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The Wall Street Journal reported today on what appears to be a growing trend of advertising a position as “remote” when in fact the position is either partially remote or not remote at all. Launching a lawsuit against an employer before even applying for a job is probably not career-enhancing, but luring applicants based on incorrect or dated information is equally unproductive. Up-to-date job descriptions are important for a fair and transparent hiring process (and the equally important goal of articulating the actual qualifications for the position). How can a candidate verify the accuracy of a job offer? Ask pointed but appropriate questions about the position. And if the job description doesn’t match the ad, graciously indicating lack of interest is a courteous and professional response. Unlike job location, however, the regulatory trend requiring salary range disclosure is a trend that comes with real legal teeth and a checklist of compliance tasks for HR professionals (especially for New York employers – more on this to come).
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