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What Have You Missed in 2014?

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!

Some of the topics of greatest interest and importance have 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 been able to provide you with insight into taxable and non-taxable income, employee relations, and employer policies. Be sure to check back throughout the month as we highlight the following topics, through our Best of the Best Blog Topics for 2014!

Best of the Best Blog Topics of 2014:

  • DOL Proof Your Documentation
  • Employee Discipline
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Taxable & Non-Taxable Income
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Affordable Care Act Coverage
  • Bullying
  • Diversity
  • Ghost Employees
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Handbooks

Independence Day is Coming Up!

Independence has been a goal of Americans since the founding of our country, and those with their own companies tend to be particularly independent. Some people start their own business believing that it is the only route to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”; only to later realize the headaches that can come along with owning and managing a business. While they began their business to gain independence, they lose the freedom that they dream of. They become saddled with letting their business’ rule their lives, depriving them of time with family and friends, and even at times their health.

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It is time as business owners to create your own Declaration of Independence!

  • Independence from rising administrative costs. Outsourcing your HR administration relieves business owners from the complex HR matters of benefits, workers’ compensation claims, payroll, tax administration, regulatory compliance, etc., and by doing so reduces your overhead.
  • Independence from focusing on the mundane. Outsourcing your HR enables 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. Outsourcing allows business owners to concentrate on their passion, without being distracted by countless human resources responsibilities.
  • Independence from the worry of regulatory compliance. Outsourcing your HR administration can keep business owners compliant by working as their off-site HR department, with the back-up of legal counsel partners, firms specializing in workplace law. Outsourcing can help you reduce your risk and vulnerabilities to Federal, State, Local and Professional Regulatory changes.
  • Independence from the nightmare of Workers Compensation Insurance and Risk Management. Outsourcing can help improve the work environment and make it safer by focusing on workplace risk management, safety programs, and good human resource practices. Additionally, when you outsource with a PEO, such as HR Strategies, they can arrange workers’ compensation coverage with major insurance carriers, provide their clients with training on safety and government compliance in regards to workers compensation and risk management, and manage the complexity of claims.
  • Independence from the burden of human resource administration and paperwork. When you outsource your HR needs to a PEO you receive assistance with all of the complications and paperwork that go along with the employee lifecycle:  writing help wanted ads and job descriptions; drug screening and verifications; new hire candidate assessment tools; new hire paperwork, including I-9 compliance; customized employee handbooks; employee policies and procedures; Federal and State required postings; human resource, supervisor, and compliance training; EEOC claims; Employment Practices Liability Insurance; Employee Assistance Program; compliance with IRS, INS, ADA, EEOC, FMLA, FLSA, DOT, COBRA, Title VII, etc.; discipline and termination counseling; investigation of employee/employer and employment complaints.

 Declare Your Independence today by calling HR Strategies at 770-339-0000!

New Service from E-Verify

E-Verify is a service HR Strategies provides our clients to further ensure the eligibility of new hires. According to the our website, E-Verify is an “Internet-based, free program run by the United States government that compares information from an employee’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to data from U.S. government records. If the information matches, that employee is eligible to work in the United States.”

As an additional perk, E-Verify recently announced a new customer service enhancement that will include prospective employees in the email notification sent to employers when a Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) is issued. Starting July 1, 2013, if an employee is issued a TNC, meaning a mismatched record, they will also receive the email notification that is sent to the prospective employer. A TNC simply means mismatched records, and does not necessarily mean the employee will be unauthorized to work. This new notification will give the employee a chance to turn in the necessary documents so when they are run through E-Verify again, their Form I-9 information will match the government’s records. As ICE continues to proceed with more and more audits in 2013, HR Strategies clients can feel confident in the legal status of all new hires. Double-checking statuses of new hires is just one more way HR Strategies keeps our clients compliant.

For more info from our most recent press release, check back tomorrow! 

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ICE to Crack Down on Workplace Audits Regarding Form I-9

US-Immigration-and-Customs-Enforcement-Seal-Plaque-L1In 2012, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, henceforth referred to as ICE, conducted more than 3,000 workplace audits. These audits resulted in millions of dollars in fines for businesses all over the United States. ICE is responsible for making sure companies complete and retain a Form I-9 for all new hires. Form I-9 is the document used to verify a potential employee’s eligibility to legally work in the United States. HR Strategies handles new hire paperwork for its clients; thus maintaining Form I-9s for all new hires. HR Strategies keeps their clients compliant with countless government regulations, saving those clients time, money, and stress. One of the regulatory issues we handle for clients is determining a new hire’s eligibility to work. Per the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, “U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization.” HR Strategies continues to handle this essential responsibility for clients, keeping them up to date with any changes made to the law.

For more info from our most recent press release, check back tomorrow! 

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Personal & Economic Patriotism

As we come to an end of our patriotic themed posts, having taken a look at the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and voting rights; we would like to leave you with some thoughts to encourage you take remain patriotic (not only your daily personal life, but also in your business) throughout the year, not just on the 4th of July…

  • “Economic Patriotism is doing what is right for American businesses, for American workers, for American consumers, and for America. Each of these entities is dependent upon each other doing the right thing for the other. It is not possible for one entity to abandon another without harm resulting to all entities. The American worker and the American consumer are tightly related, and often one in the same. It is simply not possible to adversely affect the American worker without also adversely affecting the American consumer.”
  • Veterans having served in our National Forces continue to look for work. Don’t we, at the very least, owe them the opportunity to work when they return from serving their country? “Veterans are a very strong talent pool. They possess skills and qualities that are immeasurable – such as leadership, pride, teamwork, and dedication,”- recruiter Danielle Micek.
  • “Whenever a Guardsman or Reservist leaves for training, they are coming back to their companies with better skills, better training, and they are an asset to a company every time they leave.” – Barbara O’Reilly, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Don’t just feel patriotic watching the fireworks on the 4th of July, when you hear the Star Spangled Banner at a ballgame, or when you enter the voting booth. Carry your patriotism and pride in America throughout the year. Americans took a risk on July 4th, 1776, and we are reaping the benefits every day.

Hiding Skeletons

Drug Screening, Verification, & New Hire Candidate Assessment Tools

Nick Fishman, chief marketing officer and executive vice president for employeescreenIQ in Cleveland, OH, notes that his firm “finds a 56 percent discrepancy rate between what candidates claim about their past employment and academic credentials and what we find when we inquire.”

How are you checking for the skeletons in your employee candidates’ closets? A 56% discrepancy rate can be quite scary for a company. Are they really who they say they are in terms of education, qualifications, and experience? As the job market has become constrained due to the recession in recent years, there are more candidates available; more candidates trying to be “better” than the next. This has led to an increase in false information from candidates trying to put themselves ahead of the pack. The result is an influx of applicants who sometimes aren’t truly representing themselves in an honest way; leading to a workforce that might not be truly qualified for the positions in which they were hired for. An unqualified workforce can lead to a realm of nightmares in the employee, manager, and companies’ lifecycle. Making sure that you verify all information presented by candidates can greatly identify the skeletons that are hiding; allowing your business to find the best new employees. HR Strategies is proud to offer new hire assessment, drug screening, and a host of other verification tools to aid our clients in making the appropriate selection in candidates. To find out more about these services contact our representatives today at 770-339-0000.

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