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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...

Employee Volunteering: A Good Business Investment

Every business owner wants their business to do well- to continually increase profits and success. But today, more and more business owners are recognizing the importance of doing good. Consumers are placing increased value on companies that make an effort to give...

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...

Offering Benefits to a Multigenerational Workforce

In our last blog post, we described five benefits trends to look out for in 2019. One of these trends is the increased customization of benefits offerings, due to today’s workforce spanning several generations. The average workforce today could span as many as five...

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 Talent Pipelining

Throughout this series, we have discussed various areas that employers need to address if they wish to improve their recruiting efforts, including the importance of employer branding and the importance of an improved candidate experience. With both of these tactics,...

Recruiting: Improving the Candidate Experience

In our previous blog post, we discussed how one of the biggest challenges that employers need to tackle today to improve their recruiting process is the challenge of developing a strong employer brand. Investing in the development of a strong employer brand results in...

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...

Recruiting: The Impact of Quality Candidates

Most small and medium-sized business owners are constantly wrestling with the challenge of effectively keeping costs down while focusing on steering the business towards growth and success. There are many ways that employers can do this, from streamlining expenses to...

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: Non-compete and Non-disclosure Agreements

In a recent blog post, we talked about some compliance concerns that arise when developing an employee handbook. Specifically, we discussed the importance of making a disclaimer that the employee handbook is not a contract, and that employees are employed at-will,...

Employee Handbooks: Are They Considered Contracts?

In this series, we have discussed why employee handbooks are important. By now you know that a well-drafted, legally compliant, and up-to-date handbook can have many benefits for both the employees and the employer. But is an employee handbook the same thing as an...

Job Descriptions: Working Conditions and Physical Demands

The purpose of a job description is to clearly state exactly what a person in that role does. Furthermore, it should convey as much as possible about the actual experience of working in the role. Thus, a crucial element of ADA compliant job descriptions is a section...

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...

Factors to Consider When Determining Pay Period

Payroll is an essential function of every business. That being said, there are varying ways that employers can actually distribute pay to employees, and one critical decision that employers need to make when setting up payroll is which of the different types...

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...

Inclement Weather: What Employers Need to Know

We are in the midst of the winter months, which for many employers means increased concern surrounding inclement weather and how it impacts the workplace. Employers walk a tough tightrope between ensuring that employees are safe and making certain that the business...

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 Employers Can Prepare for Disasters Like Harvey and Irma

Over the past few weeks, many people across the country and beyond have been tuning in to witness the devastation that has been brought upon Houston, Texas and its residents amidst the destructive Hurricane Harvey, and then in Florida and the Caribbean by Hurricane...

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...

Why New Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door for Pregnant Women

In 2008, Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman, sued the retailer Abercrombie & Fitch for discrimination after the store refused to hire her because her hijab clashed with the store’s dress code. On June 1, the Supreme Court sided in an 8-1 decision with Elauf. According...

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...

Changes in New Hampshire’s Workers’ Compensation Laws

New Hampshire has approved a new workers’ compensation law that includes payment declarations for medical procedures.  “For the first time, a New Hampshire legislative committee has tied workers’ compensation costs to a medical fee schedule determined by...

Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others

The number of companies offering remote work is on the rise. A recent article by the Harvard Business Review states that the number of Americans working remotely increased 80% between 2005 and 2012. It is critical to the success of your business that employees...

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...

Use Performance Reviews to Kickstart Business Success

As a business owner you know the success of your business is largely dependent on setting and achieving your corporate goals, and you know you can’t do it alone. Employee performance is inextricably intertwined with reaching your company’s goals, which is why...

How to Offer Big Benefits at Your New England Small Business

No one ever said running a company was easy. New England small-business owners embrace the challenge, taking on the difficult work of staying afloat in a crowded sea of larger competitors. Just because a business is small doesn’t mean it can’t enjoy some of the...

What is Ban the Box and Why Small Businesses Should Know About It

Recently, many U.S. states and cities have enacted bills to “Ban the Box” and prevent employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their criminal backgrounds. Such laws offer applicants with criminal histories an opportunity they’ve long been looking for: to...

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...

The Sharing Economy’s Shift Away from Contract Labor

Recently the sharing economy experienced its demise — or revival, depending on whom you talk to. Spearheaded by companies like Uber and Airbnb that offer users an opportunity to turn a profit simply by tooling around town in their automobiles or letting out a...

How “Ban the Box” Affects Small Business in NYC

While New York City’s (NYC) Fair Chance Act may bring new challenges to the city’s business owners, it is hoped that the new law will have a positive economic effect by allowing much of the city’s talent pool to apply for positions where they might not previously have...

New England Businesses Lead U.S. in Offering Parental and Sick Leave

Netflix, an online video service, announced a new parental leave policy in 2015 that put a smile on the faces of some of its working moms and dads. The streaming giant’s new leave policy allows many of its working parents to take unlimited leave during the first year...

Why Pre-Employment Screening May Be the Best Investment You Make

How important is pre-employment screening to your business? People are the backbone of any company, its growth and success determined by the day-to-day work of individuals. When people who work well together focus on a common goal, they become a team. When they don’t,...

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...

What Employers Need to Know About the New GOP Healthcare Bill

On Thursday, May 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), by a vote of 217 to 213. The bill will now be sent to the Senate, where it faces revisions and amendments, and then another vote. The Republicans hold 52 of the 100 seats...

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...

What the Gorsuch Confirmation Could Mean for Employers

On April 7th, the Senate confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, by a 54-45 vote, as the 113th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.On April 7th, the Senate confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, by a 54-45 vote, as the 113th Justice of the U.S. Supreme...

Outsourcing Payroll- Just the First Step

A common piece of advice given by business consultants is: focus on what you do best and outsource all non-core functions of the business. In most businesses, administrative functions, such as payroll and tax filings, while critical, are still considered non-core...

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...

Forget Resolutions- 7 Predicted Workforce 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...

Small Businesses Can Get More By Doing Less

Running a small business is inherently challenging.  Daily, you are faced with issues that can impact the growth, profitability, and success of your business; and seemingly small decisions can have tremendous implications. While large corporations have sufficient...

Protecting Your Small Business From Employment Related Liability

You’ve heard it stated many times, “your employees are your greatest asset”.  Their commitment, drive and performance can either make or break a company in today’s competitive environment. While the vast majority of employer/employee relationships are productive...

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,...

The Importance of Effective Onboarding

We are living in an age where people go through many jobs in their life – about a quarter of the working population faces a job transition every year. Being a new employee in any workplace can be tough, but there is also a challenge posed to the employer in...

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...

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Currently, 25 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form- medically, recreationally, or in some cases, both. These jurisdictions provide marijuana users with varying levels of protection from employment discrimination. Despite...

Winners in Defeat: Business Lessons from the New England Patriots

Well, here we are again. The New England Patriots nearly made it to the Super Bowl . . . again. They may have fallen two points short of the big game, but guess what? They’ll be vying for the Super Bowl next year. New Englanders from Boston to Bangor certainly know...

10 Best Practices for Better Corporate Wellness

The first step to any engagement program and perhaps the most obvious is to have a true concern for the health and happiness of those employed by your company. The feeling that an employer sincerely values employee wellness can improve atmosphere, relationships, and performance. […]

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How is Your Small Business Managing Millennials in the Workplace?

Many small businesses today that are hiring millennials find a difference in how millennials work compared to older employees. And, with millennials expected to comprise 75% of the global workforce within the next decade, this begs the question “How do you effectively lead and manage a millennial?” […]

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