January 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to 2015! As we head into the New Year, employers will be impacted by many provisions that have effective dates of January 1, including certain parts of the Affordable Care Act and several state minimum wage increases. With that in mind, we are here to help guide you through these evolving events as they […]

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New Year, New Laws for California

For California employers, the start of 2015 brings with it the need to begin complying with many new and expanded laws that the California legislature passed in 2014. Several of the most important provisions for employers are discussed below. Paid Sick Leave One of the biggest changes for employers is California’s new requirement to offer […]

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December 2014 Newsletter

As the year comes to a close, you and your organization should reflect on the incredible work you all have done to get to this point, and prepare for the many updates and changes that you expect 2015 to bring. Your HR Professionals are available to guide you through these matters and give you the […]

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Ever Heard of Employment Branding?

Employment branding is the process of positioning an organization as an employer’s choice in the labor market. Employment branding is essential to analyze because employers can understand what motivates individuals to work for and continue working for particular organizations. Some employers such as Google, Apple, Sony, etc. have created images that are universal icons which […]

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Social Media as a Recruiting Tool

Large corporations have long utilized e-recruiting strategies and tools to seek and secure top talent. As technology has evolved towards more cost-effective rates, more and more small to mid-sized employers have turned to e-recruiting as an affordable strategy to find, attract, and select job applicants for their companies’ hiring needs. Nowadays, one of the more […]

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Handling the Expanding Issue of Obesity Discrimination

Published last October in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a Duke University study estimated the cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees to be $73.1 billion. According to the study, the cost of obesity accounted for (1) employee medical expenses, (2) job productivity loss (due to health problems), and (3) work absenteeism. Facing […]

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Components of an Effective Compensation System

As a reflection of leadership’s strategy about how it values its employees, a well-established compensation system allows employers to optimize on employee engagement, productivity, financial resources, and organizational goals. Consider the following components and how to apply them into your business today: Organizational Goals. Make sure to pay employees for their individual performances as well […]

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Considering docking an employee’s pay for cause? Careful…

If you’re a business owner, CEO or CFO, you probably think that you have the right to deduct from any employee’s paycheck who happens to owe the company money, for whatever reason.  But in light of recent events, you may need to inject some caution into such a decision …because that God-given “right” (as they […]

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Improving Morale with Performance Management

According to 33% of respondents on a recent HR Support Center poll, the number one employer nightmare issue is “poor performers.” The concept of performance management is simply a method to enhance business success. One key component of performance management is to bridge the company’s goals with the employee’s goals by creating development plans. For example, […]

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HIRE Act for Dummies

The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act was signed into law on March 18, 2010.  This provides incentives to companies who hire and retain unemployed employees.  This act provides for: the elimination of the 6.20% employer portion of Social Security tax through the end of 2010. up to a $1000 Retained Worker Tax Credit (RWTC) for […]

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