Lora Patterson

Lora Patterson is an HR Advisor at Zenefits. As the daughter of a small town business owner, Lora is passionate about helping business owners navigate the tricky world of human resources. On her days off, she spends her time exploring used bookstores and traveling the world.

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Will employees be charged a copay in order to use their vision insurance?

In short, it depends. Insurance providers are free to charge a copay if they choose to do so. The answer to this question will be entirely dependent on the insurance provider and plan your company has chosen. Federal Regulations: Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),insurance providers are only barred from charging copays for certain preventative […]

What should I do if a former employer refuses to provide a reference?

Every employer is concerned about properly vetting prospective employees. Obtaining references is a vital part of the vetting process to offer insider information on a candidate’s desirability. Unfortunately, many companies have a strict policy of not providing references for former employees. In fact, some require that all reference questions are directed to the human resources […]

Can you ask a candidate in an application if they have another job?

It’s okay to ask applicants if they have another job, but consider this: Relevance The most effective interview questions are those that pertain directly to the open position. For instance, asking a candidate if they can legally drive doesn’t make sense if you’re interviewing a potential sous chef. An applicant’s employment status may or may […]

What are the benefits and disadvantages of holding an interview day?

Interview days (not to be confused with mass or group interviews) are an excellent tool in the recruiter’s toolbox. Interview days are similar to speed-dating: A group of candidates applying for the same type of position come in at the same time. Initially, each interviewer is paired with a candidate, whom they talk to for […]

How do I share my job description?

To reach the widest audience for your job description, you should use a healthy mix of online job sites and classifieds social media and traditional outlets such as newspaper classifieds, trade journals and local government agencies. Job Boards Job boards are useful in maximizing the “eyeballs” that see your job posting. Sites like LinkedIn, Monster, […]

What should a job offer include?

Overview After you’ve decided to hire a candidate you have interviewed, an offer letter gives you the chance to clearly articulate the terms of employment for the position. The details you provide in the letter should be sufficient for the candidate to make a decision about whether to accept the position and its terms. Basic […]

Which questions are employers forbidden from asking in a job interview?

When you’re interviewing a candidate for a job, you want to get to know them as well as possible. But there are some questions that get just a little too personal. Here are some questions that you cannot ask during an interview. 1. How old are you? Asking this may seem fine, but it can […]

What are best practices for applicant performance exams?

Performance exams, i.e., code tests for software engineers, are common tools used by prospective employers to assess a candidate’s aptitude and mastery of the skills required to succeed in a particular position. # Tips for Administering Performance Exams In the job posting, make sure to state that the interview process requires a written or online […]

Can a recruiter reject a candidate due to the candidate requiring relocation?

The short answer is yes. There are not any U.S. federal laws preventing a recruiter from rejecting a candidate due to the fact that they live too far away and/or relocation would be required. Although the recruiter may not always cite this as the reason, when an applicant is clearly qualified yet gets rejected and […]

When is the best time to let a candidate know that they have been rejected?

Legal Requirements There really aren’t any legal requirements or strict protocol regarding job rejection correspondence. As a result, candidates can be left in limbo as they do not know why they didn’t hear back from the company. A Best Practice A best practice is to follow up within 24 to 48 hours and let the […]