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Employee Wage Access: Supporting Your Workforce

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When an employee is struggling at home, it can affect their ability to concentrate at work, decreasing productivity and job satisfaction. In 2019, a study reported that four out of ten American workers could not cover unexpected expenses. These employees reported that the inability to maintain financial stability during a personal crisis affected their ability to perform well at work and pushed them to consider leaving positions in order to seek out new, potentially better paying, opportunities. For HR professionals, the struggle to maintain employee loyalty and satisfaction is a balancing act. One that has led to the implementation of…

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Cash Instead of Healthcare Benefits?

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Offering employees compensation in lieu of healthcare benefits is an option business and maybe the only option for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This is called an opt-out agreement. In an opt-out agreement, employees choose to opt-out of employer-sponsored healthcare packages and receive pay as a substitute. This may be an option for your organization but be sure to look at the whole picture and what challenges could arise before making this decision. For small businesses, this would fall under the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSE-HRA). Under the QSE-HRA, an employer with fewer than fifty employees can…

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Going Remote in the Face of COVID-19

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Remote work has become a norm for modern organizations; many businesses already take advantage of available technology to promote creativity and innovation outside a traditional office. In 2020, the ability for employees to work remotely has taken on a whole new level of importance. COVID-19 had caused many state and local governments to restrict gatherings and encourage employers to protect their employees and the community through office closure and the use of remote work. This precaution is meant to slow the spread of the disease and protect the most vulnerable in society. With organizations facing profit loss and decreased productivity…

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Preparing for and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

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COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has been spreading rapidly throughout the world. Originating in China, there are now more than 100,000 confirmed cases across the world and more than 250 confirmed in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) expects the spread of the virus to continue and has implemented guidelines for both individuals and businesses on how to handle the unavoidable spread of the disease. From washing your hands for twenty seconds to two weeks of self-quarantine after international travel, these guidelines create challenges for individuals and organizations operating in the U.S. As an employer, you…

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When You Rescind a Job Offer

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In the best of situations, making the decision to bring a new employee into your organization isn’t always an easy one. From extending the offer to negotiating compensation, it can be stressful but exciting. When these plans go awry and there is a need to rescind an offer, the fall-out can be challenging. Whether it’s an issue on the end of the organization or with the candidate, no one likes to be the bearer of bad news, and if you’re not adequately prepared, it can create unexpected challenges. Being prepared is the best way to make rescinding an offer of…

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Lessons From the White House: Retaliation

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In recent weeks, heads have been rolling in the White House. Among the lessons we can take away from the situation and the current Administration’s handling of employment issues within the White House is how to handle retaliation. Workplace retaliation is no small matter, and the consequences can be severe if employers do not step in to prevent and respond to retaliation within their organization. Retaliation is any action that punishes an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity. Some examples of protected activity are: participating in an investigation into the organization by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),…

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Ten Ways to Create a Culture of Learning

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The modern workplace is fast-paced and ever-changing, meaning employees have to constantly gain new skills in order to maintain their competitive edge. The same goes for organizations; if a company is going to remain competitive and keep employees engaged and satisfied, it is important to create and maintain a culture of learning. Creating a culture that promotes learning will help your employees strengthen their skills, increase job satisfaction, and ensure your employees are engaged and stimulated. Here are ten ways you can cultivate a culture of learning in your business: Make learning and experimentation welcome.  It is important to encourage…

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Should Your Business Use a PEO?

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Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) work with small businesses to provide an opportunity to outsource HR functions, decreasing the burden on employees, increasing options, and cutting costs. PEOs take on things like compensation and payroll administration, taxes, employee benefits, FMLA and/or workers’ compensation. They can handle the nitty-gritty of payroll and allow their clients’ HR teams to focus on other areas. PEOs cater to the organizations they work with, taking on as much, or as little, as the organization would like them to. They can handle aspects of recruiting, hiring, and onboarding, administer benefits and take care of all associated paperwork….

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USMCA: A Step in the Right Direction

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On January 16, 2020, the United States – Mexico – Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) passed, opening doors to future trade and to job growth in the United States. The USMCA will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA, and experts anticipate the creation of more than 176,000 U.S. jobs as a result of the new regulations the USMCA will put into place. While experts do not agree on how beneficial the agreement will be to American workers, most expect the creation of some tangible benefits in the near future, particularly in agriculture, technology, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals….

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The Extinction of the Middle Manager

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In a world where customer service is automated, algorithms seek out the best candidates for a job, and project management has become digital, many organizations are beginning to question the importance of middle management. Trends begun by start-ups to create more independent, self-managed workers have perhaps created a reality where middle managers are going the way of the dinosaur. The extinction of middle managers is fueled by large corporations latching onto this trend, reducing costs and increasing profit through the idea that you can do more with fewer employees. This may be a dangerous trend and extinction of middle management…

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