Hiring and Firing – A Northern Green Expo Education Class

Hiring and Firing – A Northern Green Expo Education Class

This winter the BLC team attended the Northern Green Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We go every year as a team building event and for our continuing education in the industry. One class I attended was “Hiring and Firing,” presented by attorney Patrick McGuiness. Patrick is a great speaker; not only was he funny, but very informative!
I just want to hit on a couple of key points of the presentation. In regards to an application, you can no longer ask about the applicants’ criminal record. When it comes to interviews, always conduct two interviews. We have been practicing this for quite a while, and it is a requirement for us. The first point of contact is always a phone interview. You will save yourself A LOT of time by doing this first, as it helps to weed out those individuals who embellish their resume. If they make it past that, then it’s time to bring them in for an in-person interview.

Once the applicant is hired, be sure to document everything, and I mean everything. All of the good, the bad and the ugly; it will save you a major headache down the road if you ever have to produce this documentation. If there is a termination involved, there are several rules to follow so you don’t put yourself or your company in jeopardy.

For more information, check out Patrick McGuiness’ articles here: http://zmattorneys.com/author/patrickmcguiness/


By Mike Fritsche, Lawn Manager at Barrett Lawn Care

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