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Preparing for the Federal Government Fiscal Year End

September 6, 2018

If you look up Federal Government Fiscal Year End, here is what you would find on the Wikipedia page: The United States federal budget for the fiscal year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, was named America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America...

Executive Order 13706 Review: How Federal Contractors Can Best Prepare

March 2, 2016

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors On Wednesday, February 24, 2016 the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced the release of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Executive Order (EO) 13706 Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.  Executive Order 13706...

Benefits Review: Top 3 Tips for a Successful Plan Year

January 15, 2016

So here we are in mid-January and most likely your new benefits plan year began January 1st.  This cartoon conjures up memories of the myriad of phone calls an HR department receives as soon as the new plan year begins.  Questions such as “what is my co-pay?” and “do...

Open Enrollment End of Year Review: How Did It Go For You?

December 17, 2015

If you are reading this, chances are your organization has recently gone through benefits Open Enrollment. It’s been my experience that this can either go remarkably smoothly or NOT. And the latter may have you frustrated, discouraged and exhausted. Prior to launching my career in HR, I spent 10...

How to Avoid Problems with the New FLSA Overtime Regulations

July 1, 2015

Yesterday morning (June 30th, 2015) news hit the wire that the Department of Labor (DOL) has officially released changes to the overtime exemption as it relates to the classification of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Back in March, here at Helios we blogged about the (at the...

How to Communicate That Your Company Has Just Been Sold

April 22, 2015

As an senior HR leader,  I have had the opportunity to work for organizations that went through Mergers and Acquisitions on multiple occasions.  The biggest takeaway I have learned from all of these experiences was the value of communicating with the employees before, during, and after an acquisition to help...

New OFCCP Requirements for Section 503, Best Practices to Ensure Compliance

June 24, 2014

Did you happen to hear the news story last week about the young man who was applying for a job with Staples via the web and was shocked to have received a questionnaire offering him the opportunity to disclose if he is an individual with a disability?  As a...

Best Ways to Demonstrate “Good Faith” Recruiting Efforts

April 2, 2014

Just this past week the new rules by the Office of Federal Contracting Compliance Programs (OFCCP) went into effect in an effort to strengthen the recruitment efforts by government contractors to hire more veterans and persons with a disability. As a government contractor compliance SME, we hear a...

A Review of The “White Collar” Exemption Criteria

March 17, 2014

Here at Helios we have performed many Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) audits. All too often we hear from prospective clients “all of our employees are exempt”. While this may be true in some instances, there are certain Department of Labor (DOL) criteria in place that define...

What Government Contractors Need to Know: Affirmative Action Plan Changes 2014 vs. 2013

February 17, 2014

Is your company a government contractor? If so, you have no doubt heard about one of the new rules the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contracting Compliance Programs) announced in August 2013. One of the changes are those to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973....

Best Ways to Display Good Faith Efforts in Affirmative Action Compliance

February 7, 2014

As a Practice Leader here at Helios I have an opportunity to work with many government contractors grappling with the record keeping requirements of maintaining their Affirmative Action Plans. Commonly referred to as an AAP, the plan is subject to scrutiny by the Office of Federal Contracting Compliance...

Problems with Standard Approaches to Human Resources (HR)

January 27, 2014

HRM best practices can be highly dependent on the organizational culture, demographic composition, socio-economic factors, employer size and resources, and lastly the legal/ regulatory environment in which the organization is operating. Seemingly, an HRM best practice that is effective in one environment can’t simply be adopted and implemented...

Government Shutdown: What Does It Mean For Employers?

September 25, 2013

Here we are again; news of a potential government shutdown is looming over the national capital region. Wasn’t it just a few months ago that we were coping with sequestration and the potential to have to institute furloughs for our employees? What does it mean if the...

Are You Ready to File Your EEO-1 Report for 2013?

August 25, 2013

The Employer Information Report EEO-1, otherwise known as the EEO-1 Report, deadline is September 30, 2013. With only a few short weeks left, your organization must take steps now to ensure your data is current and ready for filing.  The EEO-1 online filing application website is open and can...

Affirmative Action Review: The Most FAQs

July 2, 2013

"What is an Affirmative Action Plan?” “Does my company need an AAP?” “How do we implement it?” “What do I do if we get audited?” Read answers to these questions and more from our Affirmative Action expert at Helios.