Tag Archive: First Contact HR

Sep 04

Expert Insights: Nanny Tax Myths with Guy Maddalone of GTM Payroll Services, Inc.

When it comes to employing a nanny, it’s important to know what’s true and false. Guy Maddalone, founder and president of GTM Payroll Services, Inc. and household payroll and tax expert, provides some important insight that can help separate fact from fiction.

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Jul 24

What a Background Check Covers (And What it Doesn’t)

The background check. It sounds intimidating, all-encompassing, legally binding and almost invasive in scope. Many people — employers or employees — never deal with them directly, and have only the vaguest ideas of what they really are or what they might reveal. In the childcare industry, though, background checks can be life-changing documents, for both …

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Jul 19

How to Evaluate Your Nanny’s Driving Skills

Hiring a nanny can be a stressful, time-consuming process. Once you’ve narrowed down the field of candidates and have conducted a round of interviews, there’s still one crucial hurdle along the path of hiring that you must clear: conducting a background check.

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May 23

Wearing Rose Colored Glasses

As a manager within your organization you are expected to provide leadership and direction for those employees who report to you. Likely that requirement is a key accountability in your job description, and fulfilling that mandate means that you’ll have to make decisions that impact your employees – for good or ill. Bummer. Not everyone …

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May 17

How To Avoid Making Bad Hiring Choices

In today’s economic environment, mistakes are spotlighted much easier than ever before. To be successful, every approach has to be calculated and played like a chess game. This basic principal goes for the hiring process as well. You want the best people in every position, whether it’s for your IT management or HR department. Far …

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May 11

What ‘The Avengers’ can teach you about the workplace

The summer movie season is kicking off, and the first big blockbuster to open is “The Avengers.” It brings together some of Marvel Comics’ biggest superheroes into one movie for a battle royale between a demigod and his alien cohorts. Chances are you haven’t encountered a master assassin at your office potluck, because comic-book stories …

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May 10

Think You Can Spot a Fake Resume?

According to one CareerBuilder survey, 38 percent of employees have embellished their job responsibilities at some point, while 18 percent have lied about their skill sets. Other common lies surrounded information about employees’ start and end dates of employment, academic degrees, previous employers and job titles. 6 Ways to Keep Candidates Legit Use the following …

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May 10

25 Live Networking Tips

Maybe it’s just lately, but it really does seem like career bloggers (myself included) are writing mostly about the social web 2.0 side of networking. Today we’re taking a break from Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and others so that I can share 25 tips for Live Networking

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May 09

Get Rich Quick!

Remember how easy it was for Jed Clampett of Beverly Hillbillies fame? One day he was shootin’ at some food and up through the ground came some bubblin’ crude. It was just sitting there, waiting for him. Take a look in front of you. There’s a precious commodity just sitting there, waiting for you. As the promo …

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May 08

New Guidance issued by EEOC on Criminal Background Checks

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new Enforcement Guidance on use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions. As a result, the new EEOC Enforcement Guidance aims to prohibit employers from using “blanket prohibitions” against hiring anyone with any kind of a criminal records, no matter how old the conviction and …

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