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New Jersey’s Salary History Ban: How It Impacts Employers

by Makenzie RizzoApril 14, 2020 8:00 AM

Over the past few years, a growing number of states and cities have banned the practice of using salary history to screen potential new employees. If you’re an employer in New Jersey, you’re now included in that trend. 

Starting in 2020, it’s not a good idea for New Jersey employers to ask job applicants how much they made. The Garden State is now one of 17 states and multiple cities to outlaw pay history questions. While similar in many aspects, New Jersey’s version of the law does have some key differences that can help employers avoid potential penalties.

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Now Hiring: Transportation Industry

by Sidney DossNovember 25, 2019 8:00 AM

It is no surprise, that many companies are currently hiring. With unemployment being at an all-time low, many employers are having a hard time finding quality employees.

One industry that has faced scary headlines is the transportation industry. With the growth of self-driving technology, transportation companies, such as Atlanta-based UPS, one might think that the transportation industry would be hiring at a lower rate or possibly consider laying people off. This happens to be far from the truth. In fact, the transport sector is showing surprising growth. 

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Summer Intern Series: Keeping Up with the Future of HR

by Andrea LibalJuly 18, 2019 3:51 PM

When you’re thinking of starting a business, your passion is ultimately what drives you to provide the best product or service. The first thing that comes to your head is not about the technology you need for payroll, or how you are going to recruit top talent. Need an employee handbook? “I’ll type something up real quick.” 

These are just a few of the many human resource topics you can easily put on the backburner without realizing the full scope of responsibilities you now carry as a business owner. As for the future of HR, it’s only getting more crucial for businesses to stay compliant with laws and stay protected.

Two small business owners responsible for many HR functions, including payroll and taxes. 

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Overcoming High Employee Turnover

by Brice DelphJuly 8, 2019 7:30 AM

As concerns pile up, employee morale can go downhill quickly. Losing employees can be very challenging. The domino effect is real and immediate. Employees can feel a broad range of emotions: overwhelmed, resentful, left behind, envious, mad, sad. It’s hard to think strategically when you’re in reactive mode, so what do you do to be in proactive mode? 

Leaders who embrace change set a positive tone for everyone. Turnover should be expected. By having a process in place, you can leverage departures as an opportunity to grow and learn. Take a look at these five steps that can prevent high turnover.

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Taboo Topics: Illegal Interview Questions You Shouldn’t Ask Job Candidates

by Mark LeeJune 27, 2019 8:00 AM

It’s no surprise that it’ll take a lot of questions to determine whether a job candidate is the right fit for your company. However, you may not know that there are quite a few interview questions that can land your company in trouble. 

One example of this is the city of Cincinnati’s new Salary Equity Ordinance, a measure that passed in 2019 and will take effect in March 2020. At that time, it will be illegal for employers in Cincinnati to ask about a job candidate’s pay history. This measure impacts any step of the hiring process, ranging from job ads to employee interviews.

While Cincinnati employers must adjust to the Salary Equity Ordinance, there are many other types of questions that are disallowed from the interview process across the country. An illegal question can lead to a variety of consequences, including a discrimination lawsuit or an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This means you’ll want to brush up on which interview questions can lead to EEOC complaints.

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Michigan Governor Issues Order Protecting LGBTQ State Employees: What it Means for Small Business Owners

by Philip GarbaczFebruary 18, 2019 8:00 AM

As a small business owner, you’re in control of your business. However, things that you can’t control can impact your business as well. 

Certain laws and executive orders can potentially require you to change certain processes and policies to protect your company. It’s important to keep an eye out for any news that can lead you to review current practices and make changes, such as when Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order to increase protections that prohibit anti-LGBTQ discrimination in January of 2019. Whether your business is in Michigan or not, it’s a good time to consider how orders like these can impact your day-to-day operations.

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Managing HR for Remote Employees

by Tim AustinAugust 20, 2018 8:00 AM

Thanks to technological advancements in the modern workplace, remote work, or work-from-home (WFH) jobs have become increasingly more common. According to the Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of 2018 American Community Service data, work-from-home jobs have grown 173 percent since 2005—11 percent faster than the rest of the workforce. Remote work has likely grown even more so as a result of the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19, which prompted many employers to shift to a remote work model to limit the spread of the coronavirus. 

Telecommuting can be an attractive work option for both employees and employers. For employees,  flexible work hours and more time to spend with family can make remote work an ideal situation. For employers, hiring remote workers can save money and increase productivity if you manage your remote team effectively. 

As more businesses implement work-from-home policies, employers will need to consider how the trend will impact HR initiatives. Here are some best practices for managing HR for remote employees.

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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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11 Benefits Employees Want

by Andrew SzczesniakApril 25, 2017 8:00 AM

There are growing signs that the economy is improving. Perhaps the most notable marker is that more people are starting to come back to the workforce. The unemployment rate is continuing a downward trend, meaning that more employers are starting to hire again.

Of course, finding good employees is important to a company’s growth, but keeping their best employees is vital to an employer’s productivity. Keeping your best employees ensures a smoother transition for newer employees and keeps the job environment stable with their most seasoned employees.

Of course, with a growing job market, sometimes a company’s best employees begin looking at this as an opportunity to “test the waters” of their own value and see if there are better options. How does a small business owner retain good employees while attracting qualified candidates? By offering benefits.

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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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