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How HR Departments and PEOs Can Work Together

Running a business is no easy task. Business owners today face many challenges, including managing costs, increasing profits, and remaining compliant with constantly changing local, state, and federal regulations. Human resources departments, in particular, face a...

Insurance Brokers and PEOs: A Worthwhile Partnership

One of the biggest challenges insurance brokers face today is protecting their book of business- that is, retaining clients and keeping them happy. While brokers are always looking to add new clients, protecting the book of business is the number one priority for many...

Debunking Fears Around March Madness in the Workplace

For many people, entering the month of March means one thing: March Madness. March Madness is the annual NCAA college basketball tournament that takes place every March, and it drums up a lot of excitement each year. In fact, it is estimated that more than 60 million...

Employee Gift Matching Programs: Things to Consider

In our previous blog post, we discussed the benefits employers can enjoy from offering an employee volunteering program, including increased team morale and improved brand perception and corporate visibility. Offering an employee volunteering program, however, is just...

What You Need To Know About Financial Wellness Programs

A recent survey from Country Financial found that 67% of Americans say that they are worried about their financial future. Thus, as an employer, it is guaranteed that at least some of your employees are stressed about money. Though money woes may seem like more of a...

5 Benefits Trends to Look Out For in 2019

In our last blog post, we highlighted 5 HR trends to look out for in 2019. As the overall workplace environment is shifting, so are employee benefits. Employee benefit offerings are becoming more important than ever, with 80% of workers reporting that they would keep...

5 HR Trends to Look Out For in 2019

2018 has come to a close, and now employers are looking to the future and creating or adjusting workforce management strategies for the year ahead. Here are some HR trends and changes that experts predict will play a role in workforce management and human resources in...

Top Myths About HR Portals

With or without technology, managing people is no easy task. Over the past decade or so, however, technology has infiltrated the workplace and greatly changed how certain tasks and processes are carried out. The department of human resources is no exception. The...

The Year End Bonus: Things to Consider

As we approach the end of the year, many employers are preoccupied with planning holiday parties and managing employees’ requests for time off. The holidays are an exciting busy time, but one thing that employers should not forget to think about is the year end bonus....

Onboarding: Going Beyond Orientation

So far in this series of blog posts, we have discussed the benefits of employee onboarding, and have given tips on how to maximize the effectiveness of the onboarding process at various touchpoints, including before the first day, and the first day itself. While all...

Onboarding: First Day Best Practices

In our previous blog post, we discussed the importance of preboarding- engaging with the new hire during the time after they accept the job offer and before their first day of work. Many people overlook this time period as part of the overeall onboarding process, but...

Election Day and the Workplace

As Election Day approaches on November 6th, many employers may find themselves facing the question of whether or not they are required to give employees time off to vote, and how exactly to address the topic of voting, which can bring up some contentious beliefs and...

Halloween In the Office: Avoid a Legal Scare

As we move through fall and approach the holiday season, we are entering a time when holiday celebrations in the workplace become commonplace. Fall offers plenty of opportunities for seasonal cheer and festivities, with Halloween being an especially fun time. But...

Onboarding: The Importance of Preboarding

In our previous blog post, we discussed the importance of employee onboarding, and some of the benefits it can bring to a business. In addition, we debunked some common myths surrounding onboarding, including the belief that onboarding only happens during the new...

Onboarding: Benefits and Myths

For a growing business, the attraction of top quality talent becomes an increasingly key component of steering the business towards success. Today, more and more companies are realizing that proactively investing time and money into building an effective recruiting...

Employee Handbooks: Key Elements

Employee handbooks are important and beneficial for companies of all sizes, but the process of developing an employee handbook can be challenging. The employee handbook must be tailored to the company while also remaining legally compliant, clear, concise, and...

Recruiting: The Importance of Employer Branding

In our previous blog post, we discussed the importance of having an effective recruiting process, and how the benefits of doing so can spill over to all aspects of the business. Despite the importance of recruiting, the average employer faces a myriad of recruiting...

Employee Handbooks: Making Updates

In this series, we have discussed why employee handbooks are important. We have also discussed some compliance issues that can arise in the development and distribution of employee handbooks, including whether or not employee handbooks are considered to be contracts,...

Employee Handbooks: Why Are They Important?

While having an employee handbook may seem like something that only larger corporations need to worry about, the reality is that employee handbooks are important and beneficial for businesses of all sizes, even those with just a handful of employees. A well-drafted,...

