2017 Social Security Wage Base Increases
October 24, 2016
The Social Security Wage Base increases to $127,200 With the largest hike in U.S. history set to take effect on January 1, 2017, the new Social Security wage base will increase from $118,500 to $127,200. This $8,700 increase marks the first wage base increase in two years and the highest percentage increase since 1983. Employees […]
IRS Releases Final, Updated 2016 ACA Forms
October 11, 2016
By now, it’s likely you’re aware that several forms of transition relief from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that were available in 2015 have expired, and only limited relief continues to apply in 2016. As a result, the Internal Revenue Service has removed references to 2015 transition relief from 2016 Forms 1094- and 1095-C. It’s […]
House Moves to Delay New Overtime Rule; Obama Administration Threatens Veto
October 6, 2016
On Sept. 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure that would delay the effective date of the new overtime rule by six months. The Republican-backed measure – known as H.R. 6094: Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act – passed by a vote of 246-177. But victory may be short-lived, […]
Overtime Expansion Gets Heated as States Challenge Rule
September 21, 2016
Twenty-one states have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to halt the Department of Labor’s overtime expansion ruling. According to the complaint, the agency’s move to increase the salary threshold at which white-collar workers are eligible for overtime is unlawful, as it renders other statutory exemption requirements “virtually irrelevant.” A similar lawsuit was filed by […]
From Hire to Retire: Guiding Top Talent Through to the Finish Line
August 23, 2016
Retirement is an inevitable stage of the employment journey. Even high performers hang up their hats eventually. But to retain them up until retirement, organizations must be willing to optimize every stage of the employee lifecycle – from recruiting through offboarding. Recruiting for the long-term First impressions are the most lasting. To recruit people who […]
Regulations and Compliance Trends Only Gaining Momentum
July 28, 2016
If the latest employment rule is any indication of what’s to come, regulations and compliance trends for employers aren’t going to slow down.
3 Ways to Safeguard Your Company’s Culture
July 13, 2016
Founders and early employees are the ones who develop the company’s cultural blueprint. If not intentionally managed, the culture can dissipate.
WOTC Transition Relief Date Extended
June 28, 2016
Here’s some good news for Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) employers: On June 17, the IRS issued a notice offering additional transition relief for employers claiming the WOTC.
Reader’s Weekly Picks: Top 3 Paycom Blog Posts
June 15, 2016
It is no surprise that two of the three top blogs are in regard to the new overtime expansion rule. With a Dec. 1 effective date approaching, employers are searching for news on how to mitig
Ditch the Hassle of Garnishments Before Garnishments Hassle You
May 31, 2016
Two definitions exist for the word “garnishment.” One is like the sprig of parsley on your dinner plate: mere ornamental dressing to which you may not pay any attention.
Department of Labor Announces Details of Final Overtime Rule
May 18, 2016
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the final details of its overtime rule in a fact sheet issued prior to publication in the Federal Register.
4 Benefits You Gain When You Explain the ‘Why’
May 5, 2016
People are innately curious. Think back to when you were a child and constantly asking “why,” like “why is the sky blue?” or “Why is the grass green?”
New PBJ Reporting Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities
April 28, 2016
The latest in Section 6106 of the Affordable Care Act compliance is payroll-based journal (PBJ) reporting, affecting nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Current Form I-9 Remains Effective
April 7, 2016
Form I-9 was set to expire March 31, 2016; however, that day has come and gone, and the current Form I-9 remains effective.
5 Biggest Payroll Mistakes to Avoid
March 28, 2016
Mistakes often are chalked up to human frailty, but those affecting your company’s payroll aren’t so easily dismissed.
3 Reasons Why One Way Is Better
March 17, 2016
For HR alone, your company might need tools for applicant tracking, onboarding, learning management, performance evaluations, benefits management, expense reporting, analytics, payroll, back
3 Impacts of Learning and Development Goal Setting
March 3, 2016
We know the value learning and development (L&D) has within an organization. In fact, according to a recent study, the learning management market will be worth more than $7 billion in 2018
How a Transparent Culture Can Drive Whistleblowers to Report Internally First
February 16, 2016
The idea of cultural transparency isn’t just about increasing productivity, engagement and retention; it’s also about fraud prevention.
4 Ways to Build Employee Confidence and Increase Engagement
January 26, 2016
Employee engagement is a highly-talked-about topic. Everyone has their own ideas about what works. But whatever you think about employee engagement, you should know that confidence is...
3 Must-Follow HR Trends for 2016
January 13, 2016
If there is one constant in HR, it’s change. Each new year brings its own set of challenges and innovations. As we begin 2016...
HR Resolution: Win the War on Engagement
December 31, 2015
Stop. Take a breath. When is the last time you just took a moment? There is a lot of demand for our time and unfortunately it’s only getting worse.
4 Tips for Empowering Employees in the Modern Age
December 17, 2015
As I walk down the hallway to get to my office, I read the Tom Peters quote painted in big, bold letters on the wall: “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
Saying ‘Thank You’: Taking It Back to the Basics
November 24, 2015
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has heard, “Now, what do you say,” after receiving a gift or kind gesture. We were schooled to be respectful from the time we were toddlers.
E-Verify to Delete Records Older Than 10 Years
November 13, 2015
Have you been using E-Verify for more than a decade? If so, a recent action by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may affect you.
When It Comes to HR Technology, Simple is Key
October 28, 2015
Is your HR technology complicated? Well, it shouldn’t be.
HR Technology: From Chore to Choice
October 20, 2015
The countdown is over and the 2015 HR Technology Conference & Exposition is in full swing in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 attendees are finding out what’s new, what’s changing and how it can help their businesses work better.
3 Steps to Implementing a Goal-Centric Approach to Employee Engagement
October 13, 2015
Every company wants engaged employees, and most HR executives, if they’re being honest, will admit that they haven’t found the perfect solution yet. Studies show that employee engagement remains a substantial challenge; a 2015 Gallup poll found that a staggering 51 percent of the workforce is not engaged.
4 Reasons to Embrace Big Data … and Good Data
October 8, 2015
HR folks didn’t invent Big Data, but often, they feel like they’re the first to be overwhelmed by it. And not just the raw amount of data that could be at their disposal, but the avalanche of hype surrounding its use, too.
3 Guidelines for Executing Wage Garnishments for Tipped Employees
September 30, 2015
Executing a wage garnishment for a tipped employee can be pretty straightforward. At first.
Software Shows the Way as Companies Attempt to Navigate ACA Compliance
September 21, 2015
With nearly 11,000 pages of rules and regulations — and 47 significant changes since its inception — the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the most complex, compliance-related burdens businesses ever will face. Add the risk of millions of dollars in fines for noncompliance and it appears that this federal legislation has created more anxiety and confusion than someone trying to navigate through a large metropolitan city with an outdated paper map.
Obama’s Executive Order Guarantees Paid Sick Leave to Federal Contractors
September 11, 2015
While many around the country enjoyed a fun-filled, three-day weekend, not everyone had Labor Day off. On the day we celebrated America’s 120 million-plus workers, President Barack Obama signed an executive order making paid sick leave mandatory for employees of federal contractors.
5 Most Common Wage Violations in Hospitality
August 28, 2015
Managing compliance is a big job for HR in any industry. In hospitality, it can be especially challenging. Minimum wage, tax and tip credit requirements vary, depending on the state in which you’re located. Even employees working in the same location are paid differently and are subject to different laws based on the duties they perform. Tipped employees’ pay rates can change from week to week, depending on how busy business is…or isn’t.
3 Steps to Strategic HR Revealed
August 19, 2015
The secret is out: to be the strategic leader your business needs, follow these three best practices. Know your business in addition to the business of HR. To really know the business inside and out you must be able to answer questions like, How does our organization make money? What are our costs? What does […]
5 Secrets to Finding and Keeping Top Talent
August 6, 2015
Finding, retaining and engaging top talent is more important than ever before, as more than 2 million Americans voluntarily leave their jobs every month, and 74 percent of the workforce would consider finding a new job. Forward-thinking companies already invest their time and resources in identifying top talent, because they know that if they don’t, someone else will, and the cost of losing high performers can be anywhere from 1.5 times to more than triple their burdened salaries.
An Open Letter to HR
July 15, 2015
Juggling benefits, payroll, hiring and onboarding is quite the act to pull off. These are laborious tasks that need to be tended to, but there are also other items and forums where HR must assist. Take, for instance, any time employees want to know how their sick time accrues or need their last two pay stubs for income verification.
Changes Coming to Definition of Exempt Employees
July 9, 2015
Millions of Americans could become eligible for overtime pay in the coming months.
Affordable Care Act Subsidies Upheld: What You Need to Know
June 26, 2015
Yesterday, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal subsidies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by ruling that the tax credits for health insurance are authorized in the 34 states that have a federal marketplace.
3 Reasons Why Companies Should Care About Employee Health
June 16, 2015
May has come and gone; unfortunately, so has the focus on health in the American workplace. According to the Integrated Benefits Institute, poor health costs the U.S. economy $576 billion a year, which is just one reason why it is important to continue health discussions.
Supreme Court Ruling: Employer Motives Matter in Hiring… or Not Hiring
June 3, 2015
Imagine interviewing for a job and leaving confident you made a good impression, only to be told you didn’t get the position. Their reasoning, they say, was violating the “Look Policy.” This unfortunate turn of events is all too real and something Samantha Elauf, a 17-year-old Muslim, experienced.
The Battle Back Home: 5 Tips for Hiring Military Veterans
May 22, 2015
Each year, an estimated 240,000 to 360,000 soldiers rejoin civilian life. For many, trying to find a job upon their return becomes another battle they face. To address this issue, Joining Forces, a nationwide effort to support service members, veterans and their families, was launched by the White House. Initiatives such as these have sparked coast-to-coast interest in veteran-specific recruiting efforts.
Save Your Employees: Unload on Information Overload
May 6, 2015
Between mobile devices and work computers, employees are rarely out of reach. A study by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers found that the average person checks their phone 150 times a day. That’s right, 150 times a day! This convenient proximity to technology can often make employees feel like they’re never getting anything accomplished, let along escape from work during their time off.
Get Your Gears Going, It’s Time to Stand Out
April 21, 2015
Have you ever not gotten a promotion and wondered what you could have done differently or what the person who received the promotion had that you didn’t? More than likely, they stood out among the crowd because they exceeded expectations on a daily basis and always gave a little extra. If you continually show commitment to go above and beyond your job description, the impact is significant.
3 Untold Secrets to Employee Engagement
April 2, 2015
For many years, employers’ main focus was largely customer satisfaction; however, the day has arrived where employee satisfaction is now equally important. By increasing visibility and transparency, social media has turned company cultures inside-out. Corporate decisions, once kept in the dark, are being disclosed and heretofore—unknown issues, like disengagement, have found the light.
Collecting Time Data: Who Has the Time?
March 19, 2015
Businesses find that labor is one of the expenses taking a big bite out of their budgets every year. They strive to find a balance between labor and workload for optimal performance and cost effectiveness, but leave themselves vulnerable to serious risk without the proper tools and processes in place. Although a large cost, labor can be controlled with a few best practices.
Ready or Not, FMLA Standards are Changing
March 13, 2015
In late February, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to revise specific conditions in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new rule modifies the definition of a “spouse,” extending federal job-protected leave benefits to eligible workers in legal, same-sex marriages.
Innovation: It’s Not Too Late to Get It Right
March 4, 2015
I find myself having a love-hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. Was I not good enough in 2014? Then I remember, each year is a blank, 365-page book, and we have the opportunity to rewrite our own story. It is a chance to restart and redefine who we are as people, as leaders and as businesses. A wise man once said, “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth, then I ask myself the same question.”
