Hiring for the holidays? Here are tips to protect you

Shoppers like to complain that holiday decorations appear earlier and earlier. Retailers have their own seasonal lament: There’s no one to hire for the oncoming rush of those shoppers.

With unemployment at near-record lows, retailers are pulling out all the stops to ensure they have enough workers come December. Companies are bumping up pay and even loosening disciplinary and hiring policies.

About that last one: Resist the temptation, says Ed Harold of Fisher Phillips, a nationwide labor and employment law firm that represents employers. “It’s tempting given the tight job market and the time crunch you might be under, but stick to the book,” says Harold. “It only takes one misstep for things to go wrong terribly.”


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