Category: Hiring

Quirky Question #271: We’ve Got a Worried Waiter

Question: We recently interviewed a candidate for a server position at our restaurant. During the interview, he informed us that he has an anxiety disorder, which causes him to have panic attacks out of the blue. Do we have to hire him? What if he had a panic attack in the middle of serving a customer?

Quirky Question #268: E-Sign Away!

Question: We have our electronic handbook and arbitration agreement online, and all employees sign both electronically.  I saw a news blurb that a California court last year refused to enforce an arbitration agreement that was electronically signed.  Can’t we use electronic signatures in California?

Quirky Question #266: What’s up with Pregnancy Discrimination?

Question: Over the summer, we heard a lot about new guidance on pregnancy discrimination. What do we need to know to ensure we are complying with local, state, and federal laws on pregnancy discrimination?

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?