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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 can take on things like compensation and payroll administration, taxes, employee benefits, FMLA 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…

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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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Lactation Rights in the Workplace

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Employees, particularly those with young children, are looking for flexibility and support in the workplace. Adequate and supportive policy can empower employees, helping them to maintain a positive balance between work and family life. This can help employees to be more productive when they’re at work and increase satisfaction overall. One specific way that employers are expected to support parents, particularly new mothers, is through lactation rights. For almost a decade federal law has mandated that employers provide nursing women with adequate space and time to express milk (pump) at work. In 2010 the Affordable Care Act (ACA) amended the…

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Incentive Pay: A Balancing Act

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Since the beginning of commerce, organizations have looked for ways to motivate workers. Incentive pay has always been a go-to and grown in recent years. While there is some debate on whether or not incentive-based programs work long-term, the effectiveness of these programs relies heavily on effective management and healthy company culture. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) argues that reward-based incentives, be they financial or otherwise, do not inspire long-term motivation. While they may work in the short term HBR argues that long-term, they can have the opposite effect, encouraging employees to expect additional rewards for their work in order…

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Empowering Women in Your Organization

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Women make up more than 57% of the American workforce, but in many ways, they are still finding it difficult to succeed. Women are less likely to get promoted, less likely to work as an executive, and often are still battling for equal pay. In the modern world, it is essential that organizations strive to create an environment that empowers women, creating a space for success on an individual and organizational level. Companies that have successfully navigated creating a more friendly environment for their female employees tout their culture as the key. This  goes beyond recruiting and hiring women. In…

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Outplacement: Downsizing Made Positive

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For any organization, the term “downsizing” is a scary one, especially for employees who may be made redundant. No matter how the scenario plays out, down-sizing is rarely a positive experience for employees or employers. That said, there is a way that the process can be made easier for all parties; one that will allow employers a chance to provide support and alleviate negative PR while empowering employees to move on to other positions that will lead them to professional success. Outplacement service can provide resources, connections, mediation, and assistance to employees and employers throughout the transition of downsizing. They…

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CCPA is Leading the Way in Modern Consumer Protection

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On January 1, 2020 a landmark policy will become the first of its kind in the United States. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is leading the way in creating protections for consumers and restrictions for what companies can do with personal data. While the CCPA only applies to consumers in California, it will apply to companies that serve any consumers living in California, whether or not their operation is housed there. After heavy negotiation and some alterations, the bill was passed in September of 2019 and will go into effect as of January 1st. The CCPA will primarily affect…

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COBRA: Providing Benefits and Beyond

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As an employer, you understand that healthcare coverage for employees and their families is essential to their wellbeing and the success of your organization. Because this coverage is essential, in 1986 the U.S. implemented the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). COBRA requires that private-sector employers, local, and state government agencies with group healthcare coverage extend those benefits to cover employees and families who have faced termination, reduction of hours, divorce or the death of the employee. COBRA benefits allow the employee to maintain their healthcare coverage (medical, vision, dental, etc.) for a period of time; this does not include…

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“OK Boomer”: Stopping Ageism Before it Starts

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“OK Boomer” memes and GIFs seem to be overtaking the internet. From Reddit to Facebook, the “Ok Boomer” craze has gained momentum as a way to dismiss commentary and fuel arguments among Millennials, Generation Z and the Baby Boomer generations. Initially contained to social media and online use, the phrase seemed harmless.  It gave individuals the ability to voice frustration and shut down arguments behind the anonymity of the internet.  But, as the phrase has grown in popularity, its use has extended into other social spheres, including the workplace. Today’s workforce is the most generationally diverse in American history. Employees…

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