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«The Hiring and Firing Question and Answer Book»

What is an appropriate disciplinary time window?What's the most effective way to deal with excessive absenteeism problems?How should I retain Form I-9?How do I determine what level of progressive discipline is appropriate to the offense?How should I write an online job ad?What are the most common kinds of disciplinary infractions?How valuable is outplacement as a tool to help my laid-off employees find new jobs?What do I need to consider when there are union contract "bumping" provisions?How should I handle poor performance?May I deny employment to job applicants who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?How can I allay some of the anxiety and depression that come with termination?Will an employee referral program work for my company?How do I prevent candidates from leveraging counteroffers?What is progressive discipline?How do I select who should be let go?How do I negotiate fees and guarantee periods with search firms?Recruitment ToolsWhat are the most effective fee-paid Web sites?Can we terminate an employee for egregious behavior at a company party?II. FiringInterviewingHow do I document my concerns on an annual performance review if I haven't discussed those issues with the employee in the past?Making the Final SelectionHow do I discipline someone for attitudinal behavior?Can I insist that new hires sign mandatory arbitration agreements?Whatare the ten most common interviewing questions that could cause legal problems?How do I temporarily sponsor foreign workers using an H-1B nonimmigrant visa?What records must I keep and for how long?HiringHow should I complete Immigration Eligibility Form I-9?How do I maximize exit interviews?How do I validate tests?How should I conduct internal investigations regarding sexual harassment or discrimination?Is it a good idea to remove disciplinary warnings from an employee's file?What're the three biggest mistakes that employers make when documenting discipline?How can I reach passive job seekers online?AcknowledgmentsShould I hire on the basis of gut feelings or vibes?What if an employee refuses to sign a written warning?Can I dock a worker's pay for substandard job performance or unacceptable conduct?Can I rescind an offer before the start date if I change my mind?Should a release or separation agreement be prepared for terminating employees?Should I allow an employee to 'resign by mutual consent''?Common Questions About the Performance Management and Termination ProcessShould letters of termination be specific or generic?What is the best way to conduct an employee termination meeting?What is behavior-based interviewing?Can a union employee demand that a steward be present at a progressive disciplinary meeting with management?How do I develop an integrated online recruitment program?How do I conduct an internal investigation of an employee accused of misconduct?How can I begin recruiting online without generating expenses for my company?What are the advantages and disadvantages of recruiting on the Internet?If an employee gives two weeks' notice of resignation, are we permitted to let the employee go that same day?How do I decide between two good candidates?What are reasonable accommodations?How do I determine whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor?How can I conduct an effective reference check?How do I announce that an employee has been terminated?How do I make the most of my corporate Web site?Should I directly recruit candidates from competitors?Will our union contract prevent us from outsourcing one of our departments?How do I handle employees who pattern their unauthorized absences around their regularly scheduled weekends?How can I encourage an underperforming and unhappy employee to leave the company when we haven't begun the progressive disciplinary process yet?How do I communicate the employment-at-will relationship to my workers?Am I obligated to have an affirmative action plan?Should I institute drug testing for all new hires?Should I consider sponsoring foreign workers and offering them green cards?How do I harvest resumes from online databases?What are letters of clarification?What is a 'probationary'' period?How do I 'bundle'' separate performance infractions?GlossaryHow could research firms and outplacement organizations help me recruit new hires?How do I initiate a campus recruitment program?Do candidates need to fill out an employment application, or will a resume suffice?Should I hire a background investigation firm?Can I lay off a substandard job performer rather than terminate for cause?Reductions-in-Force (RIFs) and LayoffsWhat are the key employment laws related to hiring?How do I structure an employment application to get the most information?What do I need to know before laying someone off?How do I make diversity a key goal of our hiring process?How could a recruitment brochure help me market my company to prospective new hires?Progressive DisciplineWhat kind of notes should I take during the interview?Can I prescreen candidates with a telephone interview?What's the best way to handle the actual layoff meeting with the employee?How do I balance the company's needs with the candidate's requirements?What are my company's responsibilities regarding negligent hiring and retention?How do I determine what accommodations will be necessary for applicants with disabilities?Should I test applicants?How do I select a background investigation firm?What role should temp-to-hire staffing play in my organization?Online RecruitmentHow do I take the wrinkles out of the salary negotiation process?How do I choose an outplacement firm?Should I offer to provide displaced workers with letters of recommendation?What's the most effective recruitment method?How can an EAP (employee assistance program) help?What are the three biggest mistakes that interviewers typically make?How much notice am I obligated to give employees who are about to be laid off under the WARN Act?How do I maximize my working relationship with contingency and retained search firms?How do I ensure that the progressive discipline is fair?What questions yield the most useful information in a reference check?How do I administer progressive discipline?What are the benefits of working with recruitment advertising agencies?What does it mean to fire 'for cause''?How do I interview a candidate when I don't have a resume in front of me?What does it mean for an employee to be hired "at will''?Can a nonunion employee demand that a coworker be present at a progressive disciplinary meeting with management?How does FMLA limit my right to discipline employees with excessive absenteeism problems?How formal should an interview be?How do I compose a job offer letter?Should I rebut a rebuttal or allow the employee to have the last word?What are the three criteria used in selecting high-potential hires?Common Questions About the Hiring ProcessHow do I interview Generation X job hoppers?How do I interview technical candidates when I'm not a "techie" myself?How do I increase traffic to my corporate Web site?Are there any specific questions that should become a staple of every interview?How do I handle job abandonment?What if l suspect that an employee may react violently to being terminated?Will my displaced workers have any trouble getting unemployment insurance?
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