Ready or Not, IRS Finalizes ACA Forms
February 18, 2015
The time has arrived for employers impacted by the eligibility reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as the IRS officially released the 2014 versions of the final forms and instructions on Feb. 8. Posted were the following forms, which fulfill the reporting requirements under ACA sections 6055 and 6056:
Illinois Sets Precedence with IRA Payroll Deduction Law
February 11, 2015
Recently, Illinois became the first state to break ground on what could be the next big trend affecting organizations and their employees preparing for retirement. Signed into law on Jan. 4, the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act requires companies to automatically enroll their employees in – or give them access to –personal Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) funded through payroll deductions.
True Confessions: The Biggest Mistake Organizations Make in Employee Surveys
February 6, 2015
Your company issued an engagement survey. Employees were enthusiastic about participating, and did. The results are in. Now what do you do?
Get 7-Times Greater Results with These 5 Leadership Traits
January 29, 2015
With each passing day, technology advances, allowing us to not only do more, but do so faster and easier. To keep up with that quickened pace, businesses must tap into their most visionary people, which is why developing leaders of your workforce is so crucial.
2 Reasons Companies Resist Internships … and 2 Reasons Why They Shouldn’t
January 22, 2015
As spring inches closer and closer, HR teams can expect another round of resumes submitted for internships. Along with the flood comes the debate of whether you should be hiring interns at all.
IRS Issues Notice 2015-2 Guidance on Transit Benefits
January 16, 2015
Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2015-2, containing new guidelines to assist employers in making retroactive adjustments for 2014’s employer-provided excludable transit benefits.
5 New Year’s Resolutions for HR Departments
January 9, 2015
Many New Year’s resolutions circling the office are the same as last year’s, but several resolutions exist that HR professionals can employ to have significant impacts on your organization.
How to Handle 2015’s Extra Pay Period
December 31, 2014
Every four years, businesses must account for the phenomenon of an extra pay period. As such, weekly payroll inflates from 52 to 53 check dates, while biweekly payroll increases from 26 to 27.
Earned Income Tax Credit Notification a Must
December 23, 2014
Heads up: The IRS is requiring employers to notify their employees of the Earned Income Credit (EIC) for 2014.
PAYving the Road to Excellence
December 16, 2014
Even though it’s our busiest time of the year, we’re never too busy to pass on some exciting news and thank our employees, yet again, for helping shine the spotlight on Paycom. Paycom’s employees shared their experiences and opinions helping Paycom earn two very prestigious workplace honors. This year Paycom took the number two spot on The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces and landed on Glassdoor’s Top 50 Best Places to Work in 2014.
Sing Carols Not Ballads this Black Friday
November 26, 2014
What many know as Black Friday now starts as early as Thanksgiving Day; a Thursday. For businesses planning to open their doors as early as 5 p.m. Thursday, beware of potential employee morale issues. Your employees are giving up their time with family and friends, not to mention the copious amount of food consumed just hours prior to the doors opening, so there may be a bit of lag. The question arises, how can you prepare your staff for the rush, influence good customer service and improve overall employee well-being, while also boosting team morale?
10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Job
November 13, 2014
This November, ’tis the season to be thankful. Family and friends immediately come to mind, but have you ever stopped to consider what you’re thankful for at work? In our lifetimes, we will have spent roughly 99,117 hours at work. Surely if we’re going to be investing this amount of time, there’s got to be something we’re thankful for, right? This Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to consider how good we have it.
More than 50 Percent of Employees Confused About Open Enrollment
November 4, 2014
Open enrollment can strike fear in the hearts and minds of many. Because let’s face it: Benefits can be confusing. According to the 2014 AFLAC Workforces Report, 73 percent of employees think health care reform is too complicated to understand. For HR professionals, this statistic is a huge concern. Perhaps the reason for this confusion is a gap in communication between HR and employees. How did this happen? How can HR keep employees engaged? The solution is quite simple: Educate, educate, educate.
Step Two: Cut Off Supplies to the Undead
October 28, 2014
How will you survive the zombie apocalypse that is open enrollment? We all know that the undead don’t need braces, but could breaks in how you administer your benefits leave zombies on your company’s paid benefits? Research shows that the complexity of open enrollment is the top concern for employers and employees. Such intricacy can cause errors, additional costs, long processing time and an overall drain on your HR department. Don’t fall victim to this terrifying task; prepare yourself and your employees for survival.
Innovation: 3 Ways Businesses Can Shoot for the Moon
October 23, 2014
Innovation; without it we’d still be staring up at the moon wondering what it’s like up there? Innovation is transformative, it turns ideas into possibilities. Take Walt Disney for example, through innovative thinking he was able to turn a blank canvas of land into what many would recall today as a magical escape. Innovation doesn’t have to be groundbreaking, although it’s always exciting when it is. To keep it simple, innovation in your organization can mean building upon products, implementing new campaign ideas and the list goes on and on. Embracing innovation could potentially advance your organization to new heights.
Top 10 Office Annoyances
October 1, 2014
As with anywhere you’re bound to spend the majority of your time, there are going to be irritations and annoyances that just really drive you “up the cubicle wall.” Here are just a few you may be able to relate to.
5 Ways Businesses Can Engage Employees … and Keep Them!
September 16, 2014
Every successful company knows the key to employee retention is engagement, yet according to a study by Dale Carnegie & Associates, 71 percent of all employees are not fully engaged. That means nearly three-quarters of the workforce are not performing to their best ability, which negatively affects revenue and morale.
What You Didn’t Know About Getting Paid
September 9, 2014
When you applied for your job, you agreed to make a certain amount, but that’s probably not the same amount you see on your paycheck. So, where does it all go? There is a lot of behind the scenes work that happens before you get your check. There are certain deductions and taxes that have to be withheld. Thank goodness someone knows what they’re doing, right? Next time you see your payroll specialist, thank them.
One Size Does Not Fit All
August 21, 2014
Hiring for fit may be stunting your company’s growth. Sure your company culture may be the bee’s knees now, but if you continue to scale, two years into the future your culture might not be recognizable. With that said, not everyone has a culture they can rave to their friends and family about and the fact that you do is something to write home about. However, in order to be a sustainable company organizations have to be willing to transform, balancing profit-centered business practices with people-centered business models.
Rethink the Shark: Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back
August 12, 2014
Despite their bad rap, sharks aren’t quite the bloodthirsty animals Hollywood has made them out to be. While Jaws may have been the box-office champ of its time, reality paints a different picture of these toothy sea creatures. Thanks to that 1975 film, its sequels, its rip-offs and other pieces of pop culture across several media – including Discovery’s ever-popular, annual Shark Week – we fear sharks.
A New Era for Manufacturing
July 31, 2014
As baby boomers reach retirement and generations X and Y tweet their way into the workforce, manufacturers face a shortage of skilled workers. No surprise there. Now, if only a small consensus of manufacturers were affected, a simple fix would get the job done: a little less social media and a lot more elbow grease. Unfortunately, the problem is more than hashtag-deep. (#FirstWorldProblems)
Home Healthcare: An Industry on the Rise
July 23, 2014
If you are considering owning your own business or franchise, then listen closely. Today, the oldest baby boomers are well into their 60’s and according to “The History Channel” about one in five Americans will be older than 65 by 2030. Today there are about 78 million American baby boomers and as the oldest of them hits retirement age many will have additional medical needs. People age 65 and older make up 12 percent of the population but they account for 38 percent of all Emergency Medical Service (EMS) trips and 90 percent of nursing home use. Here’s another staggering statistic; 60 percent of baby boomers have been diagnosed with at least one chronic medical condition.
Fool Proof Your 401k Plan Today
July 10, 2014
The harsh reality is you may pay more in fees than what is in your retirement! This is the unfortunate reality many are facing, as the Department of Labor estimates 77 percent of 401k plans are out of compliance. To be deemed “qualified,” a 401k plan must satisfy the requirements listed under the Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a). If a plan fails to meet these requirements, then the plan is deemed “disqualified” and favorable tax benefits may be lost.
ACA and Entrepreneurial Independence
July 3, 2014
On the eve of Independence Day, I want to take a moment to look at a unique comparison between our country’s founding fathers and the people who have helped create jobs for you and me: the American entrepreneur. Although separated by time, the two have something in common in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The federal government’s controversial legislation has our founding principles and entrepreneurial spirit on the proverbial pins and needles.
Company Engagement in Bulk
June 27, 2014
Sustainable engagement is an ongoing process. You may be thinking, “Well, of course it is, so what’s your point?” Although the concept may seem obvious, it is something with which businesses constantly struggle. Engagement is a continuous process, not a one-and-done kind of initiative – a valuable lesson learned from shopping at warehouse retail stores.
Advance HR Functions with Document Management
June 19, 2014
Even in our digital age, paper remains a vital commodity for doing businesses. As an International Data Corporation study reported, “U.S.-based companies spend $25 billion to $35 billion processing (filing, storing and retrieving) paper.” Management of these documents pushes that figure up to $100 billion annually. As utilization of business data expands, companies are experimenting with alternate solutions to managing paper files.
3 common Misconceptions of Performance Reviews
June 10, 2014
Some say performance reviews are a thing of the past; a waste of time for everyone involved. If you’re part of these naysayers then most likely you haven’t been part of a culture that embraces the year-round significance of performance reviews. Performance reviews are essential to workplace management yet often times they hold lower weight amidst a sea of projects, to-do lists, meetings and more. Supervisors tend to look at performance reviews through jaded lenses, but what they may be overlooking is the fact that effective performance management leads to improved productivity.
Leaving a Legacy: How HR Can Retain Those Looking to Retire
May 28, 2014
It’s always tough to lose a good employee especially when it’s a member of your executive leadership team. However, over the next five years losing top talent will become nearly impossible to avoid as 20 percent or more of senior leaders will be eligible for retirement. So how do businesses move forward and what can be done to hang on to these valuable employees, even if it’s only for a little while longer?
What Employees Want (Hint: It’s Not Just Money)
May 16, 2014
Do you know what your employees really want from your organization? You should, and it pays to find out. A 2013 Gallup study shows that companies in the top quartile for employee engagement outperform their bottom 25% competitors with: 147% higher earnings per share (no, that’s not a typo), 22% higher profitability, 21% higher productivity and 41% fewer quality defects.
Mastering the Art of Résumé Writing: Take Control of Your Future
May 6, 2014
With stiff competition at every corner, finding a job is a daunting process. To increase your chances of being selected, you should understand the hiring funnel.
Are You A-OK with BYOD?
April 24, 2014
In growing numbers, businesses are experimenting with the concept of allowing their employees to use their own mobile devices (laptops, cellphones and tablets) at work, for work. Since 2007, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) craze has seen an increase in popularity because it reduces employer costs while increasing productivity by giving employees added flexibility, both personally and professionally.
Improving Day One Productivity with a Seamless On-boarding Process
April 18, 2014
One in four new hires leave before their second year on the job. While it’s easy to point the finger at the employee for not adapting to their new environment, the blame is easily a shared responsibility with the employer. Inexperience, lack of preparedness and a poor on-boarding system are all contributing factors to a new hire’s struggles.
Individualism vs. Collectivism: No Man Left Behind
April 9, 2014
Whether in a business or educational environment, our culture is dazzled by the idea of collaboration as a means for creativity. Managers are so insistent on finding “the right fit” for the team that a whole group of people are forgotten: the individualists. With collaboration becoming the new way of thinking, those with introverted personalities are left on the outside looking in.
Are You Settling for “Good Enough?”
March 26, 2014
Great leaders don’t become great overnight, rather, there is a constant need to improve. Although luck may play a part, it certainly isn’t the sole reason your top performers are moving into senior management positions. What sets them apart? Desire. Great leaders know that “getting comfortable” is unacceptable. They’re always looking for ways to improve, to learn and to excel, no matter what their job.
