Articles tagged 'hiring'

HR Basics, HR News & Trends

What the April 30 WOTC Deadline Means for Employers

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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides income tax incentives to any business for hiring workers that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined to have significant barriers to employment. ‘

Individual hires who make an employer eligible to capture the credit include veterans, those on temporary financial assistance, and residents of certain geographic zones (See the full and updated list here). This federal program is available to all income tax-paying employers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, meaning employers have equal access to tax credits, regardless of location.

WOTC offers federal tax credits ranging from $2,400 to $9,600 per eligible employee. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court: LinkedIn Isn’t an Agency When It Comes to Background Screening

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LinkedIn is off the hook.

A California district court has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against the business networking site (the full decision in Sweet v. LinkedIn Corporation can be found here).

The popular social network was sued last year by job seekers who claimed that LinkedIn’s Reference Searches cost them jobs. The theory of the case was that LinkedIn should be treated like other background screening companies — a theory that was successful against another website, Spokeo. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

What It Truly Costs for an $80,000 Per Year Hire

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For executives imbued with hiring power, perhaps no greater pitfall exists than the hiring of management staff earning $80,000 and beyond.

Besides the immediate costs of salary and recruiting, there are hidden costs that go along with any miscalculation, which can number into the tens of thousands of dollars. Plus, hiring management level professionals who don’t fit or aren’t up to the job run the risk of a trickle down effect in terms of productivity and morale. If talented employees recognize that their immediate superiors are not up to the job, they will be quickly on the lookout for new and better opportunities. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New York City Prohibits Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

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Last week, the New York City Council passed a bill that makes it unlawful for employers to request or use a job applicant’s credit history for employment purposes as part of their background screening practices.

Intro Bill 261-A amends the City’s Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to use an individual’s consumer credit history in making employment decisions. The bill is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill DeBlasio and will be effective 120 days following approval.

The City Council created a limited set of exemptions for sensitive positions (see below), however it’s worth noting that these exemptions are much more narrow than those provided in similar state laws. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

Beginning Tomorrow, Google Starts Rewarding Mobile-Friendly Websites

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Sometime on April 21 your website, the one you worked so hard to get on Google’s first search page, may disappear down the rabbit hole, banished to page 2, 3 or worse.

Tomorrow is when Google implements a new ranking system that rewards sites that are mobile-friendly by elevating them in its search results. The flip side of that is the bad news for any website that isn’t mobile-enabled — it will fall in the rankings.

Exactly how bad will it be? Until Google’s new ranking algorithm is switched on, we won’t know for sure, but the search engine experts are calling it “Mobilegeddon” and “Mobilepocalypse.”  Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How to Lose a Job Candidate in 10 Easy Steps

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It’s no secret that finding a great candidate can be difficult.

A whopping 75 percent of companies are struggling to attract and recruit the top people they need. The problem is that we don’t view candidates as part of our organization until they start.

And that’s not the right mindset. Every candidate you spend time on is a mini investment. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Can Jobcase Really Give LinkedIn a Run For Its Money?

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In a world of 100,000 (more or less) job boards, there’s one for practically every occupation, industry, and personal interest.

The few big players — Indeed, CareerBuilder, SnagAJob, SimplyHired among them — count their monthly visitors in the millions and their dollars in the double-digit millions. The majority of commercial career sites, though, gross less than a million annually and have far fewer visitors in a year.

When they’re not worrying about what Indeed will do to their business, they’re worrying about what LinkedIn will do. Or about each other.

It makes you wonder why anyone, let alone a former Wall Street fund manager, would want to jump into the business. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Why You Must Make It Easy For Candidates to Apply

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Pretty much everyone who wants to work and everyone you would want to hire is now employed — especially the best of the best, the candidates you should aim for first.

But, you need to realize these are busy, working people, so, once you get their attention, you have to make it extremely easy for them to get into your hiring system or they flat out won’t bother.

They don’t have time to update resumes, complete long, online applications, or write cover letters. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

4 Incredibly Common Hiring Mistakes — and How to Prevent Them

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Hiring right is one of the most important decisions a company can make.

Hire the right person and you increase productivity and retention. Hire the wrong person and you increase turnover, decrease productivity and waste a lot of time and money.

Here are some common hiring mistakes most companies make — and how you can avoid them: Read more…

HR News & Trends

Hiring is Getting Harder: Time-to-Fill Average at Highest Level in 15 Years

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The national time-to-fill average rose in February to the highest level in 15 years.

Sponsored by the career sites publisher Dice Holdings, the Dice-DFH Vacancy Duration Measure says it took an average of 26.8 working days to fill jobs in February. In January, according to the report, the average (as revised) was 25.7 working days.

“We are continuing to see signs of a tightening labor market,” said Michael Durney, president and CEO of Dice Holdings. “ Read more…