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.
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...
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.