HR Administration

Five Tips To Reducing The Risk Of Litigation

Litigation can have a devastating effect on a company’s productivity and profitability. 

Between attorney and expert witness fees, as well as court costs, even simple disputes can quickly cost a staggering amount of money.  Aside from the financial costs, litigation is extremely time consuming for company leaders and employees, draining time and energy away from remunerative business activities.  Taking time to meet with company lawyers to explain the facts leading to a dispute, evaluate options and plan litigation strategy is only the beginning. 

Smart Ways Small Businesses Can Improve Staffing

Being an entrepreneur is exciting – from the thrill of creating your own product or service to building your business your way without having to answer to someone else.  You call the shots and you use your expertise the way you see fit.

This is such a popular path that according to the US Small Business Administration there are over 28 million small businesses in America and they employ 55 percent of U.S. workers and have continued to create two-thirds of the new jobs in America for nearly half a century.

New Overtime Rules, Other Change Heavily Inpacting Small Businesses

Expected to have serious impact on salaries and wages, the U.S. Labor Department has disclosed the details of its final revised regulations defining the executive, administrative, professional, "outside salesman", and derivative exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1).

The highlights include these:

Legal Vultures Hurting Small Businesses

More laws affecting small businesses have been enacted in the past eight years than in all of the nation’s history.               

Enacted for the common good, they often force extra costs and burdens on smaller entities.

Most anti-government pundits talk about federal laws, but often state and local laws are the most punishing to enterprises.

In the end, billions of dollars are consumed effecting changes in business locales and practices but not all of it helps or protects the general public.

Why Better Managing Small Business Employees Yields Big Dividends

The average small business owner usually has very few employees, so ‘managing’ them may seem unnecessary.

As a group, members are engaged and invested, working closely with each other and things are usually running smoothly.

For many enterprises, this may be the case, but lack of ‘management’ will eventually put an end to the harmonious workplace.

In its place chaos and wasted effort usually reigns often ending in company failure.

Personnel Administrative Alternatives For Small Businesses

The effective administration of payroll and human resources policies, procedures, record keeping communications and plan design present a huge challenge to every organization. 

Recent frequent and sweeping changes in health care programs, compliance requirements and reporting efforts have only served to compound the complexity of this challenge. 

Breaking The Vicious Opioid Cycle In The Workplace

As the law and standard business practices continue to focus on managed workplace risks and the health and safety of employees, an increasingly disruptive rise in opioid prescriptions threatens to undermine both worker welfare and the cost of doing business.

The Damage Being Done

A 2014 study conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute across 25 states found that 65% to 85% of injured workers in most states received narcotic painkillers.

2016 HR Goals Need To Be Set Before Year End

As the end of the year approaches, business leaders are busy hitting those last few annual and Q4 goals. As if the end of a quarter weren’t enough to think about, leaders also are trying to set goals for 2016 and formulate plans to achieve them.

According to Mark Sinatra, the CEO of Staff One, “when you’re in charge of the course your business takes, it’s important to devote time to big picture ideas that will propel your company forward, not get bogged down with compliance issues and human resources headaches.”

3 Tips To Stay Compliant In Today's Hiring World

Employment laws are rapidly changing at the county, city, state and even federal levels. It can be confusing and time consuming to stay on top of all these rules and regulations. This is especially true for smaller, growing businesses without a full-time internal HR team to help navigate the process. Too often SMBs are unaware of or are misinterpreting laws; meanwhile, candidates and employees are becoming more conscious of their legal rights within employment.

Small Business Optimization Tips for 2016

The year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to start looking at the exciting opportunities 2016 will have to offer your small business.

According to John Oechsle, CEO of Swiftpage, growth in the coming year will depend on the strategic decisions made today.

Here are a few areas Oechsle believes can optimize a small business’ potential for growth in 2016.