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SCA and the ACA: The Cost of Compliance

March 28, 2017

Recognizing so many of my clients are government contractors, I know it can be tough keeping up with compliance. It gets especially tricky if you have Service Contract Act (SCA) contracts in an already highly regulated industry. With the addition of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), contractors who are subject to both SCA and ACA […]

How to Know When to Hire HR for the First Time

March 21, 2017

As an outsourced HR consultant, I regularly work with small businesses in need of support in Human Resources. Often these businesses are either in a start-up mode or have a small footprint and need part-time, efficient support to move their businesses forward. That work can sometimes be tactical, and sometimes strategic, and so hiring an […]

Do You Know the Real Cost or Value of Your Employees?

March 16, 2017

One KPI You Should Be Tracking! Now that the first quarter is almost over, it is time to focus on how the strategic goals set for 2017 are tracking to last year’s results. Organizations spend an immense amount of time and resources tracking revenue and retention of clients, as well as the value of each […]

DOL Fiduciary Rule Review: New Proposal for a 60-Day Delay

March 6, 2017

On Wednesday, March 1, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the applicability date (currently April 10) of the Fiduciary Rule, which would also include a delay to the Prohibited Transaction Exemptions, specifically the Best Interest Contract Exemption. The DOL has listed two comment periods: a 15-day comment period on the proposed 60-day […]

DC Universal Paid Leave Review

February 17, 2017

On February 14, 2017, the Mayor of The District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, did not veto The DC Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 and allowed the bill to pass without her signature. The Washington Business Journal reports, “in a letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Wednesday, Bowser wrote that she supports paid family […]

How to Verify I-9 Documents for Remote Employees

January 18, 2017

As HR consultants, we are all too familiar with the Form I-9 and the requirement of all US employers to complete and maintain a form for each employee hired into their organization. Yet, in many organizations when we conduct an HR compliance audit, we find there to be some level of non-compliance with the Form […]

HR Compliance Checklist for Government Contractors

January 17, 2017

This blog is Part Two of a three-part series on HR Compliance for Government Contractors. Part One addresses the process to follow to determine the applicability different federal regulations to your company, and Part Two provides a walkthrough and checklist to determine applicability of specific laws and executive orders. Part Three will discuss compliance resources […]

Risk Still Exists With FLSA Status Even After Injunction

January 3, 2017

Mitigate Risk with an FLSA Audit December 1st has come and gone, and like many others, you may be relieved that businesses did not have to comply with the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on FLSA White Collar Exemptions because of the Injunction issued on November 22nd by a Federal Judge in Texas. However, with […]

A Review of DC’s New Employment Laws

December 21, 2016

DC Labor Law Compliance Review If you’re in a leadership role at a company based in Washington DC, you’re no stranger to the fact that DC has created numerous employment laws that go above and beyond the standards set at the federal level. If your company is headquartered outside of DC and has employees working […]

Social Media Sourcing Strategies: A Top Recruiting Trend for 2017

December 15, 2016

A Review of a Top Recruiting Trend for 2017 A top recruiting trend we’re seeing for 2017 at Helios HR is a shift between social media platform use. For years, we’ve seen recruiters use LinkedIn as a primary tool to find passive candidates. As this site continues to become more saturated and competitive in the […]

Incentive Program Design Project Review: A Client Success Story

December 5, 2016

The Incentive Plan Problem A growing consulting firm with employees across the United States and internationally engaged with Helios HR to enhance their current incentive plan to align with the current and future business strategy.  This business had previously designed and implemented a successful incentive program to drive the behaviors of their consultants; and as […]

New Overtime Changes on Hold…For Now

November 28, 2016

New Overtime Changes on Hold… For Now Less than two weeks before the Department of Labor’s controversial new federal overtime rule was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Labor from implementing the new rule. The new rule would have doubled the minimum salary […]

How to Plan a Company Holiday Party for Your Diverse Team

November 25, 2016

Around the holidays employers can run into a few bumps when planning a company holiday party… Years ago my colleague Jane, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, had a small handful of observances that we, as courteous colleagues, tried to be mindful of at work. Oddly, the most challenging and humorous of which was remembering not to say, […]

Creating a Culture of Gratitude: A Simple Practice With Great Impact

November 18, 2016

During the first year of marriage, my wife and I decided to make a gratitude jar; well more accurately, my wife decided that we would make a gratitude jar. For those of you like me, that had never heard of this, it is a simple concept. Every time something good happened in our lives, personally […]

How to Know if Federal Contracting Regulations Apply To You

November 16, 2016

One of the biggest concerns my clients have when we begin working together is keeping their business out of trouble with the federal government. If this is of concern to you as well, I’m hopeful this article will help provide a bit of clarity for you as you navigate the muddy waters of federal contracting. […]