Finding the right employees can be a daunting task. Good employees can be the most important component to the success of your business. While there are many sources for finding new hires, the internet, job search engines, internal postings, word of mouth, current employees, head hunters, etc., it is critical to go through the process thoroughly and properly.
For example, there are numerous employment laws that apply to many employers, such as The American With Disabilities Act, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to name a few. Be familiar with what laws apply to your company, and ensure processes and procedures to comply.
Along those lines, there are questions that can be considered either appropriate or inappropriate to be asked during the interview process. Asking an applicant his age, marital status, ethnicity and so forth will get you into trouble, while asking about responsibilities in his most recent position, special skills, education and similar questions will suit you well. It is critical to know the dos and don’ts before interviewing any candidates to avoid pitfalls and possible liability.
Some employers choose to use offer letters in hiring a new employee, while others are satisfied making the offer verbally. In either case, be careful not to mislead the candidate or promise something you can not deliver. For example, avoid statements that give a false sense of security, or what the applicant may understand to be a long-term promise of employment.
For high level executives, it may be appropriate to sign a formal employment agreement covering topics such as the position, term, salary, bonus and benefits, termination rights, job responsibilities and similar items. Employment agreements also cover provisions regarding confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation. Many companies make the mistake of overusing employment agreements; it is best to keep these to a minimum, reserved for high level employees.
Your employees are critical to your success. Be sure your hiring tools are up to date and comply with the laws and regulations applicable to your company.