4 Common Employee Handbook Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

04/01/17 By Jennifer Brown

The employee handbook is a staple for any organization. It is the roadmap for your organization – identifying the unique aspects of your company while at the same time laying out important policies that specify employee conduct, guide management decisions and mitigate risk. The handbook is the “go-to document” for how to respond to employee… Read more »

Equal Pay: Getting It Right

09/03/16 By Jennifer Brown

Recently, several states around the country have amended their equal pay and pay transparency laws in an effort to ensure employees are being compensated fairly for the work they do. Most recently, Massachusetts has become the first state to prohibit employers from asking about applicant’s salaries before offering them a job. Instead, hiring managers must… Read more »

Electronic HR Files: Are They Right For Your Company?

06/11/16 By Jennifer Brown

Moving HR files from traditional paper filing systems to online cloud-based providers can be a great way to enhance the efficiency of your HR function. Not to mention, it makes accessing and updating employee information really convenient! If you are considering transitioning to an electronic filing system for your HR files, here are a few… Read more »

Prepare for an HR Audit with These 3 Easy Steps

05/28/16 By Jennifer Brown

Conducting a proactive internal HR audit of your HR files, documents, and processes is a smart idea to help button up your HR function. But where do you start? The word “audit” strikes fear into some; however, a proactive audit is the best way to be prepared for a formal one down the road. Below… Read more »

Is a PTO Bank Right for You?

10/17/15 By Jennifer Brown

In a recent study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 42% of employers offered a Paid Time Off (PTO) plan versus separate vacation and sick policies. Before jumping on the PTO bandwagon, make sure to consider the following pros and cons of PTO banks to ensure this system is right for your… Read more »

Preparing for Open Enrollment

08/22/15 By Jennifer Brown

When open enrollment season rolls around for an organization, the process itself can seem overwhelming for those responsible for choosing the benefits options, administering the plans, and communicating the details to employees. However, when planned and executed accordingly, open enrollment can be a rewarding experience for all involved. Open enrollment can be a rewarding experience… Read more »

Proposed Changes to FLSA Regulations…What You Need to Know

07/11/15 By Jennifer Brown

The misclassification of employees (exempt versus non-exempt) per the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is one of the most common (and costly) errors employers make when it comes to federal and state employment laws. The financial consequences of FLSA violations can be steep and include fines, interest, attorney fees, and possible criminal sanctions. In recent… Read more »

How to Avoid Costly Payroll Traps

06/27/15 By Jennifer Brown

Did you know that each year, businesses spend as much as 40% of their time on non-revenue generating tasks with much of this dedicated to payroll? Not to mention, payroll is the most common area in which businesses get into trouble – often facing fines, penalties, lawsuits, and back pay issues – for non-compliance. I… Read more »

How to Survive a 401(k) Plan Audit

02/07/15 By Jennifer Brown

This morning started off like any other morning. Until you opened the letter from the Department of Labor (or IRS) and found out that your company’s 401(k) plan had been selected for an audit. First step, take a deep breath – you will get through this! An audit can elicit feelings of anxiety (Why me?… Read more »

How to Avoid Key HR Mistakes that Get Employers in Trouble

01/31/15 By Jennifer Brown

Whether you are a start-up or an established organization, there are certain employment laws that you must follow and best practices that (if implemented) will prevent you from facing major problems. Implementing these strategies will allow you to focus on your business – not cleaning up issues or worse yet, your defense in court! Here… Read more »

Workplace Regulations…Make Sure You’re in the Know!

01/24/15 By Jennifer Brown

State, Federal and Local regulations — this topic may not elicit feelings of excitement for you; however, staying current with these laws as they pertain to the workplace can save you from time-consuming, stressful and profit-draining problems. Changes to some of the regulations that have been in the news recently include: Minimum Wage Increase Effective… Read more »

How to Write a Job Description

11/08/14 By Jennifer Brown

A job description is a crucial resource. It outlines the knowledge, skills, abilities and other talents needed to succeed. Many view the job description as only a recruitment tool; however, it is truly a valuable management tool used for performance management, succession planning, training, and compensation planning – not to mention an important document should… Read more »

How Do I Set Goals for My Team

10/18/14 By Jennifer Brown

Once you have met with your employee to review his performance over this past year, it is important to focus on improvement and continued skill development. Clearly put – it’s time to set some goals. Begin with the end in mind – what are your company’s AND employee’s objectives when it comes to the upcoming… Read more »