Category: Hiring

Quirky Question #219, Is Unemployment Status a Protected Category?

Quirky Question #219, Is Unemployment Status a Protected Category?

Question: We recently interviewed an applicant with a very spotty resume; there were repeated gaps in his employment history which were apparent from his resume. He was not hired and called HR to complain that it is illegal for us to consider his unemployment status. Is there a new law on this subject?

Quirky Question #218, Minnesota Ban-The-Box

Quirky Question #218, Minnesota Ban-The-Box

Question: We are a private employer in the State of Minnesota and are expanding rapidly.  In years past, we have received hundreds, sometimes thousands, of applications for each position advertised.  In an effort to increase efficiency in the identification of qualified candidates, as well as in preparation for an anticipated round of hiring in the New Year, we plan to...

Quirky Question #204, Unpaid Internships

Quirky Question #204, Unpaid Internships

Question: I am a Human Resources representative of an independent for-profit company that publishes multiple travel and vacation magazines.  Some of my company’s executives have expressed an interest in hiring interns for next summer and for a possible year-round program, if the program is successful.  Currently, we aren’t sure what we would like our interns to do exactly but one...

Sexual Harassment and Negligent Hiring, Can Same Conduct Justify Two Claims, Quirky Question # 152

Sexual Harassment and Negligent Hiring, Can Same Conduct Justify Two Claims, Quirky Question # 152

Quirky Question #152 One of our employees complained of sexual harassment. We investigated, though admittedly not as promptly as we should have. We discovered that the harasser had engaged in some seriously problematic conduct. Our investigation also revealed that the harasser had engaged in similar conduct at a prior employer and previously, at our company, with a different employee who...

Employee References, Quirky Question # 124

Employee References, Quirky Question # 124

Quirky Question # 124: We have a long-standing policy of providing only job title and dates of employment when a prospective employer seeks information about one of our current or former employees.  Our policy seems to be “the rule” in the healthcare industry in Alaska. We know that under Alaska law, we have immunity from liability if we disclose information...

Negligent Credentialing, Quirky Question # 121

Negligent Credentialing, Quirky Question # 121

Quirky Question # 121: Our organization is responsible for evaluating the credentials for employees at certain medical facilities.  I have reason to believe that one or more of the individuals we have referred out may have been less qualified than we were led to believe.  Does that present any risks for our organization?

Unauthorized Job References, Quirky Question # 27

Unauthorized Job References, Quirky Question # 27

Quirky Question # 27: We recently terminated our Controller.  We had concerns about the way in which he was managing his department.  Certain funds (not an insubstantial amount) were not accounted for and our firm’s accounting records designed to track various purchases and expenditures were largely inscrutable.  We lost a lot of money due to these problems.  My perception is...

Racist Ideas, Quirky Question # 16

Racist Ideas, Quirky Question # 16

Quirky Question # 16: I am both disappointed and embarrassed to report that one of our employees is an outspoken White Supremacist.  His views are abhorrent to me personally, as well as to nearly all of our company’s employees, both minority and non-minority.  The organization to which our employee belongs advocates violent conduct toward minorities.  Given that fact, should we...