How Employers Can Prepare for the Proposed Overtime Rule

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Jul 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations for white-collar overtime exemptions. After the agency decides that a regulatory action is needed, it publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register and solicits comments from the public. Once the agency considers the feedback, it will make any changes deemed appropriate, and then publish the final rule in the Federal Register with a specific date the rule is effective and enforceable.

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Topics: Human Resources

Keep Out of Hot Water with ICE: How HR Outsourcing Helps

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Apr 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

An I-9 Guide for Employers

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 requires all US employers to complete a Form I-9 (I-9) upon hiring a new employee to work in the U.S. The I-9 is used to verify an employee’s identity and work authorization. Employers must verify the employment eligibility of all new employees and are prohibited from discrimination based on national origin or citizenship status. If the I-9 is not filled out carefully or thoroughly, substantial fines and potential government trouble could come into play.

The federal government uses E-Verify to supplement the enforcement of federal immigration law. E-Verify is required for federal contracts that contain a FAR E-Verify clause. Several states have also enacted laws that require employers to register and use E-Verify. If using E-Verify, the employer enters the employee’s information from the I-9 to create a case. When you outsource human resources management, this process is managed for you.

Whether you choose to outsource HR or handle HR tasks on your own, here’s what you need to know about the form and some of the common errors associated with it. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces employer compliance with I-9 and E-Verify rules.

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Topics: Human Resources

DOL Issues Proposed Overtime Rule

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Mar 20, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a proposed rule which would make more than a million American workers eligible for overtime pay.

Currently, employees with a salary less than $23,660 per year ($455.00 per week) must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. This has been the standard since 2004. You may remember the Obama-era overtime regulation issued in 2016 that would have raised the salary threshold to $47,476 per year ($913 per week). The regulation was later invalidated by a federal judge in Texas just days before it was set to take effect.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

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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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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