Big News for Employers: Obama Proposes Expansion of Overtime
March 14, 2014
The prospect of boosting wages can ruffle the feathers of businesses that believe such a hike would force them to cut jobs. Their theory may be put to the test, as President Barack Obama has issued a proposal to the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the eligibility requirements for overtime workers. This expansion would raise the minimum salary an employee must receive in order to qualify for overtime pay by more than double what it is today.
Court Ruling Could Change Payroll Tax Requirements for Religious Institutions
March 10, 2014
As religious congregations attend worship services, the unique payroll tax and HR requirements for clergy and staff may be the furthest thing from their minds. However, away from the pulpit, church leaders wrestle with issues such as whether clergy are self-employed or part of the payroll, how to accurately calculate estimated quarterly taxes and even if the definition of “clergy” is met as it relates to tax reporting.
Pre-employment Testing: Good or Bad?
February 28, 2014
There is a lot of chatter about pre-employment testing, leaving many organizations asking themselves if there is a benefit to implementing them during the interview process. Should I invest in them? Do you find yourself at this juncture? Well I’m here to debunk any misleading information about them and discuss why, in fact, pre-employment testing can greatly benefit your company.
Preventative Care: Keeping Up with the HR Pulse in a Rapidly Changing Medical Industry
February 17, 2014
The past few years have seen sweeping changes for the medical industry as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which put in place comprehensive insurance and medical reforms. Now, as the insurance mandates go into effect, bringing millions of newly insured people into the marketplace, hospitals and clinics are faced with how to meet the need for additional staff while transitioning to a revised model of care.
Get Schooled in Social Recruiting Strategies
February 13, 2014
Every day when I pick my kids up from school, I ask the age-old mom question: “What did you learn today?” Of course, they roll their eyes, but it doesn’t matter. The best way to make sure that you retain interesting and valuable information is to talk it over with someone. That’s the theory behind so many industry conferences.The theory is the same post-conference: I always try to find the high note and the Social Recruiting Strategy Conference had many. Ready to get schooled in recruiting?
Where are all the Doctors?
February 7, 2014
ObamaCare will boost health coverage to the more than 48 million Americans currently without, opening the floodgates to medical facilities. With a shortage of doctors, where will all these people go? And so the problem ensues.
Building Champions in the Workplace
January 31, 2014
Being the best in a NFL is a tough feat, because a lot of “greats” exist in the league. Players work their entire careers trying to be faster, stronger and better-equipped than their competition. When entire teams play with the same inherent motivation, winners are made and championships are secured.
W-2 Distribution: When Should I File?
January 22, 2014
The beginning of the New Year is a time for celebration, commemorating last year’s accomplishments and pledging new goals for the New Year. However, don’t get caught up in the excitement and forget to submit your W-2’s. Although a letdown for many, W-2 form distribution is required. That is unless you want to run the risk of accruing fines and penalties, which can really lead to a rough start to the New Year.
FICA Tip Credit: Serving Up Savings
January 13, 2014
Owning a restaurant seems like a glamorous idea, or at least it did to me, but there’s more to running a restaurant than cooking good food and mingling with customers. In order to be a successful restaurateur you have to have a good grasp on the fundamentals on running your establishment. You have to meet customer demands, maintain inventory as well as staff and manage expenses.
The Historical Recurrence of the WOTC Hiatus
January 2, 2014
Times are changing, especially in the case of one of America’s staple tax credits, known as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Since its inception in 1983 under a variety of different titles and officially pegged as WOTC in 1996, the federal tax credit has been modified and extended numerous times, including going on hiatus. Its last break was from Jan. 2, 2012, to Jan. 2, 2013, but it has expired yet again as we start 2014.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas … Vacation: Planning Corporate Holiday Schedules
December 23, 2013
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … and one of the busiest times for employee schedules. The Christmas season quickly can turn blue for both employees and companies when holiday vacations and paid time off (PTO) aren’t handled well. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to provide paid federal holidays for employees — in fact, it doesn’t even bar companies from asking (or forcing) employees to work Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.
Is Your Nonprofit Organization at Risk for Exposure?
November 19, 2013
What would a five percent decrease in funds mean for your nonprofit? For many it means the difference between opening and closing your doors. Many nonprofit organizations have several locations nationwide, and within each of these locations work any number of employees. Employees within nonprofits not only distribute money that is brought into the organization, but also oversee a variety of other funds.
Restaurants Treat Customers with Promotions
October 30, 2013
Are you a restaurant owner taking advantage of the holidays with a creative, marketing strategy? Halloween is the kick-off for such a time, bringing out the most creative promotions within the industry. For example, Sonic Drive-In locations promise “A Scary Good Deal”: 50-cent corn dogs for the entire day of Oct. 31. Currently, their boards […]
Internships 101: Studying Up for the FLSA Test
October 7, 2013
In the past, internships have been equated to apprenticeships: the student learns from the master in a real-world industry environment. In this traditional view, the interns are beholden to the company for the work experience, knowledge and contacts they’ve received.
Wait a Second: Do I or Do I Not Have to Comply?
September 27, 2013
As if the Affordable Care Act couldn’t get any more confusing, the Department of Labor (DOL) has released an FAQ with inconsistent messaging pertaining to the Oct. 1 Notice of Marketplace requirement for employers. Dated Sept. 11, the FAQ implies that if employers do not wish to distribute the notices, they will not be penalized. One would think the same language would be updated accordingly in the DOL’s technical release, right? Wrong!
Nonprofits – Don’t Fall Victim to Social Recruiting Crimes
August 30, 2013
Attracting skilled talent is key in order for any organization to succeed, yet across all industries exists a massive talent shortage. A majority of nonprofit organizations have limited budgets and do not have the finances for recruiting ads and agencies. Enter social media. Implementing social media into the recruiting strategy is a great fit, but being strategic and avoiding legal pitfalls is vital.
Affordable Care Act Webinar Back by Popular Demand
August 13, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains a hot topic for businesses nationwide as new resources, mandates and delays are continually announced. Business leaders and HR executives are discovering that even if they provide health care to their employees they will be required to prove their healthcare is both affordable and adequate in order to be ACA compliant.
Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Delayed to 2015
July 3, 2013
The Department of Treasury announced on July 2, that the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to provide affordable health insurance or pay penalties, will be delayed until Jan. 1, 2015. Full implementation of the ACA was scheduled for the beginning of 2014, but reporting concerns prompted the Obama Administration to suspend reporting for 2014.
Companies with Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Must Still Notify Employees of Exchanges
May 31, 2013
Many U.S. employers offer health insurance coverage to their employees and have been doing so long before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March of 2010. However, these employers may still be impacted by ACA regulations including the requirement to notify employees of health insurance exchanges regardless of the quality of their own employer-sponsored health plans.
Three Leadership Traits Sharp HR People Possess
April 8, 2013
Tips for the aspiring HR professional. By Jenny Stepp HR professionals have a lot on their plates these days, now more than ever. There are the usual day-to-day activities and a lot of fly by the seat of your pants duties that come up daily, if not hourly. What are the three key components that […]
Paycom Ushers in a New Era of Blogging
April 8, 2013
The debut of the Paycom Blog. By Kathy Oden-Hall When was the last time you did something for the first time? Today is that day for Paycom as we embark on a new adventure with the launch of our Human Capital Management Blog. With this blog, we are ushering in a new era of thought […]
How to Train your Workforce Using 1 Item in Your Pocket
October 19, 2016
Everyone needs training, whether it’s basic, new-hire, how-to-get-started training or professional development. Training employees provides your company with a competitive edge in business for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that you end up with knowledgeable, capable employees who are as invested in the company as you are with them. And […]
Be on Guard: IRS Warns of New Scam Related to the ACA
October 7, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that it has received many complaints, nationwide, of scammers sending fake CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Criminals are sending taxpayers an email with an attached CP2000 notice, demanding payment for unpaid taxes related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The IRS has often stated that it does not […]
Timekeeping Solutions Every Employer Needs to Know About
September 27, 2016
Over the past few decades, technology has changed the way businesses work. This development is vividly evident in the progression of timekeeping systems. From the pen-and-paper approach to hardware terminals to web-based time clocks, timekeeping systems are evolving with the times. Timekeeping technology is a powerful resource for employers and only those offering the right […]
Is it Legal to Request Compensation History during Job Interviews?
September 20, 2016
On a national scale, women working full-time earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. To seal the gender wage gap, states – such as California, New York and Maryland – have enacted aggressive equal pay laws. But, the boldest move comes from Massachusetts, which recently became the first state to ban employers from […]
5 Strategy-Building Tips to Help You Attract Top Talent
August 16, 2016
The terms “recruiting” and “talent acquisition” are often used interchangeably, but there’s a fundamental difference between them. Although recruiting is a part of talent acquisition, it takes a more reactive approach to filling positions – that is, the focus is on filling current openings. Talent acquisition is more concerned with identifying future organizational needs and […]
EEO Reporting: The Basics and Tools for Compliance
July 21, 2016
As an organization grows, so does its responsibilities. Case in Point: Employers with 100 or more employees are mandated by federal law to file an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) report
Get Lost! : Using Self-Service Technology to Strengthen PTO Processes
July 5, 2016
Despite the seductive lure of paid time off, studies show that 55 percent of Americans did not use their earned vacation days in 2015.
Autonomy in Workplace Learning: Invest in Your Employees, Invest in Your Business
June 24, 2016
The one-size-fits-all approach to learning isn’t perfect. Attendees sit in large, group settings, taking in the same information.
Pathways to Building a Successful HR Technology Strategy
June 9, 2016
It’s no secret that organizations are increasingly buying and implementing new HR technology to improve their human resource processes.
Why Top Millennial Talent Won’t Commit to Banking as a Career (and How to Fix It)
May 25, 2016
For decades, MBAs and banks were the perfect match. But now, a generational workforce shift has left banks stumped on how to engage millennial talent, who feel like the thrill is gone.
How to Solve the Biggest Problems Surrounding Performance Reviews
May 16, 2016
In a study of company processes influencing employee motivation, performance reviews received a total motivation score of 41 points, based on a scale from -100 to 100.
Is There a Disturbance in Your Workforce? May the 4th Be With You
May 4, 2016
A short time ago in an employee suggestion box not far, far away, this note from a disengaged staffer was found.
Billions of Dollars Up for Grabs in Federal Tax Credits
April 18, 2016
Good news! Tax Day was extended to April 18 this year. But that’s not all there is to smile about. Billions of dollars are available in federal tax credits for businesses like yours, and you’re about to find out how easy it can be to take advantage of them. Most businesses are not even aware of one of the biggest tax incentive programs out there: the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
Choosing the Right HCM Software Provider Is Essential to ACA Compliance
April 6, 2016
The complex nature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is well documented, and for good reason. The criteria for applicable large employers (ALEs) contain a sea of intricacies, which are tough
This Easter, Put ALL Your Eggs in ONE Basket
March 23, 2016
Go ahead, do it: Put all your eggs in one basket.
U.S. Department of Labor Moves to Finalize Overtime Expansion
March 15, 2016
On March 14, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor submitted its overtime rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Once finalized, the rule is expected to expand
3 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement: Equip, Educate, Empower
February 22, 2016
For some employers, having happy employees would be nice, but it isn’t a priority.
How to Shape the Culture You Want Using HR Software
February 10, 2016
Culture is inevitable. It happens whether you determine its shape or not. It makes sense then to take control over your company’s culture in order to make it the best that it can be.
Yet Another Case Challenging ACA Rejected by Court
January 21, 2016
The latest challenge against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been rejected after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case questioning the source of the law’s origins.
3 Things Employers Should Know About Wage Garnishments
January 11, 2016
Millions of Americans’ wages are garnished every year, meaning most employers have processed at least one wage garnishment.
