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How to Grow Your Business with a PEO

“[PEOs] now provide…services to about 180,000 companies that collectively employ more than 3 million workers and generate $156 billion in annual revenues.” (NAPEO.org) Does your business manage all HR and benefits administration responsibilities in-house? It might be time to look into partnering with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). A PEO provides an outsourced solution to [...]

Follow the Law When Using Background Checks for Hiring

More and more employers are using background checks as a regular part of the hiring process, and it's easy to understand why. When it comes to the need to protect your business, your workforce and your customers, the stakes are high. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) spells out a few good reasons why employers [...]

Protect Your Company from Immigration Infractions

More than three decades have elapsed since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) began requiring employers to complete I-9 forms when hiring to verify a new employee's identity and authorization to work in the United States. Given the recent focus on illegal immigration, there's a good chance that immigration enforcement efforts at the employer level [...]

4 HR Risks Your Company May Face This Month

“Action and adaptability create opportunity.” —Garrison Wynn Did you know? The U.S. Dept of Labor is currently asking for public comment on potential changes to the overtime rule to determine which employees are exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? (SHRM) A revised version of form I-9, employment [...]

Can You Require a Switch to Direct Deposit?

It may not be long before paper paychecks go the way of the five-and-dime store and the VCR. They may soon become obsolete as "direct deposit" into bank accounts is the predominant method of paying employees. And why not? All of the banking — including depositing the amounts into the employee's account and acceptance of the [...]

FMLA: The Law that Never Sleeps

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is often tweaked, adjusted or reinterpreted as cases of alleged abuse continue to pop up and courts are asked to weigh in. With so much change, it's a good idea to check your policies regularly. Is your company in compliance? Here's a very streamlined recap of the top 10 [...]

Overtime Work is About More than Higher Pay Rates

It may seem like overtime issues never cease... if it isn't one thing, it's another. But with money, productivity and safety at stake, it's too important to just wing it. That's why — aside from the obvious issues of when to pay time-and-a-half, when to pay double time, and who qualifies for the higher rates — [...]

Should Your Company Offer Paid Parental Leave?

Organizations that advocate for paid parental leave recognize that for most employers, the decision of whether to offer that benefit will be rooted in economics. In a competitive environment, it's a rare employer that can afford to add to personnel costs without a bottom line-based rationale. The motivation of employers in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, [...]

Prepare: E-Verify May Soon Become Mandatory

With so much focus in Washington on stemming illegal immigration and the erosion of job opportunities for U.S. citizens, chances appear better than ever that the E-Verify system will become mandatory. President Trump's 2018 budget proposal includes funds to upgrade the system so that it can handle greater capacity, that is, if Congress authorizes requiring [...]

Can an Employer Discipline Safety Violators?

Q. I have employees who are literally accidents waiting to happen because they never seem to think before they take action. We have way too many Workers' Comp claims. However, our foremen and supervisors don't seem to be able to solve this problem. Can we discipline -- or even terminate -- employees for "no brainer" [...]