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Archive for December, 2016

HR Tip of the Month

Rounding employees’ time is legal under the Fair Labor Standards Act as long as doing so doesn’t result in the employee being shorted pay over an extended time. Although the Department of Labor doesn’t specify how many pay periods over which timekeeping must even out, employers who round should spot check at least every four pay periods or two months, whichever is shorter. To ensure that rounding is fair, time should be rounded both up and down, and to an increment no larger than 15 minutes, e.g., rounding time to the nearest quarter hour or ten minutes. Keep in mind that rounding only works for an employee’s regularly scheduled workday or shift. It does not allow employers to dis

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Partner With HR Outsourcing Companies

5 Signs It's Time To Outsource HR Human Resources play a crucial role in the development and growth of any business. However, many organizations tasked with generating revenues and expanding market share simply don't have the time and resources needed for a successful HR Team. If that sounds like your current business status, you should consider HR outsourcing companies as a viable solution. When do HR outsourcing companies make sense for a specific business model? Each company may have it's own specific outline of when the timing is right. However, knowing a few important factors to watch for can help you decide if HR outsourcing companies are the best choice for your company. Heavy

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Get The Facts About Your 401K MEP

What To Know About Your 401K MEP A 401K MEP, also know as multiple employer plan, offers many of the same investment advantages as a standard 40K plan. The basic concept of a 401K MEP allows unaffiliated employees to participate in a common retirement investment plan. Under 413(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, contributing business owners offer retirement savings options under the sponsorship of a third party provider. The third party provider oversees investments, employee/employer participation, and assumes responsibility for administering as needed within the plan. Does A 401K MEP Make Sense For Your Business? Working with the right third party provider can make all the difference in y

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Organizing Your Company for Effective Communication

Imagine a car so poorly designed that pressing the accelerator sometimes feeds gasoline to the engine, sometimes feeds it onto the tires, and sometimes feeds it into the trunk. The car would always stink and only sometimes drive. Seems silly, right? No one would try to drive a car like that! And yet many companies suffer from basically the same problem as this unreliable car. Companies need fuel to move forward just as cars do. The fuel for companies is information. Decisions must be made based on what’s happening inside and outside the company. If information isn’t getting to where it needs to go, then those decisions cannot be made or made well. Solutions can’t be proposed and tes

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Celebrating Responsibly at Holiday Parties

Employees appreciate recognition of their hard work over the year, and year-end holiday parties are a fun way to celebrate. But alcohol can be a liability. Partygoers who overindulge could cause an accident at or after the party, or they might act in ways that violate your harassment policy. You have more potential liability if the event is required instead of optional, as employers may be liable for employee misconduct and negligence when the employee is acting “in the course and scope of employment.” There are steps you can take to protect both yourself and your employees. Here are some practices you might consider: Do not make the event mandatory and clearly communicate tha

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HR Tip of the Month

Employee retention is one of the most difficult and expensive challenges faced by business owners, managers, and HR departments. Although the keys to retention and low turnover aren’t easy, they are simple. And many research dollars have come to the same conclusion. To keep the right employees around, these three things are essential: Pick the right people in the first place. This means thoughtful recruiting and advertising and careful interviewing. Skills are important, but so is fit. The more time you and other employees can spend with candidates, the surer you’ll be that they’ll fit in at your workplace. Make sure your compensation and benefits remain competitive. This is a

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Federal Overtime Rules on Hold

Tuesday afternoon, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction on the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules, which were slated to go into effect in just over a week on December 1, 2016. The judge ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) likely overstepped its rulemaking authority by raising the salary threshold as high as it did and by implementing the automatic increase every three years. What this means now: The effective date of the rules has been delayed indefinitely. Employers may choose not to implement the changes they had planned for Dec. 1 compliance. The new rules have not been thrown ou

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