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The Effects of LGBT and Gender Requirements on Small Businesses and Their HR

by Megan WagnerJuly 25, 2017 8:00 AM

It’s common for HR professionals to field questions about compliance and discrimination concerns. One question that some small business owners ask is how LGBT and gender requirements can impact their company. There are many laws and protections in place to prevent discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation that employers should know about.

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How Can a PEO Increase Retention Rates?

by Tim AustinJuly 11, 2017 8:00 AM

Employee retention is a significant area of focus for most  business owners. According to talent management and HR site ERE Media, “78 percent of business leaders rank employee retention as important or urgent,” showing that the average owner wants to avoid losing good talent. 

There are many reasons why an unexpected departure can prove problematic for employers. It can disrupt workflow. It can have a negative impact on chemistry. Also, it can cost up to 50 percent of an entry-level employee’s annual salary to find someone to replace your outgoing employee. That’s a pricey goodbye.

Retention is a big issue that many employers want to   address before their company turns into a revolving door for talent. Fortunately, Professional Employer Organizations can  help your business improve employee retention. Here’s how.

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Why Have I Never Heard of the Professional Employer Organization Industry?

by Dan FlanaganJune 27, 2017 8:00 AM

For an industry that serves over 2.5 million people, Professional Employer Organizations can still be a bit of a mystery for the average business owner. The industry has helped businesses manage important HR functions for decades, but one of the most common questions owners ask is “Why have I never heard of PEOs before?”

There are a few reasons for this, starting with the fact that there’s no simple, one-sentence explanation for what PEOs do.

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Why Do I Need HR for a Five-employee Company?

by Dan FlanaganJune 20, 2017 8:00 AM

If you own a small, five-person company, it might be tempting to think that you don’t need to invest any time or money into human resource functions like a big business. That’s a bad idea.

Every company needs HR, regardless of size. Just like how you don’t build a house without a proper foundation, a small business – or any business – needs to create a solid human resource foundation to succeed.

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Where Do You Find Quality Talent for Hiring?

by Tim AustinMay 23, 2017 8:00 AM

If you think it’s hard to find good talent these days, you’re not alone. The Society for Human Resource Management conducted a survey of more than 3,300 HR professionals and found that “more than two-thirds of surveyed organizations hiring full-time staff indicate[d] they are having a difficult time recruiting for job openings.”

Thanks to a combination of factors, hiring employees that truly fit your requirements can be a tricky process. SHRM’s Jennifer Schramm cites “a low number of applicants, lack of needed work experience among those that do apply, competition from other employers, and a lack of technical skills among job applicants” as obstacles that employers face these days.

When it comes to finding the right applicant for the job, it’s important to know where to look. Here's where you should consider looking to find the quality talent your business needs to grow.

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Why it Pays to Commit to Employee Training

by Stacey LinnApril 18, 2017 8:00 AM

Employee training is an effective way to teach new employees and develop existing workers. However, employers may be concerned about related expenses, as employee training has been estimated to cost around $1,888 per employee for companies with fewer than 500 workers

That’s quite a bit of money, but the cost of training can be well worth the investment. Here are three big reasons why a commitment to employee training is a great financial decision for your business.

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Immigration Reform Updates that Can Affect Business Owners

by Stacey LinnApril 11, 2017 8:00 AM

Immigration has been a hot topic ever since President Donald Trump was elected. New changes have put a focus on new and potential laws that will impact employers all over the country, including the update to the I-9 form and potential expansion of the E-Verify program.

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To Insource or to Outsource: That is the Question

by Hanna JohnstoneFebruary 24, 2017 8:00 AM

Why did you start your business? Maybe because you are good at doing something. Maybe because you can offer a service that not many others can.

You worked hard to grow your business, to show everyone why they should use your company for their needs. You are a professional, and nobody knows your business better than you do. So why would you ever consider outsourcing back office tasks to a PEO if you can do them yourself?

At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: to be successful. Sometimes, to succeed we need to embrace the fact that we can’t always do everything ourselves.

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Things to Consider Before Hiring More Employees

by Tim AustinDecember 19, 2016 8:00 AM

As your business grows, so will your team. Adding new employees is a big part of any business, but it can be a problem if you hire new people when your business isn’t ready to take on more staff. Here are some things you should think about when you’re considering hiring additional employees.

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Judge Blocks New Overtime Law

by Matt SchoolcraftNovember 23, 2016 8:00 AM

A federal judge has blocked the upcoming Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule instituted by the Obama Administration. The rule was set to take effect Dec. 1, 2016, increasing the salary threshold for overtime eligibility from $23,660 to $47,476. This would have made any workers under the threshold eligible for overtime pay for over 40 hours worked per week. 

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