What Makes Millennials Different According to Millennials

By Todd Miller on Oct 16, 2017

One of the best ways to get a group of HR professionals talking is to bring up Millennials. Everyone has an opinion about what makes this generation different from older generation. But, what do Millennials think makes them different?

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Three Myths About Millennials in the Workplace

By Todd Miller on Oct 5, 2017

More than any other generation of workers, many employers today have become convinced that millennials are difficult employees to manage. Despite the reputation that has somehow cropped up around the millennial generation, the reality of young employees in the workplace is quite different than their popular reputation.

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Making "Working from Home" Work for the Organization

By Todd Miller on Oct 3, 2017

Working from home is a hot topic for HR professionals. From employees who plead for the ability to have more flexibility in their schedule to managers who cast a doubtful look on those 'missing' from the office, this is one topic that calls for structure. For someone that has spent nearly a dozen years either working from home part- time or full-time, I've found these three tips make working from home work for me, and the organization.

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Staying In Compliance—3 Tips For Completing OSHA Form 300

By Todd Miller on Sep 28, 2017

OSHA requires certain covered employers to keep a record of serious occupational injuries and illnesses. Businesses covered by this requirement must complete OSHA Form 300 to be in compliance with the law. Recent changes in the regulations governing the Form 300 log have caused a lot of confusion about what employers are exempt from the requirement, if electronic submission requirements apply or not, and what the latest record maintenance and posting requirements are.

Topics: OSHA
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Strategies for Handling Employee HR Issues as Kids Go Back to School

By Todd Miller on Sep 22, 2017

Every fall as children head back to school across the country, HR manager gear up for the annual increase in school-related HR issues. The issues range from parents wanting time off to attend school events to employees having to stay home or leave early because of a child’s illness. Here are some strategies to help you handle some of this back to school HR issues.

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Ways to Manage (or Reduce) the Cost of New Hires

By Todd Miller on Sep 21, 2017

Finding, recruiting, and hiring a new employee can be surprisingly expensive. These costs don’t even take into account all the money you will invest in the employee after he or she is hired. The good news is that there are many ways you can control, and even reduce, all of the costs associated with finding the right new hire for your organization.

Topics: Cost Per Hire
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Webinar: A Deeper Look at Cost Per Hire

By Todd Miller on Sep 18, 2017

Adding new employees can be a great way to accelerate the growth of your business—if you can afford them. One of the factors that separates successful firms from chronically cash strapped ones is being able to properly calculate the cost of adding a new employee. Before you can know if now is the right time to invest in additional employees you have to calculate the cost per hire.

Topics: Cost Per Hire
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Issues to Consider When Calculating Cost Per Hire

By Todd Miller on Sep 14, 2017

Even with a standard formula, companies still have a lot of flexibility when deciding what needs to be included and what should be left out. Issues that a company must decide on when calculating CPH are:

  • How to calculate the salary costs of employees related to recruitment activities
  • Who should be included as a new hire?
  • What time period should be used for the calculation
Topics: Cost Per Hire
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How to Accurately Calculate Cost Per Hire

By Todd Miller on Sep 13, 2017

Prior to 2012, the ways firms calculated CPH varied significantly. Some calculations were much more accurate than others. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) collaborated to develop a standard CPH formula.

Topics: Cost Per Hire
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What is the True Cost of Adding a New Employee?

By Todd Miller on Sep 12, 2017

 

 

Adding new employees can be a great way to accelerate the growth of your business—if you can afford them. One of the factors that separates successful firms from chronically cash strapped ones is being able to properly calculate the cost of adding a new employee. Before you can know if now is the right time to invest in additional employees you have to calculate the cost per hire.

Topics: HR Cost Per Hire
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What Is Your Employees’ Commute Actually Costing Your Company?

By Todd Miller on Sep 8, 2017

 

Not surprisingly, for many people commuting to and from work is the worst part of the employment experience. Old roads, drivers who seem more focused on texting, inadequate and crowded mass transit, and growing urban centers are increasing the length of commutes for many employees. Lengthy commutes take a toll on employee happiness and productivity. They are also a top motivator in employees looking for a new job.

