2018 Holiday Hiring Guidance for Employers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Oct 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

‘Tis the season for holiday hiring. As retailers prepare for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, many have already staffed up this season, and others have virtual “now hiring” signs in the windows. Last year, seasonal retail employment increased by more than 668,000 during the final three months of the year, and this year is predicted to be just as strong. While many employers hire seasonal workers, not all may be fully aware of the regulations surrounding such employment.

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Topics: Hiring

Which Paycheck Deductions are Permissible?

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

To deduct or not to deduct? It’s a common question for employers and a complex issue you want to get right. For both exempt and non-exempt employees, permissible paycheck deductions typically include those required by law (taxes) or by court order (garnishments) and those at the request and for the benefit of the employee (benefits premiums, 401(k) deposits). Aside from those situations, you generally may not deduct from an exempt employee’s pay – with a few exceptions:

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, Hiring Employees, Hiring, Legal News & Compliance

4 Company Practices That Could Drive Top Talent to Quit

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When you run a business, and want to retain your best employees, you have to keep them satisfied. Many employers do this by offering a competitive salary, benefits package, and maybe even a few other perks. Nevertheless, being a great employer goes beyond just the basics. You have to run your business well in order to retain top talent. This means, your payroll has to be correct and issued on time, all the time. Your policies and procedures should be up to date, in compliance with legal requirements and administered clearly and fairly. On top of that, your workplace must be safe. It’s a lot to manage, but if you don’t do it well, you may drive your best employees to quit.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Hiring

7 Employee Perks to Consider in a Competitive Job Market

Posted by Jaime Moore on Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to attracting top talent, you want to make sure you’re offering competitive benefits and employee perks. Job seekers say benefits and perks are some of the top issues they consider when evaluating companies. Because of that, many companies have started to look for creative ways to attract candidates — beyond a competitive wage or salary and standard employee benefits.

So how can your business stand out from the rest? Here are seven employee perks to consider when appealing to top talent.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Hiring Employees, Hiring

Yes, You Can Offer an Affordable Retirement Plan

Posted by David Peasall, VP, Benefits and Human Resources on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to recruiting, rewarding and retaining top talent, employee benefits play an important role. Medical benefits are of course essential to attracting employees, but you should also consider the importance of helping an employee plan for retirement. As the IRS notes, employees can contribute up to $18,000 per year and up to $24,000 per year if they are 50 or older. This is much higher than the limits on individual retirement accounts (IRAs), another tax-deferred retirement account Americans can set up outside of work.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Hiring Employees, Hiring

PEO Advice on Social Media in Hiring Practices

Posted by Jaime Moore on Apr 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

As you know, social media is part of mainstream life. Nearly everyone uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, especially those who might be looking for a job. Studies show companies have taken advantage of that exposure by utilizing social media in hiring practices.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring

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