What is a Pre-Employment Background Check?

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

A pre-employment background check is a step in the hiring process that a company uses to verify that a job candidate is who they claim to be. It also provides an opportunity for that person's criminal record, education, employment history and more to be reviewed. Most background checks can be completed between three days to one week. This is an important step that should not be overlooked during the hiring process after reviewing resumes, interviewing potential candidates and nailing down your list of finalists.

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

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Topics: Hiring Employees, HR policies

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

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, Human Resources, Hiring Employees

What are Administrative Duties and Responsibilities?

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

Administrative duties are significant in the workplace for secretarial specialists and the role 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’s 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 administrative duties:

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Topics: Business Growth, Hiring Employees

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

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