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Prepare for Overtime Rule Changes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Small Businesses

The new overtime regulations are set to bring significant changes for businesses. To help you stay ahead, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on what steps to take and how to implement them effectively. Plus, discover how Focus HR can proactively manage these changes for you. Step 1: Classification Review How to Classify Your Employees and […]

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Navigating the Non-Compete Ban: How to Win the Employee Retention Race

For years, non-compete agreements protected small businesses by preventing key employees from jumping ship to join a competitor. But a recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ban on such agreements gives your employees greater freedom, which only intensifies the challenge of retaining your top employees.  Fortunately, small business owners can still work toward creating a workplace

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Attention Business Owners: New Overtime Rules are Coming. Are you Ready?

Ever feel like changing regulations just love coming at your business like curveballs? It’s hard enough to focus on all the other plates you need to keep spinning as an employer, then “BAM!,” yet another regulation change comes your way!  But never fear, Focus HR’s got your back. A forthcoming change regarding salaried exempt employees

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Battling the Quiet Disengagement: Why ‘Resenteeism’ Matters to Small Businesses

Let’s talk resenteeism. You’ve probably heard of “quiet quitting” by now, but resenteeism is another silent threat lurking in workplaces. It describes employees who are physically there but mentally checked out because they resent their employer. They complete tasks, but the passion and drive are missing. This might not seem as bad as absenteeism, but

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Succession Planning for 2024: It’s Not Just for Emergencies — It’s a Leadership Development Strategy

For many organizations, succession planning is primarily aimed at filling an immediate, unexpected vacancy. That’s great for emergencies, but to be strategic, your organization needs to shift from a reactive to a proactive posture.  Developing a strategy and process for training and building leaders within your business will empower your current employees and ensure that

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Gen Z and the Workplace: Creating a Collaborative Culture

Generations have aired their grievances about one another for centuries. Even Socrates (469-399 B.C.) once lamented, “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”  These days, Generation (Gen) Z, which consists of those born between 1997 and 2012, has

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FLSA Compliance: A Guide for Employers

Known largely as the “mother of all employment laws,” the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes THE standard for classification of employees (full-time and part-time) across the United States. Additionally, the FLSA regulates such things as minimum wage rates, overtime payments, child labor, and equal rights. Employers must comply with FLSA standards, or face the

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Keeping it Professional: How to Navigate Political Tensions in Your Small Business

Let’s Talk Politics (Without It Turning Ugly)… Look, we all know things are a little heated out there, especially with the election coming up.  And guess what?  That tension can easily spillover into our workplaces and cause conflict in our businesses.   Suddenly, team meetings feel like political debates, and morale can take a nosedive. A

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How HR Can Empower Your Managers (Not Replace Them)

Those handling HR for your small business often find themselves not just advising, but actively taking on managerial tasks like hiring, performance reviews, and even disciplinary actions. While well-intentioned, abdicating these responsibilities to HR vs. your managers/supervisors can undermine their role and weaken leadership development within the company.

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Love in the Workplace: Navigating Office Romances While Protecting Your Business

With Valentine’s Day just behind us, love might still be lingering in the air, and perhaps even blossoming between colleagues. While workplace romances can occur, they have traditionally come with potential baggage. As a business owner or HR professional, you may find yourself wondering: how do we navigate these situations while ensuring a smooth and

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