Category: Hiring & Recruiting

Recruiting is changing at a rapid pace. Some organizations are abandoning traditional methods for social media; some think software can do a better job than people.

As Servicemembers Return to the Workforce, EEOC Reminds Employers of Accommodation Responsibilities

As large numbers of veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, employers must remember that their disability accommodation responsibilities have increased in recent months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in releasing new guidance Tuesday. The commission updated its Veterans and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Employers which explains how protections for […]

OFCCP: Detailed Compensation Analysis in Virtually Every Audit

OFCCP’s audits are getting tougher, says attorney Susan Fahey Desmond, including more in-depth evaluations, more focus on proactive steps to reach goals, and detailed compensation audits in virtually every recent audit. Remember, says Desmond, who is a partner in the New Orleans office of national employment law firm Jackson Lewis, OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract […]

EEOC Clarifies Why Screening Out Applicants Without Diplomas Is Illegal

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has clarified when and how screening out job applications without high school diplomas may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. The commission made clear that such a requirement could violate the ADA in an informal guidance late last year, but clarification was necessary after “significant commentary and conjecture,” it said […]

Washington State Legalizes Same-sex Marriage; Will Others Follow Suit?

And then there were seven: Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) on Feb. 13 signed a measure making same-sex marriage legal in that state. Washington joins Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, Iowa and the District of Columbia as U.S. jurisdictions with that distinction. The Washington law goes into effect on June 7. The Washington […]

EEOC to Hold Feb. 15 Meeting on Pregnancy and Caregiver Issues

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionwill hold a public meeting to discuss pregnancy discrimination and caregiver issues  on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. In accordance with the Sunshine Act, the meeting is open for public observation of the Commission’s deliberations. At the meeting, […]

OFCCP Gives Employers Until Feb. 21 to Respond to Quota for Hiring Workers With Disabilities

Federal contractors  have an additional two weeks — until Feb. 21 — to respond to the Labor Department’s proposal establishing goals for hiring workers with disabilities. In December, Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs released proposed regulations that would require federal contractors to aim to have 7 percent of their workforce be individuals with […]

California Same-sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, 9th Circuit Says

Employers and plan administrators in California should continue to watch the pendulum regarding same-sex marriage in the Golden State, which has swung again. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Feb. 8 in Perry v. Brown, Nos. 10-16696, 11-16577, that Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that amended the […]

Congress, Stakeholders Challenge OFCCP’s Proposed EEO Quota

Members of Congress are questioning whether the Department of Labor has the authority to require employers to set goals for hiring hiring disabled workers. The inquiry concerns the propriety — and practicality — of proposed rules announced late last year by DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs requiring federal contractors to institute hiring goals. […]

The Why, When, Who and How of Social Media Background Checks

In yesterday’s Advisor, attorney Eric Meyer covered legal challenges related to social media background checks. Today, his take on managing such checks, plus an introduction to a unique 10-minutes-at-a-time training program for supervisors and managers. In an interview, you have at least some control, but when you go online, you have no control over what […]

Hire Me (I Update FaceBook Every 15 Minutes)

You’re going to find out interesting things about potential employees online, says attorney Eric Meyer—like how often they update FaceBook—and some of what you find is going to be information you would NEVER ask about in an interview. What are you going to find out online? Gender is typically no surprise, says Meyer. It’s likely […]