Sen. Franken Reintroduces OSH Act Reform Bill

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act is once again in the crosshairs for reform. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced the Protecting America’s Workers Act April 28, 2015 which proposes significant amendments to the 45-year-old law. Similar legislation to reform the OSH Act has been introduced in the past several congresses. The bill would expand READ ENTIRE POST

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Beyond the Open Office

There’s a certain logic behind the move many companies have made toward open offices over the past decade. It’s a trend that represents a convergence of other trends: the shift toward more-collaborative work environments, an increased demand for transparency and continuing cost pressures that challenge employers to do more with less. The infusion of the READ ENTIRE POST

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Get Ready to Reclassify Workers Under Forthcoming FLSA Regs

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will soon unveil its proposal to dramatically limit job positions that can be classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), advised Tammy McCutchen, former administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division under President George W. Bush and an employment attorney with Littler. Speaking READ ENTIRE POST

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Work E-Mail Addiction: The Struggle is Real

It’s Monday morning, and the first business task of the day is plowing through one’s e-mail—all 256 messages that somehow accumulated over a single weekend. There are vendor pitches, IT updates, interview requests, a boss’s assignment, a colleague’s question, meeting invites, meeting cancellations, the “Thursday is window-washing” notice and the “Friday is fridge-cleaning” warning. This year, READ ENTIRE POST

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Avoiding the Big Breakup (Professional-Style)

As with any relationship, your professional relationship – the one between a worker and employer – goes through phases: There’s that “honeymoon” period when both put their best feet forward; that stage when they settle into a comfortable routine; a spell when one might take the other for granted; and that day when a breach READ ENTIRE POST

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Employers Spend More of Health Budgets on Drugs

Among U.S. employers providing health benefits, 77 percent spent 16 percent or more of their total health care budget on prescription drugs for their employees in 2014 (up from 71 percent in 2013), with nearly 5 percent of employers spending more than 30 percent on prescription drugs (up from 2.3 percent), according to the fifth READ ENTIRE POST

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DOL Revises FMLA Regulations’ Definition of ‘Spouse’

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Feb. 25, 2015, revision to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations’ definition of “spouse” may not be a surprise to HR but it may be news to supervisors, who need to be trained on the regulatory change, according to Linda Hollinshead, an attorney with Duane Morris in Philadelphia. The READ ENTIRE POST

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ACA Outlook: What Will 2015 Hold for Employers?

As 2015 begins and the effective date of the employer play-or-pay mandate commences, many employers are wondering what’s next for them in the health care arena. New obligations, challenges, uncertainty, and perhaps opportunities await them in the year ahead. For many employers, the effective date of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) “play-or-pay” mandate is Jan. 1, READ ENTIRE POST

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Executives Switching Jobs Expect a Pay Bump of at Least 15%

For the fifth consecutive year, senior executives in the U.S. who went forward with switching jobs last year received compensation increases that topped 15 percent over their prior positions, reports executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group. That increase applied to every wentindustry and every functional area, the firm said, and sets a target that job-changing READ ENTIRE POST

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Is Job Rotation the Answer to Reducing Injury Risk?

Have you been considering job rotation as part of your musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention strategy? Maybe you’ve pushed for it and gotten some pushback. Or maybe you’re just doing your research and learning more. Either way, the question remains: is job rotation an effective way to reduce injury risk? What Is Job Rotation? Job rotation READ ENTIRE POST

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Millennials Most Receptive to Wellness Outreach

Millennials, more than other generations in the workforce, are the most likely to want employers to play an active role in supporting their overall health and wellbeing, according to a new analysis. The findings are based on data from the 2014 Consumer Health Mindset report, a joint survey of more than 2,700 U.S. employees and their dependents READ ENTIRE POST

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Millenial’s Desire To Do Good Defines Workplace Culture

Want to seal the deal with Millennials looking to join your workforce? Give some thought to your organization’s community service program and how it shapes your overall workplace culture. More than half of 1,514 Millennials employed in the U.S. said a company’s charitable work influenced them to accept a job offer. That’s among the findings READ ENTIRE POST

