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Timely blog posts by HR and Recruiting consultants responding to every day questions, hot topics and compliance-related news as it relates to attracting, engaging and retaining talent.

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Risk Management

By: Connie Maniscalco
July 31st, 2020

By now, as a business owner you are likely aware of the Emergency Standard that went into effect Monday, July 27, 2020 in the state of Virginia to combat the spread of COVID-19. Virginia was the first state in the nation to adopt mandatory standards, quickly followed by California.

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Risk Management

By: Connie Maniscalco
September 6th, 2018

If you look up Federal Government Fiscal Year End, here is what you would find on the Wikipedia page:

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Risk Management | Benefits

By: Connie Maniscalco
March 2nd, 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 was signed by President Obama on Labor Day of 2015 and requires federal government contractors and subcontractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave a year to exempt and non-exempt employees working on government contracts.

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Benefits | Best Practices

By: Connie Maniscalco
January 15th, 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 I need a referral for services other than preventive care?”  And how about the dreaded call from an employee at the doctor’s office telling you that the carrier says he is not covered!  Ugh! While these questions are not uncommon, there are things you can do (and must do in some instances) to ensure all bases are covered.

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Benefits | Best Practices | Employee Relations

By: Connie Maniscalco
December 17th, 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.

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Risk Management | Best Practices | Employee Relations

By: Connie Maniscalco
July 1st, 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 time proposed) changes to the regulation with a call to action: