January 2016 HR Newsletter

  Welcome to 2016! We are excited to hit the ground running. This month we will take a look at five hot HR topics and cover the basics of the Employer Mandate reporting. Be sure to sign up for our weekly blog posts so that you can stay on top of important topics like preventing […]

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IRS Extends Deadlines for Section 6055 & 6056 Reporting

On December 28, 2015 the IRS released IRS Notice 2016-4, which extends the distribution and filing deadlines for Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Affordable Care Act. Old Deadline New Deadline Deadline to Distribute Forms to Employees and Covered Individuals Feb. 1, 2016 March 31, 2016 Deadline to File with the IRS Feb. 29, 2016 […]

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December 2015 Question and Answer

Question: We don’t typically do background checks, but we’re hiring an internal HR person who will have access to sensitive information. We want to do a background check for this position, but since we’ve never done one for anyone else, we’re worried it would look discriminatory. Answer: You may conduct background checks for some jobs […]

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End-of-the-Year HR Tasks

Year-end is fast approaching, and we want to make sure employers are making a list and checking it twice! This is the perfect time of year to ensure your organization is compliant and prepared for all the changes the New Year will bring. The following checklist is a great place to start to make sure […]

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Can You Pay an Employee as a W-2 and 1099?

Typically a worker cannot be both an employee and an independent contractor for the same company. An employer can certainly have some employees and some independent contractors for different roles, and an employee for one company can perform contract work for another company. It is only in very unusual situations, however, that a person will […]

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Understanding Employer Pay Obligations for Travel Time

For many employers, sending employees out into the big, wide world to perform their job duties is an everyday occurrence. However, many employers are not aware of the situational details that may make time compensable or not compensable for non-exempt employees. Employers must consider both state and federal law surrounding travel time pay and then […]

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Tis the Season for Seasonal Employees

With the holidays here and year-end quickly approaching, many businesses will be looking to ramp up their workforce even more for the final holiday push. At least three key challenges exist for any business facing this need: (1) to figure out how much time and effort to invest in seasonal employees without sacrificing customer service […]

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I-9 Verification

I-9 forms present a challenge to employers who hire remote employees. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that all documents required for the I-9 must be viewed in their original format. Therefore, a fax or scan is not acceptable. Instead, the original documents must be in-hand when the I-9 is completed and signed […]

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Addressing Workplace Gossip

Office gossip can quickly become harmful to your business and your workers, so it’s best to take a comprehensive approach and respond quickly to complaints. When possible, be proactive. Here are a few recommendations: • Address office gossip in your employee handbook, either by name or by prohibiting any conduct that creates a hostile, offensive, […]

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How to Run an Effective Meeting

Remember that meeting that could have been an email? Or that time that a 15 minute meeting turned into an hour? We have all been there. In today’s post we go over simple but effective tips on how to run a meeting.

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