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Illinois business law attorneysIf you own a company that relies on a team of employees to serve your customers and achieve your goals, recruitment and hiring are very important to your business. You need the best possible team that you can assemble, and it can be challenging to make good hiring decisions after spending just a few minutes with each candidate.

The interview is a critical part of the hiring process, and a good interviewer can learn a great deal about a prospect in a very short amount of time. It is reasonable, of course, to ask a candidate how he or she will approach the job and about the qualifications he or she brings to the table. There are, however, some questions you never ask and topics that must be avoided so that you do not put your company at risk for a claim of employment discrimination. Such topics include:

  • Age;
  • Race or ethnicity;
  • Sex, gender, or gender identity;
  • National origin;
  • Religion;
  • Marital or family status, including pregnancy; and
  • Disability.

State and federal laws prohibit employers from making hiring decisions because of certain protected characteristics. Bringing up any these subjects creates the impression that the candidate’s answers will affect your hiring decision.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyThe days are finally starting to get a little warmer in chilly Chicago which can only mean one thing: summer is approaching. For many school-age children, this means a long break from homework and early bedtimes. For some high school and college students, the end of the school year signals the beginning of their summer job search. While summer jobs are less popular than they were 30 years ago, many teenagers will be looking for temporary or seasonal jobs this summer. Studies show that about 35 percent of those aged 16 to 19 will be searching for seasonal work during this year’s break from school. For small business owners, this is a great way to hire extra help while also investing in a young person’s future.

Start Looking for Candidates Now

Although the end of the school year is still a few weeks away for most students, the time for business owners to start recruiting summer help is now. It can be tricky to find the right employee for your business. You need to find someone who is able to learn the job quickly, is reliable and dependable, and is willing to be hired on only a temporary basis. These constraints significantly narrow the pool of possible candidates. Expect the hiring  process to take several weeks at least.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyHuge, multinational companies seem to always be hiring. Proof of this can be seen in a typical Walmart where touchscreen application kiosks have replaced resumes and cover letters. Of course, a large company like Walmart may have a constant need for new employees, but it is also better insulated against hiring mistakes. As a small business owner, hiring the wrong person can be quite costly, and the process itself can consume valuable time and resources. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent expensive mistakes and to make the recruitment process more efficient.

Know the Landscape

You may think you know where to find the best candidates, but are you certain? Before posting a job opening, it is a good idea to do your homework on where to find qualified applicants. This could include various online job posting sites, as well as local colleges, universities, and trade schools. You may be surprised to learn that there are more qualified candidates looking for jobs than you initially thought.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneysThere are only a few short weeks before Christmas, and people everywhere are scrambling to buy gifts. This means that many retail companies have got to find a way to meet significantly-increased demand. Many stores satisfy this demand by hiring additional staff for the holiday season, but some businesses struggle to find and hire good temporary workers. There are some steps you can take that may make the recruitment and hiring process more efficient as the winter holidays draw near.

Do Not Wait to Hire Seasonal Workers

By the month of December, most retail stores are already deep into the hiring process for seasonal employees. It is important for businesses to be proactive and not wait until the last minute to hire this additional help. Ideally, businesses would start the recruitment process weeks or even months before the holiday shopping season begins. This allows employers to process applications and interview candidates long before the demand increases.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyIn today’s American economy, there is a dramatic difference between unemployment and underemployment. Unemployment, generally speaking, is tracked by government watchdog groups as an indicator of economic growth and usually takes into account those who are not currently working but are looking for jobs. Underemployment, by comparison, is much more difficult to quantify and refers to those who may be working but who are still having trouble making ends meet.

Temporary workers—also known as temps or day laborers—are often considered to be among the underemployed. On any given day, they may have jobs, but those jobs are not guaranteed and can quickly disappear. In an effort to help protect the rights of temp workers, Illinois lawmakers recently passed a measure that requires temp agencies to be more forthcoming about the type of work a temp will be doing and more aggressive about placing temps in permanent positions.

The Role of Temp Agencies

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