Before You Hit Send…

Have you ever fired off an email or text and immediately wished you could recall it back? Or sent an email to the wrong person? Ever heard of “Reply All” and regretted replying to all? These issues are very important to address within companies and finding some solutions can be hard. Let’s look at the issues and potential fixes: Emails …

FMLA or ADA? Or Both? Neither?

FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) covers leave for employees with medical conditions or medical conditions of an immediate family member. This federal leave provides the employee with a guarantee of their job when they return. In addition, if they have benefits (health, dental, or PTO), all benefits must be maintained while the leave takes place. ADA provides a change to …

Health Insurance in 2018

Health insurance has taken center stage in recent years as savvy employers recognize this benefit as a necessary component to attracting and retaining top talent. However most companies continue to see 15-25% increases year over year, a trend that will be impossible to sustain if it continues. In conjunction with health benefits, compliance reporting is still mandatory. A recent IRS …

Employee Benefits – What reigns supreme?

An employee compensation plan in todays workforce includes both wages and benefits offered to employees. Typically, all companies include those benefits into an overall evaluation of a job that is being extended to a candidate, such as an offer letter. It’s not always a high wage that lures employees to one employer over another – it’s usually the added benefits that come …

What is the FLSA? Are you covered?

The FLSA – or Fair Labor Standards Act to most non-HR professionals – is an act administered by the Wage and Hour Division. What the FLSA does, is they establish standards for minimum wage, overtime, and child labor. This act covers most employees in the workforce! When it comes to minimum wage and overtime laws, most hourly non-exempt employees fall under …

Is That Your Final Answer? DOL Says Yes…

May 18, 2016 Two posts ago, I discussed the new Department of Labor overtime exemption changes. Well, folks, we have a decision. Released this morning, the DOL provided their final rule revising the Fair Labor Standards Act. A few things that are mentioned under the final rule: The Annual Salary threshold for exempt positions will be raised from $23,660 to …

The Value of Benefits

May 10, 2016 As an employer, have you ever added up the benefit package that you offer to employees? And on the flip side, as an employee – have you ever added up your benefit package? Go ahead and price it out…I’ll be waiting. When you compute all the benefits that are offered, benefits can easily add up to 30% or …

FLSA Overtime Exemption Changes – They’re a Coming!

Changes to the FLSA (Fair Labors Standards Act) regulations are almost here. The Department of Labor published in February of this year that their final ruling will come out this summer – in July. Currently there are five categories in which employees that are exempt from overtime fall into: Executive, Administrative, Professional, Computer (IT), and Outside Sales. The changes the DOL are …

10 Reasons to Outsource

What does it mean to outsource? What does outsourcing look like for small or even large businesses? As an HR professional, I look at outsourcing as allowing a third-party company to do what they’re good at in order to allow your company to do what THEY are good at! You may be asking yourself, “Why would I outsource my HR or Risk Management …

Small Business Owner? Keep reading…

Small business owners can’t do everything – they aren’t HR professionals, and accountants, and insurance brokers, and safety managers, and operations managers, and payroll specialists, and recruiters, and, and, and… Here are a few tips to avoid some costly errors. I could just tell you to Outsource all your Human Resources needs to Solution Services and that could solve some costly errors. …

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadline

According to the IRS, the deadline for employers that are subject to the Affordable Care Act’s 2015 reporting requirements now have a bit of extra time to file those reports with the government (insert sigh of relief). Basically, since this whole process of extra reporting is new to everyone, the IRS realized that certain employers and insurers will need extra time This is …

10 Essential Elements of Employee Retention and Risk Management

There is no mystery or magic when it comes to Employee Retention. There are tried and true ways to keep employees and by minimizing their risk of an uncomfortable work environment, which can typically be the cause of leaving. Employees leave for various reasons, some of which can be controlled and some of which cannot. We want to focus on the items …