Topics: Commuting
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Free Yourself From the Burden of Payroll by Learning the Art of Delegation

By Todd Miller on Sep 5, 2017

Everyone is busy. It's easy to fall victim to repetitive tasks the eat up valuable time during the workweek. With a little planning and some clear vision for good time management, HR professionals can reclaim the workweek by delegating burdensome tasks to others. Payroll tops the list of monotonous tasks that must be completed, but can eat up a disproportionate amount of time. Free yourself from this time trap by embracing the concept of delegation.
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DHR eBook: 10 Simple Ways You Can Increase Employee Retention and Decrease Turnover Rates

By Todd Miller on Aug 31, 2017

Hiring employees isn't enough to keep your small business running; you also have to keep them. Turnover rates are the silent killer. They're not as obvious as weak customer reception, but they're just as deadly. Every employee you lose represents cost and lost value: cost, because you'll have to spend on finding and hiring a replacement; lost value, because you're not getting the expected return from your investment in hiring them in the first place. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to keep retention high and turnover low.

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Employee Background Checks: 5 Rules to Help You Walk the Line

By Todd Miller on Aug 31, 2017

There is a lot on the line when it comes to doing background checks on potential or current employees. A bad hire can cost your organization thousands of dollars, or more. It can also lead to lawsuits or loss of proprietary information. But, an improper or illegal employee background check can also lead to litigation, expensive fines, and damages. Here are five rules to help you perform a broad background check that keeps you safely within the law.
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There Is Power in Positive Workspaces

By Todd Miller on Aug 29, 2017

Those who remember the 1999 cult classic Office Space, featuring Jennifer Aniston, might recall that the plot centers around an HR nightmare at a tech company. Managers in the film are self-serving and clueless while the skilled workers seek both escape from the mundane and revenge on their superiors. Efficiency consultants are brought in to reduce costs, boost productivity and identify which employees can stay and which must go based on interviews and manager input.
Topics: HR Workplace
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5 Compelling Reasons to Background Check Your New Hires

By Todd Miller on Aug 24, 2017

Whether you are a serial entrepreneur building out your latest business idea, the owner of a small business ramping up production or the hiring manager for a larger firm, the recruitment process can be difficult, painful and lengthy. Once you have found the perfect person for the job, it is tempting to just go ahead, but there is one more step you need to consider.

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4 Efficient Ways Small Businesses Can Get The Best Hires

By Todd Miller on Aug 23, 2017

When you run a small business, you can't afford people who are just there for a paycheck. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you get the best possible hires for your business:

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DHR eBook: 7 Things All Employers Should Do To Decrease the Chances of Getting Sued

By Todd Miller on Aug 22, 2017

No employer wants to get sued. Lawsuits can be costly, and waste valuable resources - regardless of the outcome. While it’s impossible to completely prevent all lawsuits, there are many things your organization can do to decrease the chances of a lawsuit. Here are seven actions that all employers should take right away to decrease the risks of getting sued.

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3 Tips for Attracting Qualified Employees in the Digital Age

By Todd Miller on Aug 2, 2017

As technology continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, the methods you use to attract qualified employees to your business should advance as well. Too many businesses today are using outdated strategies when it comes to reaching modern professionals with their job offers, and they are suffering because of it. Here are three creative ideas to help you find and hire quality employees in the digital age.
Topics: Hiring
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How Your Vacation Policy Could Give You a Competitive Advantage

By Todd Miller on Jul 26, 2017

Companies are always looking for a competitive advantage. With unemployment nearing record lows and businesses facing one of the tightest labor markets in recent memory, competition over the best employees could be the difference between becoming an industry leader and falling behind. Your company’s vacation policy could make a big difference to its future success.

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The Special Challenges of Intermittent FMLA and State Family Leave Laws

By Todd Miller on Jul 20, 2017

Even though the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been around for almost 25 years, it is often still the source of major challenges for HR professionals. While the basics of the law are straightforward, most of the challenges come from trying to operate a business efficiently and properly administer FMLA leave when the requests are intermittent.

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3 Things to Avoid to Hire the Perfect Employee

By Todd Miller on Jul 18, 2017

Owning a small business or managing Human Resources is challenging as well as rewarding. One of the more challenging aspects of management is making hiring decisions. Owners have probably been there at one point in time wondering where things went wrong with the new hire who seemed so "perfect" during the interview but turned out a flop once hired. Making the right hiring decisions will save you time and eliminate headaches. So, how does the mistake of a bad hire happen? 

