LAST CALL: New Salary Threshold Rule Starts January 1, 2020

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On January 1, 2020 the new Salary Threshold rule takes effect.  Employers will be required to pay most executive, administrative, and professional employees at least $684 per week ($35,568 per year).  To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet certain duties tests. If they are paid less or do not meet the tests, they must be paid 1 1/2 times their regular hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a work week. Read More

Employee Assistance Plans Help Achieve a Happier, Healthier Workplace

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It is that time of year, the holidays.  Stress levels rise through the roof as we try to manage the busyness of the season with everyday stressors; it can feel like a pressure cooker!  Offering your employees, the benefit of an EAP helps them to feel supported on a continual basis, whether those stressors are seasonal, every day or major life changes.  Many EAPs often go unused because employees don’t know about them, understand what they provide, or employees may feel there’s a stigma around using these services.  Or, some employers just don’t offer an EAP in their benefits package.  Let’s look into how they can positively affect your whole organization.

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Part 2 of 3: E-Verify

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Are you familiar with E-Verify?
E-Verify is an internet-based system that is available in all 50 states and it compares information entered by an employer from an employee’s Form I-9, to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to confirm employment eligibility in the United States.  

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Handbook Checkup

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Your employee handbook is an important asset for your company, providing new and even longtime staff members with the details on your corporate policies, office rules and company culture. Because this is an item that will be seen and utilized by everyone in the organization, it’s important to revisit and update your handbook on a regular basis.  An outdated handbook can be a liability. The first of the year is a perfect time to revisit and revise.

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