Human Resources

Payment of Wages

All employers (other than those who employ individuals who harvest crops by hand) are required to pay their employees:

  • On or before the first day of each calendar month, all wages earned during the first 15 days of the preceding calendar month; and
  • On or before the 15th day of each calendar month, all the wages earned during the preceding calendar month from the 16th day to the end of the month.

Unless:

Health Care Reform: Count Down to the Pay or Play Penalty

The most significant component of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform) for large employers is set to take effect in 2015.  Large employers, which generally means employers with 50 or more full-time employees and full-time employee equivalents, need to take immediate action in advance of the effective date.

U.S. Employers Expect Health Care Costs to Rise 4% in 2015

U.S. employers expect a 4% increase in 2015 health care costs for active employees after plan design changes, according to global professional services company Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW). If no adjustments are made, employers project a 5.2% growth rate, putting absolute cost per person for health care benefits at an all-time high.

Making Labor Contract Bargaining Work

Bargaining labor contracts for employers is unlike any other business activity, often driven by emotion, governed by labor law, but essential to an efficient, smooth running operation.  Concluding bargaining successfully is a real challenge for employers.

Contrary to a business contract with a vendor, the employer cannot walk away from the majority union.  A duty imposed by law requires the employer to stay in the relationship with the union and bargain.

Integrating Mobile Devices Among Employees

Look around your office on any given day and how many mobile devices do you see? Remember to count smartphones, tablets and laptops. Do mobile devices outnumber employees? Probably so.

But now ask yourself, are the mobile devices talking to each other? Are they sharing software? Are they talking with fellow employees? Probably not.

Mobile devices can save people time and money if users know how to integrate their software so they can “talk amongst their friends”.

Hire People Who Share Your Organizations Vision

There is no magic involved in selecting and retaining top talent within an organization.  Your chances of success hinge primarily on your abilities to plan, clearly communicate expectations and empower your team to hold each other accountable.  Sprinkle in a little luck and there you have it!  Sure, I’m over-simplifying things a bit here but you would be amazed at what a little effort on the front end can save you on the back end.  

Check Driving Records of Applicants and Employees

Commercial drivers are not the only professionals who should need a valid and safe driving record to work for you. After all, think of those employees who drive business or personal cars for sales calls, errands, and meetings on your behalf. It’s imperative to make sure they meet your driving requirements or risk losing your insurance coverage.