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Washington State Family Leave Act: Reporting Deadline Change!

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 14, 2019 at 3:05 PM

Do you have employees in Washington state? Have you been collecting premiums for the Paid Family and Medical Leave since January 1, 2019?

In October 2018, we published a blog post entitled 'Washington Based Employers: Family Leave Act Premiums Begin January 1, 2019'. The post provided details on the program that became effective on January 1, 2019 as well as the new requirements for employers with employees in Washington state. Here's an update with an important change to the first quarter reporting deadline.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Payroll, Taxes

Great HR is something no organization can afford to do without!

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 7, 2019 at 2:31 PM

Did you know that employees who manage Human Resources for an organization spend up to 25 hours a month just searching for HR answers? If your business is spending that kind of time (and money), consider this better way of quickly finding quality information that you can rely on.

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Topics: Human Resources

Do you have a plan to find that next great hire?

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 5, 2019 at 11:04 AM

When you are seeking that next great hire, what specific qualities are you looking for? Someone who has a strong work ethic, is dependable, displays a positive and can-do attitude, and is team-oriented but has potential leadership skills? If you answered yes to any or all of these qualities, you are not alone. It takes a lot of work and a great deal of time and planning to make sure you have the right fit, regardless of the level or position you are hiring for. And none of this takes into account the other companies that are probably trying to compete for that same great new hire, since the job market continues to shift causing many more open positions than there are qualified job-seekers to fill them.

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Topics: Human Resources, Recruiting

March HR Topic: Recruiting and Hiring Great Employees

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 27, 2019 at 10:59 AM

We are very excited about his month’s Human Resource theme: Recruiting and Hiring Great Employees. Recruiting high-quality employees is a challenge that HR and hiring managers face on a regular basis, and with the unemployment rate remaining so low, it has been especially difficult recently.

As the old saying goes, "It takes a village" to overcome this type of challenge. So we are asking you to join our village. We want to hear about the creative methods you are using to find great people, and we plan to share the ideas and stories we get from our "village" in a blog post published later this month. If you have a couple of minutes to answer the following questions, we'd love to include your feedback.

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Topics: Human Resources

FMLA and ADA: The difficult task of navigating employee leaves!

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 6, 2019 at 2:56 PM

Navigating employee leave acts can be one of the most confusing and stressful tasks for employers and HR professionals. These regulations are typically complicated and must be handled correctly, or there can be serious consequences. Many employers encounter events that cause them to ask, "Is this a Workers’ Compensation situation or an ADA restriction? And when does FMLA apply?"

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies

Knowing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Regulations

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 11, 2018 at 9:58 AM

How confident are you about all the required regulations for your business under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? We challenge you to test your knowledge by taking this brief quiz.

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Does Your Policy Checklist Include a Time Reporting Policy?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 5, 2018 at 11:26 AM

A critical part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is making sure employees are classified and paid correctly. Does your organization have a current Time Reporting Policy that accomplishes this? Such a policy is easily as important as other standard company policies like your Leave of Absence, Code of Conduct, Benefits, or Communications policies. If you do not have one, it's a good idea to draft a written policy that clearly and thoroughly explains how and when staff should track their time. This will a likely apply to both exempt and non-exempt employees, but the application may be slightly different. Key elements that should be included in this policy include:

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Policies

2019 Expected Payroll Changes

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 19, 2018 at 10:49 AM

With a new year come new changes and updates to payroll requirements. 2019 is quickly approaching, so - like last year - we compiled the following list of items that may initiate some payroll changes in your organization. You might start thinking about these and take action sooner than later.

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Topics: Payroll, Taxes

How to Address Social Media in the Workplace

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The use of social media in the workplace has grown dramatically as people have become more - and more constantly - connected via mobile devices. Merriam-Webster offers a fairly common definition of social media: "forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content."

Some of that sounds great for business, right? After all, creating online communities and sharing information and ideas are basic goals of any business's marketing department. Frequently, however, organizations approach social media with suspicion and trepidation. These attitudes often lead to attempts to fully control its use that end up with managers frustrated by a lack of discipline, employees feeling that they're being treated like children, and everyone demoralized.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Social Media

The year-end countdown begins. Here's a free HR and Payroll checklist!

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 1, 2018 at 2:47 PM

It's November. That's right...November! That means we're just over 60 days from the end of 2018.

"AAAHHHHHHHH!!!"

Am I right?

This is the time of year when HR and payroll professionals are fretting about all the things they don't feel they'll have time to finish. What are those things? You mean you haven't made a list of benefits, compliance, and company culture tasks that need to be wrapped up before the end of 2018? Don't worry...we made one for you.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies

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