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How to Avoid a Compliance Nightmare with the Gig Workforce

May 10, 2017

Gig what? The gig economy has a few monikers: shared economy, human cloud, contingent digital workforce, on-demand workforce. All these names apply to a growing type of work relationship characterized by its nature. The human cloud amounts to an abundance of work that is short term in nature and...

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...

The Best Way to Effectively Lead as a Manager: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

June 27, 2016

Managing people is no easy task. It requires a good attitude, people skills and the ability to build trust throughout an organization. Managers are tasked with the dichotomous responsibility of managing and leading. They must both negotiate the organization’s bottom line while fostering a healthy sustainable workforce.  Key to...

How to Hire Right, Every Time – It Starts With You!

April 6, 2016

Finding the best new hire for your organization is no simple task. Following these guidelines will get you to the right fit, faster and easier.  After countless resumes, phone screens and interviews it became quickly apparent that a successful candidate search requires limiting internal interference in the external hiring...

Review Your Company Culture: The Top 5 Things That Matter

March 24, 2016

Culture develops in every organization. Employers can intentionally guide the environment with visible, well-developed values. Integral to creating a cohesive and collaborative environment in the face of change and conflict, particularly with mergers and acquisitions is an honest assessment of the current climate. Whether organizations are looking to enhance...

HR Challenge: Wanting Change Vs. Willingness to Change

February 23, 2016

Often times when an organization is approaching a new direction that impacts individuals and teams, HR is tasked with the responsibility of change management. Change management can be something as small as a new process or policy change to a larger scale approach such as a new strategy, executive...

The Hidden Costs to Avoid with FLSA

February 12, 2016

Compliance around FLSA laws and regulations is in the spotlight and will remain there for a while from the look of the current landscape. The old adage applies, ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’ Anyone watching events unfold can agree, the Dept. of Labor sees the smoke. The fallout from non-compliance...

Succession Planning Review: Do you have a Winning Team in Place?

February 5, 2016

Succession Planning: A Team Review To remain relevant organizations of all sizes must stay agile in order to respond to market changes.  Planning is essential to keeping competitive edges sharp with the knowledge leaders; the talent, in the right place at the right time. Therefore…the best defense is a great...

Section 508 Requirements Review for Government Contractors

February 4, 2016

By now, I am sure you are aware of the changes made to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by the Obama Administration.  Designed to address the barriers associated with employment of individuals with disabilities, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act outlines the compliance requirements for federal contractors. Under Section...

The Best Tips for a Great Interview for Your Dream Job

January 22, 2016

You are about to interview for your dream job!  The phone screen was a breeze. They hiring team is as excited to meet you, as you are to meet them. Post-interview you’re thinking, ‘It’s in the bag, I nailed it!’ The rapport was there, they asked the right questions...

FLSA is Speeding Towards Compliance….A Review of 1099 Classification

September 30, 2015

Employers have a lot on their plates. There are a myriad of compliance issues that must be routinely addressed in order to ensure smooth operations. Across the nation the Department of Labor is actively pursuing employers found in violation of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Dept. of Labor...

Best Practices for Employee Morale During the Impending Government Shutdown

September 24, 2015

Midnight, Sept. 30, is looming and without a continuing resolution or bipartisan appropriation agreement, the likelihood of a government shutdown increases. Employers must be prepared to manage workloads and morale. It is well known that low employee morale negatively impacts productivity and engagement. It’s therefore critical that employers consider...

Three of the Best Tax Incentives that Encourage Hiring of Disabled Workers

September 8, 2015

“What happens when you hire a person with disabilities is you see how we do our jobs and then the mystery is over and we’re not special anymore. We become a part of the fabric of the work culture.” – Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, who...

FMLA Review: Best Practices for Key Employees

July 13, 2015

The regulations covering FMLA are extensive. For employers it’s critical that the staff tasked with administering FMLA understand their responsibilities. There are features of FMLA that are easier to negotiate, such as duration and what forms to use. On the other hand, there are elements of FMLA law that...

5 Best Practices for Managing Workplace Conflict

June 10, 2015

What can HR do to Best Manage Workplace Conflict? Successful business strategy requires the support of an effective and productive workforce. Employers engaged in creating a motivated workforce will make significant efforts to ensure hiring decisions contribute positively to the team atmosphere. Even with the best of efforts, there...