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Expert lists pitfalls to checking social media when making a hiring decision

July 5th, 2011

Can using social media and other technologies to find and screen candidates put an employer at legal risk? “Absolutely,” says David P. Jones, PhD, author of MILLION DOLLAR HIRE: Build Your Bottom Line, One Employee at a Time (Jossey-Bass, 2011). “Often, without knowing it, companies violate a host of laws when they use social media [Read more...]

EEOC alleges Guardsmark permitted coworkers to harass 66-year-old East Indian guard, retaliated when he complained

June 30th, 2011

Guardsmark, one of the world’s largest security firms, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it failed to stop coworker harassment of a guard concerning his national origin and age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) contends in a lawsuit filed on June [Read more...]

SHRM poll finds more organizations helped Haiti more than Japan

June 30th, 2011

About 25 percent of organizations participating in a Society for Human Resource (SHRM) survey, said they are helping with relief efforts for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March. In contrast, 52 percent of SHRM members polled in 2010 said they were helping victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
Calling the difference [Read more...]

Under new directive, OFCCP will consider compliance history in approving Functional Affirmative Action Program agreements

June 29th, 2011

Effective June 14, 2011, federal contractors and subcontractors seeking an agreement to develop, implement, and maintain Functional Affirmative Action Programs (FAAPs) must follow the procedures outlined in a new Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) directive (No 296), the OFCCP announced in a June 28, 2011, statement. Under the policy announced in this new [Read more...]

Employers to devote more time to retirement plan governance

June 29th, 2011

Faced with rising benefit costs and increased regulatory complexity, four out of 10 US employers expect to spend more time governing their employer-sponsored retirement plans over the next two years, according to a survey by Towers Watson. The survey was based on responses from 245 midsize and large employers that sponsor defined benefit and/or defined [Read more...]