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10 Recruiting Strategies for Hiring Great Employees

Recruiting top talent takes a combination of creativity and diligence. Technology makes it easier than ever to publish your job postings to a broad audience—but to connect with qualified candidates and drive excitement about the role and your company, you have to stand out.Here are a few recruitment strategies to help you immediately captivate job seekers, create a memorable first impression of your company and successfully hire top candidates.


What To Do When An Employee Shows Up High—And Other Workplace Weed Situations

With one state after the next legalizing medical or recreational marijuana, a green rush is sweeping the nation. A significant number of employees report using marijuana—including those with safety-sensitive jobs.
As a business owner, marijuana usage might soon make its way into your business—and how you respond could impact your team and future growth.
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Integrating Company Cultures After a Merger or Acquisition

High M&A Activity
Mergers and acquisitions are at an all time high, with $4.7 trillion of global deals signed last year according to a recent M&A report by KMPG.

And although the payoff of a successful M&A is great, these are high risk deals. It’s not just about the financial gains. Reputations are on the line. Stakeholders observe nervously.


These HR Trends Can Inform Better Practices in 2019

The human resources industry
is ever-changing and adapting to the new technologies, a new workforce generation and the exit of another workforce generation. Practices that were standard in 2018 could already be out of date. The good news is there are industry experts who can lend insight into the 2019 trends for the HR industry.


How Companies Can Build Better Sexual Harassment Policies

It’s been a year since the #MeToo movement began,
laying bare the systemic sexual harassment roiling under the surface of corporate America. Since then, women in virtually every industry have come forward with their own stories and allegations.
Now that the scale of the issue is clear (or clearer), companies are reckoning with how to fix woefully inadequate sexual harassment policies. The way forward isn’t always obvious. Burning old structures and standards to the ground is difficult; creating new ones that address the problem is even harder.


The Importance of Having Written Job Descriptions

Managing Employees and Protecting Your Business
Before you begin interviewing, it is critical to have a written job description in place for each unique position. Having a written description accomplishes many important things that protect your business and your employees.

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When Federal law and State law collide, you are in the middle

With every state saying something different about medical marijuana, it gets tricky for employers who want to maintain a completely drug-free workplace.

And in Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., an employer went to court over rejecting a job applicant who was legally using medical marijuana.


Its flu season

As per the CDC, flustarts showing up in October and November, peaks between December and February, and can stay as late as May.

As an employer, chances are that you want your department to stay healthy. So we’ve provided some tips for you.


Government employees play dirty

We have always known that people who can’t make it anywhere else go to the government, either for work, welfare, or to get elected. We also know that people who stoop to that level have almost no dignity, that they come to see themselves as entitled and that this makes them lose all moral compasses.

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Court rules that Federal law supersedes State law

Right and left wing governments mean that there is a host of contradictory law to choose from. The original design of the country was that federal government had powers limited to what was listed in the constitution, with everything else being up to the individual states. That dynamic was wiped out under FDR, and has a near zero percent chance of ever coming back.


Why the Onboarding Experience Is Key for Retention

Rock Stars Wanted” might not be the job-posting headline, but it’s the underlining message companies communicate during the recruiting process.

Most companies want the best talent, and they do not shy away from making that perfectly clear. Slackers need not apply.


What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

Consumers consider more than quality goods and services when choosing a brand. Many are prioritizing corporate social responsibility (CSR), and holding corporations accountable for effecting social change with their business beliefs, practices and profits. In fact, some will even turn their back on their favorite companies if they believe they’re not taking a stand for societal and environmental issues.


Job Interview Stories 1

An applicant said she was a “people person”, not a “numbers person”, in her interview for an accounting position.
Candidate told the interviewer that he was fired from his last job for beating up his boss.
Applicant smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.
One candidate asked for a cup of water, took a sip, swished it around in his mouth, and spat into a potted plant.


Putting The Person At The Center Of Performance Management

Just how stressful are typical performance reviews? In one large study, about a third of workers said a review led them to feel anger or resentment at their manager or to look at other jobs. One in five said it made them weep — or quit.
Many workers have been blindsided by critiques during performance reviews. The question, then, is this: Is there a better way to assess and evaluate employee performance, to help your people excel, and to provide a better experience?


The 3 key employer brand elements that attract and retain talent

Yes, pay, benefits and culture are critical when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent. But an employer’s brand also plays a vital role. Matt Handford, the SVP of People for Hootsuite, the world’s largest social media monitoring platform, explains the key elements of a company’s brand strategy — and how such a strategy can be an invaluable part of attracting and retaining talent.


