Hiring The Google Way

Education, skills and experience are important, but there is more to hiring than those traditional measures, so says Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google. Unless you have been living in a cave (with no Internet connection), you know that Google has dominated the world’s most competitive and lucrative market –…

Contractor Beware: An Employee Classification Pitfall

Did you know that people hired by contractors are presumed to be employees by state law? – even if a contract calls them independent contractors!     Beginning on January 14, 2014, individuals can be held liable for violations of the Employee Classification Act. If you are a contractor who employs independent contractors, you need to become familiar…

Clarity on Employees with Disabilities – Accommodation Requires Ability to Perform the Job

Employers and employees, alike, often misunderstand the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act. Some employees believe that employers must accommodate just about anything, and some employers fear that is true. Two recent decisions from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers the state of Illinois, provide some clarity.…

Crackdown on Unpaid Interns

Internships have long presented opportunities for students and recent graduates to obtain practical education in their chosen professions and valuable experience to enhance their resumes. Employers have long benefitted from the unpaid help of those same interns. In the headlines is the story of a New York State Court case just decided that may change…