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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...

The Power of Social Recruiting for Recruiters

24 November, 2015

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

Social media has greatly impacted the way companies conduct business in all areas. Not only is social media becoming a customary method for marketing, job recruiters are also turning to these online networks to research candidates.   This method of screening has multiple names: social recruit...

Harvest the Best Talent with an Effective Talent Management System

17 November, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

As an employer, managing your human capital can be a daunting task. How can you be sure that your employees are paid well for the positions they occupy? How can you track their achievements in a way that produces positive results for the organization and for the employee? Talent Management Systems a...

Top 4 Benefits of a Better Onboarding Process

03 November, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

For many new employees the onboarding process is their first chance to really see how a company operates. Does the company provide clear instructions? Is HR and management responsive? Are new hires filling out the same form three times because it keeps getting lost in a sea of paperwork? This not on...

Attention All Startups: Payroll Information You Can’t Miss

27 October, 2015

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

Starting a business is exciting. New opportunities abound as you develop your startup, and begin to receive interest from prospective clients. Due to the excitement and busy nature of starting a business, many startup owners overlook one critical aspect of owning a business: how do we manage payroll...

Employers Stuck Between A Rock And A High Deductible Health Plan

20 October, 2015  |  1 Comments

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 15 seconds

Health insurance deductibles are a fairly common practice in the world that we live in. An employer offers a specific health care plan to employees, in which the employee will pay a certain amount of money out of pocket for health care before their coverage can officially begin. However, the recent...

Understand the Needs and Interest of Millennial Employees

13 October, 2015

Estimated time to read: 4 minutes

For several years now Gen Zers, aka Millennials (those born between the mid 1980s and early 2000s), have been dubbed “the worst generation.” They have been labeled with character traits such as lazy, needy, entitled, unwilling to work hard, and disrespectful. These are some harsh accusations and are...

7 Tips for Managing Virtual Employees

06 October, 2015  |  2 Comments

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 45 seconds

The Internet has made working from home a reality for employees and has completely changed the way businesses operate in the modern world. No longer do business owners have to pay for office space, they can simply meet with their employees virtually and still get business done.   Hiring virtu...

Three Reasons Engagement Matters — For Your Bottom Line and an Empowered Workforce

05 October, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

“Our most important asset is our people.” How often have you heard that phrase before? Yet, when it comes to living up to that promise, companies still aren’t doing enough. In fact, engagement survey provider Quantum Workforce found that overall employee engagement is at its lowest levels in eight...

How One Scenario Proves That HR Isn’t Dead

29 September, 2015

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

In a world that is increasingly dependent on electronics, one might wonder if the traditional human resources department is really necessary.The answer? The traditional human resources department has no place in this ever evolving world of modern communication, flexible schedules, and diverse employ...

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Payroll HCM Service Provider

22 September, 2015  |  2 Comments

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes, 45 seconds

Bookkeeping can be one of the most tedious tasks of running a business. Payroll taxes are ranked as a top financial and administrative burden for business owners according to the 2014 National Small Business Association tax survey.   Outsourcing payroll will help to alleviate some of your bur...

How to Maximize Employee Benefits While Minimizing Cost

15 September, 2015

Estimated time to read: 4 minutes, 15 seconds

In an age of doing more with less, it’s easy to assume that cutting employee benefits will lead to greater profit margins. But more and more studies seem to suggest that simply isn’t the case. The logic: Overall job satisfaction rates are higher among employees who have a good understanding of all...