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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...

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!...

Best Practices to Protect Personally Identifiable Information

March 16, 2016

Beware of the W-2 Phishing Scam It’s Wednesday morning and we have heard from three clients this week alone who have been victims of a W-2 Phishing Scam.  Unfortunately, in these situations, here at Helios, we were contacted to help with the aftermath.  We would much prefer to be a...

The Best Approach to Conducting an Employee Investigation

January 18, 2016

“I Think I Have a Problem! What is the Best Approach to Conducting an Employee Investigation?” An employee has approached you to complain that another employee has been harassing her during and after working hours. You have now been put on notice of a serious situation. What do you...

Review of FAR Compliance: Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

August 22, 2014

As a government contractor, there are what seem like endless and ever changing requirements that you must comply with.  The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) serves as a guidebook to government contractors and outlines the rules, regulations, and processes that must be followed by government contractors throughout the acquisition planning,...

How to Conduct Workplace Investigations

October 23, 2013

As HR professionals, we are often approached to help investigate a situation that has arisen within an organization. Workplace investigations typically begin when an individual notifies a company representative of a concern or occurrence in the workplace that they feel should be further explored. There are a number...

The Helios HR 2010 Apollo Awards

May 24, 2010

Join us on June 3rd from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to network with 400+ CEOs and HR professionals as we recognize the following finalists for their passion and commitment to employee development. Emerging Companies Mid-Size Companies Evans Incorporated Apple Federal Credit Union Justin Bradley Capitol Concierge Metier Ltd....

Listen to Kathy Albarado on Executive Leaders Radio

February 17, 2010

Preventing the Snow from Wrecking Havoc on your Business

February 10, 2010

Yet another day of blizzard conditions. That was a word that was barely uttered in the Washington area in previous winters, yet now it appears to be commonplace. So what actions should one take to proactively combat what there is no denying mother nature? I came across this blog...

No One Path

October 18, 2009

Recently Women in Technology (WIT) celebrated the lives and accomplishments of 48 women who had been recognized by the WIT Leadership Awards over the last 10 years.  Inspired by WJLA Anchor Maureen Bunyon, a book was recently published entitled “No One Path–Perspectives on Leadership from a Decade of Women...

New Ethics & Compliance Rules for Contractors

May 3, 2009

By Seth Berenzweig, Managing Partner, Albo & Oblon, LLP The government has adopted major changes to rules governing contractor ethics and compliance programs, which modify parts of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”). These new rules became effective on December 12, 2008, and contain the most significant changes in the...