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Telecommuting on the Chopping Block

Is axing the telecommuting perk a new workplace trend? Reddit, the member-based entertainment, social networking and news website, is the latest company to end its telecommuting program, announcing in October 2014 that employees who work remotely or at offices in Salt Lake City and New York City must relocate to the company’s San Francisco headquarters. READ ENTIRE POST

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Less Effective Flu Shot Calls for More Workplace Diligence

Because this year’s flu vaccine is not as effective against a current, mutated strain of the influenza virus, employers may be wondering if they should take extra precautions to keep their workers healthy. “The flu is unpredictable, but it looks like it could be a rough season,” said Alan Kohll, founder and CEO of TotalWellness, READ ENTIRE POST

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Social Media: What To Include In A Policy

When it comes to social networking in the workplace, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The benefits of social networking platforms vary based on platform type, features and the company itself. Social networking platforms may allow organizations to improve communication and productivity by disseminating information among different groups of employees in a more efficient manner. While it READ ENTIRE POST

Will U.S. Job Market Improvements Continue into 2015?

Recent labor market sentiments have frequently mirrored observers’ opinions of the U.S. economy as a whole. Every good report seems to come with a caveat: We are in the midst of a stretch of job growth not seen since the 1930s, according to federal data. Yet millions of people remain out of work. The nation’s READ ENTIRE POST

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OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into READ ENTIRE POST

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IRS Announces 2015 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $18,000 to their 401(k) plans in 2015

The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. Many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2015 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will remain unchanged because the increase READ ENTIRE POST

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IRS Clarifies Calculation for Determining Applicable Large Employer Status

In informal guidance released in May 2014, the IRS provided additional clarification on how to count full-time employees for purposes of determining who is an applicable large employer. This is important because the employer shared responsibility mandate only applies to “applicable large employers,” which are defined as employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time READ ENTIRE POST

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Courts Split on Whether IRS Can Provide Premium Tax Credits Through Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces

On July 22, 2014, two federal appellate courts issued opposing decisions on whether the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has authority to provide premium tax credits through Marketplaces established by the federal government. In Halbig v. Burwell, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in a 2-1 ruling, decided that the language READ ENTIRE POST

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Courts Split on Whether IRS Can Provide Premium Tax Credits Through Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces

by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. On July 22, 2014, two federal appellate courts issued opposing decisions on whether the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has authority to provide premium tax credits through Marketplaces established by the federal government. In Halbig v. Burwell, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in a READ ENTIRE POST

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Agencies Release New Accommodations from Contraceptive Mandate for Nonprofit Organizations and for Closely-Held, For-Profit Corporations

from the Arthur J. Gallagher Co. On August 22, 2014, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (the “Agencies”) released an interim final regulation amending prior guidance on accommodations for nonprofit eligible organizations with religious objections to compliance with the requirement that non- grandfathered health plans provide coverage for contraceptive services under READ ENTIRE POST

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Affordability Percentages Increased

By Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. On August 5, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2014-37 which increased the threshold percentage for determining whether health coverage offered by an employer to an employee is considered affordable from 9.5% to 9.56%. As a result of the increase, coverage offered to an employee for READ ENTIRE POST

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Millennials more likely to share private information

There is no question that millennials are changing the workplace, but a new study conducted by LinkedIn shows that the 18-34 year old age group is more likely to share intimate, private information with their coworkers than their older, baby boomer counterparts are. LinkedIn recently conducted the ‘Relationships @Work’ study which looks at different workplace behaviors and READ ENTIRE POST

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Don’t even think about lying on your resume

by CBS Interactive You would think people seeking work would be more careful about making sure their resumes are as accurate and transparent as possible, especially because a growing number of companies now conduct extensive background checks on potential employees. Plus, many of us have made our lives a virtual open book, posting all sorts READ ENTIRE POST


