Employee lawsuits often catch employers by surprise. Yet, an examination of the employee’s application shows that an employer could often have predicted, well in advance, that they were hiring a lawsuit just waiting to happen. By looking for the following ten (10) danger signals, an employer can avoid hiring a problem in the first place. …Continue reading "Top 10 Signs You are Hiring a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen"
Application forms are available from a number of sources. The local or state Chamber of Commerce may have forms available. A firmâ€™s business or labor attorney will normally have a new employee package available with an application form. Human resources consultants and HR organizations may have forms. Office supply stores sell basic business forms including …Continue reading "Where to Find a Good Application Form"
One of the most effective uses of an application form is to enable an employer to directly ask an applicant if he or she has a criminal record. Unfortunately, many employers use language in their applications that is either too narrow, too broad, or too ambiguous. Each of these mistakes can put an employer in …Continue reading "Three Problems with Application Forms Asking About Past Convictions"
These ten critical areas need to be addressed in every application as part of a Safe Hiring Program: The application needs to clearly state that there will be a background check or a background check will be performed. A well-worded application form discourages applicants with something to hide, and encourages applicants to be open and …Continue reading "Ten Critical Items Every Application Needs"
Some employers still hire based primarily upon a resume. This can be a major mistake from the viewpoint of safe hiring. For an applicant, a resume is a marketing tool. Many resumes start by describing the type of job that an applicant is looking for, or a statement of skills and experience. In a resume, …Continue reading "The Reasons Employers Should Not Rely on Resumes"