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The Facts and Figures Behind the Ban the Box Movement

By Todd Miller on Jul 10, 2017

The growing Ban the Box movement believes that the incredible difficulty that people with a criminal record have in finding employment are bad for our society. Research into the problem shows that by blocking these people from working is holding our economy back, missing out on tax revenues, punishing innocent children, and worsening a host of social problems.

But, it’s not just society that is hurting. Employers who do not even consider people with criminal records run the risk of missing out on talent that could give them a competitive edge.

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What You Need to Know About Ban the Box

By Todd Miller on Jul 6, 2017

The Ban the Box movement is about getting employers to stop asking about criminal convictions on initial employment applications. The idea is to stop using convictions as an automatic filter to screen out job applicants. Instead, the movement hopes to get employers to consider the relevance of criminal convictions to the job further down the hiring process, after considering their work qualifications.  

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DHR Webinar: From Ban the Box to EEOC: Latest Regulation and Employer Trends & Best Practices to Avoid Lawsuits

By Todd Miller on Jun 22, 2017

Do you skip workforce screening for new employees?
Are you taking a do-it-yourself approach to background checks?

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Depart of Labor Fiduciary Rule Still Under Review, but Will Take Effect June 9th

By Todd Miller on Jun 7, 2017

 

The Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule that was supposed to go into effect April 10, 2017 is now set to take effect on June 9, 2017. While many in the Trump administration oppose the new rule, newly installed Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta felt that further delay in implementation would not be consistent with the law. However, Secretary Acosta is committed to continuing to review the rule and many feel that the rule will likely be revised before the end of the rule transition period on January 1, 2018.

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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Job Descriptions

By Todd Miller on Apr 26, 2017

  1. Do include your company name, description, and location. Limit the description to 2-3 sentences.

    Don’t feel obligated to put your company description at the top of the posting. Applicants are eager to learn about the job. Company information is fine to put at the bottom.
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Questions from the Arizona Paid Sick Time Webinar

By Todd Miller on Apr 25, 2017

Thank you all for attending the recent DHR Webinar- “The Arizona Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act and Paid Sick Time – What Does It Mean for Your Organization?”

In the last 15 minutes of the webinar, the webinar’s host Leigh Anne Ciccarelli opened the call up to questions. The topic had such high attendee interest that there was no way to complete all the submitted questions in the time allotted. As such, DHR noticed a few common themes in the questions and determined that it might prove valuable to the community to post an overview.

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Why Should Employers Automate HR Entirely?

By Todd Miller on Apr 20, 2017

Manually calculating payroll and employee time cards, and submitting vacation request forms are often things of the past in an organization’s HR department. Employers have HR automation tools to thank for streamlining processes that help lessen the time it takes to fulfill HR administrative tasks.

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Characteristics of Stellar Background Check Providers

By Todd Miller on Apr 13, 2017

Many employers don’t do the proper research and evaluation before selecting a background check provider. Not doing the proper research is like picking out produce without properly inspecting it. You never know what you’re going to get! A poor background check provider can mean that you’re never 100% guaranteed to hire someone with an outstanding record. Getting a bad apple of an employee costs the company time and resources to make up for poor quality work, re-recruiting a new candidate, and training/onboarding the new employee.

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5 Tell-Tale Signs That Spell “Wrong Fit”

By Todd Miller on Apr 11, 2017

Small business employers often find themselves in a crunch during the hiring process. They either have to replace an employee with little notice and planning, or they’re burned out from interviews and wind up settling. Hiring the wrong fit costs the business time and resources, and ultimately they will just have to repeat the hiring process again.

Here are five tell-tale signs that help identify the wrong fit during the hiring process. Although it may seem like you’re exhausting time and resources finding a good fit, in the long term, it will be worth it.

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Relieving HR’s Pain Points

By Todd Miller on Apr 6, 2017

Overcoming the challenges small businesses face with HR

For small business owners, trying to tackle both operational and HR responsibilities can be beyond overwhelming. With HR alone, there are just not enough hours in the day to handle the day-to-day administrative duties and keep up with ever–changing labor laws, tax laws and healthcare reform— just to name a few. To help mitigate the workload, small business employers should consider delegating those HR tasks to a professional employer organization (PEO). This blog discusses the pain points many small businesses experience when handling HR in-house and how a PEO can help benefit the business long-term.