For Workers, There Are Lots of Distractions

by Luke Siuty Seldom does a day pass in an office worker’s life without a secretive glance at something that’s “NSFW” — not suitable for work. Whether it’s something inappropriate or just another BuzzFeed listicle, it’s easier than ever to stay connected to Facebook feeds, instant messages with friends or other distractions that sneak up READ ENTIRE POST

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ACA update: Different courts weigh in on healthcare insurance reform

By Jessica Webb-Ayer, JD, Legal Editor The Hobby Lobby case Although healthcare insurance reform passed its first big hurdle in 2012 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law’s individual mandate, the Court took another look at the law this year. However, this time it reviewed another one of the ACA’s controversial mandates—the contraceptive mandate. At the end READ ENTIRE POST

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The 10 mistakes employees make when trying to save for retirement

by Rick Pendykoski It’s understood that nobody is responsible for retirement planning strategy of every employee in the company. However, in cases where there is a company sponsored plan already in place, an employee is entitled to knock on HR’s door for guidance. Being human, it is quite natural to make mistakes, especially when it comes to READ ENTIRE POST

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Independent contractor misclassification costs Colorado employer $2 million

by Sarah R. Wisor A federal judge in Colorado recently approved an agreement to settle a collective action in which oil and gas workers alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors and unlawfully denied overtime pay. Under the settlement, J&A Services, LLC, and related entities agreed to pay a total of $2 million, with the net recovery READ ENTIRE POST

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Healthcare insurance reform update: What should employers be concerned about now?

By Jessica Webb-Ayer, JD, Legal Editor It’s been another busy year for healthcare insurance reform so far, and there are several things that employers need to make sure they are aware of when entering into the second half of the year. ‘Play or pay’ provision In February, the Obama administration released more healthcare insurance reform final regulations. READ ENTIRE POST

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The 3 top causes of DOL audits, and you can control just 2 of them

by Tim Gould Few things strike fear in employers’ hearts like a DOL audit. After all, most of the feds’ investigations result in firms shelling out serious cash in fines or settlements or both.   But understanding the major reasons the feds come knocking in the first place — and working diligently to avoid making READ ENTIRE POST


The Pros and Cons of Ignoring Your 401(k)

by Allison Linn Here’s how most Americans manage their mix of 401(k) investments: They ignore it. “One of the dominant behaviors is inertia,” said Jean Young, senior research analyst in the Vanguard Center for Retirement Research. The vast majority of retirement plan participants are too busy, overwhelmed or just plain bored to make any changes READ ENTIRE POST

5 adjectives you want to hear job candidates say

by Christian Schappel It’s difficult to tell what kind of person someone is just by their resume. Heck, it can even be difficult to tell when face to face with the person. But there are some approaches that will do the trick.  Chances are you want a hire who’s self-motivated, honest and trustworthy — in addition READ ENTIRE POST

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Getting HR Data Right Is Key to Leveraging Latest HR Technologies

by Julia Mench Human resources executives have never seen more diverse, innovative technologies that support all aspects of an HR department. The cloud is helping app developers push the innovative envelope and rapidly bring new HR solutions to market. But the biggest challenge isn’t which technology to adopt; it’s the quality and relevancy of the READ ENTIRE POST

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Wouldn’t it be great to rehire departed stars? Here is a plan.

by Tim Gould Dr. John Sullivan, writing on the recruiting website, defines “boomerang rehires” as former star performers that return to their former employers after an absence of a few years. And, Sullivan says, they often turn out to be some of the best hires a company can make. Some of the advantages of rekindling READ ENTIRE POST

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Succession Planning with an Older Workforce

Succession Planning with an Older Workforce Your question is one many organizations are facing as the baby boomer generation begins a mass exodus from the workforce. According to a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 40 percent of the workforce falls into the boomer category. As this generation continues to age and READ ENTIRE POST


