Tag: qualifications


Disabilities: Employers Must Listen Carefully to Requests for Accommodations

By Teresa Shulda, JD Sometimes it seems obvious that certain jobs require certain abilities. For example, pilots must have good vision to fly planes. And firefighters must be physically able to rescue people from burning buildings. But with other jobs, the job qualifications aren’t so obvious. That means the interactive dialogue between employers and employees […]


Attracting—and Signing—the Best Candidates Starts With the Right Compensation Program

By Stacey Hawley, The Credo Company Companies endeavor to hire the right candidates, with the right skills, right qualifications and right cultural fit, for their organizations. Finding the right candidates is critical. Recruitment is costly. Turnover is even more costly (typically two times the annual salary and benefits of a role).


Can Employers Use Lie Detectors?

No one wants to be lied to. Employers are acutely sensitive to this. If an applicant lies about qualifications, it can mean a lot of wasted time, money, and energy when it is eventually discovered that the individual is not competent for the role. It could even mean embarrassment for the organization if the individual […]


The Risks of Losing an Exemption

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) dictates minimum wage and overtime requirements, but it also allows for exemptions when specific requirements are met. Employers utilize these exemptions for qualified positions by classifying the employee as exempt—which means that individual will no longer be subject to overtime pay requirements. As long as all the qualifications within […]


How Do Job Descriptions Relate to the ADA?

Effective job descriptions are important. Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is important. But how are the two tied together? Does the ADA place specific requirements on job description contents? The technical answer to that question is no, the ADA does not impose specific requirements on the job description. But the longer answer […]


‘Steering’ Is 2014’s New Twist on Discrimination

HR’s watchdog agencies—the DOL, EEOC, and OFCCP—are looking at a new variant on discrimination they call “steering.” It’s not immediate discrimination, but long-range discrimination. What Is Steering? “Steering” may be charged when people in a protected class are “steered” to jobs with lower long-term potential than other similar jobs. For example, in a grocery store, […]