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10 Tips to Choose the Right PEO

By Todd Miller on Apr 4, 2017

PEOs are a benefit to small business employers, but like choosing any other service provider, you must do your research to select the right PEO. At the end of the day, a PEO should be flexible, fit your business needs, and works in your business’ best interest.

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IRS to Give Small Businesses More Guidance on QSEHRA’s Notice Requirement

By Todd Miller on Mar 30, 2017

Employers seeking to implement the new Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) originally would have been required to meet the law’s notice requirement by March 13, 2017. However, the IRS postponed the due date until the agency issues guidelines for how employers are to implement the notice requirement.

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DHR eBook: 5 Red Flags HR Managers Should Act on Right Away

By Todd Miller on Mar 29, 2017

HR managers have a number of responsibilities, but two of the most important ones are keeping company employees happy and productive, and making sure the company is in compliance with state and federal employment laws. While there is no shortage of things for an HR manager to worry about, there are five red flags that any organization should address right away to keep the organization running smoothly and to avoid legal issues.

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9 Things to Look for in a PEO

By Todd Miller on Mar 24, 2017

In the market for partnering with a professional employer organization (PEO)? If so, congratulations on one of the best decisions you’ll ever make for your small business! The next step is knowing where to start. There are so many things to consider, but this piece will help you identify your needs up front and compare PEO providers to see how they measure up. This blog introduces small business employers to the nine major things to look for in a reputable PEO.

Topics: PEO
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Debunking 3 Misconceptions of PEOs

By Todd Miller on Mar 22, 2017

The PEO industry has been around for over 30 years. However, if you’re not familiar with what a PEO does, one may assume that they are expensive and unnecessary to a small business. After all, as a small business employer, you’re trying to maintain the budget while at the same time work to retain your employees and improve operational productivity.

PEOs can actually bring a number of benefits to small businesses. This blog provides the three most common misconceptions of PEOs and provides details as to what to consider when partnering with a PEO.

Topics: PEO
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Building Your Business with a PEO

By Todd Miller on Mar 21, 2017

Small Business Introduction Guide to PEOs

Inundated with HR duties including payroll, benefits, tax administration and regulatory compliance?

It’s time to call a PEO to help rescue you from what’s taking your attention away from your business.

Topics: PEO
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Update on Challenges to Arizona’s Minimum Wage Increase

By Todd Miller on Mar 10, 2017

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the minimum wage increase that went into effect earlier this year. The court agreed to hear arguments from business groups on a single, narrow issue. While the challengers are disappointed that the court refused to block the implementation of the law, they are pleased to get the chance to present their case.

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Alert for HR Personnel: Watch Out For Latest W2 Phishing Scam

By Todd Miller on Mar 8, 2017

Tax time is here and human resources personnel across the country are busy meeting critical federal and state filing deadlines for payroll information and W2s. This time of year is also a prime time for thieves hoping to get copies of W2s and other personal information to run tax refund scams and other identity theft crimes.

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Update: FLSA Overtime Exemptions

By Todd Miller on Feb 24, 2017

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Justice Department’s request for a 60-day extension to determine its position on the new FLSA overtime exemption rules. The stated reason for the government’s unopposed request was to allow incoming leadership adequate time to consider the issues.

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3 Things to Know About Self-Managing a 401(k) Plan Before It’s Too Late

By Todd Miller on Feb 23, 2017

A 401(k) plan is one of the greatest benefits a small business can offer its employees. However, many employers believe adopting a 401(k) is manageable and aren’t aware of all of the responsibilities involved until it’s too late. No matter if an employer has 10 or 50 employees, the process of administering and maintaining a plan is still the same. This blog will highlight the three things to know about operating a small business 401(k) plan, and what the employer can do to alleviate some of the responsibilities to refocus on their business.

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10 Tips for Evaluating a PEO for Your 401(k) Administration

By Todd Miller on Feb 21, 2017

Are you at the brink of outsourcing your 401(k) administration? Congratulations! It is certainly the right decision, especially if you are a small business. The next step is finding the right Professional Employment Organization (PEO) to fit your small business’ needs. There a variety of organizations out there with different plan options available that it can be overwhelming to choose just one. This blog will provide tips for selecting and monitoring a PEO to make sure they continue to meet your needs along the way.

