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The HR Effect - Small Business Success
December 2, 2016
The information you need
Finding immediate and accurate information
about benefits, labor laws, and payroll is vital
to the success of your business.
Even though your team has no human
resource experience, you believe you can
figure it all out. How hard can it be to
administer HR-related services? Well, it’s
harder than it looks, and there’s a reason...
New Overtime Rule
October 5, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
recently published a final overtime
rule that updates the Fair Labor
Standards Act’s minimum wage
and overtime pay protections. The
Final Rule increases the salary
threshold for the administrative,
executive, and professional
exemptions from its current level
of $455 per week ($23,660 annually)
to $913 per week ($47,476 annually)
beginning December 1, 2016...
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Is Overtime Expansion On The Horizon
April 8, 2014
In big news to employers, President Obama is
directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue
proposed regulations that would expand the
number of employees who are eligible for
To address the changing nature of today’s
workplace, the DOL is to consider how the
regulations could be revised to update existing
protections consistent with the intent of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Current regulations
are difficult for both workers and businesses to
understand and apply. The directive is aimed at the regulations regarding exemptions from the FLSA’s overtime requirement, particularly for executive, administrative, and professional employees (often referred to as "white collar" exemptions)...
Promoting Workplace Unity
February 13, 2014
This February brings one of my favorite things,
the Olympics. Winter Olympics, Summer
Olympics - it doesn't matter. I love them all.
Every two years when the Olympic Games
begin, my family has a party. We eat bagels,
donuts, pineapple rings, anything we can think
of in a ring shape to represent the Olympic
Rings symbol. According to the International
Olympic Committee, "The five rings represent
the five continents. They areinterlaced to
show the universality of Olympism and the
meeting of the athletes of the world during the
Olympic Games. On the Olympic flag, the
rings appear on a white background...
Welcome to the year 2014!
February 04, 2014
Welcome to the year 2014! According to the Chinese calendar, this is the year of the Horse. And since this year already seems to be galloping past, in my mind, it is an appropriate name. Much of my time in January is spent following the adage, "Out with the old and in with the new." This is also a great time to review how 2013 went and also to become familiar with what is coming in 2014. Since this is the Year of the Horse, I thought it would be fun to review some things for employers to consider in 2014 while learning a little more about horses and their gaits (speeds).
Walk = according to Wikipedia, a horse's slowest gait is the walk. In 2014, employers should walk slowly and carefully before considering some of the following...
Healthcare Reform and You
June 16, 2013
Our phone has been ringing more and more with
calls about the new Affordable Care Act.
Businesses are finally gearing up to deal with the
regulations that will be in place beginning
January 1, 2014. Our clients tell us that they
appreciate the many resources our experts
provide them and experience a great deal of
peace of mind knowing we will continue to help
them to understand and keep compliant with all
the new requirements...
Some ways Business Intelligence is used at Pay Plus Benefits
May 9, 2013
In our company, Pay Plus Benefits, business
intelligence (BI) is used on a daily basis. I
thought it would be interesting to share how
we use it.
Pay Plus Benefits (PPB) is a Professional
Employer Organization (PEO) located in
Kennewick, WA and offers “a complete HR
infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of
hiring even one HR-employee. Companies
instantly get the knowledge, tools, and
resources they need to provide their
employees human resources, benefits,
and paychecks. And they don’t need to
worry about getting workers’ compensation coverage, keeping track of the ever-changing HR laws, or reporting employer taxes, because we take care of all of it...
Basic Cyber Security
April 16, 2013
When I decided to write this article on what
companies can do to protect themselves
in relation to cyber security, I had no idea
that there would be so much information
and methods to consider. With that in
mind I decided to focus on three main
areas: education of employees, system
administrators’ duties, and security
technologies. Even with that said, I am in
no means implying that I will cover every
option available to every company. I can
only hope to cover an overview of the most
common suggestions for prudent business
people to consider implementing for their
cyber security needs...
Simply Extraordinary Communication
April, 2 2013
I came across a great article recently which
focused on simple things that extraordinary
people say every day. It was so moving and
simple. It reminded me that the real mark of
the extraordinary person's development is an
inside job and accomplished through simple
methods. Reflecting on those whom I believe
are above normal in both their business and
personal lives, I found many of the exact traits
mentioned in the article, and a few more that
come to mind.