In this issue: Hot Tip for March 2017 and Our Featured Article: Protect Yourself Against Identity-Related Theft By Penny Lutocka, President – Lutocka and Associates, LLC

HR Hot Tip for March 2017


Keep Your Company Out Of Court When Hiring

Be PROACTIVE not REACTIVE and it will save you a lot of money!

Most owners and managers are uncomfortable, unprepared, and untrained in interviewing. They end up having a chat rather than an interview. They are likely to ask:

        Do you plan to start a family soon?
        When did you graduate from high school?
        What sort of accent is that?
        We usually hire young candidates right out of college for that job.

All of these questions and many more are forbidden as they set the company up for a charge of discrimination. Owners or managers may say, “Oh, I was just making conversation,” but courts will assume you asked the question for a reason, and what reason could there be other than discriminating?


Our Lead Article

Scam Artists Get Even More Desperate and Creative After the
Holidays — Protect Yourself Against Identity-Related Theft

By Penny Lutocka, President – Lutocka and Associates, LLC

Are you at risk for financial loss due to identity-related theft? Most of us are. When the economy tightens and gas prices rise, scam artists get even more desperate – and creative. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can fight back. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid the potential financial devastation of identity-related theft.

Don’t give out confidential or sensitive information via phone or email. Scam artists have gotten more and more sophisticated in their abilities to appear legitimate. But truly legitimate financial and credit institutions should never ask for your social security or account numbers via unsolicited phone calls or emails – Period! If you do get such a request, don’t divulge sensitive information your bank or creditor should already have.

Take bill payments directly to the post office. That little flag on your mailbox may be red, but it’s a good as a green light to thieves who want your confidential information. Don’t give them the chance. Instead, whenever you pay bills by mail, take your payment envelopes directly to the post office or an official postal pick-up box. It’s easy enough to swing by such a location on your lunch hour, and it may save you time, trouble and money.

Leave non-essential cards at home. Do you carry your social security card with you? Insurance cards? What about your credit cards; do you carry all of them all the time? Chances are you’ll practically never need your social security card, and will need your insurance cards infrequently. As for your credit cards, do you really need to carry several everywhere you go? Play it smart; leave non-essential cards in a safe place. They’ll be there when you need them.

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