Job Descriptions: Essential vs. Nonessential Functions

A crucial element to any job description is listing the essential and nonessential functions of the job. Put simply, an essential job function is one that the person holding the job must be able to perform, whereas non-essential job functions are those that do not...

Job Descriptions: Setting A Salary Range

One thing that any employer looking to fill a position must consider is the salary range for that role. From an employer’s perspective, a salary range establishes a potential range of compensation for a specific role. It usually includes a minimum and a maximum pay...

To Improve Safety in the Workplace, Improve Communication

Did you know that for every $1 a company invests in workplace safety, there is a resulting $4 return on investment? (Source) Many employers know that they need to be paying attention to safety in the workplace, but are not effectively doing so. Developing a culture of...

Ensuring Compliance with Independent Contractors

Over the past several years, hiring activity has been on an upward trend for small businesses. At the same time, the types of jobs being generated by small businesses are shifting, as the general economy evolves and changes. Most notably, the “gig economy” is on the...

What the Super Bowl Means for Employers

On Sunday, February 4th, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off in the 52nd Super Bowl. This year, over 100 million Americans are expected to tune in to the big game. While the Super Bowl is an annual source of excitement for sports fans...

Time’s Up: Resources for Employers

If you watched the 75th Annual Golden Globes on Sunday, January 7th, you most likely noticed that many of the celebrities wore black and were talking about a movement called “Time’s Up”. Time’s Up is an initiative launched by several hundred females in the...

7 Workforce & HR Trends to Look Out For in 2018

Now that 2017 has come to a close, employers are looking to the future and creating or adjusting workforce management strategies for the year ahead. Here are some trends and changes that experts predict will play a role in workforce management and human resources in...

How Great Bosses Engage Employees

Employer-employee relationships set the tone for an entire workplace. Toxic office relationships can hinder a company’s growth by limiting productivity and lowering employee retention, while good relationships foster a productive work environment. But just how...

Workplace Risk Mitigation: What’s Your Strategy?

In hiring your first employee, you assumed potential risks and liabilities. These risks include lawsuits, employment-related disputes and compliance issues — just to name a few. Resolving these issues requires money and time, taking your focus away from growing your...

The Push For Phased Retirement

Traditionally, the Social Security’s full benefit retirement age has been 65 years old, but that number is slowly increasing. Currently, the full benefit age is 66 for people born between 1943-1954, and will gradually rise to 67 for those born in 1960 and later. That...

The Race for Talent: Employee Benefits

Is your company winning the race for talent? Unfortunately, many are not, according to a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey. In it, more than two-thirds of employers reported “challenging recruiting conditions in the current talent market”—and...

Pay Equity Compliance 101

The topic of a wage gap between genders is hotter than ever, and wage laws are becoming an issue of concern for employers on both the state and national level. In September, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a final version of the Employer...

Infographic: Small Businesses Keep New England Running

New England small businesses are proving to have a critical impact on our economy, as shown in the infographic below. Connecticut alone has 720,404 employees employed by small businesses. 97.8% of Massachusetts’ employers are small businesses and Rhode Island has an...

5 HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make

As a small business owner, you wear a lot of hats. Sales, operations, accounting, and human resources all fall on your shoulders and, undoubtedly, your main focus day in and day out is executing well for your clients and running a profitable operation. This means that...

7 Critical Payroll Tips Your Small Business Should Know

Handling payroll can be a challenging aspect of running your small business, and the tax law surrounding payroll makes it even more complex. Fox Business recently released a created list of 7 Payroll Tips for Small Business Owners.  The article highlights how to keep...

Should Your Employees Get Overtime? Exempt vs Nonexempt

Payroll laws confuse businesses and employees alike when it comes to overtime requirements. Understanding employee classifications (exempt vs non exempt) can help businesses grasp whether their employees are entitled to (or exempt from) overtime pay and under what...

Why Wellness Programs Are on The Rise & How to Start One

How far does your company’s wellness program go? Does it offer health insurance? How about dental? Vision? Now, what about voluntary biometric screenings or on-site fitness centers? Are smoking cessation programs and outdoor stress-reduction sessions company...

Non-Disclosure Agreements: Protect Your Business

As a New England business owner, you understand the importance of protecting your assets. Whether it’s a physical document, a crucial business process, or client information, your records and intellectual business property must be protected. Non-disclosure agreements...

What is Your Business’s Employee Management Score?