Things You Should Know About Pre-Employment Drug Testing

As part of the application process, job applicants may be required to be screened for drug and alcohol use. Depending on state law and company policy, employers may do this prior to making a job offer or as a contingency for an offer. Employees may be tested for drugs or alcohol in the workplace, where permitted by state law.

How To Work Less And Achieve More

Morten Hansen, a management professor at University of California, Berkeley, and author of the fascinating new book, Great at Work, thinks the way we work is “broken.” He says: “We pursue a paradigm of ‘more is better’ — but more hours doesn’t lead to better performance. And it leads to worse work/life balance.’”

4 Ways Human Resources Will Change in 2018

A great human resources department is of utmost value to any company. These are the individuals responsible for fielding job applicants, bringing in the most qualified ones and retaining talent once they’re hired.

  1. The focus will change from frequent feedback to the right feedback at the right time.
  2. Employer branding will be critical.
  3. Top-down transparency will become even more important.
  4. Millennials will move into the C-suite, and generational management will mix more than ever.

Compliance Challenge of the Year: State and local laws

From ‘ban the box’ laws to paid leave requirements, employers continue to cite the patchwork of state and local laws as their biggest compliance headache.
Compliance with state and local laws has always been a challenge for employers, but HR Dive readers say that difficulty is their most pressing compliance concern right now. The federal government increased regulation during the Obama years, but as the newly installed administration began to make good on its promises to roll back regulations on businesses, state and local governments began to pick up the slack.

Why AI Doesn’t Mean Taking The ‘Human’ Out Of Human Resources

Artificial intelligence, commonly known as “AI,” is a popular buzzword these days. Some of us hear the term AI and picture of a dystopian future where people lose jobs and control to robots who possess artificial — and superior — intelligence to human beings. Others are more sanguine about our ability to control and harness technology to achieve more and greater things.

Why employee engagement matters – and 4 ways to build it up

As you know, employee engagement is an important factor in how well organizations function. But how important is it, really? Joe Wedgwood of The Happiness Index answers that question using the latest research on engagement — and he provides some helpful tips on how to improve engagement in your organization.

San Francisco Wants to Eliminate the Pay Gap for Women in This Generation. But Will It Work?

Employers in San Francisco soon won’t be allowed to ask job applicants about their salary history.

The new city law, which was signed by Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday and is going into effect next year, aims to narrow the wage gap between men and women.

Grassley E-Verify Bill Promotes Accountability for Employers

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley reintroduced legislation to aid businesses in complying with immigration laws by certifying the legal status of their workforce.

Is Continuous Screening the Future Normal?

Most companies screen employees for red flags in their background once, at the prehire stage. In the near future, the new normal may call for continuous,

Background Checking In a Gig Economy

The US economy has changed dramatically over the last 50 years — from stable employment in large organizations to an increased reliance on temporary

‘Trust But Verify’ Is How to Fight Back Against Employee Theft and Fraud

Small business success is often the result of a close-knit, dedicated team working long hours to achieve a shared goal.

D.C. Bill Protects Job Applicants’ Credit Histories

States and cities join trend of blocking credit, criminal history background checks

Washington, D.C., is the latest jurisdiction to consider legislation to prevent employers from conducting credit history screens for most job applicants.

Starbucks Class Action: Faulty Background Check Cost Applicant a Job

A Colorado man who was denied a job based on a Starbucks background check is suing the coffeehouse chain for violations of

In Context: “Dreamers” and Background Checks

Republican Congressman Steve King said the term “Dreamers” is a euphemism in the immigration debate and includes even people

To Improve Safety, Uber Turns to an Unconventional Measure: Selfies

Smile! You’re on camera, Uber drivers.
Uber, the ride-hailing giant with an estimated 30,000 drivers in the Washington region,

More Employers Hiring People With Criminal Backgrounds

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From labor disputes cases to labor and employment publications, for your research, you’ll find solutions on Bloomberg Law®.

FCRA Suit Against Amazon Moves Forward

Why it matters

A Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) suit against Amazon can move forward in Florida federal court, a judge recently ruled. Donovan Hargrett accused the online retailer

This Movement Aims to Help Ex-cons Find Jobs — And Turn Their Lives Around

When Kirn Kim was 16, he was part of a group of four teens who killed an honors student who attended their high school in Fullerton, Calif.

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