ACA’s Employer Reporting Requirements Extended
December 29, 2015
If there is one thing that is synonymous with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is change.
9 Tips for a Merry Office Holiday Party
December 10, 2015
Office holiday parties are popular; more than 70 percent of companies plan to throw one this year.
5 Reasons Employee Training Is Worth It
November 20, 2015
Poor performance results from people who do not know what they’re supposed to do, how they should do it and why they are doing it.
5 Things Executives of Learning Organizations Know
November 11, 2015
The concept of the learning organization has flourished since Peter M. Senge’s The Fifth Discipline hit the business world in 1990.
Thousands May Lose Health Insurance Subsidies
October 27, 2015
Did you qualify for health insurance subsidies in 2014? And did you account for them on your tax return? If not, you may be at risk of losing health insurance subsidies come January.
How to Prepare for Talent in the 22nd Century
October 19, 2015
Decades ago, it was easy to assume that a company’s talent needs wouldn’t change from year to year. Today, that’s no longer the case, with a growing number of companies reinventing themselves to leverage digital technologies to compete for the best talent. Even those that haven’t transformed are taking steps to review their processes of talent acquisition.
You Don’t Have to Be a ‘Best Company to Work For’ to Be a Best Company
October 12, 2015
There’s constant buzz in the HR community about being named a “best company to work for.” But HR executives should be careful in assuming that meeting those awards’ criteria is all it takes to be a “best company.”
California Governor Signs Bill to Close the Wage Gap
October 7, 2015
Yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act. “The inequities that have plagued our state and have burdened women forever are slowly being resolved with this kind of bill,” Brown said.
3 Ways to Retain Great Restaurant Employees
September 25, 2015
Earlier this year, Starbucks announced it will offer tuition reimbursement to employees. In a headline-grabbing, 4,000-employee hiring binge, Chipotle showed candidates a career path where entry-level employees eventually could find themselves working in the corporate office. And in related news, restaurants in Seattle, San Francisco and St. Paul, Minn., are competing for top-chef talent with wage wars.
Reaching Champion Status: 3 Leadership Lessons from Coach Urban Meyer
September 11, 2015
At the collegiate level, there are a lot of really good players, but every once in a while, a coach snags a great one. In the case of Urban Meyer, the Ohio State head football coach, he found himself in a unique situation with two strong, experienced leaders going head-to-head for the top quarterback spot.
5 Essential Tools to Expand Your Influence
September 2, 2015
At the beginning of the year, Stacey Pezold, Paycom’s COO, encouraged us all to innovate. In addition to having an idea, she said that, in order to innovate, you have to: get your mind in the right place, which is intent, and ensure your heart is ready and open for change, which is inspiration.
Leaders: Walk the Walk to Talk the Talk
August 27, 2015
Google “leadership” and you will find a whopping 464 million results. Videos, blogs, articles, research studies and trainings are all at your disposal, ready to help you become a better leader. However, the best advice I ever received was from my college professor. She said, “If you want people to follow you, you first have to gain their trust and respect.”
3 Ways in Which Millennials Are Shaping a New Working World
August 14, 2015
Whether HR professionals and executives realize it or not, the workplace is changing. Baby Boomers are slowly beginning their exit from the workforce and millennials are filling the vacancies. In fact, research from the Pew Research Center indicates that millennials are now the largest age group in the U.S. labor force.
3 Reasons HR Software is Underutilized
July 30, 2015
Have you ever bought anything from a store’s “as seen on TV” section? I’m guilty of it and the proud owner of my own personal Snuggie – an ingenious idea. Odds are, many of the impulse items you purchase end up on top of a bookshelf where it serves as a dust collector. Perhaps the same is true of your HRIS software, but unlike The Shake Weight, your HR software serves a more profound purpose.
5 Scenarios Caused by the Overtime Pay Requirements of FLSA
July 14, 2015
Under the Free Labor Standards Act (FLSA), many salaried employees with managerial jobs who receive more than $450 a week aren’t entitled to overtime pay, but that would change under a new proposal by the Obama administration. Workers classified as manager or professional who earn up to $970 a week would have to be paid overtime, per the plan devised by the Department of Labor (DOL).
Jawbs: Sharks’ Similarities to Job Titles
July 7, 2015
Just like you and me, sharks have their own set of personality traits, and these attributes have set both species apart as apex predators. In honor of one of the greatest weeks featuring our misconstrued finned friends from the sea, TV’s Shark Week, we are discussing the parallels shared between sharks and the job titles that make up corporate America.
When Good Intentions Go Bad: 5 Lessons from Jurassic World
June 24, 2015
The greatest flaw in intent is how often good intentions go bad. It doesn’t matter if you “didn’t mean to” offend someone; regardless, they’re upset and you have to figure out how to move on.
Where the Filed Things Are
June 10, 2015
According to a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC), "U.S.-based companies spend $25 billion to $35 billion processing (filing, storing and retrieving) paper. Management of documents over their life cycle pushes that figure up to $100 billion per year." It is no longer a matter of "if - rather, what businesses should consider before buying a document management system (DMS).
3 Ways to Build Your Own Leadership Position
June 1, 2015
Today’s workforce is saturated with commentary of how to be a good leader, but nobody gives you a road map showcasing what it takes to become that leader. With a 2014 Bersin by Deloitte survey revealing that leadership is the highest-priority issue businesses face, it’s important to know what it takes to become the leader you want to be.
Innovation: Living Deliberately with Intention
May 18, 2015
All great innovations begin with someone intending to be different, be better and be successful. If you don’t have intent, you can’t innovate.
3 Ways Businesses Shape HR
April 24, 2015
The role of HR professionals is almost unrecognizable compared to that of yesteryear. Once a transactional operation, HR now has become a business of highly skilled consultants. The rapid evolution of cloud technology gives HR more time to be strategic advisers versus their historical HR (e.g. hiring, benefits enrollment and payroll). Now faced with new […]
3 Easy Steps to Drive Organizational Efficiencies
April 16, 2015
With today’s technologies, workplace e-Learning tools and web-based learning management systems (LMS) have made it easier than ever for organizations to develop and deliver employee training.
Illinois Acts to Halt Wage Theft
April 1, 2015
What if we lived in a world in which organizations were held accountable for wages owed to their employees? Look no further than Cook County, Ill., whose board of commissioners recently approved a wage theft ordinance. The new ordinance was passed on behalf of low-income employees who increasingly have been plagued by businesses taking advantage of their hard work and abusing labor requirements.
Redefine Employee Engagement Today for a Prosperous Tomorrow
March 18, 2015
Whether it’s improving employee engagement, increasing growth opportunities, achieving greater efficiencies or expanding skill sets, organizations across the country have similar goals. That means they also face many of the same challenges. With the correct learning management system (LMS), organizations can better meet these demands, while also creating a more nimble and productive workforce.
Work as We Know It: Redefined
March 11, 2015
Everything you used to know about work? Throw it out. Human resources (HR) departments today must operate in a whole new working world – a world that requires dramatic change and innovative thinking. It challenges existing practices – how leaders are developed, how teams are engaged and how work is designed. It’s all different.
Company Wellness Programs: Bank or Bust?
February 26, 2015
When it comes to company wellness programs, 88 percent of employees feel their employer has no significant impact on their overall well-being. “But wait,” an employer might say, “we have a company gym to promote wellness, right?” Unfortunately, the Field of Dreams line of “If you build it, they will come” doesn’t apply here. Well-being includes elements other than the physical kind.
4 Significant Steps to Make the Most of Your Mentorship Program
February 18, 2015
You've made up your mind to start a mentorship program at work, the research is clear and the boss approves … now what?
4 Talent Management Pitfalls and 4 Easy Ways to Debunk Them
February 10, 2015
Every job candidate hopes to hear these words from prospective employers: “Opportunity is bountiful here.” If your organization makes such a claim, but cannot live up to it, you’ll find yourself stuck in a revolving door of turnover.
Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell: 10 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Employees
February 5, 2015
Some employers believe they know everything about the company, but we believe your employees would disagree. And it’s not entirely your fault. As businesses scale from small start-ups to large enterprises, the lines of communication between management and the rest of the workforce begin to blur, making it all the more challenging to remain in tune with all parts of your organization.
Strategy Is the New Black: How HR Can Become Even More Invaluable to the CEO
January 26, 2015
Human resources managers will take on a much more prominent role in the near future, acting as a business adviser and strategic partner. The days of entering new-hire data into multiple systems is long gone, as centralized human capital management technology has freed HR personnel from the daunting administrative processes, allowing them the time to be more strategic.
The Power of One: Why the Best Solution to HR Needs Is a Single Digit
January 20, 2015
With today’s cable television options numbering into the hundreds, Bruce Springsteen’s 1992 dismissal of the medium as “57 Channels (and Nothin’ On)” looks positively quaint. Clearly, hungry viewers reaching for the remote control are bound to find something that appeals directly to them, if not several somethings.
PTO TBD: Healthy Families Act Would Make Workplaces ‘Keep Pace’
January 15, 2015
According to a LinkedIn announcement made last Wednesday, President Barack Obama will call upon Congress today to pass the Healthy Families Act. This bill would require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave per year.
New Year, but Not for ACA’s Non-Calendar-Year Plans
January 8, 2015
Here we are, kicking off 2015 – the official beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. However, some employers have plan years that don’t begin on Jan. 1 and will not take part in the fun just yet.
WOTC Extended through 2014
December 30, 2014
President Obama has signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which extends the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) until the end of December. Employers have diligently processed their employees for WOTC not knowing if the potential credit would be renewed, but with the recent extension they can be assured their efforts to utilize WOTC and other tax credits were not wasted; however, we are quickly approaching a deadline that is now just days away.
A Holiday Miracle
December 23, 2014
‘Twas the night before the Holidays when all through HR, not a creature was stirring, except for Randi Tokar. The papers were stacked on his desk with care, overwhelmed, he looked at them with a blank stare.
ACA Loopholes Closing by a ‘Skinny’ Margin
December 15, 2014
Employers already are well aware that the health care landscape is changing – and changing drastically. But now employers who thought they were complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are being told otherwise, as the Obama administration works to close loopholes – and fast.
Deck the Halls with Top Performers
November 21, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close, now is the opportune time for employers to reflect on certain issues and trends while preparing for the New Year. One such point is the changing face of business as demographics reflect a more diverse workforce. Studies show that by 2025, millennials will make up 75 percent of the global workforce as they bring their own style and expectations to the table; meanwhile, baby boomers, with their own distinct values and expertise, are staying on the job longer.
Show Your Stripes: Hire Vets
November 11, 2014
Post-recession, the hiring outlook for U.S. veterans is beginning to take a turn for the better. Recently, more and more businesses are tipping their hats in honor of hiring veterans. In fact, in a recent survey of 2,440 hiring and human resources managers, CareerBuilder reports that one-third of employers are actively recruiting vets over the next year, up from 27 percent last year.
Step Four: Vaccinate Against Disengagement
October 30, 2014
Forget The Walking Dead. You should be worried about the Walking Disengaged.
Step One: Gather the Survivors
October 27, 2014
Imagine this: You walk into work and no one is there. No, it’s not Saturday; it’s the beginning of the HR Zombie Apocalypse and no one bothered to tell you! What do you do now? Go cry in the corner? Or start an awesome new team of people to get the job done? I’m going to go with the latter. According to Webrecruit, “Companies that have formal candidate relationship processes (such as through software), and track all their applicant communications, are 40 percent more likely to be ‘best in class.’” If a zombie apocalypse comes around, don’t be trapped with no way out; have a way to find the best individuals to help you and your company survive.
