Tag: qualifications

Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers

Different types of interviews have different goals. The traditional interview seeks a broad knowledge of the candidate’s qualifications, while the behavioral interview looks at how he or she has performed on the job. There’s even a situational interview that presents scenarios that might be faced on the new job and asks how the candidate would […]

How Current Are Your Job Descriptions?

As the economy picks up steam and hiring activity increases, it’s particularly important for employers to take the time to update their organizations’ job descriptions. “I’ve never run into anyone who likes writing job descriptions,” says Martin Simon, legal editor at HR.BLR.com (which is run by ERI’s parent company). “But these tools, sometimes called position […]

3 Time-Saving Hiring Tips

Your time is valuable. You don’t want to waste it reviewing resumes of unqualified candidates. You need a system to keep all those unqualified candidates’ credentials off your desk (and off your computer desktop, too).

Compensation: How Do We Calculate Premium Pay for Employees with Certifications?

I would like direction on how to determine additional premium pay for employees with certifications, such as a Certified Public Accountant. Is there a general rule or guidance on determining premium pay? I appreciate your help. — Allison in Sacramento   Sometimes premium pay is tied to shift work, temporary assignments in other locations, or […]

Religious Discrimination: Employee Wins $6.5 Million Jury Verdict Because of Manager’s Favoritism; Lessons for Employers

A Northern California woman has won a jaw-dropping $6.5 million by convincing a jury that she was passed over for promotion by a supervisor who favored employees belonging to the same religious group as the supervisor. We’ll explain the case and provide pointers for avoiding similar “reverse bias” problems.

Employment Law Tip: Do You Have Reference Immunity?

Many employers are reluctant to provide references for former employees because of the risk that giving a negative reference can lead to a defamation lawsuit. To deal with this problem, California has a reference immunity law. Under this law, truthful communications about job performance or employment qualifications of a current or former employee are privileged—and […]

Disability Bias: Deaf UPS Drivers Win ADA Suit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that United Parcel Service (UPS) violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by maintaining a qualification standard that screened out deaf drivers, where the company could not show that the standard was required for business reasons.