Monthly Archives: March 2011

PRE-EMPLOYMENT INQUIRIES

Although it’s not binding on employers, a recent informal discussion letter from the EEOC about the use of criminal records as an employment-screening tool reminds us that employers must be careful when making certain inquiries during the pre-employment phase. Here are 10 tips from the letter: Ask questions related to the applicant’s qualifications The purpose… Read more »

WHAT I LEARNED FROM SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND THIS MONTH

One of the ways we can get great ideas in HR is to read outside the field and ask how that learning applies to managing people. Here are a few articles from a recent Scientific American Mind that provide insight: “Any Excuse for Busyness.” According to this article, people who find reasons to occupy their… Read more »

THE EEOC’S WEB SITE KEEPS IMPROVING

Although I certainly disagree with some of the EEOC’s agenda, it’s important to point out what they have done right. One of those things is using their website to provide information. Of course, the primary purpose of the commission is, and must be, protecting workers. However, they – and the DOL, OSHA, NIOSH, JAN, and… Read more »

THE WORKFORCE TRENDS THAT MATTER MOST

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the workforce is getting older, more ethnic, more temporary, less unionized, and more sophisticated. The BLS expects the highest growth in the areas of private educational services (2.4%), health care and social systems (2.3%), professional and business services (2.1%), and construction (1.7%). All other sectors had less… Read more »

RECESSION: GOOD FOR SOME THINGS – NOT SO GOOD FOR OTHERSTHE DISABILITY INTERACTIVE PROCESS

An interesting SHRM post-recession workplace report showed that the recession had a highly negative impact on employee morale and financial concerns but actually had a positive effect on competitiveness, retention, efficiency, and creativity. Big surprise. My two cents: We should be worrying about morale, finances, competitiveness, retention, efficiency, and creativity in any economic environment. By… Read more »

WHO CHECKS ON WHAT?

The December HR Magazine shared these statistics from a SHRM survey: Companies doing criminal background checks? 73% all, 19% selectively, 7% no Companies doing credit background checks? 13% all, 47% selectively, 40% no Companies conducting pre-employment drug testing? 55% all, 17% selected, 21% no As with most SHRM surveys, most of the companies surveyed are… Read more »

MAKING HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT

There are three particular actions that we can undertake to ward off serious illness or disease. They are: Quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, and watching what we eat. On smoking, Americans are getting a little better, but we tend to be poor at regular exercise and consuming a healthy diet. Too many years of burgers,… Read more »

JUST HOW MUCH LIFE INSURANCE SHOULD I PURCHASE?

How much life insurance you purchase depends on how much you actually need and what you need the life insurance to accomplish. Although it would take a dissertation rivaling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to detail every individual situation, circumstance, and appropriate calculation, there are some general guidelines to help those purchasing life… Read more »

FUNDING COLLEGE USING YOUR PERMANENT LIFE INSURANCE

Trying to figure out how to pay for a child’s college education is a mentally exhausting task for most parents. Few people probably think of their variable, whole, or universal cash value life insurance policy as a way to pay for a college education, but it can be a viable cash source. Of course, the… Read more »