Roundup: This Week’s Popular HR News from Around the Web

This week’s HR News Roundup from around the web: with spring around the corner, hiring interns comes back into focus, we have some tips for you, plus the Supreme Court will decide what “work clothes” are (finally!), the phrases you should never say at work, and more!

8 Tips for Hiring and Managing Interns
Your business is small. Too small to have a fancy internship program or connections with universities. You may even be located in a town far removed from a school that has a major that fits your business. You should consider hiring a summer intern anyway. An intern can bring fresh ideas at low cost. Plus, you get the opportunity to help someone else learn how to be a great employee. Here’s how to go about it.

12 Tricky Interview Questions For Interns
Internship seekers should prepare for common interview questions like “What are your strengths,” or “What are your weaknesses,” but they can also expect less conventional queries.

13 Things You Should Never Say At Work
Darlene Price, author of Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results, concurs. “Words matter,” she says. “They are a key component of persuasive communication. Regardless of the audience, topic, or industry, or whether the setting is a stand-up presentation, sit-down conversation, telephone discussion, or an online meeting, a leader uses language to influence someone’s mind in order to achieve a certain result. That’s one reason they’re seen as leaders; their words compel people to follow.”

It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk
The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job. Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people with a bachelor’s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills.

As Health Care Changes Loom, Is HR Ready?
The sweeping health care reform passed in 2010 finally takes full form in 2014. Here’s what HR needs to know. The countdown to 2014 — when the entirety of the health care legislation passed in 2010 is set to take effect — has begun. Three major changes will happen next year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and each poses challenges for employers.

3 Out of 4 Hires Fail: How to Beat the Odds
The Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams famously said baseball is “the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer.” Maybe not the only one: The same could be said for hiring.

Supreme Court to determine what “clothes” are under the FLSA.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the period of time during which a covered employee must be paid begins when the worker engages in a principal activity. Putting on and taking off (or, in legalese, “donning and doffing”) protective clothing is considered a principal activity. However, the FLSA expressly provides that employees don’t get paid for time spent “changing clothes” if a union contract says so.
WOTC Webinars February and March 2013
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Sage HRMS Webcast Schedule
Learn all about human resources compliance in 2013 with this month’s must-see webcasts from Sage: The Benefits of Compliance to HR Organizations: Identifying and Adopting Best Practices, The Data-Driven HR Organization: How to Achieve It and How to Benefit From It, and Trends in Compensation Management.

iRecruit Webinar Dates February 2013
Announcing the iRecruit webinar presentation schedule for February 2013. Learn how to take control of your applicant tracking process, and manage your applicants in a centralized, secure, cloud-based database.We have weekly webinar demos scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm Eastern Time (US). Or contact us at 1-800-517-9099 to schedule a webinar at your convenience.

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