How to Minimize Your Risk in an Offer Letter

You have found the best candidate for the job you’re filling, and your offer is accepted, but sometimes unpredictable things happen. For example: What if you need to rescind an offer of employment? What if a candidate starts before their background check is complete and they don’t meet the requirements of the job when the…

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Quiet Quitting and Today’s Workforce Challenges

The American workforce is in crisis, buffeted by one challenge after another – some recent, and some, like demographic changes, that have been building for decades. At a recent employment law seminar – our first in-person employment program since 2019 – Pierce Atwood brought together clients from health care, higher education, accounting, the nonprofit sector,…

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The Benefits of Hiring People With No Experience

One of the greatest battles that people fresh out of school or looking to make a career shift face is how to get relevant experience if no one will hire them without relevant experience. In job listings, there’s typically an unspoken understanding that a position calling for “0-2 years of experience” doesn’t really mean zero.…

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Disability Bias and Algorithmic Employment Assessments

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released guidance to help private sector employers avoid disability discrimination when using algorithms to assess employees and applicants.  The guidance explains the ways in which software that relies on algorithmic decision-making can run afoul of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The guidance also includes “promising practices” to…

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Sands Shift for Background Screening for Manufacturers

Manufacturers have other reasons to want to know about their workers. Manufacturing employees often operate equipment or control processes that require vigilant attention and where, for example, drug impairment might have severe consequences. In addition, other manufacturing employees have access to large quantities of valuable supplies, making potential theft a costly risk. Background checks are…

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Holding On, Loosely: Incentives for Employee Retention

Let’s talk about problems with retention bonuses and overtime—as if finding qualified workers wasn’t tough enough. According to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm employment rose by 428,000 in April 2022. However, some sectors are still struggling and “now hiring” or “help wanted” signs are everywhere. As a result, many…

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Strong Pay, Onboarding Strategies Crucial as Workers Maintain ‘Upper Hand,’ Recruiting Firm Says

Employee confidence is high, making it crucial that employers prioritize pay and a robust onboarding experience, a March reportfrom recruiting firm Employ Inc. concluded. Thirty-five percent of job seekers responding to a survey said it’s easier to find a job this year than last year. And one-third said they’d be comfortable quitting their job without…

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7 trends likely to shape HR in 2022

From the Great Resignation to vaccine mandate confusion, last year was a wild ride for HR. Some things may not have cleared up much — like when the pandemic will end or when the labor market will stabilize — but current predictions build on the learnings from the last 12 months. Nearly two years into…

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Should Job Seekers Disclose Their Vaccination Status Upfront?

As more companies consider establishing a vaccine mandate, a trend is taking shape: Job seekers are promoting themselves as “Fully Vaccinated” on applications, resumes and LinkedIn profiles to stand out. Some experts are beginning to say that vaccination status is a must-have line item on resumes and LinkedIn profiles as employers prepare for regulations that…

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Interview Icebreakers Can Land You in Hot Water

Breaking the ice during job interviews without breaking the law is tougher than it sounds. Personal questions at job interviews are risky, legal experts say; they recommend interviewers stick to job-related inquiries, which are a safer way to build rapport. However well-intentioned, questions about children and where a job applicant is from, among other questions,…

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