E-recruiting Dead and Alive: Part 3 of 3

Before you read this, read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Ultimately, experts explained, job candidates — passive or active — will more than likely have an opinion about a potential employer long before they ever think about applying for a position or engaging in a conversation about a job with a recruiter. A trend that’s READ ENTIRE POST

E-Recruiting Dead and Alive: Part 2 of 3

Before you read this, read Part 1 first. This article is the second part in a series by Max Mihelich from on E-Recruiting.  Read Part 1 of this series on E-recruiting here. A presence on social media is typically viewed as one aspect of a strong employer brand. The extent to which a company’s READ ENTIRE POST

E-Recruiting Dead & Alive: Part 1 of 3

by Mark Mihelich Face it: E-recruiting is recruiting in 2014. When you hear the word recruiting, it is fair to assume that at least some aspect of the process will be done electronically. Technology is ubiquitous in everyday recruiting. “Anything that happens right now in recruiting is done electronically. Anything you do has an electronic aspect,” said READ ENTIRE POST

Consumer-Driven Plans Increased Health Management

by Stephen Miller, CEBS Consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) are helping American workers and their employers reduce their health care expenses by changing behaviors, according to a study of health claims by Cigna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers. CDHPs, which are coupled with either a health savings account (HSA) or health reimbursement arrangement, are intended READ ENTIRE POST

2 small 401k oversights could cost your company big

by Jared Bilski The latest figures on the DOL’s 401k enforcement efforts give employers some compelling reasons to take a closer look at their retirement administration practices, as well as some clues on the types of issues that generally set the feds off. In 2013 alone, the DOL closed 3,677 total 401k investigations. What’s worse, nearly three-fourths (73%) READ ENTIRE POST

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‘Big Data’ Offers Golden Opportunity to HR, Expert Says

By Kathy Gurchiek LA JOLLA, CALIF.—HR professionals need to apply “big data” to talent acquisition, analytics expert David Bernstein told attendees at the 2014 HRPS Global Conference, because “if you’re not bringing in the right people, then what are you coaching? Are you trying to make do with the best you’ve got?” Data can drive READ ENTIRE POST


Recruiters Turn to Niche Social Sites to Find Talent

By Dave Zielinski LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus have become familiar hunting grounds for most recruiters. But today, more-enterprising talent professionals are going beyond the “big four” to unearth talented passive candidates who demonstrate their abilities on lesser-known industry niche sites. Recruiters are using candidates’ social footprints to find information that supplements or even READ ENTIRE POST

5 onboarding tactics that get long-term results

by Robert Cordray Congratulations! You’ve hired the right person for the right job. Now all you have to do is make sure your new hire makes a smooth transition to valued employee. How hard can that be? Actually, this transformative process, called onboarding, is more difficult — and more important — than it may seem, according READ ENTIRE POST

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Attitudes about Watching NCAA Tourney on company time are changing

By Bill Leonard Technology has fundamentally changed how we work and completely transformed how we goof off. High-profile sporting events, like the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament, illustrate this transformation as millions of workers use their employers’ computer networks to participate in office pools and watch games online—all on company time. The 2014 NCAA READ ENTIRE POST

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Time to refocus on eye health and safety by March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month—a good time to refocus attention on your company’s eye protection program. As the National Safety Council points out, “All it takes is a tiny sliver of metal, particle of dust, or splash of chemical to cause significant and permanent READ ENTIRE POST

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Sure your 401k would pass an audit? Last year, most did not

by Tim Gould Employers are well aware that the feds are aggressively looking into company-sponsored 401k plans for compliance issues. So it’s alarming to find out that the vast majority of plans the DOL looked at last year ran afoul of ERISA in some way. Specifically, 75% of the 401k plans audited by the DOL last year resulted READ ENTIRE POST

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We All Pay For Bad Weather (Part 3): How do you decide if it’s safe?

