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Should You Pay For Employee Cell Phones?

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Investing in business technology is often a smart move, but should employee cell phone plans be a part of it? Modern service businesses rely heavily on mobile technology for dispatching, invoicing, and communication, but there’s a difference between buying a few tablets and giving your employees something they take home at the end of the day. If you’re looking to invest in your workforce or change how your employees use technology in the field, this guide is for you.

A Background Check BEFORE or AFTER you Make a Job Offer?

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Many clients who are putting together their first background screening program ask us the same questions:

Summer Energy-Saving Tips for Businesses

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When summer’s back in swing, it’s the perfect time to make sure your building is operating efficiently. These straightforward measures have the potential to save significant amounts of energy, leaving you with more money for your business while maintaining or improving occupant comfort.

Basics of Job Applications, Interviewing & Background Checks

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Here are some general tips to help you understand some of the basics about job applications, interviewing, and background checks. The goal is to hire the best people and to minimize risks. By no means does the following cover everything you need to know, but this will get you thinking and possibly making some necessary adjustments.

Utility Savings Law

In addition to the Michigan Chamber’s two phenomenal programs, which can help reduce your commercial utility, lighting and telecom costs, businesses can also take advantage of the benefits established by Public Act 295 of 2008. Under this law, Michigan regulated that utilities and municipalities are required to file prospective energy optimization plans with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that are designed to reduce future energy costs for consumers.

Your Employee Screening Compliance Checklist For 2017

  • Review your job application, and disclosure & authorization forms for background checks to ensure they are legally compliant. We can provide you with generic disclosure and authorization forms. 

10 Easy Ways Small Business Can Save Energy and Money

It's easy for small businesses to be energy-conscious and save money at the same time. We've all received emails with signatures that ask, "Do you really need to print this email?" If you do have to, an easy, cost-efficient solution could be to print using both sides of the page. 

Background Checks for Current Employees

When conducting background checks on current employees, especially those who are under consideration for promotion, here are some items to consider:

Are You Paying Too Much for Employee Cell Phones?

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As cell phones have become an increasingly invaluable part of the small business world, the average cell phone bill has climbed 15 percent since 2001. Businesses aren’t immune to rising cell phone costs, but with so many smartphone service providers clamoring to compete for small business dollars, the smart small business owner can find ways to save money. 

To cut down on costs, here are a few tips to improve the value you’re getting from your mobile service provider: 

Hiring Commercial Drivers

There are a few categories of workers in this country that requires a background check by law. For the most part, public school employees, healthcare workers, casino employees, and a host of others in certain job categories must have background checks done. That list includes commercial drivers. For the vast majority of workers in the country, however, a background check is done not because it is required by law, but because the employer feels it is a wise policy. That is smart.