Small Business Forecast for 2010? Uncertainty Certainly Lies Ahead.

Small Business Forecast for 2010? Uncertainty Certainly Lies Ahead.

Current reports indicate economic growth in the 3rd and 4th quarters and continuing improvements as we move into 2010. However, despite some early optimistic views of 2010,  current research clearly shows that small and medium sized businesses, are taking a “wait and see” approach when making strategic decisions regarding expansion, hiring and other business expenses. [&hellip


Sexual Harassment Training a Must-Have for Employers

Sexual Harassment Training a Must-Have for Employers

Despite great strides to combat sexual harassment over the past decade, the problem continues to plague the workplace, as recent,  high-profile cases illustrate. Just this month for example, actress Liza Minnelli settled a 100-million-dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by her former chauffeur, M’Hammed Soumayah, who accused Minnelli of beating him  and forcing him to sleep [&hellip


Key Human Resources Outsourcing Drivers

Key Human Resources Outsourcing Drivers

As we complete a turbulent 2009 , small employers are looking for ways to reign in costs and prepare for recovery in 2010. One of the hottest trends in the small business environment today is Human Resources Outsourcing.  According to Hewitt Associations, a world-wide provider of HR consulting services and research data, the most common [&hellip


Telecommuting – 5 Tips for Creating an Effective and Well-Balanced Policy. Part 2.

Telecommuting – 5 Tips for Creating an Effective and Well-Balanced Policy. Part 2.

In our last post, we reviewed the Pros and Cons of permitting employees to telecommute. Telecommuting is a great way to increase productivity and save the company money; however, there can be some risk, so finding the right balance of benefit and risk is crucial.  Here are 5 tips for managing telecommuters, which can help [&hellip


Telecommuting Continues to Grow… But has its Risks – Part 1.

Telecommuting Continues to Grow… But has its Risks – Part 1.

In light of  a difficult economic year, more employers are embracing the idea of employees spending at least some of their working hours out of the office. Telecommuting makes both financial, and motivational, sense. In our next two posts we will review the recent statistics, why employers and staff would consider telecommuting, and how to [&hellip


Government Announces Plans to Crackdown on Illegal Independent Contractor Usage

Government Announces Plans to Crackdown on Illegal Independent Contractor Usage

If you are like most employers, the chances are you use Independent Contractors. Employers engage the services of Independent Contractors (IC’s) instead of employees for numerous reasons. Mostly, to save money on a range of employment costs, such as: federal and state tax, workers compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, employee benefits, overtime, vacation and sick pay. [&hellip