Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources

HR: What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?

Hey, everybody has been talking "New Year's resolutions" so why not!  Just kidding...but now is a good time to tackle of a couple of compliance things to make sure you are kicking off the New Year on the right foot. With everything else that comes with the New Year and end-of-year paperwork (like those W2s… Continue reading HR: What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?

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Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Performance

Performance Review Time – Should You Keep Doing Them?

  Its the beginning of the New Year and many companies may be getting ready to produce their employees' annual performance reviews, so I'm sure the topic of whether or not its worth the time has started to come up. There are a lot of different opinions out there as to whether or not companies… Continue reading Performance Review Time – Should You Keep Doing Them?

Benefits, Human Resources, Payroll

New Federal Overtime Rule Effective December 1

Effective December 1, a new rule updates the regulations governing which executive, administrative, professional, and highly compensated employees are entitled to the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Current Rules The current federal rules provide an exemption from both the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements of… Continue reading New Federal Overtime Rule Effective December 1

Benefits, Employee Relations, Payroll

2017 HSA and Health FSA Contribution Limits Announced

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the inflation-adjusted contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) for tax year 2017. 2017 Contribution Limits The tax year 2017 contribution limits for HSAs and health FSAs are as follows: • HSAs: The annual limitation on deductions for an individual with… Continue reading 2017 HSA and Health FSA Contribution Limits Announced

Benefits, Employee Relations

Election Day is November 8th–Are Your Employees Entitled to Voting Leave?

With Election Day quickly approaching, private sector employers should be aware of their obligations under state law to provide voting leave for their employees. While there is no federal law that requires private sector employers to provide employees with time off from work to vote in a national or state election, numerous states require that… Continue reading Election Day is November 8th–Are Your Employees Entitled to Voting Leave?

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Are Your Employees Planning a Mutiny?

Think about this… Are your employees showing up to work late consistently? Are they more “on edge” or angry all the time?  Are they making more mistakes that usual?  Are their “attitudes” now affecting how they handle your customers? Are they just getting through the day so they can go home? These are all RED… Continue reading Are Your Employees Planning a Mutiny?

Benefits, Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Performance

Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 3

You’ve talked to or surveyed your employees to find out what they would like to see around the office that would make them feel more appreciated or part of the “team.”  You researched different Employee Engagement programs to find out which ones could be implemented right away and at little to no cost to the… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 3

Benefits, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about first getting to know what your employees would like to see.  Here in Part 2, we will talk about some general ideas to consider integrating into your workplace.  While there are plenty of different options available, sometimes its best to start with some simple ideas and let the company… Continue reading Jumping on the “Employee Engagement” Bandwagon: Part 2

Benefits, Communication, Disciplinary Actions, Employee Relations, Performance, Termination

Medical Marijuana: How Does It Affect Your Workplace?

Today officially marked the first day that medical marijuana is now available for sale in the state of Illinois…so now that it is really a reality, what does that mean for employers? Will there be this huge influx of issues to address and deal with? How does this affect our workplace safety? Do we have… Continue reading Medical Marijuana: How Does It Affect Your Workplace?

Benefits, Communication, Disciplinary Actions, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Termination

Bring Back The Pink Slips!

Back in the days of the Personnel Department, the “pink slip” was a notice included with the employee’s paycheck notifying them that their employment had ended, either by termination or layoff.  No one knows when this practice came into being, or how it was even labeled with the color pink.  Even Peter Liebhold, a curator… Continue reading Bring Back The Pink Slips!