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Top 3 Holiday Overtime Compliance Questions, Answered

For many employers, the holidays are their busiest time of the year, and employee workloads can increase to meet customer demands. At the same time, more employees than normal will be requesting time off to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, and other seasonal holidays. Altogether, employers may find themselves requesting or even mandating overtime from workers,[…]

HR Risk Management Part 4: How to Spot the Risks You Don’t Even Know to Think About

In our first post in this risk management series, we discussed how important it is to identify HR-specific risks. Then, in our next post, we laid out the three foundational steps to managing those risks. But comprehensively protecting against HR risks requires ongoing monitoring, which we covered in our third post in the series. Today,[…]

Conquering the Biggest HR Holiday Challenges

Though we usually associate the holidays – starting with Halloween at the end of October and running through New Year’s Day – with fun events and time spent with loved ones, this time of year can pose some serious challenges. It’s often stressful for workers to manage so many personal obligations, especially during a time[…]

How to Structure Your Incentive Programs for Maximum Effectiveness

Employers routinely establish incentive programs in order to motivate employees to improve production and generate better results. But not all incentive programs are equally effective. Moreover, it can be complicated formulating incentive programs. Options abound, including bonuses, commissions, profit sharing, prizes, trophies, travel, extra time off, merchandise, and more. Incentives can then be offered under a variety of circumstances, including individual productivity achievements,[…]

The 4 Quirkiest Local HR Laws in the U.S. (And Elsewhere)

If you think you’ve got it bad when it comes to labor law compliance requirements, think again: there’s almost certainly a place out there that’s got it worse. Federal laws in the U.S. are only one source of employment regulations. States and municipalities can set their own requirements, and some of them can be more[…]

Change Management: How to Solicit Buy-In from Company Leaders

Change management is one of the most difficult endeavors to undertake at any organization because human nature resists change. For that reason, when Human Resources needs to institute or oversee some kind of change, HR leaders will want to do everything they can to facilitate the organization’s ability to accept and integrate the changes. That[…]

What Should You Look for in a Payroll System?

Payroll is vital to any business, and getting payroll right is critical to employee retention. According to The Workforce Institute at Kronos, half (49%) of American workers would start looking for a new job after only two issues with their paycheck. That may be because 87% of American workers live paycheck to paycheck; they can’t[…]

Is Your Business Guilty of These Top 4 Onboarding Mishaps?

Onboarding – the process of introducing new hires to the company and getting them started in their role – is crucial to success with new workers. A well-executed onboarding experience can have a tremendous impact on future employee success: Glassdoor found that a strong onboarding process boosts new hire retention by 82%. Unfortunately, most companies[…]

The Top 4 Benefits Most Desired by Employees

Fundamentally, employers offer employee benefits to attract employees to work for them. Particularly in today’s tight labor market, with unemployment falling under 4%, employers struggle to differentiate themselves and attract (and keep) the best and the brightest workers. One way to stand out is to offer a stellar benefits package. But what are the benefits[…]

How a PEO Strengthens Employee Relations

Many employers who have never used a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) worry that a PEO would hurt their relationship with their employees or somehow damage company culture. This is not at all true, but it’s understandable why this would be a concern. The PEO manages aspects of the employee experience that can affect the employee’s[…]