3 Spousal Benefits Gained by Same-Sex Couples in Supreme Court Ruling
October 13, 2014
Early October marked a turning point for same-sex couples, as The Supreme Court let lower court rulings stand that overturned bans on same-sex marriage in five states. This decision granted same-sex spouses equal state tax treatment for employer-provided benefits. The court declined to review decisions from three federal appeals courts, therefore legalizing same-sex marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
3 Ways to Increase Staff Morale at Your Restaurant
September 26, 2014
Anyone who has worked in the restaurant industry knows it is not always a picnic. I speak from experience! At the age of 14, I had to get a job and start paying all of my bills, minus room and board (thankfully, the bills were few because $5.25 an hour only goes so far). Surprisingly enough, running up and down a food line adding more lettuce and pickles was not as fun as it sounds. To succeed in such an industry takes many things, but one you simply cannot leave behind is enthusiasm.
Bring the League to Work Day?
September 15, 2014
If you’re like me then you are a Fantasy Football gamer. Your Sundays are consumed with NFL RedZone, checking your phone for score updates, watching the injury report and monitoring for the latest potential waiver wire pickups. But as you are probably also aware, Fantasy Football bleeds over into the workweek, creating a source of comradery between coworkers but ultimately costing employers big bucks.
Payroll Managers Make it Rain
August 29, 2014
Dear Payroll Manager, Thank you for making it rain every payday. No employee understands everything you do to make sure their paystub is accurate and on time. Pay rates, taxes, insurance, bonuses, garnishments, PTO, expenses and a whole lot more have to come together seamlessly every payday (or people come unglued). And more often than not you don't even get thanked when it all goes right. That's just not fair. We were going to write you a card for National Payroll Week, but we thought you could use a better payroll system instead.
It’s Five O’clock Somewhere
August 19, 2014
It’s five o’clock somewhere; can you access your payroll information? For instance, can you easily pull past pay stubs, enroll in benefits, request time off or submit your time sheet right from your phone or laptop? If not, you’ll be delighted to know this is all possible with the proper technology.
Retail Managers: Tips to Fine-Tune Your Schedule
August 7, 2014
Retail managers are known for wearing numerous hats: overseeing the store’s books, ordering supplies, scheduling and, of course, managing employees. Putting together employee schedules is a task most time-consuming, yet is also the backbone of a store’s success. If not enough workers are scheduled, the manager could end up with dissatisfied or lost customers. On the other hand, if too many employees are scheduled, the shop risks losing money.
Become a Strategic Partner to the CFO: 5 Tips every HR Professional Should Know
July 29, 2014
When HR and financial executives are in sync then operations run more smoothly and there is opportunity to advance the bottom line. CFOs are concerned with cost and HR handles a companies’ biggest budget item… its people, so doesn’t it make sense that these two work hand-in-hand? Let’s face it; we’re all in this together. But how do you foster this type of relationship? Where do you begin?
How to Defeat the Summer Blues in the Workplace
July 22, 2014
Are your employees struggling to stay motivated? Are they longing to be outside, on the beach? Are they lacking in engagement and productivity because the only thing on their mind is the warm summer breeze? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, chances are your employees are experiencing the Summer Time Blues.
Power: Yours for the Taking
July 9, 2014
Power can be transformative and yet destructive depending on how it is handled. Take Adolf Hitler for example, he used power to control and abuse the lives of innocent human beings – not the type of power you want to see. Then there’s Abraham Lincoln who used his power to bring integrity, respect and honor back to the lives of many who were living as slaves - an honorable achievement.
Don’t Worry, Be Positive
July 2, 2014
A simple smile, an act of gratitude and supporting others all go a long way in the workplace. In fact, these attributes help to build an atmosphere of positivity. The human mind is the most powerful tool in the world; within this device lives an arena of positive and negative thoughts battling for control of your psyche. Each mindset is contagious, so which would you rather have ruling your office? My bet is on positivity, because with it, your team has more potential to accomplish its goals, develop resiliency and improve psychological prosperity.
4 Steps to Improving Your Long-Term Healthcare Facility
June 26, 2014
Senior citizens have seen substantial improvements in their health over the last several years, thanks to education, proper treatment of chronic conditions, healthy eating and increased physical activity. In 2010, 40 million Americans were age 65 and over, and by 2050, that number will more than double to an estimated 88 million. Along with this growth comes an increased need for long-term health care (LTH). According to USNews.com, at least 30 percent of those expected 88 million seniors will require LTH services to complete basic daily tasks such as bathing, walking and eating.
The Butterfly Effect: Everything You Do Matters
June 16, 2014
Do you know that everything you do matters? Every move you make and every action you take matters, not only to you but to everyone that’s part of your life and organization today, tomorrow and even after you’re gone. Think about it for a while. Say someone creates a new accounting process, eliminating two tedious steps, essentially streamlining how your business operates moving forward. Wow, what an impact that would have on any business. See one single action can have a resounding impact on your company for years to come; this is known as the Butterfly Effect.
3 Ways to Empower Oil and Gas Employees
June 6, 2014
Oil and gas production contributes 7.5 percent of gross domestic product and supports 9.2 million jobs nationally. With a booming industry that continues to rise, it is imperative for the executives to curtail tunnel vision on profits and realign its focus on another essential element of the business: the wants and needs of employees.
Passing the Baton: From Baby Boomers to Generation X
May 22, 2014
For years now, members of the Baby Boomer generation have been running operations at major corporate entities, but recent data suggests that the workforce is changing and so too is its leadership. According to a recent Gallup poll, 31 percent of today’s workforce is approaching or reaching 61 years of age – the average age of retirement – or 65 – the traditional retirement age. With impending retirement threatening the frontlines, businesses need to prepare for new leadership to take reign. Enter Generation X.
Preparing for Gen Z
May 16, 2014
A new generation will soon be entering the workforce, specifically referred to as, Gen Z (those born between 1995-2009) or the connected generation; whatever you call them. This group of digital wiz kids is a new breed of employee, never knowing life without high-speed internet, smartphones and unlimited access to media technologies. If you’re down and out trying to manage millennial workers, just wait until Gen Z starts knocking on your door.
ACA’s Non-Assessment Period and Transitional Relief
May 1, 2014
Released concurrently with Feb. 10’s changes to the employer mandate, the Affordable Care Act’s shared-responsibility regulations offer guidance to employers in two areas: non-assessment periods and transitional relief. The non-assessment portion allows for specific periods of time when employers will not be held accountable for fines levied for failure to offer qualifying health insurance to a full-time employee. Additionally, employers entering their first year as an applicable large employer (ALE) were given details on a transition rule, giving them a specific time frame to comply fully with ACA mandates without being penalized.
Be Smart: Go Green to Save Green
April 22, 2014
With Earth Day here once again, it’s a perfect time to remind businesses looking to cut costs that going green is a smart way to get more green in your revenue stream. Embracing the sustainability of people and technology in these five tips ultimately should improve your bottom lines. Going green is also a smart way to leverage award opportunities, recruit millennials and instill a reputation as a world partner.
College Grads: What Should You Look for in a Company?
April 15, 2014
As a recent graduate myself, I know all too well about the immediate fear that ensues the excitement of graduation day. It’s a day you’ve been preparing for your entire college career, but yet it hits you so unexpectedly. Mid-day naps and catching up with friends after class will soon be distant memories. Eight to five will most likely be many of yours’ new normal. While this may not seem ideal for some, each student has an impending responsibility to grow-up, graduate and get a job.
Capping Hours: Risk Outweighs Reward
April 7, 2014
Employee benefits have become a hot topic in the business realm, especially in regard to the federal government’s Affordable Care Act. Ultimately, it comes down to dollars and cents, and companies are finding that a more affordable route may exist beyond offering traditional health coverage. However, if you are thinking of finding a loophole through lowering employees’ hours, you might want to think twice.
ACA Reporting Requirements Become Clearer
March 20, 2014
While many portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been delayed, postponed or a mixture of the two, the IRS recently released two rules for employer reporting requirements.These rules are seen in Section 6055 and 6056 and will be reported via forms 1095-B and 1095-C, respectively. Both employers and insurers may voluntarily report for 2014, but reporting will not be required until 2015.
Is Your Business SaaS-Savvy?
March 13, 2014
Once a booming trend, Software as a Service (SaaS) today is a part of everyday business. What is it? Simply put, SaaS is a delivery model in which applications are hosted and managed in a provider’s data center. SaaS can be paid for on a subscription basis and accessed via an Internet browser. While it has been in existence for more than a decade, SaaS has gained momentum in recent years due in part to its unparalleled ability to lower costs and increase efficiencies in the workplace.
Corporate Health Insurance Trends You Need to Know
March 7, 2014
The ever-rising cost of corporate health care is expected to increase by 4.4 percent this year. Couple that rising pressure with hard-fought efforts to maintain compliance with the federal government’s Affordable Care Act, and some employers have chosen to waive benefits, placing more responsibility onto their employees, who pay more both in premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
Are You a 360 Degree Leader?
February 25, 2014
What does it mean to be a leader? And can anyone be a leader? These are questions I’ve been asked a lot in school, interviews and workshops but until now I didn’t really have a definite answer. Leadership is a complex trait and it’s far more than “guiding a group of people.”
Federal Contract Workers to See Minimum Wage Increase
February 14, 2014
President Barack Obama’s promise to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers became official when signed an executive order earlier this week. The increase from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour will become effective Jan. 1, 2015.
More Changes Announced for ACA’s Employer Mandate
February 11, 2014
Change is coming again for employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate as the Obama administration announced two major modifications on Feb. 10, including: further delaying portions of the mandate for certain employers, and adjusting the percentage of employees who must be covered by employers beginning in 2015.
How to Forecast Your HR Budget and Staffing in the Coming Year
February 6, 2014
No one said forecasting talent and your budget was easy. It’s extremely difficult to try to see into the future and anticipate what your organizational budget and staffing needs will be in the coming year. It is, however, a necessary evil of planning for the future of your human resources department. Not only is it imperative to plan for spending but also it gives you a sense of what your department’s priorities are, what challenges you may face and what your staffing needs will be. In order to do so successfully, there are several strategies you can utilize along the way.
President Obama Reveals Increase in Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers
January 29, 2014
If you are an employer with federal government contracts, prepare to pay your employees a higher minimum wage on new contracts soon. President Barack Obama announced in a Jan. 28 White House fact sheet that he intends to issue an executive order in coming weeks requiring employers to pay contract workers at least $10.10 an hour, so price your future bids accordingly and anticipate additional guidance to ensure compliance.
Making the Grade on Teacher Assessments
January 21, 2014
Reading, writing, arithmetic – and assessments? School administrators find themselves struggling with not just how they can ensure students are meeting their goals in the traditional “Three Rs,” but also how they can make time for states’ newly mandated classroom teacher evaluations. For many schools, this new evaluation model replaces ones that have been in place for decades.
Talent Management: Cultivating the Best of the Best
January 9, 2014
Cultivating top talent is at the top of any good recruiter’s list, but hiring is merely one piece of the puzzle. A successful recruitment process will transition candidates smoothly from hiring to developing and retaining. The process is continual and involves attracting talent, cultivating a solid company rapport, fostering positive employee engagement, and nurturing skills through consistent, ongoing training. Ultimately, it’s about building a strong and reliable workforce that can bring added value to your organization.
Tax Prep for 2014
December 31, 2013
For many people losing weight tops the lists of resolutions, but it isn’t the only solution to improving your well-being. Start the New Year right by shaving a few pounds off your work load rather than just your waist. With tax season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get all your […]
Steering Through ACA’s ‘Cadillac Tax’
December 17, 2013
Experts say that this trend is endangered by an excise tax, otherwise known informally as the “Cadillac tax,” mandated under the federal government’s Affordable Care Act.
Shooting for the Stars – Long Term Healthcare
November 13, 2013
Long-term health care facilities aim for the Five-Star Quality Rating created by the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Five stars indicate a facility has “much above average quality”; one star, far below. Is your organization capable of achieving the Five-Star goal, but falling slightly short? Or perhaps you and your staff have earned the rating, but find it difficult to maintain that level?
