Unemployment Down but EEOC Violations Up: HireBox Cites Employment Law Uncertainty

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Innovative public relations firm, JoTo PR, introduces partnership with personnel assessment and HR law expert HireBox, who cautions that the government’s lack of leniency with businesses, regardless of size, should trigger professional HR intervention.

The unemployment rate is currently 4.3%, the lowest point since 2001, and causes an applicant-driven market. But, regulations and the potential for EEOC violations are scaring employers, who are making slower hiring decisions. Penalties have been raised for the second time in six months and among the most frequent violations are improper posting of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guidelines, violations of changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governing minimum wage and overtime rules, and failure to inform employees of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) opportunities. 1

A study by Hiscox found that U.S.-based companies have at least an 11.7 percent chance of having an employment charge filed against them. Hiscox claims data for small and mid-sized businesses (under 500 employees) indicate that one in five will face employment charges with an average cost to defend of $125,000, which includes expenses such as attorney’s fees and settlement costs. 2

In most cases an applicant files an anonymous claim on the EEOC website if they “feel” you were discriminatory in the questions you asked in the hiring process. Months later, due to a case backlog, you will be notified of the EEOC’s intent to audit. The time and cost is a nightmare, especially to small companies.

Patrick Valtin, founder of HireBox.com and NoFailHiring.com, has aligned with JoTo PR to contribute to the improvement of society through business activities and revolutionize the way employers hire. His developed brands offer pre-hire and performance review assessments, training for clients to establish the most effective hiring processes possible, and strategies for human resources development.

Valtin has experienced that pre-employment assessments such as his Pre-SelectorTM and Recru-Tec AssessmentsTM, evaluate whether candidates have (or not) the potential to contribute to the success & happiness of their future employer. The full complement, which includes the evaluation of sales teams, also evaluates what can be done to make the candidate or employee more effective and happier on the job.

Karla Jo Helms, CEO, Chief Evangelist and Anti-PR Strategist for JoTo PR, commented that “It’s important in our era of instant communication for employers to become more effective recruiters, maximizing successful matching between career seekers and employers.” She continues “Employees are needed who have technical skills, but also the traits necessary to contribute to the team framework of a company.”

HireBox is a results-based testing platform utilizing legal quality control to give hiring missions the best outcome. Founded by Patrick Valtin, the job-matching assessments and internal evaluations provide vital information about potential and current employees.

The willingness AND ability to contribute to one's team's success & happiness is by far the best predictor of an individual's performance at work. Based on the evaluation of over 25,000 applicants, Patrick Valtin has come to the conclusion that no matter the talent, competencies or experience, the odds of a successful hire are very, very low if THAT universal personnel selection criterion is missing.

“Patrick Valtin’s approach to pre-employment assessment is based on his comprehensive knowledge of recruiting, onboarding and retention” added Helms. “He has infused accuracy and reliability into his assessments that provide employers with the tools necessary to create a successful and engaged work force.”

JoTo PR has a rich history in innovative business PR solutions, and provides services to national and international organizations. The firm is a pioneer in the PR industry, blending traditional PR expertise with high technology so as to harness the advantages of both worlds—traditional and new. JoTo PR specializes in the healthcare, finance and technology sectors, but has worked for a variety of industries and non-profits, using a proprietary process to consistently find, relay and render to the media the information that’s valuable to its clients’ respective industries.

About JoTo PR:
After doing marketing research on a cross-section majority of 5,000 CEOs of fast-growth trajectory companies and finding out exactly how they used PR, how they measure it and how they wanted the PR industry to be different, PR veteran and innovator Karla Jo Helms created JoTo PR and established its entire business model on those research findings. Astute in recognizing industry changes since its launch in 2009, JoTo PR’s team utilizes newly established patterns to create timely PR campaigns comprising both traditional and the latest proven media methods. This unique skill enables JoTo PR to continue to increase the market share and improve return on investment (ROI) for its clients, year after year—beating usual industry standards. Based in Tampa Bay, Florida, JoTo PR is an established international public relations agency. Today, all of JoTo PR’s processes are streamlined PR services that have become the hallmark of the JoTo PR name. Giving hope and help to meaningful and purposeful businesses is what makes JoTo PR motivated to impact the world positively and for the optimism to help more people. For more information, visit JoTo PR online at http://www.jotopr.com.

About Karla Jo Helms:
Karla Jo Helms is the Chief Evangelist and Anti-PR Strategist for JoTo PR.

Karla Jo learned firsthand how unforgiving business can be when millions of dollars are on the line—and how the control of public opinion often determines whether one company is happily chosen or another is brutally rejected.

Being an alumna of crisis management, Karla Jo has worked with litigation attorneys, private investigators and the media to help restore companies of goodwill back into the good graces of public opinion—Karla Jo operates on the ethic of getting it right the first time, not relying on second chances, and doing what it takes to excel.

Karla Jo has patterned her agency on the perfect balance of crisis management, entrepreneurial insight and proven public relations experience. Helms speaks globally on public relations, how the PR industry itself has lost its way and how, in the right hands, corporations can harness the power of PR to drive markets and impact market perception.

1.    Staff Writer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor. N.p., 2016. Web.
2.    Simpson, Andrew. “What are Chances a U.S. Business will Face an Employee Lawsuit?” Insurance Journal. N.p., 28 October 2015. Web.

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