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2 Steps for Setting Up a 401(k) Plan for Your Small Business

By Todd Miller on Feb 16, 2017

They’re too expensive to operate... There aren’t enough options to fit our needs... They don’t benefit small businesses.

The 401(k) has a bad reputation especially amongst small business employers, and we can’t blame them. There are multitudes of 401(k) plans available to employers across the nation, but not all sizes fit all. What suits a global corporation may not suit a company of 20 employees, so much so that many employers found in this situation often choose to not provide a 401(k) plan altogether.

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DHR eBook: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Small Business 401(k) Plan

By Todd Miller on Feb 14, 2017

The 401(k) plan has a bad reputation amongst small business employers, and we can’t blame them. Some options are too expensive to set up and some aren’t flexible to fit a small business’ needs. Many employers realize there’s a lot of administrative work involved to get one off the ground and to maintain—reasons enough to scare small business employers away.

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What is a 401(k)?

By Todd Miller on Feb 9, 2017

In this recurring DHR blog feature, Christine La fore (Associate General Counsel for DHR) brings clarity and definition to sometimes confusing terms that hold importance for employers and their HR policies. Christine has reviewed and analyzed countless legal documents and rulings and uses her expertise to help employers properly understand these items to apply policy and promote compliance.

Topics: 401(k)
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What Small Businesses Need to Know About 401(k) Plans

By Todd Miller on Feb 9, 2017

In 2015, the Small Business Administrator reported small businesses as accounting for two out of three net new private-sector jobs, employing more than half of America’s workforce. These businesses are a major part of the nation’s economic engine. What do they need to continue thriving in a market plagued with highs and lows?

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3 Major Concerns Keeping Small Businesses From Starting a 401(k)

By Todd Miller on Feb 7, 2017

A 401(k) plan is one of the most valuable benefits a small business can offer its employees. However, a 2013 Forbes article reported that of businesses with less than 50 employees, only about 24 percent offer a 401(k) plan. With so many retirement options available, why would nearly 80% of employers choose not to offer the benefit? There are a few concerns that often scare small business employers away from adopting a plan. This blog alleviates those concerns and helps employers reconsider offering it as an employee benefit.

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About Employer Wellness Programs

By Todd Miller on Feb 2, 2017

In 2016, the EEOC issued regulations to make sure employer wellness programs were also in harmony with the American With Disabilities Act and (ADA), and with Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). These new regulations are primarily aimed at making sure any employer wellness program is voluntary, reasonably designed to be inclusive of all employees, and keeps all employee medical information confidential.

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How to Deal With Increased Scrutiny of I-9s and H-1Bs

By Todd Miller on Feb 1, 2017

While the new administration has announced its intentions to cut regulations back as much as possible, one area where it seems likely to encourage more regulation and scrutiny is immigration. President Trump’s exact immigration agenda is still taking shape. However, it seems likely that efforts will be made to tighten H1-B regulations and spend more time on I-9 compliance enforcement.

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EEOC Enforcement Guidance: Do They Help Reduce National Origin Discrimination?

By Todd Miller on Jan 26, 2017

In November 2016 the EEOC issued its new Enforcement Guidance on National Origin discrimination. This updated the organization’s last enforcement guidance on this topic issued in 2002. Over the past 15 years national origin discrimination complaints have increased by more than 17%. The purpose of the enforcement guidance is to allow the public to understand the EEOC’s interpretation of the law and to give employers tips to avoid engaging in discrimination.

Topics: EEOC
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eBook: Six Employer Insights for Assuring EEOC Compliance

By Todd Miller on Jan 24, 2017

How to Avoid Blind Spots and Protect Your Business and Employees

Caring, common sense and simply following the “Golden Rule” can go a long way towards creating a business environment that ensures equal treatment for all and an absence of discrimination and harassment. But business owners, like all of us, have blind spots that must be recognized and looked for to determine whether exposures that could unknowingly lead to EEOC inquiry or investigation are present in their workplace.

Topics: EEOC
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The Revised EEO-1 and What it Means for Businesses

By Todd Miller on Jan 24, 2017

Businesses have been submitting information on the Employer Information Report, or EEO-1, for years. However, in September of 2016, the EEOC announced that employers would be required to begin submitting pay data on the EEO-1. This is a big change in the reporting process for companies.

