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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 136 IDEA: Know What Not to Ask Job Applicants

When 100 small business owners were asked if they had ever asked a job applicant any of the following questions during an interview, all of them said “yes.”

  • Have you ever filed a workers' compensation claim?
  • Do you have any physical problems or injuries?
  • How many sick days did you take off last year?
  • Are you currently taking any medication?
  • Have you ever been treated for drug abuse?

Actually, it's illegal to ask applicants any of these questions, according to my legal experts.

In addition to asking the wrong questions, small business owners are also at risk when it comes to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a zillion other employment-related laws. It doesn't matter ...

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