If there was an Employee Handbook Best Sellers list, would yours make the cut?

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 10, 2018 at 1:13 PM

When was the last time you saw that a state or federal employment law had been updated? Today? Yesterday? Last week? In fact, when was the last time your company's employee handbook was reviewed and updated? If your answer is, "More than 12 months ago," it may be (past) time to take another look. With all of the political chatter, sexual harassment claims, updates in state minimum wage, as well as parental and sick leave laws, things are constantly changing, and the need to update the employee handbook in a timely manner has become critical.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

New year, new laws! What's your scheduling solution?

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 8, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Ushering in a new year means accommodating new employment laws. Oregon is the first state to pass a predictive scheduling law. On August 8, 2017, Senate Bill 828 was signed into law with a majority of the provisions becoming effective July 1, 2018. This bill applies to employers in the retail, hospitality, or food services industries with 500 or more non-exempt employees (temporary or leased workers are not included). It requires these employers to provide seven days’ notice (14-days beginning July 1, 2020) to employees of their work schedules. The intended purpose of the bill is to help hourly workers juggle additional priorities like child care and other employment.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

IRS Delays Deadline for Forms 1095-B and 1095-C

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 28, 2017 at 7:14 AM

Notice 2018-06 was released by the IRS on Friday, December 22, announcing that the 2018 reporting requirements for insurers and employers under Section 6055 and 6056 has been extended by 30 days. The notice extends the due date - from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018 - for furnishing to individuals the 2017 Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, and the 2017 Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. The 30-day extension is automatic and does not need to be requested.

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Topics: Human Resources

Should our company’s New Year’s resolution be a wellness program?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 18, 2017 at 4:21 PM

Over the last few years, employee wellness programs have been a common topic of conversation in all size organizations and at multiple levels. Employers have a lot of questions when creating or modifying plans. What follows might help answer some of those questions.

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Topics: Human Resources

FMLA: What Are My Responsibilities?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 13, 2017 at 4:02 PM

The following series of questions and answers is designed to give a high level overview of the responsibilities companies have if they are required to provide time off under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Effective Employee Onboarding

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 20, 2017 at 12:51 PM

You hire employees with the thought of them being a successful contributor to your organization. The first impressions your new hires walk away with will set the tone right out of the gate for building an effective team. Providing new employees with the tools and resources they need to be successful seems like an easy task, but more often than not it proves to be a daunting and time consuming process. Effective employee onboarding usually begins before a new hire starts and last through at least their first month of employment; most times even longer. Onboarding is not just filling out a bunch of forms. Rather, it's the opportunity to introduce a new team member to the culture, expectations, and values of the company. A formal, consistent, organized, and well-communicated onboarding program can help make this a positive experience for everyone involved.

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Topics: Human Resources

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

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 25, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Wow! Is it really almost the end of October already? I think I blinked twice, and now the year is almost over. This is the time when HR and payroll professionals are thinking about their (seemingly endless) year-end responsibilities. Have you made a list of benefits, compliance, and company culture tasks that needs to be attended to before the end of 2017? No worries...we made one for you.

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Topics: Human Resources

Avoiding Common Non-Exempt Wage & Hour Pitfalls

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 13, 2017 at 2:43 PM

The Department of Labor website explains that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.”

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance

Medicare Coverage….It is never a simple 'yes' or 'no'!

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 2, 2017 at 2:57 PM

More and more, baby boomers are hitting that magic age of 65. One result is that employers are frequently asked by employees if they need to enroll in Medicare coverage if they plan to keep working and are covered by the employer’s medical benefits. While everyone always wants the simple 'yes' or 'no' answer, the appropriate response to the question is not always simple, and there are a lot of 'it depends' scenarios. Here are some of the details to consider.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

Has Your Company's Employment Application Been Updated Recently?

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 25, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Employment applications are very important tools in the hiring process for organizations of every size. They provide critical applicant information to employers and give insight into a potential new hire’s work experience and educational background. It is important that employers review their application form regularly in consideration of recently passed laws. Noncompliance can result in penalties and large liability claims. Following is some of the information that should NOT be requested on an application but that employers may not be aware of:

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

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