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Trump's ACA Executive Order - and What it Means for Businesses

By Todd Miller on Jan 24, 2017

As you may have heard, on Friday January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order which was essentially a broad policy statement on his intent to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the order directs agencies with authority over the law to grant waivers, exemptions, and implement delays to relieve states and individuals impacted by the law, the order did not address businesses, so there seems to be no immediate impact on employers’ current obligations under the law.

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Four HR Questions Facing Employers and Business Owners in 2017

By Todd Miller on Jan 19, 2017

With a change in parties and philosophies in the White House as well as shifts in the legislative branches, employers and HR professionals are rightfully wondering what the impact will be on their employment practices, current legislation and bottom line in 2017 and beyond. The steady preparations that many businesses had been advancing in anticipation of new requirement roll-outs and expected actions now have them asking themselves “how much are things going to change” and “what do we focus on now?”

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OSHA Violation Investigations – Fact-Specific Inquiry

By Todd Miller on Jan 17, 2017

Discipline, Drug & Alcohol Testing, and Incentives

In our recent post on Clearing Up OSHA’s Reporting and Retaliation Rule Updates, we examined OSHA’s strengthened standard (Standard Number 1904.35) for requiring reasonable reporting procedures for occupational injuries and illnesses and prohibiting retaliation against employees who report them. In addition to understanding the intent and interpretation of this standard, it’s important for employers to know what kinds of facts OSHA considers when determining whether a violation has occurred.

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Clearing Up OSHA’s Reporting and Retaliation Rule Updates

By Todd Miller on Jan 9, 2017

Two new, and soon-to-be-in-effect OSHA provisions focused on the recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses, have caused confusion for a number of employers. Published as part of OSHA’s May 2016 final rule update, these two provisions 1) make explicit the longstanding requirement for employers to have a reasonable procedure for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses, and 2) incorporate explicitly the existing prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

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Preparing for 2017: Minimum Wage

By Todd Miller on Jan 5, 2017

The federal minimum wage has not been increased since 2009, when it was increased to $7.25 as part of the enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. In the recent elections of November 2016, voters in a number of states approved measures to raise their state's minimum wage. Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington will see a rise in minimum wage starting in 2017.

Topics: Minimum Wage
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What is the Form I-9?

By Todd Miller on Dec 27, 2016

In this recurring DHR blog feature, Christine La fore (Associate General Counsel for DHR) brings clarity and definition to sometimes confusing terms that hold importance for employers and their HR policies. Christine has reviewed and analyzed countless legal documents and rulings and uses her expertise to help employers properly understand these items to apply policy and promote compliance.

In 1986 in an effort to control illegal immigration, Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA forbids employers from knowingly hiring individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States. To comply with the employment eligibility requirements, employers are required to verify the identity and employment authorization documents and complete and retain a Form I-9 for each employee hired after November 6, 1986. The Form I-9 is published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services.

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Webinar: I-9 Compliance: Review the Updated Form I-9 and Prepare for the Approaching Deadline

By Todd Miller on Dec 21, 2016

I-9 Compliance: Review the Updated Form I-9 and Prepare for the Approaching Deadline

Discuss changes made to the updated Form I-9, review key areas to ensure proper completion, and best practices for document storage/retention.

Topics: I-9
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Careful Planning Makes Holiday Celebrations Enjoyable and Trouble-Free

By Todd Miller on Dec 21, 2016

The purpose of throwing company holiday or end of year parties is to thank everyone for a hard year’s work and celebrate a successful year, or in some cases you celebrate just making it through the year. It’s natural for employers to want to reward their employees for a year of dedicated service to the company. Employers just need to be aware of the legal liabilities they could face if precautions are not taken before the festivities begin.

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HR 101: What Exactly is the FLSA?

By Todd Miller on Dec 20, 2016

In this recurring DHR blog feature, Christine La fore (Associate General Counsel for DHR) brings clarity and definition to sometimes confusing terms that hold importance for employers and their HR policies. Christine has reviewed and analyzed countless legal documents and rulings and uses her expertise to help employers properly understand these items to apply policy and promote compliance.

What exactly is the FLSA?

While most employers have a good, basic understanding of the objectives and intent of the FLSA, several important details and requirements remain unclear to many: let’s set the stage with a foundational description.

