Recruiting, Hiring and Retention

Where’s the New I-9 Form?

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We’ve recently fielded several questions from subscribers asking about the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, known as Form I-9. The questions arise because the expiration date on Form I-9 in current use is March 31, 2007. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has yet to update the form with a new expiration date. The agency says it is working on updating the form and that employers should continue to use the current version in the meantime. “The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number on the current Form I-9 expired March 31,...

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Hiring Your First Employee

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Many visitors to YourEmployeeHandbook.com are preparing to hire their company’s first “real”, that is, non-family, employee. Hiring your first employee can be overwhelming. You may not know where to begin or what ou must cover in order to avoid potential legal and financial liabilities. We’ve listed a few of the most critical steps are listed below, however, when hiring for the first time, review your state’s employment regulations with your business advisor and tax specialist to avoid employment pitfalls. When hiring, first obtain an employer identification...

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Assessing Applicants’ “Soft Skills”

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Soft skills are at least as important for success in today’s workplace as technical skills. In almost any industry, your employees will most likely work in teams. Certain types of skills and emotional intelligence can be crucial to success on the job in many of these situations. Assessing these soft skills can be difficult. Nick Roy offers some simple questions to use when you are conducting interviews. Questions to reveal creativity/creative thinking/problem solving: When was the last time you “broke the rules” and thought outside the box), and how did you do it? What have...

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A Brief Guide to Interview Questions

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Here are some guidelines about asking interview questions. A couple of key points to keep in mind. Never ask a yes or no question. These types of questions need to be reserved for the application form. Always ask open-ended questions. Treat the interview as an oral examination. The goal is to make the applicant think, so that you can select the most qualified to be in your organization. The more grueling your selection process, the more your employees will have in common with one another, since they have all gone through that “awful” examination. Let’s say that you’re...

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Defeating Employment-At-Will

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The simplest and most direct way to overcome the “employment-at-will” doctrine is to have an express contract, according to the Employment Law Memo. “Employment-at-will” means that employees can quit, or an employer can fire the employee, at any time and for any reason, without prior notice. This doctrine is a “default” rule of contract law, meaning it applies whenever the employee and employer have not agreed on something else. Ross Runkel, editor of Employment Law Memo, says the solution is simple: Agree on something else. Replace the...

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Hiring in 2006

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