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California Temp Workers Can Now Sue Employers For Agency Violations

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Employers in California will now share liability with their labor contractors for complying with state labor and wage laws, including safety and workers’ compensation laws.

California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law the hotly contested AB 1897, which extends to nearly all employers rules that previously applied to temps and contract workers in the agricultural, construction, and garment industries.

Strongly supported by organized labor, the bill was labeled a “job killer” by the California Chamber of Commerce, which sought to rally its members to have the governor veto the bill. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New Washington D.C. Law Goes Well Beyond Ban the Box

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With over a year of debate and some last-minute amendments, the District of Columbia’s Council recently passed a ban-the-box law that includes its own unique list of considerations before an employer can withdraw an offer of employment based on criminal history.

The Council vote was 12-1; only Chairman Phil Mendelson voted against the bill.

In an interview, Mendelson said that he supports the “basic thrust” of the legislation but that late amendments were “troublesome,” giving ex-offenders greater rights in the hiring process than other citizens.

“This goes way beyond ‘ban the box’ and into telling businesses how to hire,” he said. “How much do we want to regulate how a business wants to hire somebody?” Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

It Pays to Hire People From Really Crappy Companies

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As some of you may have realized from recent posts (like Wanted: People Who Aren’t Stupid), I’ve been interviewing candidates recently for the position of Technical Recruiter working for my company, HRU.

I love interviewing because each time I interview I think I’ve discovered a better way to do it, or something new I should be looking for, and this most recent round of interviews is no different.

Like most HR/Talent Pros, I’m always interested in quality work/co-op/internship experience because, let’s face it, it’s been drilled into us – past performance/actions will predict future performance/actions. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: 3 Ways to Help You Ask Better Interview Questions

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Often, it’s not about what you ask, but how.

Here are three (3) tips for improving the way you ask interview questions of job candidates, and the responses they should elicit:

  1. Be curious. Doing all the talking doesn’t make you an effective leader. Be inquisitive and ask about topics that are important to you and to the person you’re talking to. Read more…
HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

August Jobs Took Longer to Fill as Open Positions Continue to Grow

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August may have disappointed labor analysts with its unexpectedly low count of new jobs, but for recruiters, the evidence out of Washington and elsewhere says recruiting difficulty is only going to get worse.

Nationally, it took 24.9 business days (Monday-Saturday are business days for this report) to fill a job in July, according to the Dice-DFH Vacancy Duration Measure. That’s a bare tick off June’s 25.1 days. Meanwhile, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, put July’s openings rate at 3.3, a 22 percent increase over the 2.7 in July 2013.

What these numbers mean is that the average number of openings, expressed as a percent of total employment, is increasing. Or, to put it more simply, the number of open jobs is creeping up. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Costly Hourly Employee Turnover

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In order to minimize costly frontline, hourly employee turnover, you’ve got to:

  1. Hire tough (so you can manage easy).
  2. Let every new employee know why their job is important.
  3. Avoid the mindset that it is “only an entry-level job” (in both the new employee’s mind and in your own mind). Read more…
Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The Power of Engaged Employees to Help Drive Your Recruiting Efforts

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What does recruiting and employee engagement have in common?

When brands talk about employee engagement, they often do so with the bottom line and productivity in mind. By bolstering engagement, they may be able to create a more optimistic and efficient workplace.

Although a lift in productivity is a key benefit of effective employee engagement efforts, it is only one of many. Companies need to keep in mind the fact that employee engagement is not solely for lifting production, and it can be used to address several other challenges. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Here’s What Happens When Candidates Go From Passive to Active

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Yes, you do it, too. Don’t deny it.

When you’re gainfully employed, happily or not so, and you actually make the time to update your LinkedIn profile, for whatever reason, you uncheck the box in your account settings that reads:

Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How Employee Turnover Can be a Source of Long-Term Strength

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Departing staffers can become a source of new networks and competitive intelligence.

Given the effort and expense in recruiting, identifying and hiring talent, organizations want to retain their employees at all costs. But in the increasingly mobile labor market, companies should view departing employees as continuing assets and employee turnover as a source of long-term strength.

A team of researchers from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland studied linkages between the firms on both sides of an employee move and patterns in the way the firms cited patents. They found that after an employee changed jobs, both firms became more likely to cite the other firm’s patents and gained knowledge. Read more…

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How to Avoid Job Candidates Who Are “Just Not That Into You”

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Have you ever come across a candidate who you thought was “just not that into you?”

Maybe the candidate was not into your organization or the job, but it most likely wasn’t you personally.

It is very possible that you have candidates who have gone through the application process but are not really interested in the job or in the organization. Maybe they feel like the job is beneath them, or maybe they see the job as a “backup plan,” or simply applied to provide moral support for a friend who was also applying. Read more…