Recruitment and Texting #HR #Recruitment #Texting

  
So we had a candidate to apply for a HR position and received a response to our call via text. At first were taken aback, but then we began to ponder the idea. Why not text potential canidates? 
Texting is now the way of life and a great means of communication. Almost everyone we know have cellphones and the capabilities of receiving and sending text without any additional fees via cellphone, tablets etc. 

So we decided to give it a try for a few of our clients. Reviewing resumes, we texted potential candidates to set up initial interviews, and within just a few minutes of sending the text we received a response. When email responses  were sent or phone messages left, the response time was anywhere between 6-8 hours, and sometimes the next day. 

We point this out to say that there is a new medium in recruitment that as HR professionals and recruiters we should be looking at. 

Research shows that text messages have a 98% open rate, compared to 23% of emails (Jobvite). 

If your organization decide to take the unconventional way of recruiting and start texting, always remember text with caution, keep business hours when doing so, and always keep things professional. 

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IRS extends ACA reporting deadline for employers. 

IRS extends ACA reporting deadline for employers. 
he Internal Revenue Service on Monday extended the deadline for 2015 Affordable Care Act information reporting, giving employers subject to the requirements some highly-sought after relief.
To read more clink on the link below. 
http://ebn.benefitnews.com/news/health-care-reform/irs-extends-aca-reporting-deadline-for-employers-2747973-1.html?utm_medium=email&ET=ebnbenefitnews:e5850393:4443119a:&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=ebn%20insurance%20newscast-jan%204%202016&st=email

Source:EBN

#ACAReporting #ACA #HR #Benefits #Healthcare 

Is Your State Minimum Wage Increasing in 2016? Read more here…

The minimum wage is scheduled to increase in 14 states on or before January 1 — MULTISTATE — Minimum wage 

The minimum wage is scheduled to increase on or by January 1 in the following 14 states:

 Alaska: $9.75 per hour on January 1, 2016 (Ballot Initiative 3 (13 MINW), approved November 4, 2014).

 Arkansas: $8.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 (Ballot Issue No. 5, approved November 4, 2014).

 California: $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 (Ch. 351 (A. 10), L. 2013).

 Colorado: $8.31 per hour, with the minimum wage for tipped employees at $5.29 per hour, on January 1, 2016 (Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 32 (7 CCR 1103-1, which adjusts the minimum wage rates pursuant to Section 15 of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, was adopted by the Division of Labor on November 10, 2015, and finalized on November 24, 2015).

 Connecticut: $9.60 per hour effective January 1, 2016 (Public Act 14-1 (S. 32), L. 2014).

 Hawaii: $8.50 per hour effective January 1, 2016 (S. 2609, L. 2014).

 Massachusetts: $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 (Ch. 144 (S. 2195), L. 2014).

 Michigan: $8.50 per hour effective January 1, 2016 (Act 138 (S. 934, L. 2014).

 Nebraska: $9.00 per hour on January 1, 2016. The state minimum wage applies to employers with four or more employees (Ballot Measure 425, approved by voters in the November 4, 2014, General Election).

 New York: $9.00 per hour effective on and after December 31, 2015 (Ch. 57 (S. 2607-D/A. 3007-D), L. 2013). For fast food employees covered by the Hospitality Industry Wage Order (12 NYCRR 146), the minimum wage on and after December 31, 2015, is $10.50 per hour in New York City and $9.75 per hour in the rest of the state. For tipped workers covered by the Order, the minimum wage for service and food service employees is $7.50 per hour on December 31, 2015, with a tip credit not to exceed $1.50 per hour (tips plus wages must equal or exceed $9.00 per hour) (For resort hotels only, service employees must receive a wage of $7.50 per hour with a tip credit not to exceed $1.50, if the tips received equal or exceed at least $5.05 per hour). The minimum wage for state workers, effective December 31, 2015, is $10.50 per hour for state employees whose job location is within the five boroughs of New York City and $9.75 per hour for state employees in all other job locations.

 Rhode Island: $9.60 per hour effective January 1, 2016 (H. 5074A and S. 194A, L. 2015).

 South Dakota: $8.55 per hour effective January 1, 2016. The minimum wage for tipped employees will be $4.28 per hour (Initiated Measure 18, approved November 4, 2014; South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, News Release, October 15, 2015).

 Vermont: $9.60 per hour effective January 1, 2016. The basic tipped wage rate for service or tipped employees will be $4.80 per hour (Act 176 (H. 552), L. 2014; Vermont Department of Labor, Establishment of Basic Tipped Wage Rate, October 13, 2015).

 West Virginia: $8.75 per hour effective December 31, 2015 (Ch. 124 (H. 4283), L. 2014, and Ch. 5 (H. 201), L. 2014).

Source: CCH 

Be considerate 

We often receive calls from potential candidates, leading up to their interview seeking advice on how to prepare for the big day. We often advise the following:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • Dress professionally
  • Research the company 
  • Prepare 5-7 questions to ask 
  • Bring at least three copies of your resume 

But what I have found is that employers are too often not considerate of the candidates time. We often forget that the best of the best are interviewing the employer (us) as well. So here is our advice to employers. 

  • Be prepared, review the candidates resume prior to your interview
  • Be punctual 
  • Offer coffee, water, tea etc
  • Conduct the interview in a well lit room
  • Have a copy of the canidate’s resume 
  • Most of all be welcoming – smile. 

Please feel free to share your tips.