My concern is that while record keeping (particularly in hiring) is a topic that has been endlessly discussed in the public forum, the most significant problems remain, and the risk of significant cost to the contractor is still there. In fact, one of the reasons I chose to write this was not to remind people of an ongoing issue, but to make perfectly clear that with the significant expansion of record keeping requirements under VEVRAA and Section 503, I am certain the problems for contractors is on the verge of getting worse.
While there certainly are more than these, Monster.com put together a list of five questions that aren’t legal to ask during a job interview. Recruiters take note:
For example, it’s illegal to ask any questions related to protected classes, says Charles A. Krugel, an HR attorney. “Protected classes typically include race, gender, nationality, religion, military status and age (40 and up). Usually, such questions are intended to identify those class members. More often than not, it’s ‘loaded’ questions that are asked, or those where it’s fairly obvious that the asker has a hidden agenda and the question has little to do with the job’s essential duties.”
Some examples of these questions include,”I notice that you live in Brookfield, there’s some nice country clubs and retirement communities there — are you a member of any of them?” and “If you need to commute to work, how would you do that?” The first question can relate to socioeconomic status, gender, race, religion and age, Krugel says., while the second may be looking for information on socioeconomic status and race.
There’s no doubt that the Screening Questions module is one of the most powerful features contained in the Hirebridge platform.
Did you know that each job can contain its own screening questions, which allows you to deeply profile your candidates regarding their qualifications based on the position they’re apply for. You can tag specific responses as qualifiers and dis-qualifiers, as well as assign point values to each response.
This module provides you with a powerful “virtual assistant” that helps you segment out candidates that meet your minimum criteria, as well as being able to weight those that are most qualified.
If you’re not leveraging the power of the Question Sets module, or need any help setting them up, send an email to email@example.com and we’ll be happy to assist.
One the most common and frequent challenges we hear from recruiters is getting managers to review candidates and provide feedback to them. Often times, there is a breakdown in communication during this process, which becomes an obstacle to everyone involved.
We’ve been hard at work studying how to address this need from every potential angle, and to devise a solution that “feels” and “acts” natural — something that recruiters and managers alike will embrace to help them be more productive and reduce their workloads.
We call it, Closed-Loop, Frictionless Feedback.
It’s really quite simple in its approach, yet incredibly powerful, flexible and complex in its abilities. The key benefits are as follows:
- Natural process that takes little to no training
- Recipient does not need to log in to provide feedback
- Feedback can be collected from single or multiple recipients
- Point values can be assigned to specific responses
- Specific responses can be tagged as qualifiers and dis-qualifiers
- All activities are logged at the user and candidate level
- Ability to automatically disposition candidates based on specified criteria
- Comprehensive reporting and compliance tracking
We’re excited to help every company and organization leverage this incredible and unique component to streamline their recruiting process, so send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with complete details.
Via NYTimes.com …
With job openings scarce for young people, the number of unpaid internships has climbed in recent years, leading federal and state regulators to worry that more employers are illegally using such internships for free labor.
Convinced that many unpaid internships violate minimum wage laws, officials in Oregon, California and other states have begun investigations and fined employers. Last year, M. Patricia Smith, then New York’s labor commissioner, ordered investigations into several firms’ internships. Now, as the federal Labor Department’s top law enforcement official, she and the wage and hour division are stepping up enforcement nationwide.
Today’s job market has created a conundrum for growing companies. The landscape is rich with qualified candidates. But issue a want ad, and some statistics note that 200 applications are likely to respond.
How can any employer reasonably cope with that flood of candidates?
Those corporations, healthcare organizations and government departments using an applicant tracking system find they have a powerful, enterprise-wide job acquisition and talent management solution ideal for businesses in hiring mode – or even those that are fully staffed.
Today’s ATS provides web-based applicant tracking and candidate management systems that empower businesses with easy-to-acquire and easy-to-use tools to reduce costs and streamline business operations. They automate candidate application and resume management – and create an invaluable competitive advantage.
Via MercuryNews.com …
A recruiter who left Google last year says that the company had maintained a “do not touch” list of companies including Genentech and Yahoo, whose employees were not to be wooed to the Internet search giant.
That revelation could be significant in light of this week’s disclosure that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Google, Yahoo, Apple, Genentech and other tech companies conspired to keep others from stealing their top talent.
Houston, TX – PreCheck, Inc.™ and Hirebridge LLC, today announced the integration between PreCheck’s background screening service and Hirebridge’s applicant tracking and hiring management system. Through these system integrations, both companies are able to offer clients the five core integration components and as a result abridge the hiring processes for their clients.
“We saw this as a favorable partnership because both PreCheck and Hirebridge are committed to providing outstanding customer service, as well as offering customizable solutions to meet the unique needs of our healthcare clients,” stated Bruce Smith, President and Chief Operations Officer at PreCheck, Inc. “With over fifteen years of exclusive industry focus, PreCheck also brings valuable experience in recognizing our clients’ needs and providing innovative solutions.”
Via JobMachine …
A person buys the best hammer in the world only to discover that it doesn’t change their ability to hammer a nail. Sounds silly, yet companies that set out to buy what they’ve determined is the best ATS often find nothing has improved a year after installing it. Their mistake is buying an ATS thinking it’s a solution, when in reality, it’s a tool only as effective as it is used. The irony is companies who install ATSs often end up in worse shape than before, through no fault of the ATS vendor.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today unveiled two initiatives aimed at promoting the hiring of veterans and protecting the rights of applicants with disabilities: The Good Faith Initiative for Veterans Employment (G-FIVE) and Ensuring the Accessibility of Online Application Systems.
“The G-FIVE was created to address the employment challenges facing the veteran workforce today by recognizing federal contractors for their efforts in employing and advancing covered veterans,” said Charles E. James Sr., deputy assistant secretary for OFCCP. “It reaffirms OFCCP’s commitment to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act and creates an excellent incentive for federal contractors to hire veterans.”
“The G-FIVE also strengthens partnerships between OFCCP and veterans groups and other agencies,” added Victoria Lipnic, assistant secretary of labor for employment standards. “It’s an OFCCP initiative that supports America’s heroes.”
The second initiative, Ensuring the Accessibility of Online Application Systems, is designed to ensure that federal contractors and subcontractors provide equal opportunity to qualified applicants with disabilities, including disabled veterans, to compete for jobs when using an online application system.
Electronic job application systems must be accessible to, and usable by, applicants who have disabilities, or the contractor must provide a reasonable accommodation that allows an equal opportunity to compete for a job.
“Nothing is more fundamental to equal employment opportunity than the opportunity to apply for a job,” said James. “As more and more employers turn to the Internet to locate and screen job applicants, this initiative is crucial to ensuring that disabled veterans and other qualified individuals with disabilities are afforded that opportunity when an online system is used.”
The directives outlining these new initiatives, along with frequently asked questions, are available on OFCCP’s Web site at http://www.dol.gov/esa/ofccp/index.htm.
OFCCP, an agency of the Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration, enforces Executive Order 11246 and other laws that prohibit employment discrimination by federal contractors.
The agency monitors federal contractors to ensure that they provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability or veteran status.
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