Paid Time Off Policy: Should You Bundle Vacation and Sick Time?

Posted by David Peasall, VP, Benefits and Human Resources on Jan 19, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Paid time off is one of the most common benefits employers offer. In fact, it’s something employees expect. Recently, there’s been a growing trend among employers to bundle PTO by combining sick and vacation time (called flex PTO) for employees to use as they please. But is this the best paid time off policy?

The idea is that flex PTO is more accommodating for employees. But before you decide whether this is the best decision for your company, consider these things.

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Topics: Human Resources

8 Steps to a More Ethical Workplace

Posted by Haley Crum Blanton, J.D. on Jan 16, 2017 4:00:28 PM

It’s no secret that confidence in our institutions – whether business or government – is at an all-time low, driven in large measure by frustration with unethical, unlawful and even immoral behaviors on the part of institutional leaders.

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Topics: Small Business Management

New Hire Reporting in the New Year: Best Practices for 2017

Posted by Jaime Moore on Jan 12, 2017 2:30:00 PM

With the new year may come the need for new hires, so it’s a good time for a refresh on new hire reporting. As you likely already know, you, as an employer, are required to submit information on newly hired employees on a regular basis. New hire reports aid states in finding non-custodial parents, establishing a child support order or enforcing an existing order.

States also share the information from your new hire reports to the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH). Having the information circulated on a national level is important because 30 percent of child support cases involve parents who do not live in the same state as their children.

So how much work is it for you? The majority of the information you need to submit is information you already have. It can be found on your employee’s W-4 form.

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Topics: Human Resources

Accident Investigations: A Guide for Employers [Webinar]

Posted by FrankCrum on Jan 10, 2017 11:28:19 AM

There’s been an accident on the job, now what?  Our risk management experts explain how to understand and prevent accidents from happening again, rather than just placing blame on the person or persons who caused them. Identifying the basic cause of the accident is only the starting point. The long-term goal is to make effective changes and corrections. When investigating an accident, there are four steps to remember:

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Topics: Webinar

What is a PEO and Why Do I Need One?

Posted by Jaime Moore on Jan 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

If you’re running a business, you may or may not have heard of a PEO. A professional employer organization offers workers’ comp insurance, payroll, benefits and HR assistance. Not only can it save you time and money to work with a PEO, you can also avoid costly mistakes.

So how does it work? PEOs assume some of the roles and responsibilities of being an employer and they concentrate on the HR-related things you either don’t have trained staff to handle, or don’t have time to do. It doesn’t matter whether you have one employee or hundreds, PEOs can leverage people, processes, technology and insurance products to make HR a breeze. Here are the top benefits PEOs offer and how to determine whether your company should partner with one.

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Topics: Human Resources

HR Regulations to Watch in 2017

Posted by David Peasall, VP, Benefits and Human Resources on Dec 29, 2016 8:46:13 AM

2017 is predicted to be a year of change, mostly because of all the turnover in Washington. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next president of the United States on January 20, 2017. Here is what you need to know about what changes in policies might mean for you and your business.

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Topics: Human Resources, Affordable Care Act, Legal News & Compliance