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

Preparing Your Company for the Workforce of Tomorrow...Today

Posted by James on June 30, 2020 at 9:35 AM

A couple years ago, Gallup conducted a survey that categorized employee engagement into three levels. The results showed that, in any given organization, 30% of employees are actively engaged in propelling the company along, half of the employees are just coasting on the efforts of the others, and 20% are actively attempting to disrupt progress within the business. Do you know which of your employees fall into which categories? More importantly, do you know how to improve these conditions?

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Business Technology, Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Management, COVID-19

COVID-19, Returning to Work, and OSHA...OH MY!

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 15, 2020 at 10:18 AM

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are asking questions like how and when is it safe to re-open their organizations. Meanwhile, local governments are working through very confusing phases of re-opening regulations. And as if that's not enough to think about, OSHA updated the rules for employer obligations of reporting COVID-19 as a workplace illness. Lions, and tigers, and bears, OH MY! Could this be anymore overwhelming? In this post, we will attempt to help make sense of some of the latest updates, and we're also offering a free webinar on COVID-19 workplace safety as well as a policy template so that you have two valuable resources to assist your progress in these safety-related tasks.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, COVID-19, workplace safety

Free HR Webinar: Workplace Health and Safety, Post-COVID-19

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 4, 2020 at 8:11 AM

Many counties are working through the required phases to get people back to work, and that leaves employers trying to figure out how to safely return to the new normal. Employee safety is generally a number one priority for employers. As businesses face post-COVID-19 reopening, following are some key factors to consider:

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Topics: Human Resources, COVID-19, workplace safety

Clearing Up Confusion over CARES

Posted by Christy Putnam on April 14, 2020 at 9:09 AM

More help brings more questions and new confusion. On March 27, 2020, Congress passed a second round of economic stimulus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Some of the relief elements contained within this latest act include:

  • Paycheck Protection Program Loans
  • Additional Unemployment Benefits
  • Student Loan Payments Suspension
  • Funding for Hospitals, Airlines/Airports, and Food Assistance Programs
  • Government Checks to Individuals
  • Small Business Debt Relief
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants

Here is a closer look at some key aspects.

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Topics: News Alert, Human Resources, Payroll, Taxes, COVID-19

Were you ready for a remote workforce?

Posted by James on March 25, 2020 at 3:18 PM

You may have previously considered, or even had plans for, giving your employees the ability to work remotely. Due to the recent social changes in response to COVID-19, those considerations may have accelerated into a necessary reality to keep your business running during this time that we're all supposed to remain at home.

A few days ago, our I.T. Manager, Dionne, published a blog post about the various technologies that you might need to rely on so that your employees can get their work done seamlessly and securely from a remote location. That post addresses how people can stay connected to your organization. But how does your organization stay connected to them...informationally, culturally, practically?

A cloud-based Human Capital Management system offers many built-in solutions to keep your organization aware of your employees' activities and help them stay informed in the face of rapid change. The following features keep everyone working together, even when they're in different places.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Technology Services, Time & Labor Management, COVID-19

COVID-19 HR Update: Unemployment Benefits and Taxes

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 24, 2020 at 2:44 PM

Who is dreaming about the days of getting back to a normal version of crazy? You know, kids back in school, too many scheduled social gatherings, a day packed with back-to-back in-person meetings, watercooler talk with co-workers, sporting events to cheer at, too many toilet paper options at the grocery store, and bumper-to-bumper traffic in the morning and afternoon. Okay, maybe not so much the traffic.

These are definitely uncharted times that we are going through. It’s such a strange feeling to take that pause that keeps our family members, friends, co-workers, and even total strangers a little safer by staying distant from them. 

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Topics: News Alert, Human Resources, Taxes, Benefits, Unemployment, COVID-19

COVID-19 HR Update: New Federal Benefits Legislation

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 19, 2020 at 4:04 PM

With all the constant, fast-breaking news pertaining to COVID-19, you may not have heard that yesterday, President Trump signed the “phase two” stimulus legislation. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides paid leave for certain workers, enhances unemployment insurance, and ensures free testing for infection by the Coronavirus. Unemployment eligibility requirements have been eased by waiving the work search requirements as well as the waiting week before benefits can be claimed. This measure also helps take care of small businesses (those with fewer than 500 employees) by providing reimbursement through tax credits for offering the qualified paid leaves.

Following his a very high overview of the paid leave benefits. For additional, detailed information, we encourage you to refer to the H.R. 6201 Act passed by Congress.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, News Alert, Human Resources, Healthcare, HR Compliance, Family Leave Acts, Benefits

What do those employee benefit acronyms mean and do they apply to my organization?

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 6, 2020 at 1:05 PM

Employee benefits has to be one of the industries with the highest number of acronyms. Things like ACA, COBRA, ERISA, HIPAA, STD, LTD, HSA, HRA, FSA, EOB, and so many more are common in conversations. Most HR professionals need a cheat sheet just to talk the language. Imagine trying to help employees understand each of the terms, not to mention understanding and administering the compliance and regulations that go with each of these.

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Topics: Human Resources, Benefits

Are you using (or did you even know) there is an updated version of the Form I-9?

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 6, 2020 at 12:11 PM

Have you heard? A new version of the Form I-9 has been issued. On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new version of the Form I-9, which provides employment eligibility verification. This new version includes minor changes to the form and instructions. The new Form I-9 has version date of '10/21/2019' which is located in the lower left corner of the form. Now that you know about it, you may be asking the following questions:

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Topics: Human Resources

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