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3 Steps to Better Intern Management

17 May, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

Internships are phenomenal opportunities for students to gain real-world insight into industry careers. Internships are coveted by employers due to minimizing financial expenses from wages and benefits while maximizing employee output. Internships are typically unpaid in terms of traditional reimbur...

The Paid Leave Trend Continues at the State and City Level, With Federal Encouragement

10 May, 2016

Estimated time to read: 45 seconds

As the Obama administration continues to push for federal paid family and sick leave requirements, it’s also prompting state and local governments to take matters into their own hands. On May 5, the Labor Department announced that it’s offering $1 million in federal grants to allow state, county or...

Top 5 Tips for Improving Time Management and Attendance

03 May, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

In every office, there are days when everything seems to be flowing smoothly. Productivity and attendance are up and everyone is working together like a well-oiled machine. For some offices, this is a rare occurrence, but it can be the norm with some time management and attendance guidelines for emp...

Can Informal Performance Reviews Lead to Stronger Discrimination Claims?

26 April, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

A growing trend across Fortune 500 companies is the move away from annual employee performance evaluations to more frequent, less formal reviews. Accenture, Deloitte and Microsoft are just a few examples of corporations that have completely changed how they conduct performance reviews. It’s estimat...

The Number 1 Reason You Aren’t Productive At Work

19 April, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

Productivity is about more than getting as many projects finished as possible. Productivity involves efficiency, quality, and completion. You might have a lot of work on your plate, and you continue to accept new assignments. After all, you are the best choice for the job. But you may start to notic...

Ban the Box: What Is It? Who Requires It?

12 April, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

As public interest in reducing the U.S. prison population and recidivism rate grows, employers are being pushed to remove the check box on employment applications that asks applicants if they have a criminal record. These “ban-the-box” laws are gaining traction at both the state and local levels. A...

Follow These 3 Easy Steps for Better Work Life Balance

05 April, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

While scrolling through Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites, it is easy to think that everyone around you has attained the elusive work-life balance. You see that crisp photograph of the immaculate living room, kids playing on the floor as the parents sit down with a cup of coffee. The...

5 Ways Morning People Achieve More Success

29 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise" is a saying we’ve all heard a thousand times over the years. But as it turns out, Benjamin Franklin may have actually been on to something. It is likely that you very well know which side of sleeping schedules you fall o...

Be Aware of Compliance Audits: Employers Paid Out More Than $400 Million in Fiscal Year 2015

22 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

The risk of being audited. Every company has to deal with it, and smart organizations know how to take steps to diminish that risk. But even the best-prepared business leaders are wrong if they think that getting their tax practices in order will eliminate that risk entirely. That’s because audits a...

7 Ways to Energize Your Afternoon

15 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

It’s no secret that mornings are more productive than afternoons. When employees begin their workdays feeling refreshed from a night’s sleep, they typically have better productivity than when they return to work after lunch. Follow these seven tips to help energize your afternoons so that productivi...

Three Cities Where Offering Commuter Benefits is the Law

09 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

About 2.7 million U.S. workers receive pre-tax commuter benefits from their employers through an IRS Section 132 plan. At the federal level, legislation passed in late 2015 that established equal tax-free limits for transit passes, van-pool benefits and parking benefits, retroactive to January 1, 20...

How Do Changing Legal Protections Around Marijuana Affect the Workplace?

01 March, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

The move to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use continues to gain traction state by state. For employers, it can seem disconcerting. What effect will all of this change have on the zero tolerance policies, drug-testing programs, and workplace safety strategies that are already established in the...

Five Interview Questions You Didn't Know Were Illegal

23 February, 2016  |  3 Comments

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 15 seconds

The point of any interview is to get to know as much as possible about a potential job candidate. Making sure a possible candidate is a good fit for both the position and the company at large does well for all parties involved in the end. The process of determining these factors is usually done thro...

Who’s the Boss? The Difference Between Leaders and Managers

16 February, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

A very fine line exists in the differences between leaders and managers. Good managers are also leaders, but not all leaders are good managers. Grace Murray Hopper simplifies the base difference: “You manage things, you lead people.” Managers have employees. Within any company, people show up wh...

Three Key 2016 Compliance Concerns Driven by 2015 Policy Actions

09 February, 2016  |  6 Comments

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Three very different hot-button HR concerns in 2016 have one thing in common: All three were catapulted into prominence as a result of legal or political actions taken late last year—actions that employers may have overlooked at the time. Here’s a closer look at each one. Paid Sick Leave 2016 is sh...

Better Communication in the Workplace: The How and the Why

02 February, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

Without effective workplace communication, businesses cannot reach their full potential because of time wasted on misunderstandings. Productive employees need effective workplace communication. Four things motivate employees: compensation, a sense of belonging, understanding their environment and...

Bad Weather and Pay Practices: Should workers be paid if they can’t report for work in a storm?

26 January, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

Bad Weather and Pay Practices: Should workers be paid if they can’t report for work in a storm? Severe weather can have businesses grappling with two crucial questions: Should we close our doors? And, should we pay our employees if they can’t safely make it in to work? Under the Fair Labor Standar...

State-Sponsored Retirement Benefits for Private-Sector Workers: They’re Closer than You Think

19 January, 2016

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Sixty-eight million American workers in the private sector do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Twenty-six states are looking to change that by offering state-sponsored retirement plans—such as an automatic IRA or ERISA-compliant 401(k) account—that private-sector...

Top Six Benefit Trends for 2016

12 January, 2016

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

As 2015 has come and gone, most people are looking ahead to what 2016 will bring. Whether their resolutions include personal health, professional growth, or time with loved ones, chances are good that the benefits they receive at work will be important to at least one of the goals. Check out some of...

What Motivates Employees In the Workplace?

05 January, 2016

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

Many employers know that motivation is a key element of being a good leader. Yet, somehow they still seem to miss the mark when it comes to actively motivating their employees. Employee motivation ought to be a priority on any employer’s list and we are here to help guide you, as a leader, in improv...

IRS Delays Due Dates for ACA Forms

29 December, 2015  |  2 Comments

Estimated time to read: 30 seconds

The IRS has delayed the due-dates for required ACA reports and forms.  Some employers may view this as a signal to relax their compliance efforts, but the changes to the reporting deadlines will likely just allow some very slight breathing room. Insurance providers and applicable large employers ar...

Five Tools to Handle Holiday Stress

22 December, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

While the holidays can bring joy, they can also be the cause of drastically higher stress levels. Between shopping for the perfect gift, wrapping up tasks at work before year end and taking vacation time, and preparing treats for the neighborhood, your to-do list is probably growing by the minute. S...

Improve Your Time Management Skills in 2016

15 December, 2015

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

Imagine this...You start your day full of optimism, ready to check things off your to-do list. However, half way through the day you begin to feel stressed and overloaded. The checklist that didn’t seem too bad this morning suddenly seems impossible to accomplish. Sound familiar? You aren’t alone....

Four Reasons Employees Need (And Deserve) Company Wellness Programs

11 December, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

As more and more employees have been delegated to sedentary desk jobs, there has been an increase in the risk of metabolic disorders, cardiac problems and other diseases. It is more essential than ever for businesses to implement company wellness programs to promote a healthier lifestyle. Programs c...

Three Year-End Strategies to Maximize Health Benefits

01 December, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 30 seconds

As the year comes to an end, many people are considering how they can maximize their health benefits before a new plan year begins. Schedule a Dental Check-Up If you have avoided seeing your dentist all year, the final months mark a good time to make that happen. Many dental plans work differently...