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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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How to Reduce Your Worker's Compensation Costs

by Tim AustinDecember 23, 2013 8:00 AM

For small-or medium-sized businesses, worker's compensation can be extremely costly. You invest a lot of the time, money and resources into claims management to ensure your business stays compliant and your workers are protected. With your limited resources, there are steps you can take to minimize your risks and reduce your worker’s compensation costs. 

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4 Simple Ways to Keep Your Employees on the Nice List at Your Company Holiday Parties

by Tim AustinDecember 16, 2013 8:39 AM

Annual holiday parties are an important way to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and your employees’ hard work. However, mixing business and pleasure can make even the most seasoned HR professional nervous as improper conduct, offensive behavior or other violations can occur, leading to potential liabilities for you.

There are ways you can still throw a great party while ensuring your employees stay off the HR naughty list:

 

Make sure your employees make it to the nice list when it comes to having your company's holiday party.

 

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Preparing for the Inevitable

by Andrew SzczesniakAugust 29, 2013 7:51 AM

Be Prepared for worker's compensation claimsAlthough it’s still warm and the swimming pools are still open throughout Ohio, you’ve probably already started thinking about what needs to be done to prepare for the cold months ahead.

This preparation for the inevitability of winter is a fact of life in this part of the country. Similarly, because you have some time to prepare for worker's compensation claims (it takes two years before a claim impacts your premium), you can prepare yourself to mitigate the cost and impact on your BWC premium.

Follow the tips below to protect yourself in the face of worker's compensation claims: 

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Patience is Not Only a Virtue, But a Money Saver for Business Owners

by Andrew SzczesniakAugust 12, 2013 10:54 AM

When I was little my mother always told me that “patience was a virtue”. That was always her response when my sister and I would bother her with the all too famous phrase of “Are we there yet?” during our annual family vacation trips. Little did I know that the phrase she would tell us would come in handy down the road in my career and more specifically, in the realm of unemployment claims management.

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401(k) Testing: What is That About?

by Tom SmithMay 9, 2013 10:14 AM

I receive this question very often, especially at the beginning of each year. The IRS requires any company with a 401(k) plan to conduct annual compliance testing.

The testing is conducted after the plan’s year-end. For most plans, this is 12/31.

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