Saying hello in public spaces – recruiting and confidentiality

His email was polite, but pointed: “I saw you at XYZ Restaurant today at lunch. Why didn’t you stop and say hello?” What a great question, especially since I had just interviewed this individual earlier in the week, knew his name, and recognized him immediately. I’m so glad he asked! The short answer to his… Read more »

3 tips on key employment law changes – KDHRA luncheon

Anthony J Caruso, Jr, senior attorney for Wessels Sherman, spoke on “Key Employment Law Developments” at our February meeting of the Kane DuPage Human Resources Association. Tony’s presentations are always filled with humor, concrete examples, and detailed insights. Here are three tips on recent changes that impact local employers. “Ban the Box” – Enforced as… Read more »

Sweet surprises in recent interviews and hiring processes

Sometimes people inadvertently tell you exactly what you need to know. Connie Boland, former Office Manager for Frank’s Employment, used to say that to our staffing consultants to ease the frustration of an applicant whose choices disappoint us. Someone who schedules and confirms an interview, but doesn’t appear and doesn’t give us the courtesy of… Read more »

Insights into a Homeland Security I-9 audit – KDHRA luncheon

Marietta Hendricks, the Human Resources Manager for a local manufacturer, shared her insights and experiences from a recent I-9 audit by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the January meeting of the Kane DuPage Human Resources Association. Here are some of the most salient points from Marietta’s presentation on striving toward full I-9 compliance…. Read more »

Let’s Thank and Celebrate Rebecca Before She Retires!

Rebecca Gundrum, our temporary placement consultant, will retire at the end of 2014. For more than 18 years, our client companies, temporary applicants, and in-house staff have appreciated and benefited from Rebecca’s positive outlook, can-do spunkiness, and customer service dedication in meeting temp and temp-to-hire staffing needs. Our staff will have a private event on… Read more »

Beware of staffing scam

Beware of an email-based staffing scam, presenting false and misleading information and seeming to represent a second – and legitimate – staffing agency. Rick P, a local candidate, recently forwarded such an email to us. The subject line was “Your Job Offer,” followed by a bogus ID number. It claimed to have been sent by Sonia… Read more »

3 Tips for handling employee absenteeism – KDHRA luncheon

Gary Clark, attorney and partner with Quarles and Brady, LLP, led our discussion of the challenges involved with excessive employee absenteeism. Our conversation focused especially on intermittent leaves for which the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) could apply. Mr. Clark observed that many employers focus only on the applicability and compliance with the FMLA, when… Read more »