Full-Time HR Employees To Decline

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on April 21, 2017

According to a recent article that appeared at Employee Benefit Advisor’s website, the number of full-time HR employees is expected to decline by 1.4% 2017.  This comes after a decline in 2016 of 1.3%. This is one of the challenges that leave HR professionals behind the curve in keeping up with the demands of today’s workplace.  Among these other challenges are decreasing budgets. Of the 180 HR executives interviewed by the consulting firm, The Hackett … Read More »

Should Pet Insurance Be Part of the Benefits Package?

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on April 12, 2017

Rest assured that your employees love their pets. Pets can become members of the families that they live with, so it should come as no surprise that according to a recent article at HRDive.com, households spend some $66.75 billion on products in 2016 for their pets in the US. That number is projected to rise this year according to the American Pet Products Association. It is estimated that $69.36 billion will be spent by “pet parents” … Read More »

Big Data Continues To Grow in HR

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on April 7, 2017

Possibly more important and valuable than a company’s financial data is the data gathered by human resource departments. Companies may not realize it yet but in the long run, such data could be mined in a number of ways. According to a recent article that appeared on SHRM, Phil Wainewright, who had recently attended the HR Tech conference in London doubts that most HR departments are ready to deal with the impending changes regarding data. This … Read More »

GOP Pulls New Health Care Bill, ACA To Stay

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on March 31, 2017

The battle over healthcare, at least for the moment, is over. The GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, has been resoundingly rejected by Congress from both sides of the aisle.  Democrats rejected it because although it would cut an estimated  $137 billion from the budget, it would leave an estimated 24 million people without healthcare. More conservative Republicans said that the cuts were not enough. As … Read More »

Questions HR Needs to Ask IT

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on March 24, 2017

In February, we reported to be on the lookout for W2 scams during tax season. From the end of the calendar year to the tax deadline in mid-April is the prime time for hackers and information thieves to attempt to get their hands on the personal information of your employees in order to file fraudulent returns. Every HR professional would like to assume that the HR data that is held on their company’s servers and … Read More »

PEOs are Great for Scaling Startups

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on March 16, 2017

When you’re a startup business, chances are you have a very small number of employees. If, for example, you started out as four people in a basement or a garage, chances are that everyone in your startup organization wore multiple hats and were called upon to multitask. Many startups find that in order to break out, it is the flexibility of smallness that is partially credited with their success. An article on e27.co talks about … Read More »

Do You Need Professional HR Witnesses in Court Cases?

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on March 10, 2017

When it comes to discrimination and harassment cases that wind up in court, according to a recent article which appeared in Bloomberg BNA, human resource professionals can be called upon to represent either the interests of the employer or those of the worker. Attorney Kathleen Peratis, a partner at Outten & Golden based in New York who represents employees indicated that her firm will hire HR practitioners to testify in cases, “almost routinely.” Peratis notes … Read More »

GOP Starts Floating ACA Replacement Goals

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on February 24, 2017

Last week, House Republicans announced their healthcare plan that would be the replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is commonly known as Obamacare. In a recent article by Andie Burjek that appeared on Workforce.com, it was reported that the 19-page document released by the House of Representatives was made up of a list of goals rather than stating specific details about the GOP proposed ACA replacement. While the proposed plan would eliminate any … Read More »

IRS Now Offers PEO Certification Program

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on February 17, 2017

For professional employment organizations or PEOs, January 1st of this year marks the start of the Internal Revenue Service‘s voluntary certification program. This certification could help PEO’s and other professional HR outsourcing companies instill a greater degree of trust in their clients and those who may be considering using a PEO in the future. In a recent article that appeared on the Bloomberg BNA website, in order for a PEO to qualify for IRS certification … Read More »

Project Based Hiring to Increase

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on February 10, 2017

One thing in the world of work that is getting increasing amounts of press is the gig economy. According to a recent article that appeared in Personnel Today, half of all HR professionals interviewed believe this practice of hiring workers based on a project-to-project basis will continue. When it comes to who will train these contracted employees, HR professionals seem just about evenly split on who should pay for it. Some 40% of those interviewed … Read More »