HR News Round Up

This week benefits, the new I-9s, is your Klout score the new hiring criteria? How not to be annoying on LinkedIn and more…

Sage April Webcast Schedule
Learn all about human resources compliance in 2013 with this month’s must-see webcasts from Sage: Sage Time & Attendance Collect, Analyze, and Take Control of Employee Labor, The Benefits of Compliance to HR Organizations: Identifying and Adopting Best Practices, iRecruit Recruiting and Applicant Tracking, The Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

The Truth About How Much Workaholics Actually Work
Most people grandly exaggerate the number of hours they work–and in doing so, undermine their own productivity. Here’s how to track your real work time and make the most of every hour.

Are Employee Benefits Forever?
Approximately 700 attendees jammed into a ballroom at Las Vegas’ gleaming Aria Hotel and Resort to hear Dr. Ron Leopold deliver a spirited opening keynote — titled “Are Employee Benefits Forever?” — at the inaugural Health & Benefits Leadership Conference on Monday. “This is a point in time where everything feels shaken up,” said Leopold, national practice leader for health and productivity at Wells Fargo Insurance Services, headquartered in Fargo, N.D. “We are witnessing things that were unimaginable only five years ago, thanks to healthcare reform and technology.”

Dealing with the New I-9 Form
It is safe to say that few one-page forms have caused human resource executives as many headaches as the Employment Eligibility form – aka the I-9 form. Completion of this form for all hires was made mandatory by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and it has caused its fair share of misery ever since. Indeed, the I-9 may be the most complex and misunderstood one-page form ever issued by the federal government.

How much do bad hires cost you?
There’s a lot of attention to detail and careful planning that go into hiring decision making. And for good reason: Businesses aren’t just on the lookout to land a job applicant who satisfies requirements and interviews well. All that meticulous preparation is also undertaken to ensure employers don’t corner themselves into a bad hire.

Start Planning for Summer Interns Now
Healthy internship programs garner higher quality entry-level candidates, strengthen company mentorship programs, and provide a way for companies to give back to the community. But to make sure that your summer internship program is a success, you need to start planning it now.

What We’re Doing to Help Veterans Find Work
“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” That’s what former U.S. Marine Sergeant Tanner Horsley recalled of the incident while deployed that resulted in severe injuries and thus ending his promising military career. Since his medical retirement from the Corps, Horsley was uncertain of his professional future. He had been expecting to make the USMC a career like family members before him.

Do you hide your tattoos at work?
Iman Thomas would be the first to say that she is just not a cardigan kind of person. Nonetheless, her dresser drawers bulge with those demure long-sleeved sweaters, in colors ranging from rainbow to black.  Even in the most torrid weather they’re part of her workday wardrobe in the employee benefits office at a Florham Park, N. J., insurance brokerage.

B.A. Requirement for a Cashier McJob!? No, But…
The Ph.D. taxi driver is an urban fact, no longer a legend. His problem is that there is no demand for his degree. The flip side of this is the cashier who lacks the degree suddenly required for that job. His problem is that he can’t supply a degree to meet that demand.

How to Handle a New Employee Who’s Off to a Rough Start
I know how nerve-wracking the first day of a new job can be—so as a manager, I try to give my new employees a little bit of slack. But even with this lenient mindset, I was completely taken aback when my one of my new hires took multiple personal phone calls from her desk, texted throughout her first department-wide meeting, and left for the night without a glance in my direction (and before the clock even struck five)—all on her very first day at the office. Talk about a bad first impression!

Is Social Media Clout a New Job Criteria?
Social media outlets buzzed in 2012 when Wired magazine ran a story about Sam Fiorella, a senior executive who said he lost out on a vice president position with a large Toronto-based marketing agency because of a low Klout score. According to the article, Fiorella admitted during his job interview that he didn’t know what a Klout score was—and claimed that after the recruiter showed him his Klout score (which was 34), the interview ended quickly.

7 Tips for New (and Inactive) LinkedIn Users
Wondering whether you should be investing time and energy in LinkedIn? Consider this statement made in a February article in the Financial Post: “LinkedIn Corp., the business-oriented service for recruiters, job seekers and corporate networking, is showing investors the sort of promise from a social networking stock that many had hoped to find in rival Facebook Inc.”

How Not to Annoy People on LinkedIn
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for networking and even finding jobs, but if you’re not careful, you can end up using it in ways that alienate the very people with which you’re hoping to form connections. Here are some of the most common annoying behaviors to avoid on the site.

Cursing news anchor appears on Today show (Today show video)

That couldn’t have gone any worse!

— A.J. Clemente (@ClementeAJ) April 21, 2013

News anchor AJ Clemente was fired on his first day for cursing live on air while reading his script this week. Terrible first impression to make. It was gut wrenching’ he told the Today Show and admitted he had “no idea he was on live TV.” We can all learn from his mistake.


iRecruit and Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC)
Learn why there has never been a better time to take advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credits – WOTC, with our WOTC expert Brian Kelly.

iRecruit Webinar Dates  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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