Is 30 the New 40?
October 24, 2013
In the scope of basic math, the difference between 30 and 40 isn’t much. The continuing battle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), however, is anything but basic. Currently at stake in the U.S. House of Representatives is the definition of a full-time employee. Whereas most federal labor laws equate a 40-hour workweek to full-time employment, the ACA definition lowers that to 30.
Employer Services on Hold with Government Shutdown
October 1, 2013
Congress was unable to come to a resolution causing the federal government to shut down as of Oct. 1. These actions not only impact federal employees and agencies, but its effects will ripple down to employers until an appropriations bill is passed. Below is a rundown of a variety of employment-related issues created due to the shutdown.
Love the One You’re With: Three Keys to Increasing Employee Loyalty
September 25, 2013
The success of your company depends on a variety of factors working in concert – a great service or product, efficient tools and protocols, strategic marketing. But perhaps most of all, the success of a company rides on the people who inhabit it. Your employees bring your business to life and when they’re at their best, you thrive. Employees who are prospering want their companies to prosper and they’ll work to make beautiful music on your behalf. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true; when employees feel underappreciated or overworked, your reputation, turnover rates, talent acquisition costs and market value can suffer.
What’s Next with the Affordable Care Act for the Retail and Restaurant Sectors?
August 19, 2013
The Affordable Care Act has left business owners scratching their heads on how they can manage a successful business while offering affordable coverage or paying substantial fines for non-compliance. Some industries are more vulnerable to health care reform than others, especially the retail and food services sector. The tumultuous task of monitoring employee’s hours, determining a standard measurement period, while also continuing to run a successful business remains a serious concern for those in industries that once relished its unique professional flexibility.
It is Not Easy to Land Among the Elite
August 9, 2013
As one of the fastest-growing companies in the country, Paycom continues to experience unprecedented growth and success. Part of the reason for Paycom’s success is because of its leadership’s ability to find and attract the best of the best. Need proof?
Part One: Finding Your Soul Mate in Human Capital Technology
June 28, 2013
According to a Bersin by Deloitte study, 61 percent of HR professionals surveyed plan to replace their HR software within the next 18 months. That is exciting news for the providers wanting your business. But with no online match sites for human capital technology vendors, how do you sort through the suitors courting your company?
New Changes to the I-9 Form Hiring Managers Must Know
May 3, 2013
After 10 years HR’s favorite new hire document, the I-9, recently had a facelift. The new form – available now by clicking here – was released by the Department of Homeland Security in March 2013 and employers are required to begin using the new form by May 7, 2013. While the form was upgraded, the same rules regarding the completion of the I-9 apply.
Filing Cabinets of the Twenty-First Century?
April 8, 2013
Are filing cabinets signature furniture pieces in your office? Are they overflowing with vital paperwork? Do they clutter and cause claustrophobia in the workplace? If this is the case for you, then it might be time to rethink the filing cabinet and look into cloud-based services to ensure that your employment records are secure.
3 Ways Your HR Team Can Master Compliance
October 18, 2016
Complex rules, weighty administrative responsibilities, zero margin for error: When it comes to complying with employment legislation, the burden for U.S. businesses — both large and small — is substantial. Small and medium-sized businesses in particular must manage their resources wisely, and can find it increasingly difficult to allocate the staff – and the time […]
Human Governance: An Essential HCM Strategy
October 7, 2016
People are the pulse of any organization. Intimately linked to organizational health and lifespan, they directly influence whether success or failure prevails. So the question is: How can organizations manage their people to ensure success? The answer lies in human governance. Human Governance vs. Corporate Governance To understand human governance, we must explore corporate governance. […]
ACA-Related Costs and Premiums Predicted to Increase in 2017
September 21, 2016
With the 2017 open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” just around the corner, states are beginning to approve insurer rate requests. Based on the results so far, people who buy health insurance on their own via the marketplace can expect some steep premium surges. Employers, also, can expect hikes in ACA-related […]
3 Hiring Roadblocks That Are Costing You Top Talent
September 14, 2016
In a perfect world, your hiring process would be simple. A position would open and attract the perfect candidate. He or she would apply, interview, be hired and onboard speedily and seamlessly. Sadly, this isn’t a perfect world. Perhaps that’s why Wasp Barcode Technologies’ State of Small Business Report ranks hiring among the top concerns […]
5 Worth-It Tools for Advanced HR Management
August 10, 2016
Remember when the human resource function within most companies was largely administrative? Josh Bersin paints the picture perfectly when he describes traditional HR as being “focused on service delivery, staying efficient and reducing cost and headcount.”[i] But, times are changing. HR’s realm of responsibility – and the impact it has on the business at large […]
4 Ways to Evaluate HR Tech Like a CFO
July 20, 2016
In recent years, the gap between finance and HR has narrowed. Among more than 550 CFOs and CHROs surveyed in one study, 80 percent said their relationship has become more collaborative
Declare Your Independence from Multiple HR and Payroll Systems: 5 Tips to Finding the Total Package
July 1, 2016
In today’s restaurants, HR and payroll technology plays an increasingly important role in effectively managing labor costs, mitigating compliance risk and streamlining operations.
6 Tips for Using ‘Stay’ Surveys to Retain Your Best Teachers
June 15, 2016
Teacher attrition is a complicated phenomenon that impacts every school differently.
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Commissions and Bonuses
June 6, 2016
If you’re planning to implement a pay structure that includes bonuses and commissions – or if you already have one – it’s important to understand how the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) up
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Inside Sales Employees
May 24, 2016
The Department of Labor’s new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million white-collar workers beginning Dec. 1, 2016.
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Nonprofits
May 16, 2016
Currently, the provisions of the FLSA cover some nonprofit employees, but not others. Employees of nonprofits are covered by the FLSA, and are likely to be affected by the new rule if...
3 Steps to Fostering a Culture Your Employees Will Boast About
April 29, 2016
I’m here to let you in on a little secret: If you want an environment in which employees serve and love your customers, you have to serve and love your employees first.
California and New York Set $15 Minimum Wage Precedent
April 11, 2016
In 2014 SeaTac, Washington became the first city to enact the nation’s highest minimum wage of $15 per hour.
Fight for $15: Tentative Deal for Minimum Wage Increase in California
March 30, 2016
Minimum wage will increase to $10.50 an hour next year in California and gradually increase to $15 in the years to come.
New Webinar Helps Employers Prepare for Fast-Approaching Overtime Expansion
March 22, 2016
Last week in the Paycom Blog, we covered the U.S. Department of Labor’s move to advance its proposed final rule on overtime expansion.
5 Ways HR Can Make Your Company Better
March 10, 2016
Human resources. For a lot of people, those two words conjure countless thoughts of W-2s, compliance procedures and news about insurance benefits.
6 Tips for Building and Sustaining a Transparent Culture
February 17, 2016
Fraud. The word conjures images of large-scale scandals in which wrongdoing can be measured in the billions.
Most Employers Still Unprepared for ACA Forms Mandate
February 2, 2016
Despite ongoing attempts to challenge the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld the law, so the employer mandate still stands and requirements remain.
How ACA Form Extension Affects Employees, Individual Mandate
January 20, 2016
For 2016, certain employers are required to provide employees with the IRS Form 1095-C, “Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage,” in time for employees to file for their taxes
$1.75 Million Penalty Newest Evidence of Wage and Hour Crackdown
January 8, 2016
When it’s necessary to get a drink of water, quickly text a spouse or even answer nature’s call, most employees don’t think about tracking the time they spend seeing to these personal needs.
‘Cadillac Tax’ Delayed to 2020
December 23, 2015
Businesses likely to be impacted by the Affordable Care Act’s looming “Cadillac tax” were given temporary relief.
NYC Employers Must Offer Pre-Tax Transit Benefits in 2016
November 25, 2015
As of Jan. 1, 2016, New York City private employers with 20 or more full-time employees will be required to offer pretax transit benefits to their full-time employees. The new law is enforce
4 Value-Added Recruiting Metrics HR Must Know
November 16, 2015
For any successful business, bringing in the right talent is a major focus. Keeping tabs on metrics is just as important.
5 Things Managers Should Say More Often
November 4, 2015
Do you know what your employees really want? One survey reveals discrepancies in what managers think employees want and what workers actually do.
Low-Wage Employees Fall Through ACA Gap
October 21, 2015
Small businesses may be concerned that adding employees to their health plan will put them under, yet research reveals that their actual costs are far less than anticipated because many empl
7 Deadly Sins of Employee Engagement
October 14, 2015
Even with the best of intentions, some of the methods chosen to improve employee engagement can backfire. Engaged employees can improve retention, strengthen a company culture and increase productivity, but all that is quickly ruined when any of these seven deadly sins are committed.
ACA’s Definition of Small Employer for Insurance Groups Left Up to States
October 9, 2015
In what has become a regular occurrence, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has seen another change, this time in the form of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act. The most recent bill, signed into law by President Barack Obama, allows states to change the definition of a small business for group insurance purposes, meaning premiums for thousands of employees may not increase as was originally feared.
Employees Expected to Bear More Costs with 2018 “Cadillac Tax”
October 1, 2015
Health care premiums are on the rise. In fact, employment-based health insurance premiums rose by 4 percent this year. But the increase in health care costs pales in comparison to the substantial increase in deductibles.
One for All: Tomorrow’s HR Tech Empowers Everyone
September 22, 2015
The future of HR technology lies in software that is an intrinsic part of your culture, workforce processes and employee training and development. Its permeation throughout your organization will help distribute the administrative responsibilities that often burden HR departments, as well as align the goals of your people with the organization. This foundation will reduce compliance risk, deliver more comprehensive analytics and foster a strategic environment where HR is a proactive business partner.
What You Need to Know about the ACA’s ‘Cadillac Tax’
September 11, 2015
The Cadillac brand is synonymous with American-made luxury and now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is commonly identified as an excise tax that employers offering high-cost insurance plans are likely to face beginning in 2018.
Dressing Down, Moving Up: How Your Employees Can Successfully Do Both
September 1, 2015
Since its inception in the early ‘90s, the business-casual dress code has become a norm in the modern workplace. It has its perks: Employees say a relaxed dress code has the power to motivate them, boost morale and act as a powerful recruiting tool.
From Ladder to Lattice: The “New Normal” in Talent Management
August 20, 2015
New advances in talent management have rendered the corporate ladder of yesterday obsolete. Studies show that less than 20 percent of employees have better than a 50 percent chance of succeeding at the next level, making the traditional concept of career progression rather passé.
8 Engagement Strategies to Drive Performance
August 11, 2015
Focusing efforts on engaging employees can be a slippery slope. Even employers with the best of intentions can find themselves spending their resources on free lunches and on-site gyms to make employees happy, only to lose sight of what true engagement means, why it matters and what fully engaged employees can do for their business.
Small Employers, Listen Up: ACA Fine May Impact You
July 21, 2015
Up until this point, small businesses – those with less than 50 full-time or full-time equivalent employees – were not faced with costly fines like their Applicable Large Employer (ALE) counterparts under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that’s no longer the case, according to a tax imposed under Internal Revenue Code Section 4980D.
Get Ready, ACA Fines Abruptly Elevated
July 13, 2015
Shortly after the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, President Barack Obama signed into law a trade bill that, in some cases, more than doubled the fines associated with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate reporting requirements.
North Dakota Alters Income Withholding Tables
July 1, 2015
In an effort to reduce income tax rates for individuals, North Dakota recently released new tax withholding tables that will affect businesses and their employees immediately for tax years beginning on or following Jan. 1, 2015.
