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  • HR Snapshot

    HR Snapshot - A real-time look at trending HR topics.

    HR Snapshot provides a series of Q&A articles related to human resources and your business. HR Snapshot answers are provided by our HR pros and provides a useful insight to trending HR topics impacting your business.

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  • Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform - A real-time look at the Affordable Care Act (ACA) topics.

    Health Care Reform articles include various news and updates regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or Affordable Care Act (ACA) which was signed into law on March 23, 2010.

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  • PEO Insights

    PEO Insights - A real-time look at the PEO industry.

    PEO Insights provides a series of articles related to the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry and the growing interest for both small and large businesses outsourcing human resources through a PEO arrangement.

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  • Health & Safety

    Health & Safety - A real-time look at Workplace Safety.

    Health & Safety highlights the importance of health and safety at work, providing you with up to date safety advice, facts, tips and opinions covering a vast range of workplace safety topics.

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  • Human Resources Compliance

    HR Compliance - A real-time look at HR Compliance.

    Our HR compliance articles section provides a comprehensive look at current HR issues and trends impacting your business. Includes straight-forward best practices, tips and information to help protect and grow your business.

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  • Payroll & Tax Compliance

    Payroll & Tax Compliance - A real-time look at Payroll & Tax Compliance.

    Keep up to date with current trends and issues related to payroll and tax compliance for your business. Topics include IRS news and updates and general payroll processing and tax compliance issues for business.

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  • Time & Attendance

    Time & Attendance - A real-time look at Time and Attendance.

    Time & Attendance articles include topics related to effectively managing workforce time and attendance for your business. Keep up to date with current technology trends, news and time & labor management information.

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Employer Struggling to Find New Hires

We are struggling to find new hires. We advertise locally and nationally on major job posting sites. And while we are having some success hiring through agencies, they charge high fees. What are we missing here? We offer a great insurance package, 401(k), profit sharing and competitive rates in one of the most popular cities in the US, yet we still have trouble finding good applicants. Any thoughts on the matter?

Answer from Rebecca, one of our HR Pros:

HR Questions About Employee Posting Negative Statements on Facebook

An employee’s recent public Facebook post contains negative statements directed toward a minority group and has caused a stir at the office. It is her private Facebook account, but on it she identifies herself as working for our company. Co-workers and clients have told me the post is offensive and hurtful. I am also worried about it being associated with our company. How should I respond?

Answer from Jenny, one of our HR Pros:

HR Question About Background Checks

We don't typically do background checks, but we're hiring an internal HR person who will have access to sensitive information. We want to do a background check for this position, but since we've never done one for anyone else, we're worried it would look discriminatory.

Answer from Aimee, one of our HR Pros:

DOL Proposes Updates on Overtime for White Collar Workers

On July 6, 2015 – the Department of Labor published an update to the proposed revision of “white collar” overtime exemptions giving the public a 60 day window to submit written comments regarding the proposed rule ending September 4, 2015. The overtime rule overhaul will increase the salary threshold that triggers exemption from overtime requirements under the FLSA.

The Paid Sick Leave Trend

Earlier this year, President Obama called on Congress to enact a federal law requiring businesses to offer seven days of paid sick leave to workers, but the proposed law is unlikely to pass in the current political climate. Nevertheless, advocacy for paid sick leave has increased at the state level, and some of these efforts are proving successful.

HR Question Regarding Employee Dating

I’ve heard some companies have employees who are dating sign some sort of agreement. Is it something we should have?

Answer from Ophelia, one of our HR Pros:

An agreement regarding the dating relationship is not required. Many employers use them, however, because they can help set expectations and reduce liability. I generally recommend that employees sign a Consensual Relationship Agreement if they enter into a romantic relationship with each other.

HR Question About Issuing Simultaneous Warnings to an Employee

Can we give an employee a written warning for three unrelated concerns at once?

Answer from Jessica, one of our HR Pros:

Yes, you may issue simultaneous warnings to an employee. For example, if an employee is routinely tardy, underperforming, and insubordinate, you could address these issues in a single meeting. That said, it’s usually more effective to address issues as they arise than to save them for a later conversation.

5 Benefits of Hiring Millennials - Infographic

Millennials, just like any generation, have a unique set of skills and expectations that are the result of the era they grew up in. This infographic helps you understand these traits and other benefits of hiring millennials as they are already a significant portion of today's workforce and the numbers are only growing.

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