Disparate impact issues may be the big “Gotcha”

Everyone knows about discrimination. Everyone in HR can identify cases of disparate treatment. Those are cases where someone is treated differently specifically because of a protected characteristic, such as age, sex, or disability. HR is good at making sure those cases don’t happen, or if they do they are taken care of in short order. …

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Remembering the words “job related” can save time, money and heartache

The history of HR is rife with decisions based on whether a question, or a skill or a test is “job related.” Case after case has shown that having a job requirement that is not actually job related may have an adverse impact on protected classes and thus would not be considered legal. Strength requirements …

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Is judging someone’s grammar a good hiring test?

I recently came across an article in the Harvard Business Review titled I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why written by Kyle Wiens. He is the CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community, as well as founder of Dozuki, a software company dedicated to helping manufacturers publish documentation. Wiens describes why …

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HR Trend: Degree Creep and the potential for Adverse Impact

  There is an HR trend underway that is having an impact on candidates, companies, the unemployment rate and the educational system. I refer to this trend as “degree creep” but it has also been referred to as degree inflation. While temporarily a plus for some companies it may lead to problems in the future …

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