of their private life through their front window. While in most states that might be legal, it’s a pretty stupid idea.

Next Year's Headache for Employers

Not to ruin the Christmas season, but when you get through the holidays and start focusing again on looming legal issues, you might want to read this article, Lawsuit Raises FCRA Fears, by Kristen Fratsch in Human Resource Executive On Line.

What Do an Application Process and a Suit Claiming Discrimination Have in Common?

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a lower court’s summary judgment decision, finding that an applicant who refused to complete an application without some guarantee that a particular individual would not participate in the hiring process could not support a claim of race discrimination. Murray v. Beverage Distribution Center, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 11-1938, unpublished, July 29, 2013.

Becoming A Resume Lie Detector

Society of Human Resource Management studies show that 53% of job applicants lie on their resumes. Other research has placed the number at between 30% and 50%, with one 2011 study saying that 80% of resumes are – at a minimum – “misleading.”

Legal Alert: Employers Must Be Prepared to Use Revised FCRA Forms Beginning January 1, 2013

Executive Summary: Beginning January 1, 2013, employers must use the revised forms issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in November 2012 to conduct background checks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

A Down Economy – An Increase In Hiring Dangers

With the unemployment rate in the United States continuing to flirt with record highs, employers are faced with a swell of job applicants and a larger pool of qualified candidates for open positions. The glut of applicants in comparison with the dearth of jobs has left many hardworking and qualified individuals unemployed for an extended period of time.

Considering A Job Applicant's Prior Bankruptcy Filing During The Hiring Process

A recent decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirms a private employer's right to deny employment to a job applicant on the basis of the applicant's previous bankruptcy filing. This particular holding only impacts private employers in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. However, the Eleventh Circuit now joins the Third and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal in approving a private employer's right to consider this information in the hiring process. Accordingly, for now, private employers in the following states may safely consider bankruptcy filings when making hiring decisions: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.

A Successful Employment Relationship Starts With A Good Interview

Let's face it, if you have conducted any number of interviews, you know that all things being equal on paper, the face-to-face meeting with an applicant can be invaluable. For years, I advised job seekers on how to achieve the "fit-in factor" with an employer during an interview. Like it or not, this is often the ultimate hiring criteria. Will this applicant fit in with the corporate culture? Will this person enhance the cohesiveness of out "team" atmosphere? Will this individual grow with the company and contribute towards its goals and success? The fit-in factor! Or, from the applicant's perspective, the most important response to the question: "Why should I hire you?"

The Use Of Social Media in Hiring - Risks and Tips

With the current economy as it is, more than ever businesses are trying to make sure that they make wise hiring decisions. Companies want to find a person who fits with the corporate culture, who projects an appropriate image and who can succeed. Historically, employers have researched potential hires through their applications, questionnaires, interviews, references (both personal and business), background checks, credit checks, and drug tests.

To Rehire Or Not To Rehire

Over the last two years, many companies have faced periods of uncertainty and decreased profits. In order to keep the doors open and the lights on during this time, most companies have instituted cost-cutting measures. In addition to cutting benefits and perks, many companies have been forced to engage in hiring freezes, layoffs and even closures.

A Crash Course in The New HIRE Act.

Newly-hired teachers and staff may provide your school with tax benefits under recently enacted legislation. On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act into law as part of an ongoing effort to reduce the nation's unemployment rate and spur job creation. Under the HIRE Act, also commonly referred to as the "jobs bill," employers may qualify for tax benefits by hiring workers who were previously unemployed or working only part-time, and for retaining those employees.

The HIRE Act: Who, What & How.

In an effort to reduce the nation's unemployment rate and spur job creation, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act into law on March 18 of this year. Under the HIRE Act, also commonly referred to as the "jobs bill," employers may qualify for tax benefits by hiring workers who were previously unemployed or working only part-time, and for retaining those employees. Specifically, employers who hire qualified individuals between February 3, 2010 and January 1, 2011 may receive a 6.2% payroll tax incentive. You may also claim an additional tax credit of up to $1,000 per worker if they are retained for a minimum of one year.

The Long and Short of Hiring.

Do you discriminate in your hiring against the vertically challenged? If so, you might be a heightist. But is that a bad thing?

The IRS has developed a form affidavit to confirm that an individual is a "qualified employee" under the new HIRE Act.

The Internal Revenue Service has developed a form (Form W-11) for use by employers to confirm that an employee is a qualified employee under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. While it is acceptable to use a similar statement, such alternate statement will only be acknowledged by the IRS if it contains the information set forth in Form W-11, and the if employee signs it under penalties of perjury. As set forth in the version of the Act signed by President Obama last month, an employer may not claim HIRE Act benefits, including the payroll tax exemption or the new hire retention credit, unless the newly hired employee completes and signs an affidavit or statement under penalties of perjury, and is otherwise a qualified employee.

Newly Signed “Jobs Bill” Provides Tax Breaks to Companies That Hire Unemployed Workers.

On March 28, 2010, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which contains more than $17 Billion in tax credits aimed to stimulate employment, and includes $20 Billion for highway and transit infrastructure programs. One of the most important provisions for businesses is a tax credit for hiring from the ranks of the unemployed.

Newly signed "jobs bill" provides tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed workers.

On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which contains more than $17 Billion in tax credits aimed to stimulate employment, and includes $20 Billion for highway and transit infrastructure programs. One of the most important provisions for businesses is a tax credit for hiring from the ranks of the unemployed.

Retail Industry: Holiday Hiring: ‘Tis The Season To Be Careful!

Many companies need to take on extra help around the holidays, retail stores more so than most. Poor hiring decisions this holiday season could have repercussions on employers and turn a profitable season into a costly discrimination lawsuit. Well-planned hiring practices that comply with federal, state and local employment laws can help ensure that seasonal employees are well-suited for the job, and that the company is in a position to defend any possible claims. Here are six tips to ensure success and keep the peace in your workplace.

The Employment Application: More Than a Formality.

With a tightening economy, those employers fortunate enough to be hiring can't afford to make bad hiring decisions. Among other problems, bad hires can result in high turnover, low production, workplace disruption, abuse of benefits and creation of legal risks.
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