Innovation: Get Inspired, Be Inspiring
June 23, 2015
I started the year talking about innovation and how we all can be innovators. Great innovators are ordinary people, like you and me, doing extraordinary things.
3 Steps to Ace a Learning Culture
June 8, 2015
In 2013, U.S. businesses spent nearly$162 billion on learning initiatives, according to the Association for Talent Development, and yet questions linger whether organizations are getting their money’s worth.
3 Best Practices to Avoid Making a Bad Hire
May 27, 2015
Some studies predict that every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it costs six to nine months’ salary on average, while others predict the cost is even more, especially when it’s a bad hire. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “The cost of a bad hire to an organization is five times the bad hire’s annual salary.” For an employee making $40,000 annually, that’s $200,000 in recruiting and training expenses down the proverbial drain.
4 Steps Toward a Talent Strategy Built for Gold
May 12, 2015
Would you consider your organization to be a competitive player when it comes to talent? Research reveals a less than stellar reality for many organizations. In fact, a recent Bersin by Deloitte study indicates that 70 to 80 percent of organizations lack a talent strategy, and if you want to be a champion in the market, you have to have a great strategy.
3 ACA Reporting Alternatives Unraveled
April 23, 2015
For many organizations, the employer mandate and the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) loom. Employers want to ensure they will be in compliance come January 2016, when the required forms are due to their full-time employees and the Internal Revenue Service. Yet many organizations remain confused by the law’s many complexities, especially […]
A Bell of a Year for Paycom
April 7, 2015
2014 was monumental for Paycom and I want to take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed since our initial public offering on the NYSE. In those 52 weeks, we’ve developed and released nine new major products or enhancements, added many new clients and witnessed the value of our stock more than double. The reason for our success is due to our unique value proposition: Paycom’s innovative technology, motivated people and astounding growth.
Building Leaders Today for a Better Tomorrow
March 23, 2015
I am hard-pressed to make sense of the hesitation organizations have for building stronger leadership pipelines. In a recent Bersin by Deloitte study, organizations cited leadership as one of the most important challenges, yet only 6 percent are confident their organization is “ready” to make a change. Here is where I struggle: If we say leadership development is important, then why aren’t more companies taking initiative? The real answer is that many companies confine leadership to the “exclusive” few, failing to make long-term investments and neglecting to construct a larger leadership pipeline at all levels.
4 Key Challenges for Charter Schools to Ace Now
March 16, 2015
A cultural shift is happening in the education industry that challenges existing practices - how labor is allocated, how hiring is managed, how talent is evaluated and how teachers are empowered. This “new” approach is a plea to fix existing problems, so instead of constantly jumping through hoops, charter school leaders can focus on reaching academic excellence.
Bet on Preparedness, Not Luck: 3 Legal Liabilities of Altering Time Sheets
March 10, 2015
If you are a manager, HR professional or anyone with a hand in the payroll process, you probably already know that altering employee payroll sheets can land an organization in a heap of litigation. According to a new ruling, even your personal assets can be targeted if you are found guilty.
Get Your Act Together: Protection for Well-Earned Dollars
February 24, 2015
To anyone with a trained eye on the ebb and flow of government policies, it is easy to see that government regulations frequently are steered to affect corporate policy. Whether through mandated retirement savings accounts or “minimum-wage warriors,” the government wields legislative power to cause change in organizations.
The Secret Behind Building a Great Company
February 17, 2015
Ross Perot, Andy Grove, Kobun Chino Otogowa, Regis McKenna… what do all these names have in common? They were all mentors to Steve Jobs. Jobs knew that having the support of a network of seasoned individuals was instrumental in growing his business. In fact, Otogowa is credited with advising Jobs to start Apple rather than become a Zen monk. Without the advice and support from strong mentors, Apple may have looked very different.
Employee Engagement and the Home-Improvement Industry
February 9, 2015
Last year, one major home-improvement chain made national news when it announced it would introduce a new sales associate, OSHbot, a customer-service robot that assists shoppers in finding the products they’re looking for in stores. The announcement prompted HBO’s Last Week Tonight show, hosted by John Oliver, to produce a segment on the importance of real, human sales assistants in home-improvement stores. Oliver’s argument was that sales assistants are not there to help people buy things; they’re there to “stop couples from tearing each other apart.”
The Inside Scoop: How to Find Out What Your Employees Aren’t Telling You
February 4, 2015
We talk a lot about employee engagement on this blog, and for good reason: Companies with an engaged workforce outperform those without by nearly 202 percent. Today, we’re not here to drill such stats into your head – besides, that one makes a pretty solid case on its own – but to discuss how businesses can engage their employees by surveying each and every one of them.
3 Employee-Engagement Trends Employers Can’t Afford to Overlook
January 23, 2015
When it comes to employee engagement, 2015 looks to be a year of trial and error. Employees are engaged, but they are restless and an improved economy has empowered more of them. Businesses need to engage them earlier and more often; ask what they need to be happier at work, then double up on retention efforts.
4 Entrepreneurial Lessons from MLK
January 19, 2015
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., let us all take a moment to remember the great leader that he was. Like today’s entrepreneurs, King was a visionary, but his achievements didn’t come easy. In fact, they came at a cost, yet he persevered and never backed down. King is a role model for so many, but entrepreneurs in particular can take note of these four valuable lessons he taught us:
3 HR Challenges Facing Nonprofits in 2015
January 13, 2015
Every business will face its fair share of challenges, whether from stiff competition, government regulations, economic downturns or HR issues. The truth is that challenges are the stuff of life; overcoming them is what makes people and companies great. But for nonprofit organizations, the impact of tribulations can be amplified by restricted budgets and a smaller workforce. Key to surviving and growing in the midst of today’s obstacles are knowledge and preparation.
4 Hot HR Trends for 2015
January 6, 2015
With increasing speed, advances in technology have shifted the way human resources are handled in the workplace. As we enter 2015, HR professionals find themselves fully entrenched in an era of complex and ever-shifting business, which requires more of them.
The Tax Increase Prevention Act Has Taken Effect
December 29, 2014
It is time to collect! President Barack Obama has signed HR 5771, aka the Tax Increase Prevention Act, into law. The highly anticipated legislation renews more than 50 expired tax breaks, allowing businesses, commuters and more to collect with tax season around the corner. For many in the corporate world, the excitement centers on the Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit.
7 Simple Ways to Enhance Philanthropic Efforts
December 18, 2014
The old adage of “It’s better to give than to receive” reigns true after all. Whether donating money or time, giving back is important – and not just for the recipients. Research shows that 52 percent of volunteers do it because they like helping others and doing something useful, while 38 percent said the work makes them feel good. Giving brings joys to both sides of the equation, but charitable initiatives could have a greater impact on your organization, as giving promotes cooperation and connection.
An Attitude of Servitude: 5 Ways to Improve Customer Service
December 3, 2014
An attitude of servitude is hard to come by these days. Not because there are meaner people in the world today than there were yesterday; no, it’s because you and I let it happen. Can you believe this interaction? The story goes: I called in an order at a local restaurant. I wanted to know how much would feed 20 people (a reasonable question). The waiter's response “Ma’am I don’t know, once you figure it out call us back.” So I hung up and called back with my order, (true story). Unfortunately, many of us have gotten so used to poor customer service that now we just expect it.
An Outlook on ACA: Are You Ready?
November 17, 2014
If you employ 50 or more full-time or full-time-equivalent employees, you should be ready for the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, as we are now T-minus 44 days from the New Year. While you’re planning holiday parties and strategizing for Black Friday, don’t overlook prepping for ACA compliance. Here’s the good news: 92% of Paycom’s ACA webinar attendees feel their company is in compliance with the ACA. That’s a staggering number considering all of the changes and unknowns that still exist with one of the largest changes to health care our country has ever seen. If you aren’t among that 92%, here’s what you should be asking yourself as you head into the New Year.
Casinos Dealt a Rather Stiff Hand
November 6, 2014
The bright lights of the Vegas strip appeal to high-rollers and the employees who serve them; however, for some, the glitz and glam can be short-lived. Employees drawn by the luster often find it hard to adjust to the nightlife and long shifts, which is why many fold. In a study by the University of Las Vegas, casino HR executives report their industry turnover rate being between 25 percent and 40 percent.
Step Three: Protect Your Stash
October 29, 2014
Should a zombie apocalypse take over, would your documents be safe? According to research by the University of Texas, “Only six percent of companies suffering from a catastrophic loss survive, while 43 percent never reopen and 51 percent close within two years.” Don’t fall prey to these ghoulish stats; have a survival plan ready to go in case any “creepy crawlies” come lurking around your business.
A Protest for Change: What’s to Be Expected for Franchises?
October 27, 2014
If you’re like me, you thoroughly enjoy pressing the fast-forward button on your DVR each time commercials attempt to interrupt your favorite TV show. However, when you’re stuck watching a live program, there is no escaping the advertisements, which include everything from your local car dealer looking to unload hail-damaged inventory to the huge fast-food chain trying to let you know that the rib sandwich is back!
What Happens When They’re ‘Just Not That into You’
October 7, 2014
After a magical first meeting, Betty was sure she had found “the one.” All the bells and whistles looked amazing as the sales rep showed off the product on his personal computer. The reports were pre-populated for her to view, and at that moment, everything just felt right. Now it’s almost payday and Betty is racking her brain because the numbers just aren’t adding up. She’s called customer support three times, but no one seems to be available. Where are they when you really need them? Despite the magic of that first encounter, Betty was beginning to have second thoughts.
California- Labor Law Update
September 26, 2014
California employers already have a myriad of employment laws to comply with, so what’s one more? California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into state law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. Effective July 1, 2015, all employers — no matter the size — must provide paid sick time to their employees, including part-time and seasonal workers who have worked at least 30 days in a year.
The King of Cashola or CFO, Which Do You Prefer?
September 11, 2014
If you could choose any job in the world, what would it be? King of Cashola, Prince of Payroll, Master of Awesome? This is exactly what one nonprofit allowed their employees to do and it resulted in an overwhelmingly positive response. Can it work for you?
ACA Employer Mandate Summertime Blues
August 26, 2014
Worried about the Affordable Care Act, especially the reporting requirements for employers? Well you’re not alone as a large number of employers are searching for answers to these very questions. While a number of employers are aware that the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations on the reporting requirements for employers regarding the ACA’s employer mandate, many are still unaware how it will impact their organizations or what they need to report on.
10 Workplace Hazards More Dangerous than Sharks
August 15, 2014
What if I told you that you were more likely to injure yourself at work than if you dove into shark-infested waters? In honor of one of the most important weeks of the year (Shark Week), we want to alert you of ten workplace hazards to avoid that occur more frequently than shark attacks. If you don’t take precaution you could become the next victim of a third-degree coffee spill or a protrusive file cabinet attack.
Riding the Wave of Minimum Wage
August 4, 2014
Seattle recently adopted the nation’s highest minimum wage, raising an employee’s pay to $15 an hour. This represents a 60-percent increase from $9.25 and more than double the national average. Hold on – before anyone packs their bags to head to the Emerald City, finish reading.
ACA Small-Business Tax Credit Too Good to be True?
July 28, 2014
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already or will drastically impact employers with 50 or more full-time employees; however, the IRS announced it will be expanding incentives – in the form of a tax credit – to small employers who offer insurance through the exchange to its employees.
War of the Wages
July 17, 2014
“Wage theft” was coined by the Interfaith Worker Justice, a network of people advocating for improved wages, benefits and conditions of workers. It is an epidemic sweeping across industries, regions and firms of all sizes. Wages should warrant the work put in on the job, and yet many employees are finding out that their pay is not so fair after all.
#Hashtag: The New Era of Business Marketing
July 7, 2014
How much power can one sign hold? The answer: #insurmountable. The hashtag has become a revolutionary icon in businesses worldwide. From reporting purposes and gaining followers, to finding out who is talking about your company or what is popular within your industry, this sign — heretofore known as the pound sign on your phone or an empty tic-tac-toe grid waiting to be played — is arguably the Internet’s most popular icon.
