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Title VII Review: Sex Discrimination – Where Does Sexual Orientation Fall, In or Out?

April 19, 2017

Most of my clients’ view Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Sex Discrimination as adverse action taken against an employee on the basis of his/her sex, male or female.  Pretty straight forward….right? Well, as of April 4, 2017, the legal waters have just gotten very muddy. The Seventh Circuit Court in […]

How to Offer Unlimited Sick Leave & Migitigate Risk as an Employer

April 5, 2017

Mitigating Risks of Unlimited Sick Leave Unlimited sick leave policies are gaining popularity as a great addition to an organization’s total rewards package. However, most employers tend to not implement the policies because of the risk factors.  Yes, you might have that occasional employee who abuses the policy, but that can be managed. What I […]

How to Best Approach Reducing the Gender Wage Gap at Your Organization

April 4, 2017

What Organizations Can Do to Reduce the Gender Pay Gap During a recent interview about gender pay equity on Freakonomics with Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin, she noted that the reasons for the existence of the gender pay gap in the United States are varied and complex. For organizations that are interested in promoting pay […]

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 […]