Human Resources

Three Keys to Conducting Effective Performance Reviews

Ongoing communication with employees is a cornerstone of peak performance, but it often falls short when put into practice. Performance reviews provide necessary feedback to staff, but are only effective if done properly, which means:

  • the reviews must be consistently administered;
  • the measured performance objectives must be job-related;
  • and the feedback given must be honest and specific.

To help your evaluations rise to the occasion, focus on these three things:

Same-Sex Benefits a Factor in Hiring & Retaining Talent

Same-sex issues and benefits are among the hottest topics in the employment area - with good reason. Employers are faced with an increasing amount of government oversight, investigation and frequent, sometimes, daily changes in what is required, what is optional, and what is prohibited. The consequences of these issues often go beyond just legal compliance, although that is a very important aspect.

Holiday Season is Here, Screen Those Temporary Employees!

If you hire temporary workers for the holiday season (full- or part-time), be sure to complete background checks as if they were applying for permanent positions. After all, even someone working three hours a day can cause irreparable damage to your business through theft, drug sales, workplace violence, harassment, etc. Certainly, you deserve to know if even a part-time worker with limited hours poses a threat to your business.

First few weeks on the job critical to employee retention

The first few weeks on the job cement an image of your company in the mind of your new employee.  What do you want that image to be and who do you want to be crafting it?  New employees will naturally seek out information to form an understanding of your corporate culture, how they fit into it and whether or not they made a good decision in coming to work for you.  

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.


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.