Hiring a qualified candidate is a win-win for both employer and new hire. Did you know that in addition to a great new staff member, you could also earn a substantial tax credit? If so, would you apply for it? Most employers would say they would — and yet many companies either haven’t heard [...]
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"Money [as a motivator or reward] is a very expensive substitute for genuine morale-building," said management consultant Paul Peyton, author of "Profit Power." "A high rate of pay won't create high morale," said Peyton. "You can pay employees enough to endure abusive conditions, but you can't pay them enough to buy their enthusiastic involvement in the [...]
A survey of veterans by Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families found that half of the respondents left their first civilian jobs within a year, and 65% left within two years. A commonly cited reason was culture shock. Employers that make a point of hiring veterans — and those that don't — owe it [...]
“[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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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, [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]