Here are this week’s links to a few good stories we found and selected. We feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to midsize businesses.

How important is company culture? I have always felt that cultivating the culture of an organization is job one for upper management. Having a higher retention rate is a nice byproduct of this practice, and Derek Irvine agrees. Read his article, Yes, An Authentic Company Culture Really Can Drive Retention, to learn more.

A California Court of Appeals ruling found that employers have a new duty to extend reasonable accommodations not only to disabled employees, but to workers who are associated with a disabled person as well. It will be interesting to see if Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express influences case law in other states, but HR professionals should take note. Kristen Agnew of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP gives the details in her article, Reasonable Accommodation Protections Expanded to Non-Disabled Employees.

Several years ago, I interviewed a potential employee who was trying to make an impression. His credentials were impressive, and I thought we could talk over lunch.As we left the office and went to take my car (a very serviceable five-year-old Ford), he made a point to point out his car in the parking lot—which, of course, was a new BMW. The interview would have ended then, but it was lunchtime, and I was hungry. It did end about an hour later.

I thought of this story when I read an article by Bruna Martinuzzi’s article, How to Avoid Hiring Bad Employees. She opens with, “Don’t let charm, a great suit and a seemingly perfect resume fool you,” and she gives some great advice. After all, hiring the wrong employee can be costly indeed. Fortunately, in my case, the only cost was lunch.