Part-time HR During the Time of COVID-19

Posted by James on July 8, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Coordinating Human Resources wasn't in your job description when you were interviewed and hired at this little company of 47 employees. But you're a fast study and have a friendly personality, and so after six months at work you were asked to show a new hire around. Afterwards you thought, "There should probably be an orientation and initial paperwork process for when new people are hired," and so you took the initiative and created one. The benefits enrollment process interested you, and so you became the main contact with the broker. One day, somebody asked if the minimum wage poster in the break room was current. It wasn't, so you retrieved the latest version from the Department of Labor website and started checking and replacing the other notices from time to time. HR tasks didn't take up too much of your time, and it was kind of fun keeping on top of things.

Then a pandemic hit.

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

Free HR Webinar: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 6, 2020 at 8:27 AM

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” -Malcolm Forbes

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is workplace diversity to you? Now on that same scale of 1 to 10, how diverse do you feel your organization is?

What does workplace diversity mean?

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, diversity

New Year, New HR Opportunities

Posted by Christy Putnam on January 10, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Happy New Year! And not only a new year but a new decade. Is anyone else finding it very hard to believe how fast time is flying by? Just a year ago, many of us were saying, “This is going to be the year.” Perhaps it was going to be the year to make big changes, get organized, create efficiencies, focus on learning and education, implement new systems, add additional resources, or just really be on top of things. Congratulations to those who actually made 2019 “The Year”. And for the majority of us who are once again saying, “This! This is going to be the year,” let’s work together to make many of those wonderful things actually happen as the 20s get underway.

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Topics: Information Technology, HR Policies

LAST CHANCE! Don’t Miss this Month’s HR Webinar! Taking Care of Business: Employee Handbooks

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 22, 2019 at 1:06 PM

Can you believe we are at the end of October already? The end of the year is a great time to review existing documents, systems, and HR administrative practices. If you are looking for a new HR system, we can help, and we encourage you to reach out to us to find out how. It’s also a good time to review your employee handbook. Here are 8 valuable reasons why:

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies

Making Sure Employees See Your Company's Handbook

Posted by James on October 15, 2019 at 1:48 PM

In our recent post addressing the need for and benefits of an employee handbook, we mentioned the importance of having employees sign off on having received and read an organization's employee handbook. This is a vital step in creating and distributing a handbook because it encourages employees to read the document, ask questions about its contents, and signal that they understand the information provided. We also noted that sign-off should occur when each new edition of the handbook is given out.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Policies

Does Your Business Need an Employee Handbook?

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 14, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Are all employers required to have an employee handbook? If you answered "no" to this question, you are technically correct. There are no federal or state laws that specifically require companies to create and maintain employee handbooks. HOWEVER, we strongly suggest doing so since, regardless of your company's size, having an employee handbook is a good business practice. There are many laws requiring employers to notify employees of workplace rights (e.g. EEO, sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA), and this document can help with that. In fact, a well-crafted employee handbook helps protect both employer and employees. Following are five specific reasons why having a handbook might be a good idea for your organization.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Benefits

October HR Topic - Taking Care of Business: Employee Handbooks

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 2, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Raise your hand if you have been “taking care of business” by updating your company's employee handbook within the last year? For those of you with your hands down - and we're guessing that's the majority - how many dread this task and wish you could just implement policies like the ones that follow?

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Topics: HR Policies

HR Infographic - Tips for Handling Employee Terminations

Posted by James on September 17, 2019 at 10:20 AM

Terminating an employee may be the worst task that HR professionals are required to undertake. Even if they occur only infrequently, the meetings almost always have the potential to be unpleasant or, in the worst cases, contentious. The best approach is to put your head down and just get through it, right?

Wrong.

There are actions you can take in advance of a termination meeting to increase the possibility of the relationship ending calmly and perhaps even amicably, with minimal disruption to your business. Follow these tips, approach the situation confidently, and you may be surprised at how well things actually go.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Employee Terminations

August HR Topic: Demystifying Workers' Compensation

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 31, 2019 at 11:01 AM

In what year did Congress pass the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which is believed by many to be the start of the path to Workers’ Compensation?

A. 1959
B. 1970
C. 1908
D. 1942

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies

A New Tool for Your HR Toolbox

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 3, 2019 at 10:23 AM

Our knowledge is your knowledge! That is the common expectation in the HR world, right? It's all about sharing resources, training, updates, and knowledge with employees, clients, and even other human resource professionals in our network. We do it because everyone in this role knows what a constant challenge it can be to keep up with changing legislation, benefit offerings, trends, policies, and compliance requirements. You can never have too many tools in your toolbox of HR information.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, Leadership, HR Policies, Company Culture, Benefits, Recruiting

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