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The Rising Cost of OSHA Violations is Just One Motivation for Preventing Workplace Hazards in 2019

Posted by Greg Andress on Jan 29, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Those who’ve been in business any amount of time probably already know that workplace safety is key to keeping employees healthy and keeping business costs down. Even businesses with little risk can have many hazards including:

  • Physical Hazards
  • Biological Hazards
  • Ergonomic Hazards
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Chemical Hazards

One of the best ways to prevent workplace accidents is by instilling a safety culture amongst employees - and it starts at the top. When supervisors and leaders set an example for the rest of the crew, more crew members demonstrate a model for safe behavior. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourages all employers (small businesses included) to implement a safety program to substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the financial burden that comes with them.

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Topics: workplace safety

What All Employers Should Know About Payroll Changes in 2019

Posted by Nannette Madera, PHR on Jan 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

With every new year comes a new round of payroll and tax regulations. Adding these to the federal, state and local laws that are already in the books, can easily overwhelm business owners of all sizes. Those who run a small business, with limited human resources staff, may find the challenge of complying with ever-changing payroll and employment regulations even more daunting.

When it comes to running payroll, compliance is key. Whether employers or administrators use payroll software to process online payroll or outsource payroll services, here are three areas where changes may affect payroll in 2019.

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Topics: Payroll

5 Ways an HR Services Company Can Help Your Business Grow

Posted by Nannette Madera, PHR on Jan 3, 2019 9:30:00 AM

For many business owners, managing the cost of having employees, and the challenges that come with being an employer, can be overwhelming. Think of all the time spent on dealing with employee issues. For employers who don’t have a dedicated human resources department, this time can take away from productivity and growing the business. Here are five ways an HR services company can help your business grow.

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Topics: Human Resources

How an HR Services Company Helps Maintain Compliance with Workplace Laws

Posted by Nannette Madera, PHR on Dec 20, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Workplace laws are some of the most difficult to navigate because they are complex and can vary based on state and city. Some employers can’t keep up (or don’t want to try) with tracking and incorporating these ever-changing laws into their policies and procedures, especially when their business spans more than one state. So because of all the layers, and the mounting costs of violations, these employers choose to outsource HR to an HR Services Company. 

These types of companies handle several facets of HR administration and provide guidance on some of the most common workplace laws regarding topics like compensation, paid time off, background checks and scheduling. Whether you outsource to HR professionals or manage human resources in house, here are three workplace laws employers should have on their radar for 2019:

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Topics: Human Resources

3 Ways HR Outsourcing Can Save Employers Unemployment Claim Headaches

Posted by Tatiana Ivanova, MAcc on Dec 12, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Whether the business is small or large, dealing with unemployment claims can be time-consuming and tedious, especially considering a single claimant can cost the company quite a bit of cash. Many business owners are not equipped to handle unemployment matters for a number of reasons, whether it’s a lack of experience or a lack of staff. Here are a few 2018 unemployment claim statistics: 

  • The average claimant collects $350 every week in benefits.
  • The average claimant is in the program about 15 weeks.
  • In all, $29.9 billion was paid to beneficiaries in all programs during the last calendar year (2017).

In addition to the already-high cost of unemployment claims, many business owners overpay claims. Many also don’t know that their unemployment tax rate largely depends on the number of past unemployment claims against the business. While employers can’t really control whether an employee files a claim, they can take steps to reduce the risk of unqualified claims being levied against them.

Here are some tips for proactively protecting a business of any size:

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4 Ways HR Services Companies Keep Employers in Compliance with Federal and State Laws

Posted by Nannette Madera, PHR on Dec 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The employers of small and mid-sized businesses often struggle with running the business and handling the demands of employees. After all, most business owners don’t go into business to become employers. That’s where outsourced HR can be vital to keeping the business humming. Whether business owners are challenged with staying up to date with state minimum wage regulations, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or even planning the holiday party, HR services companies help guide employers to make sound decisions and stay in compliance with employment regulations. And rather than be reactive, these companies encourage and support employers to be proactive when it comes to managing the regulatory environment.

Here are four ways HR Services companies keep employers in compliance with federal and state laws:

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Topics: Human Resources

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