The war for talent is as hot as it has ever been, and in this low unemployment state, every single step in the recruiting and hiring process counts. Ensuring a smooth hiring process, starts with attracting talented candidates and organizing HR logistics. Employment verification, background checks and other necessary aspects are just as important to growing the workforce and HR professionals should have everything lined up and ready to go for a successful recruiting process.
Ban the Box: LA and Beyond
The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) became law in January 2017. This new initiative will impact employers in LA, but may have far-reaching effects. With employment legislation, California often leads the nation in trends and enforcement, so employers across the country may want to take heed. The ordinance prohibits employers from inquiring about criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made.
The hiring process has become a compliance minefield. Not long ago, it was commonplace to ask upfront whether the applicant had a criminal record. Doing so today could result in a discrimination lawsuit
Whether hiring or promoting an existing employee, companies are stuck between two opposing legal risks. On one hand, they must avoid discriminating against those with criminal backgrounds (to comply with FCRA and EEOC). On the other hand, they’re nervous about potential claims of negligent-hiring.
Your hiring process is like a fine tuned, well-oiled engine. The gears begin churning as you identify that you have a vacancy, making sure to cross your T’s and dot your i’s on developing the position description. You plan out how you’re going to recruit and then put the plan into action. Submission after submission begin to roll in as you gather and review applicant's information and create a list of your interview prospects. Through this, you generate a series of questions hoping to gain the best and most qualified job applicant to join your workforce.
It’s no BIG secret that today’s job market is tough. As an employer you know how it is when a position opens within your company, there is a flood of resumes that come in and the real work begins. Countless hours going through them looking for something that catches your eye and screams out "ME, I'm the perfect candidate for this position!" But what about those hilarious resumes that make you scratch your head and think "am I seriously reading this right now?"