Pre Employment Background Check: Best Practices

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Hiring employees is no simple task. There are resumes to sift through, interviews to schedule and stacks of paperwork to manage. Once you’ve nailed down a list of potential candidates, the list of hiring-related tasks just gets longer! One of the main components in the hiring process is the pre employment background check.

Criminal record checks are a part of this process and can be an effective component of hiring. After all, you want to be sure your staff represents your company well.

EEOC: What Employers Need to Know About Pre Employment Background Checks

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Topics: HR policies, Hiring Employees

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

What Employers Need to Know About Hiring Minors

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

School’s almost out for summer and that means it’s time to think about hiring minors to work during their break. Keep in mind, there are many laws on the state and federal level that place restrictions on employees under the age of 18. They include:

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, Hiring Employees

4 Things Standing in the Way of Employee Retention

Posted by Jaime Moore on Apr 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Employee retention, or finding and keeping the best employees is the primary goal of all employers. Too many times, top talent looks elsewhere for employment because of simple things like a lack of communication or lack of training. While money seems like the obvious employee retention tool, sometimes employers don’t realize how big a role the small things play. If you’re looking to increase employee retention, here are four potential roadblocks you need to consider.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Hiring Employees, Human Resources

Understanding the Complex Role of Administrative Professionals

Posted by Jaime Moore on Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Administrative Professionals’ Day is a time to recognize the significant role secretarial specialists play in the workplace and how it has evolved from the days of simply answering phones. Whether you have one in your office already or are considering hiring one in the future, admin assistants, secretaries and receptionists can be some of a business' greatest assets. Often, these employees are responsible for much of the organization and scheduling that occurs within an office. Admin professionals work in almost every industry including schools, government, hospitals, and private businesses handling the following types of tasks:

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Topics: Hiring Employees, Business Growth

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, Hiring, Human Resources, Hiring Employees

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