Have you ever wondered how your business’s human resource and employee management policies stack up against best practices? We’ve used Qzzr to create a free assessment tool that will help you identify areas of strength and weakness so that you can fill in...

The Top 3 Reasons Employees Don’t Invest in 401k

Every 401k investor hopes to make a return. That doesn’t mean everyone has the same reasons for participating in a plan. Whereas employees on the higher end of the pay scale may be looking for ways to enhance their wealth, those toward the lower end are often making...

Workforce Management Trends for 2017

Now that 2016 has come to a close, employers are looking to the future and creating or adjusting workforce management strategies for the year ahead. Here are some trends that experts predict will play a role in workforce management in 2017: 1. Human Resources...

Steps to Ensuring Immigration Compliance

Any business owner should know that there are several areas of the business in which taking an active approach, rather than a passive approach, can end up saving a lot of money in the long run. One employment process where proactivity especially pays off is...

The Keys to Proper Retirement Plan Education

Retirement plans are an important benefit to help attract and retain employees.  As an employer, offering a 401(k) shows you are concerned about your employees’ future and have established a vehicle to help them prepare for their financial security after their...

Steps to Proper Compliance Training

In any workplace, failure to comply with local, state, and federal laws can lead to costly penalties, and in the most severe cases, dissolution. To complicate things further, the legal landscape is constantly changing with laws being added and amended on a regular...

HR Audits 101: Execution and Outcomes

In our last blog post, we addressed common questions that employers have about the timing, scope, and execution of HR audits. We also shared the typical principal points in an HR audit. In this blog post, we will go more in depth, detailing the specific steps in...

HR Audits 101: Common Questions

In our last blog post, we discussed the importance of performing regular human resources audits. These HR audits are crucial for a number of reasons, chiefly ensuring compliance in a constantly changing legal landscape. They also help to recognize HR successes,...

HR Audits 101: Why Are They Important?

Many organizations have put forth much effort and expense to develop human resources policies, practices, and procedures that are both aligned with the organization’s corporate culture and compliant with the law. Still, with organizations and the legal landscape...

Background Checks: A Potential Risk for Employers

You’ve found the perfect candidate. Skills, experience, personality, and goals all align with your organization’s needs.There is just one more hurdle to cross – the background check. For companies that utilize background checks as part of their hiring process, it is...

Covering All the Bases in Retirement Plans

Any fan of baseball probably knows that David Ortiz- “Big Papi”- of the Boston Red Sox recently retired. Well, as Big Papi prepares for his “golden years” at least he won’t have to worry about his finances.  While the top, multi-year, mega million dollar...

Mitigating the Rising Costs of Benefits

In last week’s blog post, we discussed the factors contributing to the rising cost of healthcare. Escalating health insurance premiums pose a real threat to employers, since providing enticing benefits packages is an important factor in employee satisfaction and...

Rising Health Care Costs: Cause for Concern

Health care costs are on the rise, and that has staggering implications for employers since employee benefits costs are also increasing. While it’s probably of no surprise, CNN reports that the cost of healthcare is increasing at a faster rate than wages and...

Noncompliance: A Big Concern for Small Business

Today, small business owners face a variety of challenges. Starting and running a business is a challenge in itself, but the myriad of labor regulations thrust upon businesses just increases the complexity. Failure to comply with local, state, and federal laws can...

Recruiting Recent College Graduates

It’s September, and college students all across the country are returning to campus. Amidst the rush of students returning and new freshman moving in, it may be hard to notice that job recruiters are also establishing a presence on campuses. For companies with...

The Importance of HR Services for Startups

“Human resources is dead.” The above phrase is often repeated in startup circles. Why? Many startups pride themselves on innovation and creativity, and because HR is the non-flashy part of business, it has gained somewhat of a stigma in the startup world. Founders,...

Effective Strategies for Dispute Resolution

Today, most organizations celebrate workforces that are made up of a variety of attitudes, ideals, and beliefs. Sometimes, however, these differences can lead to workplace conflicts that can be costly if ignored. It is good to recognize that conflicts can be healthy,...

Removing the Pain from Performance Reviews

The announcement of an upcoming annual performance review is usually accompanied by a pervasive sense of dread that permeates the workplace. Performance reviews can be stressful for all members of an organization, from the managers who are tasked to giving reviews...

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

Workplaces today are facing a problem that was not very common in the past– multigenerational workforces. With people working well into their 70s and 80s, more and more companies are experiencing generational gaps, with their employees spanning as many as five...

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