Travelers Insurance sponsored a survey, conducted in person at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – America’s Small Business Summit, which revealed that 44 percent of small businesses did not have a written continuity plan, or any other type of document that explains what will happen to the business in the event of serious weather. No READ ENTIRE POST

We All Pay For Bad Weather (Part 2): Exempt vs. Nonexempt Employees

In part 1, we discussed how everyone pays for bad weather. Today, we discuss exempt vs. non-exempt employees. As an employer it is your responsibility to clearly outline what is expected of your employees in the case of inclement weather. As such, the inclement weather policy your business develops must set expectations, present a balanced READ ENTIRE POST

We all pay for bad weather

We All Pay For Bad Weather During the course of the winter snow season, different types of storms occur, often times disrupting our daily lives in various negative ways. When this inclement weather spawns, students & employees alike turn to the media to determine whether or not transportation is safe. More often than not, when READ ENTIRE POST

What is a Succession Plan for an Aging Workforce?

The average age of our workforce is 48 years. We’d like to develop a strategy to prepare for the aging of our workforce, but what’s really the most effective thing we should do? Who should be involved or giving input? We know we need to do something, but we aren’t sure what’s going to be READ ENTIRE POST

The most-clicked on HR stories in 2013 – Part 1 of 2

Time to look back on the stories HR pros clicked on most during 2013. Here’s a look at the HR Morning Top Ten. Docking pay for exempt employees: What’s allowed? Don’t feel bad if you have trouble understanding the pay-docking rules laid out by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The regs are pretty murky. READ ENTIRE POST

Employers Should Reevaluate Approach to Workplace Stress

Posted by WeComply on December 6, 2013 Workplace stress is the number one risk to employee health, according to a survey conducted by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. Stress can significantly affect an individual’s physical health and emotional well-being, harm workplace performance and hamper overall business performance. Yet even though employers READ ENTIRE POST

Looking Ahead to the 2014 Job Market

by Joseph Coombs Even the most skeptical economic forecasters have to agree that the U.S. labor market has made strides, albeit small ones, in putting more people back to work in 2013. Preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that, on average, through October, 186,300 jobs were created each month of READ ENTIRE POST

‘Diamonds in the rough’: Offbeat and effective approach to hiring the best people

By Tim Gould Every company’s looking to make that perfect hire — and that seems to be getting harder and harder to do these days. So here’s an idea — why not start considering candidates on the basis of personality, smarts and enthusiasm instead of past experience? After all, you can teach smart people what READ ENTIRE POST

Using Social Media to Boost Ethics and Compliance

By Pamela Babcock 8/9/2013 Even though employees may misuse social media—and need to be trained on what is and is not acceptable—it is a powerful tool that companies can use to promote ethical practices and culture, a recent study found. To more effectively engage employees, enhance ethics and compliance programs, and positively affect workplace culture, READ ENTIRE POST

Having HR ‘at the table’ improves profitability: Study

by Tim Gould A recent Fortune 500 research study by SuccessFactors took a look at the role of Chief HR Officers (CHROs) on companies’ executive boards. The conclusion: An effective CHRO — with a strong overall plan for talent management — has a measurable positive effect on the organization’s bottom line. Here’s what SuccessFactors had READ ENTIRE POST

Employers Boost 401(k) Match Contributions, Relax Eligibility Rules

by Stephen Miller, CEBS Employers are increasingly taking bolder actions to help ensure that participants achieve greater financial security through 401(k) and other defined contribution retirement plans, according to a 2013 survey by consultancy Aon Hewitt. The survey report, 2013 Trends & Experience in Defined Contribution Plans, reveals that organizations are doing the following: Boosting READ ENTIRE POST

Does your employee review process actually improve performance?

by Tim Gould Performance reviews: The most-dreaded procedure in every workplace, painful for workers and managers alike. Here are some thoughts about why they’re often not effective, and how HR can help managers understand just how reviews should be useful to both employer and employee. First, some thoughts about why they don’t work. The main READ ENTIRE POST

