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4 Easy Ways to Attract Top Candidates

Posted by HRM Direct

Jan 31, 2013 10:18:00 AM

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Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

What 3 Clients Taught Me about Recruiting with Social Media [Part 1]

Posted by Theresa Kim

Jan 29, 2013 10:19:00 AM

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Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Essential Criteria for Selecting an Applicant Tracking System [Part 2]

Posted by Afton Funk

Jan 24, 2013 11:29:00 AM

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Topics: Applicant Tracking System, Recruiting & Sourcing

Essential Criteria for Selecting an Applicant Tracking System [Part 1]

Posted by Afton Funk

Jan 22, 2013 11:08:00 AM

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Topics: Applicant Tracking System, Recruiting & Sourcing

I-9, E-Verify, and Tentative Non-Confirmation

Posted by Afton Funk

Dec 1, 2012 12:02:00 PM

I-9 forms are one of those incredible mysteries of the modern era. The paper form is only a page long, and seems simple at first glance, but there are predators lurking in the shadows. All said, the forms are filled out by employers incorrectly an incredible 50% of the time. This often happens because HR often cannot oversee all of the hiring processes in every location, and there is incredible detail in the small print. This remarkable number of mistakes puts companies at risk for serious ducats. HRM is soon releasing the i9Pad which automates all of this, and helps companies get the document right the first time. We think that is pretty cool.

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Topics: Onboarding, Recruiting & Sourcing

Strong Hiring Manager-Recruiter Relationships Will Make the Best Hire

Posted by Afton Funk

Sep 13, 2012 1:06:00 PM

By: Don Kim

As a recruiter, it is your job to know your client company and find the best possible fit for their open position.  Delivering an excellent candidate to your client not only makes them happy, but it also increases your credibility as a competent recruiter.

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Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Recruiting Metrics to Reach Your Goals in Half the Time

Posted by Afton Funk

Apr 17, 2012 4:37:00 PM

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Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Shake Up Your Interviews with 10 Questions to get Insightful & Useful Responses from Candidates

Posted by Afton Funk

Mar 11, 2012 9:56:00 AM

Most job candidates will have heard the same types of interview questions reworded a thousand times by the time they interview with your company.  With candidates ready for every question you have, it can be hard to garner sincere responses in an interview.  But without those sincere responses, how will you ever know if a candidate is a good fit for your company?  The answer is you probably won’t!  Below are some questions that can help to get past the pre-packaged answers and see the person behind the resume:

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Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Responding to Increasing Government Interest in Workplace Diversity

Posted by Afton Funk

Aug 3, 2011 12:02:00 PM

By: Don Kim

Workplace diversity is on the government’s mind.  As ERE reports, President Obama is considering a new Executive Order that would push a “government-wide effort to promote diversity and inclusion” in the workplace.  Formal diversity legislation is already in place in the finance industry via the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  All signs point to workplace diversity becoming an increasingly important factor that HR managers and recruiters must be aware of.

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Topics: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Recruiting & Sourcing

Government Crackdowns on Recruiters and HR Departments: H-1B forms and the Labor Condition Application (LCA)

Posted by Afton Funk

May 5, 2011 2:33:00 PM

The Department of Labor (DOL) has found a new weapon of choice for cracking down on non-compliance in employers: the H-1B form.  In early April the DOL asserted claims of nearly $7 million in back-wages and civil money penalties against Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools.  The DOL raised issue with the school district’s requiring 1,044 H-1B visa teachers to pay program filing fees, which effectively decreased teachers’ wages below the wage rate mandated by the Labor Condition Application (LCA).

The H-1B visa allows aliens to assume temporary professional/specialty job roles, otherwise known as non-immigrant status, for U.S. employers.  Non-immigrant roles typically include science, engineering and teaching related jobs.  When applying to process an H-1B visa, employers must also fill out an LCA, which basically assures that the hiring of a non-immigrant into a U.S. workplace will benefit both the employer and employee and will not do any harm to existing U.S. employees in that workplace.  Specific requirements for the LCA are as follows:

  • Non-immigrants will be paid the prevailing wage set by the DOL, determined by job duties and employment location.
  • Working conditions of non-immigrant workers must not adversely affect the working conditions of U.S. workers in the same workplace.  Working conditions include hours worked, vacations nd benefits.
  • There are no strikes, lockouts or work stoppages taking place when the application is filed.
  • Adequate notification is given to U.S. employees that the employer intends to hire an H-1B non-immigrant worker and file an LCA.  Notification can either be given through a worker representative or by physically posting notifications of the employer’s intended actions

One unfair aspect of these LCA requirements is that there is currently no set methodology for determining the “prevailing wage” for a specific role.  It is unfair because the DOL can fine employers for improper interpretation of prevailing wage but gives no formal guidance on finding it.  Lucky for you, the HRM Direct team has compiled a list of pointers that is sure to please any nosy DOL auditor and will keep your business in the good graces of the government.

1. Get a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) from the OFLC’s National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC).

To request a PWD from the NPWC, complete an ETA form 9141 here and mail it to:

U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center
Attn: PWD Request
1341 G Street, NW Suite 201
Washington, DC  20005-­314

2. Check to see if any Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) exist that cover wages for your employees’ position

The DOL provides a comprehensive list of CBAs here.

3. Consult the Online Wage Library of the Foreign Labor Data Certification Center.

The library is online and quick and easy to use.  It also allows you to see different wage rates by region.  Check it out here.

4. If all else fails, consult the government itself

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)  is an excellent resource for looking up wage statistics.  Of particular interest to those of you filling out LCAs is the BLS’ Occupational Employment Statistics section.

The government takes the hiring of H-1B non-immigrant employees very seriously.  If you do decide to embark on this route of hiring, make sure that you know exactly the legal obligations you take on.  As always, good luck!

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Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing