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How Employers Can Best Manage & Support PTSD

May 30, 2018

National PTSD Awareness Day is coming up around the corner on June 27th and I thought this would be a good time to shed light on the topic. More and more we hear about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the workplace. According to National Alliance on...

Compliant & Competitive Leave Programs for Small Business

May 2, 2018

Throughout my time as an HR consultant, I have worked with companies of all sizes, but for the purpose of this article, I wanted to focus primarily on small business.  When talking about policies and compliance topics one of the first questions companies ask is about the different types...

When and Why Offer Severance Pay?

September 12, 2017

According to HRA-NCA, more than 50% of employers offer severance to all levels of employees (except for gross misconduct).  As HR consultants, we commonly see severance offered for the following reasons: RIF (Reduction in Force): The most common reason for severance is when an employee is laid-off due to...

Leadership Spotlight: Dr. Virginia Bianco-Mathis

June 20, 2016

This month we sat down with Dr. Virginia Bianco-Mathis, Professor and Chair of Management and Human Resources at Marymount University, School of Business. She teaches courses in analytics, coaching, talent development, organizational development, and strategy. In addition, she is a leading consultant in the areas of strategic planning, executive coaching,...

What the DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime Will Cost Businesses

May 19, 2016

White-Collar Exemption Changes Are Here Last March, I wrote an article when the topic of the DOL FLSA White Collar-Exemption change was being discussed.  At that time there was a lot of uncertainty about what the new minimum salary threshold would be; when this rule would take effect; and how much...

Politics at Work: FAQ’s Around Election Time

April 26, 2016

Around election time, we hear a couple of questions that consistently come up by our clients. Time off for voting, the do’s and don’ts of how to handle politics in the workplace, and most importantly, how to encourage voter participation. Find out how I respond to these questions below!...

How to Avoid Costly Service Contract Act Violations

February 22, 2016

What to Expect During a Service Contract Act Audit Most often when a federal contracting company is audited for a Service Contract Act (SCA) violation it is because an employee complains. Recently, however, the DOL has been initiating SCA compliance audits on their own. The DOL has sole responsibility for enforcing...

3 Tips to Unravel from a PEO Organization

January 27, 2016

Deciding whether to hire internally for your HR function or outsource HR is a critical decision, especially for organizations experiencing fast growth. If you are currently outsourcing HR functions to a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and are considering bringing your HR in-house, there are several considerations you need to...

Why it May Be Best to Have a No Solicitation Policy in Your Office

January 7, 2016

If you live anywhere in the region you may have noticed the Girl Scouts cookie booths at the entrance to every grocery store taking place now.  If by some small chance you haven’t seen one at your local supermarket, I am sure someone in your office has the cookie...

When to Let Go: A Review of the 4 Main Reasons for Employee Terminations

December 29, 2015

At some point or another while running your business, you unfortunately will likely need to let someone go, also referred to as a separation or termination of employment.  Typically, businesses run into these reasons because either they are cutting costs or have someone performing poorly at their job. Majority of states across the nation,...

The Best HR Practices for Veterans We’ve Seen Employers Provide

November 11, 2015

Many companies do great things to honor veterans who have served our country. You’ve probably heard of employers closing the office to observe the holiday, some honor their veterans with a tribute luncheon, while others have a moment of silence to start the day or send thank you cards to the homes of those who have...

The Cost of I-9 Form Errors

July 27, 2015

When we engage with a new client as part of our HR management engagements, one of the first things we look at is the state of their I-9 forms. We look at all sections for completeness and accuracy and all too often the results are the same – multiple violations...

Pros Vs. Cons of Social Media at Work

July 22, 2015

Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and even Instagram are becoming the part of a modern worker’s every day life.  These tools are no longer just for personal use since many people use them in their professional lives as well.  In the workplace, these social sites are being used...

When Should a Company Have an Employee Handbook?

July 16, 2015

What is an Employee Handbook and Why Do We Need One? An Employee Handbook is a guide that gives organizations a tool to communicate the expectations, role and responsibilities, as well as current policies and procedures within the organization to all employees. Legally there is no requirement for companies to provide an employee handbook;...

How Pre-Employment Tests Can Help Build Effective Teams

June 23, 2015

Are Pre-Employment Tests Best For Your Business? Are you striving to find the most effective ways to measure a potential candidate’s “fit” for your team? It’s always stressful determining if the candidate will be the right person for the job. When making hiring decisions there are many components to look at during the...