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Getting it Wrong
Though some employers are helping to bring "one-size-fits-all" healthcare to a necessary end by tackling misdiagnosis in the workplace, they still don't go far enough. Meanwhile, one solution -- clinical integration -- is appearing on the corporate radar.
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Thinking Global, Hiring Local
As oil-and-gas pipeline service company T.D. Williams began an expansion into new countries a few years ago, the strain on recruiting efforts became so great that it threatened the success of the entire strategy.
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Criminally Overlooked in the Job Market?
Research suggests recruiters find employed job seekers with criminal records more employable than candidates with clean records but no job. Experts recommend HR professionals take a close look at individual circumstances when considering unemployed applicants.
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Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace
The number of workers who are disclosing that they have psychiatric disabilities is on the rise, and human resource managers must be prepared to understand the legal obligations when hiring them, accommodating for their particular needs and addressing potential performance problems, experts say.
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On Cancer Survival and Hiring Tips
Jim Roddy, president of Jameson Publishing in Erie, Pa., just wrote a book titled Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer, to drive home his newfound perspective on just how crucial it is to hire the right people -- gained through his own bout with colon cancer at age 32.
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Companies Caught in Screening Snafus
As part of a settlement between it and the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Baldor Electric Co. will pay $2 million to a group of nearly 800 women and minorities who had applied for jobs with the company.
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Virtual Volunteering
Microvolunteerism, designed to let employees help out a little here and a little there via phone or computer, appears to be a win-win for all involved -- so long as it's managed properly.
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Goodbye, Resume? Not so Fast, Experts Say
Jeanne Meister pointed to the death of the resume in her July 23, 2012 piece for Forbes. "Forget the resume," she said, "today, employers pay more attention to candidates' web presence . . .."
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FYI: Disability
Unemployment Rate for Disabled Hits Three-Year Low
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Interviews From Hell
As a journalist who has written for both a glossy national magazine and a small-town daily local newspaper, I'm no stranger to a difficult interview. In fact, I have found that difficult interviews can sometimes uncover the most compelling information.
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The Criminal-Background Catch-22
Though employers have had a few months now to become familiar with the U.S. Equal Employment Occupation Commission's guidance on the use of criminal background checks, questions and confusion about how best to respond have only grown.
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Man-Cession to Man-Covery: The Update
A spot of good news -- for men, at least -- coming from Challenger, Gray & Christmas. According to the Chicago-based provider of executive outplacement services, the man-cession, as it has been called by some, saw employment among men plummet by more than 5.2 million between November 2007 and December 2009.
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Companies Not Ready for Recruiting
As the economy trends up, so too will companies' hiring and recruiting practices, but will they be poised and properly equipped to meet the demand?
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Study: Business Clients Not Happy with HR
Years of across-the-board cuts during the recession and its aftermath have left companies' business-services departments -- such as IT, finance and procurement -- badly weakened in terms of talent and skills, says the latest HR Book of Numbers report from the Hackett Group. Even HR itself has not been spared in this regard, according to the report, titled "Cracks in the Foundation: Closing the Critical Skills Gap Undermining Business Capabilities."
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Goodbye, Resume? Not so Fast, Experts Say
The Internet -- along with the advent of social-media tools like LinkedIn -- have markedly changed the recruitment landscape. But the resume remains prominent for the vast majority of HR professionals and recruiters, experts say.
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High-School Graduates Feel Ill-Equipped for Work
More and more high-school graduates who aren't attending college are feeling ill-equipped for the working world, according to a Rutgers University study.
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Discrimination Ruling Puts Employers to the Test
Ability tests can be exceptional predictors of job performance for job applicants, but a recent settlement by the Department of Labor should spur employers to ensure that such tests do not adversely affect minority applicants, experts say.
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Talent Management Column

Considering their obvious importance, you'd think employers would have perfected the candidate-screening and performance-evaluation processes by now. But thanks to a range of factors, including some that are quite subtle, bias continues to persist and cloud the judgment of assessors.
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