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Common Virtual, In-Person Interview Mistake

As job interviews shifted from in-person to virtual over the last year and a half, the common mistakes applicants may make also changed. According to a recent Zenefits survey of 1,000 hiring managers that highlighted difficulties they’ve experienced while interviewing potential employees, including their main pet peeves, hiring managers reported seeing these most common problems …

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Employers Change Tactics to Attract New Employees

Eighty-two percent of employers say they perceive a talent shortage — many of whom offered signing bonuses to new employees as a short-term fix for this shortage, according to a new Salary.com survey. More specifically, hourly employees received a median signing bonus of $1,000, and salaried employees received a median bonus of $5,000. The survey …

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Not Providing COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Is Costly for Employers

As of March 29, 2021 — and retroactive to January 1, 2021 — employers with 26 or more employees have been required to provide 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) to their employees. In late July, four months after the bill enacting the SPSL law went into effect, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited …

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Clearing Confusion About Current COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules

With COVID-19 cases back on the rise and mitigation strategies, like face covering mandates, back, it feels like we have jumped into a time machine to go back to the past. The issue now is that California is becoming a patchwork of different rules that is largely dependent upon where a business’ work is performed, …

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Bias, Discrimination Concerns Over  Video Resume Platform

Following the release of a survey that found video chat proficiency to be the most in-demand job skill right now, social media platform TikTok launched the TikTok Resumes pilot program — which lets users respond to job offers with a short video instead of a traditional resume. TikTok has partnered on this venture with companies …

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What to Do When Employee’s I-9 Work Authorization Document Expired

Can an employee work beyond the expiration date of a work authorization document? The answer to the question depends on whether the right to work in the United States is provided on a permanent or temporary basis. Permanent Work Authorization Permanent work authorization is conveyed to persons born in the United States, a U.S. citizen …

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Addressing Age Discrimination in Employment

Ageism in employment — a bias against workers 40 years of age and older — is experienced more during the job search process than in the workplace, according to a recent survey of U.S. professionals over 40. The Experience Matters: Ageism & Work report by WerkLabs, a division of job marketplace The Mom Project, also revealed that …

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Employers Not Required to Provide Holiday Pay for Federal Holidays

Now that Juneteenth (June 19) has become a federal holiday, are we required to provide holiday pay to our employees for that day? When President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on June 17, 2021, creating the Juneteenth National Independence Day to be celebrated on June 19 every year, it created the …

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EEOC’s Resources on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Workplace Rights

It’s been slightly over one year since the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling that any employment decision based, at least in part, on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity constitutes unlawful discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, 140 S. Ct. 1731 (June 15, 2020)). …

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Don’t Deny Vacation Due to Recent Use of COVID Sick Leave

My employee used most of her COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave over the last couple of weeks. Now she wants to take a week’s vacation. Can I deny the vacation request since several other employees in that department, who have been working lots of extra hours to cover her missed shifts, also want to take …

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