What to Tell Workers During Open Enrollment for 2014

By Stephen Miller, CEBS Workers will be confronting a changed benefit landscape in 2014. For one thing, all Americans will be required to have health care coverage or face a penalty. By Oct. 1, 2013, employees should have received a required notice about their options under federal- or state-run health care exchanges (marketplaces), notices that READ ENTIRE POST

The nuts and bolts of how the government shutdown affects you

By Tim Gould You may have heard: The federal government’s in shutdown mode. Does this mean employers won’t have to worry about being hounded by EEOC and DOL investigators for awhile? The answer, as usual: It depends. First off, it’s possible Congress will get its act together within a couple of days. Secondly, if your READ ENTIRE POST

Defining the two most important challenges HR faces today

by Tim Gould Onboarding and engagement. What do those words really mean? Here’s the long view of both concepts: Onboarding is the buzzword used to describe what should naturally happen with new hires at all companies – a planned, integrated process that not only gets the newbie familiar with his or her specific duties, but READ ENTIRE POST

Personality Does Not Determine Leadership Ability

BY JOHN BRANDON I’ve learned a lot about leadership lately. Back in my heyday as a middle manager in corporate America, and before that as a manager for a small start-up, I found my introverted personality worked against me most of the time. Back then, I’d rather sit and read a book in a coffeeshop READ ENTIRE POST

3 Simple Ways to Hire Better

By Suzanne Lucas It’s a great American tradition: people dress up in their best clothing, parade in front of a judge and answer questions, hoping to sound intelligent yet totally inoffensive. A beauty pageant? No, I’m talking about a job interview. But it shouldn’t be that way. A pageant judge never sees the contestants again, READ ENTIRE POST

5 Secrets for Rewarding Employees

by Peter Economy According to recognition expert Dr. Bob Nelson, the most effective employee rewards are also the least expensive. You don’t need to send employees on pricey vacations to Hawaii or present elaborate trophies. In the vast majority of cases, a simple and heartfelt verbal or written thank-you will ensure your people feel appreciated. READ ENTIRE POST

Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015

By Avik Roy First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in the Federal Register, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for the law’s health insurance subsidies, READ ENTIRE POST

The Future of Work

By Gary Swart In the last decade, we’ve seen massive disruption in the world of work — in fact, I would argue that we haven’t seen changes of this scale since the Industrial Revolution. This has generated lots of discussion, with everyone from economists and futurists to university deans and thought leaders and of course READ ENTIRE POST

Why you need to put ‘age bias’ on your list of critical concerns

By Tim Gould Two recent reports indicate that it’s time to be increasingly sensitive to the issue of age discrimination in the workplace. A recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that employers may have been somewhat shielded from age bias suits during the recession. Professor David Neumark and Ph.D candidate READ ENTIRE POST

Strong August Hiring Expected; Recruiting Difficulty Rising, Too

By Theresa Minton-Eversole Half of manufacturers and more than one-third of service-sector companies surveyed reported they will be hiring in August, according to the latest Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey, released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Aug. 1, 2013. The LINE report examines four areas: employers’ hiring expectations, job vacancies, READ ENTIRE POST

6 ways (besides health savings) wellness plans benefit employers

Most employers start a wellness program for the potential healthcare cost savings. But new research has shown they’re great for more than just padding the bottom line. In addition to the healthcare cost savings employer-sponsored wellness programs can generate (anywhere from $2.71 for every dollar spent to $3.27), the 2013 Aflac WorkForces Report revealed that employers also benefit READ ENTIRE POST

A Break For More Work

As the economy struggles to regain its strength, employers continue to squeeze as many hours as they can out of their employees. Sometimes this includes double, or even triple-hatting people. While this may seem like a good idea, you may have just made the same costly mistake as Henry Ford did in his early days. READ ENTIRE POST

5 things to know about the delayed PPACA mandate

1.  The law is still on the books; it’s just that the penalties associated with that part of the legislation that impacts employers with 50 or more employees won’t be enforced until 2015 – unless there’s another delay, of course. Technically, though, employers with 50 employers or more are still supposed to provide coverage for full-time READ ENTIRE POST

