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EEOC Challenges Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

by Andrew SzczesniakNovember 11, 2014 10:44 AM

The EEOC has made it into the news again, but you may not have heard about it.

A few months after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a ruling on how pregnancy in the workplace can be viewed as a worker’s comp issue, they have now weighed in on wellness programs.

Under the Affordable Care Act, there has been a strong push on advocating wellness for employees, and rightfully so. Wellness programs improve the health and productivity of your employees while increasing efficiencies and increasing profitability.

However, according to an article on jdsupra.com, the EEOC has not yet issued guidelines on how employers can and must structure wellness programs to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite the lack of guidelines, the EEOC is pursuing two litigation cases against two separate companies for what they say are violations of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Challenges Ahead Sign. The EEOC's lack of guidelines have created challenges for business owners who want to administer an employee wellness program.

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Controllable Costs

by Andrew SzczesniakOctober 21, 2014 8:18 AM

In the business world, everyone is always looking to maximize profitability. It’s not because business owners are greedy trying to grab every last dime. It’s because they are working their tail off to either make the business succeed or make it grow.

In their efforts to do so, business owners look to control what they can, especially when it comes to costs. As a salesperson, I have often been the person who they tried to control costs through by either beating me up on price, extracting extra services or using what my company does to help make them more profitable. However, it often seems to come back to controlling costs.

When a business owner thinks of controllable costs, they often think of material prices, employee hours or something else on the production end. What seldom comes into play is controlling workers comp, healthcare and unemployment costs.  But, how can you control those costs? Those things are completely out of a business owner’s control. Right?

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OSHA’s New Requirements

by Andrew SzczesniakOctober 15, 2014 8:12 AM

Beginning January 1, 2015, OSHA will begin enforcing new rules and requirements according to a recent article in Construction Equipment Guide. This new rule applies to companies that fall under Federal OSHA jurisdiction. (Do you know if your company falls under this category?)

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EEOC Changes Guidelines on Pregnancy Bias

by Andrew SzczesniakJuly 29, 2014 8:38 AM

For many employers, hearing that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a ruling sounds a lot like fingernails on the chalkboard. They know it’s there, but they don’t often want to hear it.

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Time To Get Educated!

by Tim AustinJuly 16, 2014 8:49 AM

Still not sure what exactly a PEO (professional employer organization) is?  Need help selecting a PEO?  Ever think about outsourcing payroll?

You're not alone, but you’ve come to the right place for answers! Today, we're proud to announce the launch of our new Education Center.

 

In our Education Center, you'll learn more about what PEO is. For example:

  • A PEO offers a cost-effective and unified method for handling back-office services for small and medium sized businesses.
  • PEOs provide services to help reduce business risk, manage employee benefits, process payroll, find quality employees, and more.  
  • PEOs exist in every state and provide services to more than 2.5 million people.
  • The PEO industry is valued at $80 billion per year (and growing).

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How to Protect Your Business From Unemployment Claims

by Tim AustinMarch 19, 2014 8:20 AM

True or false: You can’t do anything to manage your company’s unemployment tax rates?

If you answered true, you answered incorrectly. But take heart because:

  1. Many other business owners would have also answered “true”
  2. There is actually a lot you can do to manage unemployment tax rates
Don’t hope for the best when it comes to unemployment claims. Do something to protect your business by working with a PEO today.

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Protect Yourself From Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Tim AustinMarch 6, 2014 8:25 AM

There are a lot of factors that go into determining what your business’s workers’ compensation rates will be. But the simple truth is this: the more claims your employees file, the higher your rate will be.

Fortunately, there are two strategies you can follow that will limit the amount of time and money you spend dealing with workers’ compensation claims.

 Protect yourself from worker’s compensation issues with Group Management Services.

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Surprising Things a Background Check Can’t Tell You About a Candidate

by Andrew SzczesniakMarch 4, 2014 3:42 PM

You’re looking to hire a new candidate or thinking about promoting an employee from within your company.

But before you take a step further you want to run a background check. What are the legal requirements and information you need to be aware of as an employer before you start this process? We do our best to give you an overview on the process below.

Information requested for a background check depends on the employer and the job involved. For some jobs, a state or federal law requires the employer to conduct a background check. Working with children, the elderly, or people with disabilities are examples of jobs that require a criminal background check. 

 

What a background check cannot tell you. Group Management Services, a PEO, manages background checks for clients. Image of magnifying glass and document. “day 307” by Mark Tighe is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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How to Perform an Effective Safety Audit of your Small Business

by Tim AustinFebruary 5, 2014 7:49 AM

Can you name the top three most frequently cited safety standards by Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in fiscal year 2013?

If you answered fall protection, hazard communication, and scaffolding then you were correct! Out of 3,945 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2012, 775 or 19.6% were in construction

These statistics remind us that managing the risks involved in operating your business can be more than just paperwork. Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. One way to make sure the environment is safe is to conduct a safety audit.  

How to perform a safety audit of your small business. Image “Baby with hard hat, 1959” by Seattle Municipal Archives is licensed CC BY 2.0

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How PEOs Ease Concerns for Small Business

by Tim AustinDecember 30, 2013 8:50 AM

"Keeping the plates spinning," is an idiom many small businesses use to describe the way they manage their human resource responsibilities. Some outsource HR functions to various companies while some tasks are handled by an in-house team member who has many other job duties

There's no need to juggle between outsourcing tasks to multiple companies and attempting to have them work together on your behalf. Professional employee organizations, or PEOs, can help minimize the stress, time and costly resources you spend administering your HR functions by managing: 

 

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