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What ERISA Compliance Means for Small Business Owners

Posted by David Peasall, VP, Benefits and Human Resources on Sep 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In the world of HR compliance, many employers face stiff penalties for failure to report. The fact is, many employers don’t know what they don’t know, and that leads to missed deadlines and improper filings. Have you ever heard of ERISA? Read on to see what it means for business owners and why ERISA compliance is so important.

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Topics: Small Business Management, Human Resources

HR Legal Compliance: Laws That Matter to Business Owners

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In our decades of partnering with businesses of all sizes, we’ve learned that business owners really don’t know what they don’t know. What we mean is we find a great deal of clients who have no idea about complying with the state and federal laws that apply to their business – and that’s a major risk. Non-compliance not only hurts your employees and company, the fees associated with not meeting deadlines or following the correct procedures could just put you under. When it comes to HR legal compliance, here are the laws that matter to business owners:

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Topics: Small Business Management, Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

3 Things to Look for in an Outsourced Payroll Company or PEO

Posted by Sarah Tupper on May 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Whether you’re an office manager, or a business owner trying to do the jobs of several people, payroll is an important aspect of running a business. Many managers and owners choose to outsource payroll because it’s time consuming, and requires a great deal of knowledge. Having an outside company handle payroll not only saves you time, but helps you avoid costly and sometimes embarrassing errors. Options range from companies with do-it-yourself software platforms to Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) that assume a high level of responsibility and liability on your behalf. Here are some things to look for when choosing a payroll company or PEO.

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Topics: Payroll, Small Business Management, Human Resources, top talent

What New Medical Marijuana Regulations Mean for Business Owners

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jan 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Florida and 28 other states, as well as the District of Columbia now consider medical marijuana legal. The new medical marijuana regulations could have an effect on business owners, but there is nothing major you should be concerned about. As it stands, employers do not need to allow any sort of medical marijuana use as an accommodation to their employees. There may however be a time when the issue comes up, and some other sort of accommodation or leave may be required.

If your company has a zero-tolerance drug policy, you should make sure to communicate with current and future employees that any marijuana use, whether it be legal or off-duty, could get them fired.

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Topics: Small Business Management

8 Steps to a More Ethical Workplace

Posted by Haley Crum Blanton, J.D. on Jan 16, 2017 4:00:28 PM

It’s no secret that confidence in our institutions – whether business or government – is at an all-time low, driven in large measure by frustration with unethical, unlawful and even immoral behaviors on the part of institutional leaders.

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Topics: Small Business Management

2 Lifesavers for Stressed Franchise Owners

Posted by Ashley Jeffery on Nov 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

You know who you are — the franchise owner who struggles with the conflicts between working “on” or “in” the business. You’re not alone — this happens in franchises of all sizes. Owners may come into a franchise with a lifetime of experience in their industry after working their way up through the ranks. Or maybe they had the urge to take on a new challenge. In either case, the temptation to work the business yourself is a big one.

But whether you own a small franchise and are just beginning to staff up, or have a larger franchise with multiple employees, the fact is that you can’t do it all.

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Topics: Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship

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