2014 SHRM Recap: Finding the Right Vendor is Tough
July 1, 2014
If you weren’t at #SHRM14 this past weekend, then you missed out. A torrent of thought-provoking insights on leadership, developing a smarter workforce, advancing technologies and other HR initiatives were buzzing on the conference floors and Twitter as well. With all of the excitement surrounding these new HR strategies and offerings comes a number of questions and concerns. If you found yourself overwhelmed by the amount of information you received at SHRM and you’re not sure how to navigate through it all, hopefully this post will help you to iron a few things out, specifically when it comes to switching providers.
Job Fulfillment – Not Work-life Balance
June 25, 2014
Bottom line: We need to redefine how we think about work. Work-life balance presumes that work is a burden, when it doesn’t have to be. The problem is not what we are trying to accomplish with “work-life balance,” but in how we address it. Instead of work-life balance, why not focus on job fulfillment? Doesn’t that already sound better?
5 Tips for a Successful Wellness Fair
June 12, 2014
Employee wellness affects more than just medical costs. For companies, an unhealthy employee hinders office productivity. Often times these medical costs are caused by preventable and modifiable health concerns. Rather than risk losing thousands in productivity costs, promoting healthier lifestyles has shown to be advantageous for companies.
How to Jump Start Leadership within Your Organization
May 30, 2014
With Baby Boomers on the brink of retirement, one of the impending issues facing organizations today is the ability to identify leaders. This could be partially blamed on the fact that less than half (48 percent) of UNC’s Leadership Survey respondents reported that their companies have a formal process for developing high-potential employees. Companies looking to accelerate employees to leadership positions should seriously consider developing a formal process.
Do Healthy Workers Create a More Profitable Business?
May 21, 2014
From workplace politics to government compliance issues, businesses are presented with a slew of challenges, but one that often times goes unnoticed is the health of your workers. Did you know that the Health and Safety Executive reported around 27 million working days were lost in 2011 and 2012? Of those missed days, 22.7 million were due to work-related illness and 4.3 million were due to workplace injuries. How is a business supposed to stay in the black, improve their bottom lines and increase employee retention?
Overcome the Shortage of Top Performing Employees
May 7, 2014
Recruiters use a variety of tactics to find new hires, but one still trumps them all: employee referrals. While online job boards and career sites remain top sources for applicants, referrals often go overlooked as a hiring resource. From a recruiter’s vantage point, employee referrals equal gold. As you may imagine, recruiters have to exhaust all the tricks of their trade in order to stay competitive in the market. With a ratio of unemployed persons to job openings sitting at 3-to-1, employee referral programs (ERPs) are an easy way to build your talent pipeline, because you don’t have to look very far.
Mission Advancement for Nonprofits is No Small Task
April 30, 2014
Has your nonprofit recovered from the impact of the recession? For many nonprofits the time period following the 2007 recession was challenging as many experienced a decrease in donations and increased competition for what funding was available. Fortunately, charitable giving has begun to rise, with a reported 4.9 percent increase in 2013 alone. However, a new trend has arisen: donor accountability. Now more than ever, the nonprofit sector has to juggle not only achieving its mission goals, but also showing good financial stewardship.
Business Lessons from the Court
April 21, 2014
What do the NBA and your business have in common? More than you might expect, from bench play to developing winning game plans and more. At the core of each are competitiveness, teamwork, innovation and a results-driven focus. As the NBA Playoffs kick into high gear, there are business lessons to be observed from all the on-the-court chaos. Here are four lessons to help you make a slam dunk toward success:
Are You Prepared for the April 15 Year-end Return Filing Deadline?
April 10, 2014
Are you rushing to meet the April 15 deadline to file your personal income taxes? Well, good news for procrastinators as you might be in luck. If you haven’t started preparing your 2013 tax return, or maybe you have more to report than the income on a W-2 and a 1099, here’s an easy solution: File for an extension.
Elevate Your Grocery Store to New Heights
April 1, 2014
The constant demand to remain a reliable source for customers is keeping grocers on edge. In a highly competitive market, grocers have to constantly keep up with ever changing price/value trends in order to remain relevant. Knowing the landscape of your competitive market helps grocers tremendously when marking items and increasing efficiencies across the board. Grocers who are armed with the proper tools to identify inventory, competitively price products, update old technology and maintain labor costs will ultimately win the battle.
Seven Tips for Creating Your Own Luck This St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2014
As we celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17, you may be wishing for some Irish luck to put more green in your pocket or just add more Guinness to your glass. They say the Irish are born lucky, but if you and your ancestors don’t hail from the Emerald Isle, don’t give up. This could still be your lucky day as Paycom has prepared these seven tips for creating your own luck-filled destiny.
Aligning Reality with Message: How to Create a Simple EVP
March 12, 2014
Creating an employee value proposition (EVP) can be daunting. After all, most companies struggle with the recruiting workload they already have; there is no time or budget to sit down and figure out what an EVP would have to look like to be successful. Add to this the pressure of getting left behind while everyone else is waving from the employee branding train, and it’s enough to make a talent-acquisition pro throw up his or her hands.
Moving to the Cloud: A Better Strategy?
March 5, 2014
In recent years, enterprise content management (ECM) has been handled on-premises; however, the spike in cost and lost data has companies looking to redefine their systems. A shocking 74 percent of organizations have experienced data loss at the workplace; of that number, 32 percent take several days to recover, while 16 percent never do. As companies grow, so should their processes. Keeping track of information on a hard drive is like playing with fire: Huge risks exist, with no guarantee that things will end well.
Hey, C-Suite: The Workplace Is Changing!
February 20, 2014
The modern-day workplace is much different than just a few years ago, and so are its people. Because new requirements have popped up and workers’ expectations have evolved, motivational models should be reconstructed to reflect these changes.
When Cupid Strikes the Office: Implementing ‘Love Contracts’
February 14, 2014
According to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “One out of four employees reported they have been or recently are involved in a workplace romance, and 43 percent of HR professionals reported current incidences of workplace romance at their organizations.” With those statistics, office couples don’t seem to be “breaking up” anytime soon, so to avoid risk, HR managers may want to prepare now for more issues related to managing Cupid’s impact.
Good ATS Creates Champions of their Industry
February 10, 2014
The great Michael Jordan said it best, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Employers nationwide spend countless hours and dollars to ensure their organization has the best chance of not only succeeding, but becoming champions of their industry.
What Every Employee Should Know About Computer Security
February 4, 2014
No longer is computer security exclusively the responsibility of the IT department. At every level in your company, executives, managers and employees should take responsibility to protect your data and, by extension, your reputation. Take these five precautions to help avoid a security break.
The Five-Step Plan for Millennial Workers
January 27, 2014
Ready or not, millennials are storming the workforce, most with a hunger to make it to the front lines and quickly. By 2020, they will make up almost half of workers nationwide. While arguably overeager, millennials aren’t a generation to overlook. Rather than dismissing these estimated 80 million Americans for weaknesses real or perceived, employers should consider leveraging their strengths in addition to developing those deficits.
Are Your Employees Looking to Leave in 2014?
January 15, 2014
With the economy strengthening, businesses need to review their talent management practices or risk losing workers. According to a Career Builder survey, “21 percent of full-time employees plan to change jobs in 2014, the largest amount in the post-recession era and up from 17 percent in 2013." Regardless of your notion about the economy’s growth, the numbers suggest a positive outlook and companies should be cautious.
Outsource COBRA to Avoid the Deadly Bite
January 6, 2014
Following the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one question that may linger on employers’ minds is this: “How will this reform affect COBRA?” With the ACA’s health care reform, the business of employee benefits is even more complicated, yet almost all employer groups are required to comply. COBRA – aka the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act – especially applies to private-sector companies offering group health care to 20 or more employees. If mishandled, COBRA can strike and the repercussions could be detrimental to your business.
Tis the Season: Tips for Retail Managers
December 24, 2013
The holiday season can be filled with joy, but for many retailers and their employees, that feeling quickly subsides. With the new holiday tradition to keep doors open later than ever – and in some cases, for 24 hours – employees simply lose their drive and holiday cheer. The winter holidays bring big revenues for retailers, which is why it is important to have an alert and energized staff. Employees are the lifeblood of a company, so you want to ensure their needs are met first and foremost.
Thanksgiving Versus Thankstaking: How to Handle Black Friday
November 25, 2013
The surveys are in, and the numbers have been tallied: This Thanksgiving, it’s predicted that more stores will be open; they will open earlier; and they’ll host more shoppers than ever before. Retailers are eager to squeeze every hour out of an especially short holiday shopping season – this year, it’s six days shorter than normal. Retailers are also eager to one-up each other; 2012’s midnight store openings are being beaten this year by opening times of 8 p.m., 6 p.m., and even 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Hospitality Industry Braces for ACA
November 7, 2013
Although there have been numerous delays with the Affordable Care Act, it is important that business owners continue to plan for its changes – especially within the hospitality industry. This industry can be impacted significantly by the ACA, as much of the workforce is considered part- time, seasonal or temporary.
Government’s E-Verify Services Reopen
October 17, 2013
For employers who received a Tentative Nonconfirmation for employees between Sept. 17 and Sept. 30, and were unable to resolve it due to the shutdown, the employees will have 12 federal business days added to the date printed on the “Referral Letter” or “Referral Date Confirmation” to resolve such cases. Employees have until that date to contact the Social Security Administration or the Department of Homeland Security to resolve their cases.
Last Second Help with Marketplace Notification
October 1, 2013
Time is running out! Today is the final day to comply with the federal government’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision to notify employees of their health care exchange options and information regarding their existing insurance plans, if applicable. With ACA, employers have good reason to be more confused than ever, especially with the Oct. 1 Notice of Marketplace requirement. In a recent survey conducted by Paycom, 72 percent of employers said they “could know more” about ACA requirements, while 18 percent reported knowing nothing about the law.
New ACA Requirements Creeping Up in October
September 11, 2013
As Oct. 1 quickly approaches, you may be feeling haunted by health care reform and the upcoming exchange notification requirements facing ALL employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Even if you already offer adequate and affordable health coverage to your employees, you too are required to issue exchange notifications to educate your workforce on the new health care marketplace.
Paycom Stands Out with Latest Accomplishment
August 14, 2013
Paycom continues to rake in the accolades, this time garnering its 11th-consecutive appearance on the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Metro 50 list. Of the Metro 50 winners, Paycom’s 11-year reign of consecutive appearances is the most of any of the companies on the list.
Power-Packed Affordable Care Act Resource Guide
August 2, 2013
Because of the complexity of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has created a new, simple Publication 5093 to help employers find answers to questions about the new health care law. This one-page publication contains links to websites where employers may find further information on health insurance, tax benefits and responsibilities and small business […]
ACA Penalties: Insurance Inadequacies Can Cost You
June 7, 2013
Offering employees health insurance is not enough to avoid the penalties associated with the shared responsibility requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While many large employers already provide what they believe to be a good health plan for employees, the ACA has set the standard for what is considered adequate and affordable coverage as well as the penalties for non-compliance.
Four Steps to Talent Management Success
April 8, 2013
Employers are painfully aware of the challenge to acquire the top talent needed to thrive in today’s business climate. How are you retaining your talent? Even top performing companies need a talent strategy to keep employees engaged throughout their careers. As part of a unique infographic, Paycom provided the four necessary steps to create a talent management strategy for your business.
Outsourcing Payroll: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
April 8, 2013
Do you know someone that is processing payroll for their mid-to-large sized company? Maybe you are stuck in the mundane process of doing payroll for your business or maybe you have a team of employees dedicated to payroll.