Friday, January 13, 2017

Food for Thought - C04 – Caught!

Food for Thought - C04 – Caught!

        It is illegal to hire anyone not authorized to work in the U.S. 

Laws work well when everyone obeys them, but we all know we don’t live in a perfect world.

In the following, you will see what happens when people decide the law is something that applies to everyone else; just not them – Caught! 

All articles are direct links to News Reports on the reporting agency’s website.
 (All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Food for Thought – HR 5 New Hire Questionable Questions?

Food for Thought – HR 5

New Hire Questionable Questions?

In the previous posts, we touched on the I-9 form, non-discrimination towards workers as well as non-discrimination toward the forms of identification being presented, and the need for “due-diligence” when inspecting documents being presented.

In the last post, HR 4, we approached interviewing prospective new hires, and the subjects that are considered to be “taboo” when interviewing, or hiring new personnel.  We are not to ask about:  Race, Age, Religion, Color, Place of Birth, Disability, Marital Status or Children.

Even an experienced interviewer can mistakenly open the door to a taboo topic by searching for some “common ground conversation” with a potential new hire.  This only opens the door to liability.  I once had a hiring manager ask me why they should hire me instead of a younger candidate. I answered the question quite creatively, but I should have politely excused myself from the interview right then.  I didn’t, which was a shame.  Hind-sight is always 20/20.

There are different ways to gather information, it just depends upon what questions you ask, and how you ask them.  In reality, what you really want and even need to know, (besides if this person is qualified, and if they would be a good fit for your company); is if they are willing and capable of meeting the requirements and demands of the job for the terms you’re offering.  That’s really the bottom line.

In an article by Megan Elliott on the Money and Career portion of the website, the 10 questions you probably never thought were illegal are discussed, as well as the reasoning behind the illegality of those questions.

D. Conley