This issue raises a good point…Misrepresenting your credentials matters, even for CEO’s. Only two months into his tenure as Yahoo’s chief executive, Scott Thompson is at the center of a firestorm. An activist shareholder discovered that the PayPal veteran doesn’t hold the computer science degree that’s been listed in numerous biographies and in securities filings. Thompson…

Question:  Where and for how long should an employer maintain background check results? Answer:  Typically, employers have a couple of choices as it relates to the retention of pre-employment background checks. There is no absolute requirement that background checks be retained if the applicant is hired, and some employers will destroy the background checks once…

Question:  Is an independent contractor in California entitled to paid time off from the company he’s doing work with for the birth of a child? Answer: If accurately classified, an independent contractor does not qualify for many of the benefits and requirements provided by federal and state employment laws for regular employees of a company…

Question:  Does an employer need to provide temporary agency employees with a letter clearly stating that the position is temporary so as not to have the temporary agency employee think that the job is with the contracting company? Answer: Typically the temporary agency will ensure that their employees know the position they are filling is…

Question:  Where and for how long should an employer maintain background check results? Answer: Typically, employers have a couple of choices as it relates to the retention of pre-employment background checks. There is no absolute requirement that background checks be retained if the applicant is hired, and some employers will destroy the background checks once…

Question:  Can an employer terminate an employee for making a costly error years ago that has just been discovered? Answer: This answer is based upon the fact that there is no specific employment contract in place that outlines specific reasons for termination of employment and that the employer has an employment-at-will policy in place that…

Question: Is a Veteran’s Affairs ID Card plus a Driver’s License acceptable documentation for I-9 authorization? Answer: The short answer to the question is that a Veteran’s Affairs ID Card and a Driver’s License alone do not satisfy the I-9 authorization requirements. Those documents only verify the individual’s identity. The new hire will also need…

Question: If a new hire volunteers information about medical issues, can the employer ask for a doctor’s fit-for-duty certification? Answer: Exercise caution in requesting medical documentation from applicants or employees, unless the applicant or employee is specifically requesting some form of accommodation in order to do his/her job or the employer has directly observed or…

6 suggestions from Jacquie Barrett-Poindexter to turn things around at work: Believe in possibilities. Think back to a time when you first accepted your current position. Everything felt new and the possibilities seemed endless. It’s unclear how you got talked out of this idea, but after a few years of listening to lunchroom gossip and…

When your interviewer wraps up your job interview by asking if you have any questions, you might think that he or she is finished assessing you, but that’s not quite the case. Interviewers draw conclusions about you based on the questions you ask–or don’t ask. You don’t want to give the impression that you’re not…