Check each forbidden question to indicate your awareness that it cannot be asked in employment interviews.
(You may ask, “Do you meet the state minimum age requirement for work?” and “Are you over 18 and under age 65?”)
Forbidden Questions--Availability for Work and Travel
(You may ask, “These are the hours of work -- can you attend work during these hours?” and “Work sometimes requires overtime. Can you work such a schedule?” and “Do you have any obligations that would keep you from work-related travel?”) Forbidden Questions--Birthplace and Citizenship
(You may ask, “Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?”)
Forbidden Questions--Clubs and Affiliations
(You may ask, “Can you perform the essential functions of the job for which you are applying?” and “Can you demonstrate to me how you would perform those functions?”)
Forbidden Questions--Economic status
(You may ask, “Is there any additional information we need about your name to verify your employment/education record?”)
That's a great checklist for interview questions; what about the myriad other "dangerous" HR tasks? Wouldn't it be great if you had a checklist for each of them? Good news--our editors have the solution.
Why are checklists so great? Because they’re completely impersonal and they force you to jump through all the necessary hoops, one by one. They also assure consistency in how operations are conducted. And that’s vital in HR, where it's all too easy to land in court if you discriminate in how you treat one employee over another.
The program the editors recommend is BLR’s HR Audit Checklists.
Just as an example of how it compels thoroughness, it contains not 1, but 3 checklists relating to recordkeeping and digital information management. One lists 34 types of data, and also covers confidentiality, emergency planning, efficiency, compliance with laws, and safety. You'd likely never think of all those possible trouble areas without a checklist, but with it, just scan down the list and you instantly see where you might get tripped up.
In fact, housed in the HR Audit Checklists binder are dozens of extensive lists organized into reproducible packets, for easy distribution to line managers and supervisors. There’s a separate packet for each of the following areas:
HR Audit Checklists is available for a no-cost, no-risk evaluation in your office for up to 30 days. Visit here and we’ll be happy to arrange it.
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