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

Some Smart Questions for Your Next Interviewee

Posted by James on March 12, 2019 at 10:58 AM

Is this a familiar scenario?

You have a new applicant coming to interview for a job opening. She or he is due to arrive within the hour. You've looked over the candidate's résumé at length, but you still haven't assembled any questions for the impending discussion. Desperate, you scratch out some questions on a piece of paper; something about the person's greatest strength or worst day on the job or how would s/he define excellent customer service? Fine...but what will these questions really tell you about a candidate's suitability for the exact position you're hiring for?
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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Recruiting

A Roadmap for Navigating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Posted by James on February 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM

For employers, knowing what to do when an employee requests time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act is often like trying to follow directions on a winding road with no signposts. Even if there are no active leave requests or cases open, certain provisions may need to be followed in order to be in compliance with the regulations. When those requests do come in, a fully integrated and automated Human Capital Management system can help HR manage the cases while ensuring that the Payroll Department receives accurate information about employee leaves. Even still, you have to know where to begin...and where the road is expected to go. If you're just getting started with the FMLA, let this roadmap offer you a sense of direction.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll

Here's a free template for employee FMLA requests

Posted by James on February 11, 2019 at 1:17 PM

Is your business required to offer leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act? Do you have a process and form for employees to request leaves of absence? If not, click on the link below to download a template that your employees can use to make leave requests.

Download the Template

Using this document, you can move those requests through the approval process - like making copies of the form and walking them around to the decision makers - and then track the status and manage the resulting leave of absence cases...perhaps on an Excel spreadsheet that captures all the details.

Yeah. That's one way to do it.

An alternative method is using a fully integrated Human Capital Management system that automates the request and routing processes for you, as well as maintains all records electronically. Here's how that more efficient and precise process might work.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies

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

How to Develop a Social Media Policy for Your Company

Posted by James on November 13, 2018 at 10:39 AM

In our blog post last week on the topic of addressing the use of social media in the workplace, we suggested that companies develop a sensible social media policy to help set guidelines and rules around acceptable and unacceptable behavior when it comes to socializing online. That sounds reasonable, but where do you begin? We have a free template for download to help you with that starting point. Whether you use this resource or develop your own from scratch, here are a some key elements that any social media policy should consider including.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Policies

Approaches to Performance Management

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM

If you recently became a manager, you may be looking forward with some trepidation to the dreaded performance review process. Employees are now looking to you for guidance regarding the jobs that they are doing, and you were probably promoted to this position because, among many reasons, someone thought you have wisdom that others can benefit from. But what's the procedure for this task, and what do you need to think about to prepare for it?

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Leadership

The Importance of Performance Management

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 28, 2018 at 11:06 AM

Many companies set up processes to formally evaluate an employee’s performance after an initial probationary period and then on an annual or semi-annual basis. Employers and managers often feel that these are time-consuming exercises that do not yield desired results. Does your organization share the performance management concerns released in a CEB study, which shows the following:

  • 95% of managers are dissatisfied with their performance management systems.
  • 59% of employees feel performance management reviews are not worth the time invested; 56% said they do not receive feedback on what to improve.
  • Almost 90% of HR heads report that their performance management systems do not yield accurate information.
If these statistics feel familiar, read on...
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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Leadership

Complex Pay Strategies

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 12, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Not all compensation is as simple as an hourly wage or a set salary. Following are some pay types that may cause questions and confusion.

Piece Rate Pay

What is “piece rate” pay? This is an alternative system of pay that may benefit both the employer and the employee. Employees are paid based on the per unit of quality work completed rather than an hourly rate. This approach has the dual advantages of helping to increase productivity while providing employees with rewards for extra effort. This form of pay is commonly used in construction and agriculture.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Payroll

"If We Stay or If We Go": Conducting Non-hiring Interviews

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 7, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Interviews are no longer just for potential new hires. A lot of employers are choosing to implement stay and/or exit interviews. The difference between the two is that stay interviews are kind of like preventive check-ups; making sure everything is good and, if it's not, finding a resolution. Exit interviews, on the other hand, are performed with employees who are leaving an organization, and, while it may be too late to be beneficial to the departing employee, they may help the company realize the need for change.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Leadership

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