To Comply with PPACA, Employers Must Identify Full-Time Workers (Part 2)

Who Is Considered a Full-Time Employee? As an employer, the determination of who is a full-time employee will be crucial in evaluating your options for complying with the employer shared responsibility rules, and equally important, designing your group health plan’s eligibility and participation requirements. Because there can be various ways of assessing what constitutes a READ ENTIRE POST

Avoid Common Pension Oversight Mistakes

By Richard Todd and Martin Walsh Sponsors of defined benefit pension plans face an increasingly difficult task: honoring their fiduciary duties in an era of record-low interest rates and record-high regulations. Adding to this complexity is that most corporate boards and their investment committees, which are charged with overseeing the pension plan, tend to consist READ ENTIRE POST

To Comply with PPACA, Employers Must Identify Full-Time Workers (Part 1)

With a substantial portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) set to go into effect in 2014, employers are working to determine how the law will impact them, their business and their employees. Because the law will require most employers to provide affordable minimum essential health insurance coverage to full-time employees or READ ENTIRE POST

What your employees need to know about health reform. (Part 3)

Keep it simple Although health care reform represents considerable changes to the way employees have come to understand their benefits, you don’t need to write a book on the subject. In fact, issuing longer communications is a sure-fire way to ensure confusion. Besides, nothing turns people off like long, dense passages about insurance rules and READ ENTIRE POST

What your employees need to know about health reform. (Part 2)

Public healthcare exchanges Any health care reform information you share with employees should include a simple-to-understand explanation about public health care exchanges. For one thing, the United States Department of Labor requires all employers to do so, so you’re definitely on the hook for that. For another, some of your employees might be eligible for READ ENTIRE POST

A quick guide to telling your people what they need to know about health reform. (Part 1)

It’s not easy to explain the ins-and-outs of healthcare reform to confused employees. Here’s a clearly written, usable guide to key parts of the Affordable Care Act, courtesy of benefits expert Justyn Harkin. As an HR professional, you want to make sure employees are prepared for the changing benefits landscape. It’s a challenging task, no READ ENTIRE POST

Seven Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, employees experiencing high stress levels have nearly 50 percent higher healthcare costs than employees able to manage stress better. A recent World Labor Report by the United Nation’s International Organization even refers to workplace stress as “an epidemic.” The American Psychological Association estimates that workplace stress costs businesses READ ENTIRE POST

3 Steps for Dealing with Difficult Employees

As a small business owner in Kansas, problem employees can cause low morale for your team, absolute dysfunction and worse-yet, cause you to lose customers. All these problems certainly lead to lost profits. Not good in this economy. The first step is crucial to dealing with problem employees; you need to handle this NOW. Waiting READ ENTIRE POST

Organizations and employment laws

Employment laws are constantly changing with the times and it is no surprise that often businesses can fall behind the current trends and, without knowing it, organizations can often abuse employment laws. Take a look at the Fair Labor Standards Act, just to give you an idea of what you’re up against. The Fair Labor READ ENTIRE POST

Expertise and service are main reasons to outsource

To John Q. Public, outsourcing is generally considered a dirty word. Many laymen believe that the only reason that companies outsource is to save money…to the detriment of their employees. But in the world of small businesses, human resources outsourcing is a lifeline and an increasingly common tactic. Contrary to popular belief, about half of READ ENTIRE POST

Top 5 reasons why companies choose to outsource HR

Show us a successful businessperson, and we’ll show you an independent thinker. Knowing the value of hard work, they’re not afraid to take on every aspect of their organization. Most people that have founded a successful business pride themselves on being independent. They know the value of hard work and they aren’t afraid to take READ ENTIRE POST

Bring Your HR Services to Syndeo

We are the ones who actually like this stuff Remember career day when all the firefighters, helicopter pilots, marketing professionals and even accountants spoke about why they were passionate about their jobs? Did you ever hear one of them brag about how neat it is to be an employer or human resources (HR) services provider? READ ENTIRE POST

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