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5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Move Smoother For Your Employees and Clients

By Todd Miller on Dec 15, 2016

Moving your business is a lot of work and stressful for everyone. Psychologists say moving is one of the five most traumatic sources of stress in most people’s lives. Here are five things you can do to make sure your move is as smooth and low stress as possible for your employees and clients.

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Infograph: Gender Pay Gap

By Todd Miller on Dec 6, 2016

Women represent almost half of the workforce in the United States. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Despite these facts, women continue to earn, on average, 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. While there has been considerable progress made over the past decades to address this wage gap, at the current rate of change, it will not close until 2059.

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Nine Musts for Avoiding EEOC Scrutiny and Investigation

By Todd Miller on Dec 1, 2016

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Best Practices for Employers Amid Increasing Focus on Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay

When it comes to avoiding EEOC scrutiny and investigation, smart employers do not assume that they “already know everything they need to” or that “just using common sense is enough.” Other organizations have learned the hard way that simplistic and short-sighted approaches are not sufficient. To protect your organization from costly and undesired EEOC inquiries and ensure your employees enjoy a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, a deliberate and disciplined approach is required. Below are nine musts that can help foster an effective, EEOC-compliant workplace:

Topics: EEOC
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The Long-awaited Update to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

By Todd Miller on Nov 30, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued the long-awaited update to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This new form includes revisions which are designed to help employers reduce technical errors. Additionally, the USCIS has modified the electronic features of the form to promote electronic completion. For those completing the form electronically, instructions for each field is available by clicking a question mark in the box and many fields now include boxes with drop-down lists and calendars. The Form I-9 remains two pages, and has a revision date of November 14, 2016.

Topics: I-9
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Update to the New Department of Labor Overtime Rules

By Todd Miller on Nov 23, 2016

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL’s) overtime rule from taking effect on December 1, 2016. The means that the judge agreed with arguments made by concerned states and business groups and issued a preliminary injunction, thus preventing the rules from being implemented on a nationwide basis.

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Arizona voters passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative (Proposition 206)

By Todd Miller on Nov 17, 2016

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative (Proposition 206), which will increase the state's minimum wage to $10.00 in January 1, 2017 Thereafter, the minimum wage will be raised to $10.50 effective January 1, 2018, $11.00 effective January 1, 2019, and $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2020. Beginning in 2021, the minimum wage will continue to be adjusted annually based on Arizona’s cost of living. Employers with employees who customarily and regularly receive tips as part of their income may continue to pay employees $3.00 less than the minimum wage in accordance with Arizona’s minimum wage act if the employer can prove the employee is earning at or beyond the minimum wage after tips are counted.

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How FLSA Views Internships and Training Programs

By Todd Miller on Nov 7, 2016

As we draw closer to the December 1, 2016 effective date for the updated FLSA final rule and the overtime provisions it contains, we continue our look at a variety of other FLSA-related issues affecting employers. Today we take a look at interns and the FLSA.

The intern-employer relationship can be highly beneficial for both sides. Interns gain insight into a field they are considering a career in and add valuable work experience, while employers open a pipeline for new talent and provide a helpful community service. Before employers consider advancing an internship program however, they should understand how employment regulations such as FLSA view the intern-employer relationship and what they must do to ensure compliance.

Topics: FLSA
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Arizona Prop 206: What You Need to Know

By Todd Miller on Nov 4, 2016

Arizona Proposition 206 – also known as the Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative – will be on the November 8th ballot.

Currently, the Arizona minimum wage is $8.05 while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. In 2006, Arizona voters approved Proposition 202 (also known as the Arizona Minimum Wage Act), which provides for annual adjustments based on the cost-of-living.

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An Election Note for Employers and HR Professionals – What Are Your Rights and Your Limits?

By Todd Miller on Nov 4, 2016

In an especially polarizing election cycle, employers, and HR staff need to be aware there can be potential for increased workplace volatility. Specifically, some employers have experienced an uptick in charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims based on political affiliation or activities. This includes an employee’s right to vote.

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Colorado Amendment 70: What You Need to Know

By Todd Miller on Nov 4, 2016

Colorado Amendment 70 – also known as the Colorado $12 Minimum Wage Amendment – will be on the November 8th ballot.

