Winter Weather Safety

As winter approaches us in the west, this is the time of  year when we work, as a Utah PEO Company, with our clients to prepare and train for winter weather safety. Cold stress and frostbite can be dangerous for employees that work outside during cold weather, and slips or trips along with snow removal can be hazardous for indoor …

Why Your Company Needs a Handbook

In the business environment of today, a company issued handbook is not only an informative guide for employees, but a necessary protection for employers. A good handbook will act as a viable communication piece for each aspect of an employee’s tenure within an organization. Here is a list of things to consider including in an employee handbook/associate reference guide: Company history …

Requesting Time Off

It’s inevitable that employees are going to need time off during their course of employment. Family events, appointments, vacations, and employees getting sick are all various reasons that employees might need to request time off. The easiest way to manage time off for both employees and supervisors is to have a written time off policy, whether paid or unpaid, that …

FMLA Guidance

Employees as well as HR professionals are often confused on FMLA guidelines and what the actual “Family and Medical Leave Act” includes. I’ve often heard friends and family say, “So, how much maternity leave are you going to take? Don’t you get 12 weeks? Isn’t it paid.” Each question is a valid one, but can be sorely inaccurate depending on …

Decoding the OSHA 300 log

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) requires covered employers to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. Are you a covered employer? Do you know what is required on an OSHA 300 log? We will answer some basic questions you might have about your OSHA compliance and how to easily maintain an OSHA 300 log. Are …

The Affordable Care Act is Now in Session

The PPACA, commonly known as “Obamacare” was signed into effect on March 23, 2010. This law put into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that were rolled out over four years and beyond. Some of these reforms were providing insurance for un-insured Americans, young adult coverage was extended to children up to age 26, covering more preventive services, and strengthening Medicare. …

“The Salary Talk”

As an employee, asking for a “wage adjustment” or “salary increase” can cause major stress and result in unrealistic expectations. As an employer, an employee asking for a raise might create fears that the employee is unhappy or might want to leave. There are a few ways to help make this process smoother and can calm fears on both sides …

Stress Free Terminations

One of the hardest tasks an HR professional undertakes in their tenure is the termination of an employee. Terminations require you to be calm, stick to the facts, and help to not escalate the issue further or cause you to say something that could potentially create an unintended lawsuit for you or your company. The first thing any HR department …

Workplace Safety Reporting

Workplace safety can be an area of concern for employers who have any risk within their place of business that could be translated into a possible injury, illness, or even fatality. Employers have a big responsibility to report the injury to various outlets, making sure their employee is okay, as well as providing accommodations going forward. Depending on type of …

The New I-9

The form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. It has been recently updated on March 8, 2013. The new form is 9 pages long; with the first 6 pages being explanations and instructions, pages 7 and 8 being the actual form, and page 9 discusses appropriate verification …

Why use a PEO like Solution Services?

More than ever before, companies are outsourcing HR functions by making use of professional employer organizations (PEO’s). PEO’s perform a wide variety of tasks such as; payroll management, benefits administration, tax filings, risk management, workers compensation, personnel issues, new hire orientation, HR consulting, employee handbook, state and federal laws and regulations, and most importantly now: navigating the confusing world of …

Weapons in the Workplace

According to OSHA, “Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors.” Currently, homicide is the second leading cause of death in the …