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Mistakes that Can Cost Candidates a Job Offer

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Even in today’s hot employment market, it’s important to remember the basics about putting your best foot forward during a job interview. Here are some of the most common red flags that HR experts have noted: Coming unprepared to an interview. According to The HR Digest, one of the biggest interview red flags for employers is candidates who turn up unprepared for an interview. If a prospective employee hasn’t taken the time to try to…

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Employees Under Age 16 Need Work Permits

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Hiring a 14- or 15-year-old employee for the summer can be a great addition to your team. To do this, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) requires an Employment Certificate, also known as a Work Permit, for all minors who have not reached their 16th birthday. Here’s what you need to do: Have the minor initiate a Youth Work Permit data sheet online. He or she will need to complete Section A, print the Work…

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To Pay or Not to Pay? What Are the Rules Regarding Interns?

By Hiring, Interns

One question that comes up, especially in the summer, is whether interns have to be paid. The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Fact Sheet 71 to provide employers guidance on this issue. Summer internships can be extremely beneficial for both the company and the intern. To maximize this relationship and remain compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers must pay attention to what is known as the primary beneficiary test – a…

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Attracting a Diverse Workforce has a Significant Payoff

By Best Practices, Hiring

After a recent McKinsey study found that ethnically diverse companies outperform nondiverse companies by 35%, human resources professionals are taking a closer look at their hiring practices to ensure that they’re recruiting from a broader range of talent. A report from WayUp identifies common barriers to locating and attracting diverse candidates. Eliminating GPA requirements. GPA rarely correlates to the ability to perform a job. Candidates from lower income backgrounds often find themselves working long hours…

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Planning for New Hires in the New Year?

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If you’re planning to expand your team now or in the future, it’s absolutely necessary to ensure that all of the proper legal paperwork is in place. Whether your new hires are onsite, remote, out-of-state or a mixture of all three, you will want to stay on top of mandatory forms and recordkeeping. Top three forms required for new hires W-4 (or W-9) form. The W-4 form allows the employee to determine how much money…

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Hiring Out-of-State Employees to Expand Your Labor Pool Isn’t as Easy as it Sounds

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In today’s robust labor market, it’s tempting to draw in new employees from across state lines. After all, the pandemic has shown us that many jobs can be performed remotely just as easily as in the office. However, having a workforce based in multiple states is not as easy as it sounds. There are variances in labor laws, differences in payroll tax requirements, and other factors to consider. So, what should you take into account…

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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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