Currently, the Colorado minimum hourly wage is $8.31 while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. In 2006, Colorado voters approved Initiative 42 (also known as the Colorado Minimum Wage Increase Initiative) which increased the State’s minimum hourly wage, and provided for annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.

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Exempt vs. Non-exempt Employees – Proper Classification and the New FLSA Updates

By Todd Miller on Oct 20, 2016

With changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its rules regarding overtime scheduled to go into effect on December 1st, 2016, many employers are understandably anxious and revisiting their understanding of the law and its respective components.

For one, the FLSA will continue to mandate that employees be classified as exempt or non-exempt, but has significantly changed the salary threshold that is required to be qualified as “exempt.” This change will bring with it significant consequences for some businesses. As a result, it’s now more important than ever that employers make this exempt vs. non-exempt determination properly and understand how it impacts their employees and business.

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New FLSA Overtime Rules Fast Approaching

By Todd Miller on Oct 5, 2016

The new overtime rules issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in May of 2016 are scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. Twenty-one states lead by Texas and Nevada as well as a number of business groups have filed separate lawsuits challenging the validity of the new rules in an attempt to block DOL enforcement. They are seeking declaratory judgement and injunctive relief to prevent the implementation of the new rules. Experts however still advise businesses to be prepared for the December 1 effective date because there is no expectation that these legal challenges will be successful.

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Avoiding Confusion, Maintaining Compliance: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Community Rating System

By Todd Miller on Sep 30, 2016

If the wave of recent health care reform rules, requirements and criteria has created anxiety for you or your business, know at least that you're not alone. Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to extend coverage to more Americans, confusion has persisted for many employers as to how it affects their business and what they must do to ensure compliance.

Contributing to the confusion is an array of ACA updates that have continued to roll out over the last several years. Staying abreast of all these respective changes, as well as understanding how requirements differ for each company based on size, location and other variables, can be quite challenging.

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Types of Employer Provided Group Benefits

By Todd Miller on Sep 27, 2016

Healthcare benefits are an ever-increasing portion of employee compensation costs, but offering healthcare benefits to employees can be vital to recruiting and retaining the best employees. There are several different types of healthcare benefits plans that employers can choose from to fulfill their organizations’ healthcare benefits goals. There are several basic types of group benefits plans you provide to your employees, including the following:

Topics: HR Healthcare
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Top Five Reasons to Use a Payroll Partner

By Todd Miller on Sep 21, 2016

Payroll is a business process that encompasses many elements beyond simply compensating employees, such as: payroll taxes, social security withholdings, pretax deposits for medical savings, issuing W-2’s, FLSA/exempt vs. non-exempt compliance, overtime rules and calculations, wage garnishments—the list goes on. And the larger the company, the more complex payroll becomes. 

Topics: PEO Payroll
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Employee Terminations - When to Seek Outside Advice

By Todd Miller on Sep 21, 2016

As the CEO of your business, no matter how conscientious you are as an employer, certain circumstances may arise that should trigger a conversation with a trusted advisor who is well versed in employment law.

If you are part of the progressive and growing group of companies that work with a Human Resources Management organization, or are partnered with a PEO (Professional Employer Organization), be sure to talk with your provider about access to legal support before terminating the employee in question.

When you need to make a decision pertaining to employee misconduct, performance problems, or other bad behaviors, a trusted advisor can help determine if the termination is legal and reduce the risk of a future law suit.

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What Every Employer Needs to Know About Workers’ Compensation

By Todd Miller on Sep 8, 2016

Workers' compensation is one of those issues most business owners choose not to think about. No one likes thinking about the possibility of their employees getting hurt on the job, but unforeseeable accidents can happen even in the safest of work places. Workers' compensation insurance is not only a good product to have, in the majority of states, it is required by law.

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Employers’ Guide: Five Tips to a Smooth Open Enrollment Season

By Todd Miller on Sep 8, 2016

Health insurance remains a significant issue in the workplace when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent.In this new era of Healthcare Reform, it can be extremely complex as well. This complexity becomes all too apparent during the annual open enrollment process.Employers are faced with tough decisions regarding the various plan options to offer and how to control costs.They also have to stay competitive and try to keep employees happy.Given all these factors, the process can often take a business owner's time and focus off the actual business for weeks at a time.Therefore, the goal is to minimize the chaos and confusion associated with open enrollment, and get through the process as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

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