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How to Avoid the Holiday PTO Trap

Did you know that in 2013 Americans collectively lost 169 million days of PTO? Too often, employees do not end up using their holiday time so they end up losing it or they are forced to use all in December. For companies who slow down at the end of the year this may not be […]

Why You Need a Social Media Policy

Nowadays, almost everybody has some form of social media profile. And many employees are not aware of what is appropriate when it comes to using social media in the office or posting about their jobs or employers. This is why it is essential for every business, no mater what its size, to have a social […]

6 Forms Employers Need to Collect for Each New Hire in Arizona

When you hire a new employee, you are required by state and federal laws to collect certain forms from them within a certain amount of time.   Form I-9 All new employees are required to complete section one of the I-9 Form by the end of their first day of work. The purpose of the […]

Obamacare Open Enrollment: What It Means for Small Businesses

With individual health insurance open enrollment opening up this month, your employees might have some questions about their benefits.  Here are some tips to prepare yourself. 1. Evaluate Your Current Offerings Reach out to your HR provider or health insurance broker to review your current plan. Most companies renew towards the end of the year, so […]

3 Reasons to Outsource Leave Management: FMLA and ADA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) both serve to protect employees who may need to be absent from work due to a disability or a health condition, but they are both handled differently from an HR perspective. They are often difficult to manage, implement, and comply with […]

5 Ways a PEO Can Help You Grow Your Small Business

In today’s competitive marketplace, deciding to outsource a portion or all of your human resource administration could go a long way toward increasing your bottom line. By entering into a co-employment relationship with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), you will have the time and freedom to focus on growing your business, and here is why: […]

Working with Independent Contractors – What You Need to Know

There are a lot of reasons why businesses engage someone to provide a good or service as an independent contractor, including convenience and to save money. This is likely to happen especially when both sides anticipate a short engagement. Businesses get the benefit of the independent contractor’s knowledge and skill without having to worry about […]

Employee Handbook – Top Must-Have Policies

The Handbook is a tool to communicate and establish a trusting relationship with your employees.  If you use it wisely, you can set out expectations and help avoid conflicts and misunderstandings. Use the Handbook to explain your company goals and mission statement.  If you only have a few policies, make sure these are included. Disclaimer […]

Tactics for Effective Management

Employing effective management tactics for businesses isn’t rocket science. In fact, there is a pretty basic principle to follow: create and retain a strong, trust-filled client-consultant relationship, advises Search Engine Watch. Aside from knowing your job inside and out, the best thing you can do in your role is to learn how to manage effectively. Trust […]

Small Business Guide to Health Insurance

The government defines a small business as one that employs 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees. To determine whether you are classified as a small business, you can use our Full-Time Equivalent calculator. For purposes of this discussion, we will focus on small businesses. Small Business Requirements Small businesses are exempt from the Affordable Care Act […]

Transparency in the Workplace

On December 19th of last year, Joel Gascoigne, CEO of Buffer, wrote a blog post describing his company’s commitment to “radical transparency.” In the post, Gascoigne revealed the earnings of all of the social media startup’s employees along with the formula the company uses to calculate employee pay, making the information public in a move […]

The New Work Week

Since the days of Henry Ford, the 40-hour workweek has remained the standard for the American workforce. Until now. With advancements in communication technologies, changes in family structure,and an increasing global economy, there has been a need for alternative and flexible work schedules. Because of this, an array of flexible and alternative work structures and […]

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