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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Small business might not need full-time HR. They nonetheless need HR support. That’s when HR on Retainer makes sense. “Unfortunately, many businesses don’t measure the value of HR until things go wrong,” remarks Cherry Moore, SPHR. Cherry knows a thing or two about HR. She has been in the profession for 25 years leading HR in mid-size companies.   Too often, HR is managed from the accounting side of the house or seen as a second thought function.  Executives are reluctant to seek legal advice, concerned by the potential for high legal fees, says Moore. They are reluctant to spend money until …

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Working with a Virtual Assistant

Today’s blog is different. We have a guest blogger and she is my virtual assistant, Amy Edge. Although Amy is  “behind-the-scene”, her role at Gere Consulting is crucial. She makes sure this newsletter is sent every week without fail. She finds attractive visuals and plans the social media calendar. Her support in my business has changed my work for the better. I get to focus on more serving my clients and their HR needs, and less on ancillary tasks. So what is a Virtual Assistant? A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an entrepreneur who provides professional administrative, technical or creative assistance …

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The Skinny on Payroll – Interview with Chris Mabe

Payroll is the one thing employers need to get right every time. Employees don’t pay much attention to the handbook but they will make noise if their check is incorrect. Chris Mabe of Payday Payroll is my go-to person when I have a payroll question. She sat with me recently to share her wisdom. Anne-Lise: What are the most common payroll mistakes made by small businesses? Chris Mabe:  There are two basic mistakes many small businesses make.   The first mistake is entrusting the payroll to a single person.  This can lead to serious problems from embezzlement to covering up …

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Summer work and Internships for Minors – Tips for Success

As spring signals the end of the school year, employers receive many inquiries from students seeking to join the summer workforce. My family belongs to a community pool which operates in the summer. The recreational association is run by volunteers and employs mostly teenagers. Several years ago, the association was audited by the state DOL which found several infractions to the labor code regarding the employment of minors. As employers and parents of teenagers eager to make a buck, we need to understand the additional restrictions that come with youth employment in internships and when minors are involved. If you …

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What’s Happening To The Overtime Rule?

When a Texas Judge issued a stay of execution on the new overtime rule, employers’ reactions were mixed.  So what’s happening with overtime rules now? For employers who had not mentioned any changes on classification and overtime rules, the decision by the Texas judge injunction justified their “wait-and-see” approach. Many others had already announced to employees plans to adjust salaries as of December 1st to comply with the anticipated change in overtime rules. Rather than roll back salary increases for exempt employees, employers are complying with the new rules as written, despite the legal challenges. The Department of Labor (DOL) under President Trump may …

Looking in the Crystal Ball of HR Requirements

A number of Executive Orders (EO) signed by President Obama could be on the chopping block under the new administration. EO impact mostly employees for federal contractors. Other DOL regulations are likely to see changes too. Here’s a review of the regulations which were born under the Obama administration and my assessment of their future. Executive Orders likely to remain unchanged. Based on its populist agenda and a push for better opportunities in favor of American workers, the Trump administration is likely to maintain: Non-displacement of qualified workers under service contracts (EO 13495). This gives employees working on federal contracts …

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New 2017 Compliance Requirements For Federal Contractors

Last February, I shared what was on the horizon for federal contractors in 2017. At the time, 2017 seemed like a long ways away. But here we are: in the first days of the new year. These new requirements for federal contract employers are the law, at least for now. The paid sick leave requirement is now in effect. Employees on federal contracts will earn up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year. The leave is accrued at the rate of 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked on federal contracts. The leave can also be …

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Judge Puts New Overtime Ready Rule on Hold, Now What?

As the country was winding down to celebrate Thanksgiving, a federal court in Texas issued an order to suspend the implementation of new salary level for white collar exemption scheduled for December 1st. For months employers have been anticipating the December 1 date when the salary requirement would increase to $47,476 from $23,660. But on November 22, months of preparation came in question. As a result of the court decision, employers do not have to comply with the new FLSA salary threshold on December 1, 2016.   Background to the federal stay of execution Twenty-one states and several business groups …

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New I-9 Form and Immigration Enforcement

The I-9 Form for Employment Eligibility Verification is in the news. First, the Immigration Services announced that the revised Form I-9 will be published on Nov. 22, 2016. This is sooner than the January 2017 date previously announced. Although employers may continue to use the current Form I-9 (dated 03/08/2013) through Jan. 21, 2017, the new I-9 form must be used by all employers by January 22, 2017. Mark your calendar for November 22 to check the USCIS website for the revised I-9 Form. Note – Employers should continue to retain and store previously completed forms for existing and former …