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Thank You for a Great 2014!

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This month, as 2014 comes to a close, we took a look back at some of the most important blog topics we have covered in order to help you prepare for 2015!

Some of the topics of greatest interest and importance covered the rise in regulatory compliance and employment laws, and the crack down of various government agencies to make sure your company is in compliance.  Beyond that we have also provided you with insight into taxable and non-taxable income, employee relations, and employer policies.  We want to thank all of our loyal blog followers and more importantly our clients for the opportunity to keep you informed of what has been happening in 2014 in the world of HR and here at HR Strategies. We look forward to 2015!


Are Ghosts of Employees Past Haunting Your Bottom Line?

This month, as 2014 comes to a close,  we are taking a look back at some of the most important blog topics we have covered both in case you missed them, and to help you prepare for 2015!

Are Ghosts of Employees Past Haunting Your Bottom Line?

A ghost employee is one who exists on paper but does not exist in the workplace. Ghost employee practices can cost employers hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. Ghost employee frauds effect the bottom line of businesses just as any other type of theft does; and can occur in many different ways.

Some of the most common ghost employee practices are:

  • Payroll clerk adds a non-existent (ghost) employee into the payroll system, sets up a direct deposit account for the ghost employee, and then uses the funds for themselves.
  • Payroll clerk leaves terminated employees on payroll so that he/she can keep the former employees paycheck for personal use.

Some ghosts actually do exist; just not to the number of hours that you are led to believe they do. Common practices for ghost employment hours are:

  • Workers show up at the job site, clock in and then go off site. They are clocked in, but not actually working. These are ghost hours.
  • Ghost employees can also clock in at multiple locations, charging you for hours worked at two places during the same time frame of hours.

So how do you avoid these haunting schemes? HR Strategies can help in identifying payroll processes and controls to avoid ghost employees. Our HR Consultants and Payroll Specialists are here to answer any of your questions and concerns regarding Ghost Employees. 770-339-0000.

Why We Chose the Name HR Strategies

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Did you know that today is Namesake Day? Have you wondered why we chose the name HR Strategies? We develop in-depth strategies for the human resource needs of small to medium sized businesses. The explanation is simple, but what we do for our clients is complex. Our clients outsource their HR hassles and responsibilities to us. Being able to function as an entire Human Resource department, we chose a name that referenced the detail and forethought in which we plan out the customized services we provide for each business. HR Strategies goes above and beyond in managing customized HR solutions for companies that are motivated to reduce costs by using HR Outsourcing. As a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), HR Strategies becomes your Payroll Processing Company and Workers’ Compensation Outsourcing, handles your Employee Benefits, provides Human Resource Consulting, works with you on Human Resources Regulatory Compliance, and provides Human Resource Training, as well as many other related HR responsibilities. Our professionals enable small business owners to focus on their core competencies, rather than focusing on running payroll, providing employee benefits, or the many other facets of human resource administration. We allow business owners to concentrate on their passion, without being distracted by countless human resources responsibilities.

Call us today to learn how we can take care of your Human Resource needs!


HR Strategies Training & Performance Management


HR Strategies is proud to offer you access to our Customized Training Strategies program. Through this program we offer the kind of training that can help your business make that leap to the next level. We are able to offer you the training to help your business effectively take that next step in growth and remain competitive in today’s ever advancing technological society. To accomplish this, we offer a variety of solutions customized to your needs to increase employee productivity, management skills, and government compliance.


Through our Customized Training Strategies program we are able to offer our clients a variety of training solutions, tailored to meet their individual needs. When you become a client of HR Strategies, not only will you receive personal implementation training to get you familiar with and up and running on our systems, you will also have access to our Management Training Series. Once a quarter, we hold complimentary instructor led 3-hour training sessions at our training center in Duluth, Georgia. These complimentary sessions, held in order to educate and help improve your business, are on a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to, sexual harassment prevention, wage and hour, discrimination, and employee life cycle. In between our Complimentary Quarterly Trainings, HR Strategies holds webinars in order to make sure that our clients are up to date and educated about current events in the PEO Industry, hot topics of the day, and any news or information that might affect them in the future. One of our goals as a company is to go above and beyond for each and every one of our clients, and this is just one of the ways we are striving to reach that goal. In addition to these informational sessions, we are proud to offer both online and instructor led courses that aide in the development of your employee and management skills; as well as management and supervisory training delivered right at our clients worksite locations. With a wide variety of subjects ranging from business and email etiquette, Microsoft Office, workplace safety, government compliance, and industry specific courses; along with completion tracking of courses, we are sure that one of our many training solutions will answer your training and education needs.


Through each one of our unique topics and individual solutions, HR Strategies is empowering you to take your employees, management, and therefore business to the next level. Supplying your employees and management team with proper training boosts morale and gives them the tools to increase productivity, and therefore grow your business.

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HR Strategies Regulatory Compliance


It seems as though every year the Federal and State governments are adding more acts, mandates, and laws to the business of employment. As a small to mid-sized business, you probably don’t have the time to keep up with the names of all of the new ones, let alone how they can impact you as an employer. Large corporations have complete in-house HR departments and legal departments that work at not only keeping up with the new regulations, but also keeping their corporations in compliance. Are you that lucky? Or are you risking the chance of fines and work interruption?


HR Strategies focuses on keeping you compliant by working as your off-site HR department, with the back-up of legal counsel from one of our strategic partners, Jackson Lewis, which is one of the largest law firms specializing in workplace law. HR Strategies team can help you reduce your risk and vulnerabilities to Federal, State, Local and Professional Regulatory changes. We maintain all of your employment related records in safe, professional, and government regulated ways.


We keep pace with changing governmental requirements that affect your business and help you stay compliant. By relieving your stress of whether or not you are in compliance, we give you the ability to focus on the aspects of your company for which you went into business, while we handle the behind the scenes issue of compliance.

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