New FLSA Breast Feeding Break Requirement

New FLSA Breast Feeding Break Requirement

As lawyers, small businesses and employees struggle to understand the implications of the new health care regulations, there are certain laws they should certainly be aware of.  One of the immediately effective portions of the Health Care Reform Act was a requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that an employer provide breaks and [&hellip


What to Look For When Selecting HR Outsourcing Firm

What to Look For When Selecting HR Outsourcing Firm

If you are at the stage of investigating if a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) or Human Resources Outsourcing firm is right for your company, there are several important factors to take into consideration. An outsourcing relationship can continue for many years, so selecting the right firm is a serious decision that should be given a [&hellip


Employee Wellness – A Key To Keeping Healthcare Costs Low

Employee Wellness – A Key To Keeping Healthcare Costs Low

Why are health care costs so high? This question has been asked by individuals and employers for many years, but over the past 6 months, the question of rising health care costs has stolen the spotlight away from almost every other domestic agenda topic. Why are medical costs so high? Many reasons are given, but [&hellip


Maintaining Employee Benefit & Health Files – What You Need To Know.

Maintaining Employee Benefit & Health Files – What You Need To Know.

In our previous post, we discussed the importance of maintaining accurate employee files. A myriad of state and federal agencies  govern the maintenance of employee files, often with overlapping or contradictory requirements. In this post we will focus on employee benefit and health information. Employee Benefits Data The Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, [&hellip


Employee Personnel Files – What To Keep and For How Long?

Employee Personnel Files – What To Keep and For How Long?

Record keeping plays an important role in the administration of any organization. It assists in managing human resources and helps prove compliance with government regulations. It also provides the documentation to defend—and even drive—employment decisions. Employers are well aware that various laws require them to keep records covering employment decisions and actions, but how long [&hellip


What is a PEO (Professional Employer Organization), Really?

What is a PEO (Professional Employer Organization), Really?

If you are familiar with different HR trends in the marketplace, you may have come across a Professional Employer Organization, or PEO.  If your company hasn’t worked with one in the past, or you are not an employee whose company worked with a PEO, chances are you really don’t know what they are, or what [&hellip


What is the HIRE Act, and How Will It Affect Your Business?

What is the HIRE Act, and How Will It Affect Your Business?

On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentive to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act) which, among other things, offers a payroll tax break for businesses that hire unemployed workers. The worker must be hired into a new position, or into a position vacated by an employee who voluntarily resigned or was terminated for [&hellip