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Budgetary Considerations When Attracting New Employees

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  When your local big box store advertises wages beginning at $15/hour and the neighborhood Chick-Fil-A offers $14/hour for full time staff, soon businesses ranging from manufacturing to home healthcare find themselves competing for the same personnel. Even businesses with average compensation levels greater than these retail and hospitality examples are facing questions of how much is enough. Before you consider raising salaries, it’s important to take a hard look at your business and determine…

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Proper Use of the Pre-Employment Medical Questionnaire

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After countless hours spent recruiting you’ve finally found the perfect candidate and extend a letter offering employment. Don’t stop now. The hard work on securing your next best employee is still underway. You’re now entering the “new hire” phase, during which you can seek additional information about the fit of your candidate that you were not permitted to ask prior to an offer of employment. Many employers take advantage of the opportunity to ask a…

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Key Questions to Ask When Checking References

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Reference checks or employment verification can provide valuable insight when considering a candidate. The key is knowing what to ask, and how to spot red flags. Start by creating a list of standardized questions so you can evaluate each candidate equally. Some organizations limit what they will share when verifying employment, we recommend focusing on the topics below: The start and end dates of employment. The last job title held by the employee. The ending…

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Businesses Hopeful as More States End Extended Unemployment Benefits

By Employment News, Hiring

Georgia businesses breathed a sigh of relief as the state joined others in ending extended federal pandemic unemployment benefits on June 27, 2021. At least 26 states are either planning to end or have already ended the weekly $300 federal unemployment benefit before its September expiration date. As of June 24, almost 93,000 Georgians received extended benefits through the PEUC program. It is too early to say whether reducing unemployment benefits has improved current staffing…

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Tips for Preparing Your New Hire Checklist

By Best Practices, Hiring

As with any task worth doing well, having a predefined checklist in place before getting started assures a more accurate and consistent outcome. If your business doesn’t already have a new hire checklist in place, now would be a good time to create one – so that you’re prepared before your next hire. Let’s start out with forms. For Georgia hires, new hires will need to complete a W-4 (for federal employee withholding), a G-4…

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Forming and Following an Employment Document Retention Strategy

By Hiring, Recordkeeping, Recruiting

Your employment documentation strategy needs to address the people you hire as well as the ones that you don’t hire. Each organization should maintain a hiring file of documents generated during the recruiting and evaluation process for each position on your staff. A thorough hiring file should include the following items: Job postings Applications and resumes received Any communications with a recruiter, if one was used Interview notes Reference checks Evaluation and assessment results Applicant…

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Make Sure You’re Ready for Truly Remote Employees

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When nearly every business who was able adopted a work from home policy in 2020, employees began to reconsider where they lived while employers simultaneously began to wonder if they could expand the allowable geography for evaluating new candidates. Fast forward into 2021 where the news is filled with stories about businesses who allowed their staff to relocate to warmer and cheaper locales and many employers are beginning to ask: does it really matter from…

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Updating Your Standard Phone Screen Questions

By Hiring, Recruiting

Much like everything else in your business, hiring looks different in the spring of 2021. Once routine practices for screening employee candidates before you brought them in for the first real interview may need revisiting. While some businesses have maintained an entirely remote workforce and others have returned to a safe but socially distanced office, there is yet another group of businesses with a hybrid approach operating somewhere in between. This patchwork of operations makes…

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Can Employers Require that New Hires Be Vaccinated?

By Hiring, Policies and Procedures

In December we addressed the very popular topic of whether employers should require current employees be vaccinated before returning to office. Now, as more businesses are opening up and there are signs of improvement in the economy, some employers may be considering hiring new staff for their existing businesses while others are seeking talent for newly opened businesses. The standard for treatment of existing employees versus consideration of new applicants is dissimilar and warrants further…

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Protect Your Business from HR Pitfalls with Our Checklist for 2021

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Policies and Procedures, Record-keeping, Recordkeeping

A smart way to start the fiscal year is to incorporate a self-evaluation of your organization’s compliance with state and federal labor laws. This simple checklist should serve as a great starting point. A few basic areas of exploration should include: For Current Employees: Do you have an employee handbook? If so, does your handbook address the following policies: At-will employment policy, nondiscrimination policy, sexual harassment policy and confidential information policy? If your business has…

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