HRS Fast News, 1st Quarter 2015

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The ACA is here! Are you ready to Pay or Play in 2015?

As you've heard by now, the PPACA mandates the start of the Employer Shared Responsibilities along with the start of the 2015 calendar year. This is such an important topic that we couldn't risk knowing whether all of our readers were ready to Pay or Play in 2015. If you have any questions or concerns about your requirements, read our ACA summary or click here for an IRS link.

Old School Meets New School With "Social HR"

Savvy leaders cannot afford to ignore the Social HR movement. Social HR is the modernization of everything we've done with the HR department and profession thus far, and compiling all into an audience adaptive format, optimizing cost-efficiency, culture, clarity, engagement, compliance and more. Read our CEO's "how to" whitepaper on this critical topic, and visit this Forbes article for a more in depth analysis of what defines it.

Your 2015 Congress Has Approved Funding...For Now

Remember the government shutdown of 2014? Well, it appears that those days are primed to be a thing of the past. In an under-reported turn of events, the 2015 congress has reached a bipartisan vote to pass a $1.1 trillion spending budget for the new year, and the POTUS immediately agreed to sign it into effect. As of January 29th, however, our President instead proposed a minimum $74 billion increase in spending caps. More updates are coming. Meanwhile, in this Forbes article, you can find a breakdown of the "winners" and "losers" for the next term.

SCOTUS Rules Security Screening Times are not Legally Compensable

In a recent, December 9th ruling, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that warehouse workers are not entitled to compensation under FLSA for time spent post-shift going through a security screening. The case (Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, No. 13-433) was determined by the Justices ruling that the screening itself was not an "integral" part of the job. Per Justice Clarence Thomas, their reasoning was that Integrity Staffing Solutions hired workers to retrieve products from shelves and package them for shipment to Amazon customers; not to pass through such screenings, and, additionally, that the screenings could have been eliminated without effecting the core job. SHRM article (member login required or contact HRS for more info).  

However... Employees Are Now Legally Allowed Corporate E-mail as a Means to Unionize

As the old saying goes, "You win some; you lose some." The NLRB ruled in a 3-2 vote that employees now have the right to communicate via their corporate e-mail accounts for the purposes of unionizing and collective bargaining. This ruling overturns the original finding from 2007. Board opinion characterized electronic communication as too important to limit for the sake of the employees. Further information can be found in this Washington Examiner article

Structuring HR: Is Your HR Too Cocky? Study Finds that HR Often Sees Workers as Happier Than They Are

According to a recent study, worldwide trends indicate that HR Managers often rank their employees' levels of engagement and workplace satisfaction, and thus their company's culture, more satisfactorily than the employees themselves. Discrepancies were found in areas of employee satisfaction in compensation packages, leadership ability and inspiration, and, even, the ability to communicate with HR. SHRM article. Think of it this way...if every company believes that they have a top-tier culture, internal brand and/or HR initiative, then, by definition, some of those companies have to be wrong.

Restaurant Study Reveals an Alarming Finding About Customers

Last year, a famous NYC restaurant launched a self-imposed investigation and hired a consulting firm to discover the reason behind their sudden string of bad reviews. Specifically, customer complaints about service and wait times had increased dramatically. Restaurant owners pulled a tape from July 2004, and simultaneously viewed a tape from July 2014 on a similarly busy day. The results, based off of 45 customer transactions from each year, will surprise you. Click here to view the study.

Mandatory Workplace Harassment Training: Are You Prepared?

Several states have enacted laws, recently or previously, that mandate workplace education training under certain topics and/or circumstances. Are you unsure what your state requires and/or unsure about your company's own level of training? Contact us for a consultation!

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)... 

Minimum Wage Raised for Several States

Heated argument continues regarding the economic impact of minimum wage increases. Review this government reference for an index of which states have already enacted minimum wage increases, and which have plans to during either 2015 or 2016.

Payroll/Tax Limits Increased

Effective for 2015, the U.S. Government enacted the following increases: FSA Contribution Limit raised $50 to $2,550; Single 401(k) Contribution Limit raised to $18,000, Employer plus Employee raised to $53,000; Salary Subject to FICA increased to $118,500 from $117,000; Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rate raised to 57.5 cents/mile.

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And... News About HRS...

Businesses Take Flight on the Wings of Angels... HRS Initiative Finds New Height 

Fueled by HRS, HRS Gives Back and community support, extraordinary solutions are delivered via "Angel Wings" subsidy to employers who deliver extraordinary impact. Such employers include start-up and non-profit organizations whose missions and methodology promise positive economic, community and/or charitable impact. 

Subscription Bundles Soar!

Subscription bundles for turnkey solution delivery are enjoying immense popularity! In response to evolving legal, talent management and reasonable care demands, these bundles mix and match education, compliance, assessment and/or third party operations in cost-cutting packages. Check out the eStore

The Employee Handbook: Time for Another Revision

Employers are relying upon external experts for handbook assistance more than ever before. HRS Handbook Review and Design services have incurred more than 300% increase in demand over the past 24 months. More employers are recognizing the problems with appropriating another company's handbook and the pitfalls of boilerplate solutions. Changes to federal and state employment laws make updating the resource even more critical, yet legal advice from attorneys is not enough to craft an effective instrument. Today's best handbook delivers not only up-to-the-minute legal compliance, but also employer reasonable care in education, pro-active communication, culture shaping, performance management, employee engagement and cost cutting through operations efficiency. 

More Talent Assessment Leaders Join "Veracity by HRS"

Extremely popular for change management, training discoveries and talent acquisition, our library has expanded and re-launched with new partnerships! Our expert decision tools safeguard management decisions, legal compliance and employee buy-in. Visit Veracity or contact us for complimentary job-specific proposal and demo. Our catalog is robust with instruments measuring problem solving, time management, task prioritization, leadership, sales, customer service, team/conflict reduction, technical skills and more! No one beats us!  

HR Contract Programs Enjoy Popularity with Small and Large Employers Alike!

While organizations less than 200 headcount clearly benefit from entire or partial HR operations partnerships, major market employers of 100,000+ are equally calling upon us for third party unbiased expertise and unique decision tools. HRS proposal analysis is complimentary, and we appreciate the opportunity to introduce.

New Corporate Education Programs

Adding to a recent tour of CEO groups, HR professional organizations, media briefs, radio talk shows, employers of choice and top ranked universities, today's most popular programs include Getting More Out of Meetings, Organizational Change Management, Legal Compliance Balancing Talent Engagement, Performance Management, Anti-Harassment, Organizational Communications and More. Our flagship programs remain private employer-site workshops including group roundtables or Individual Learning Sessions (ILS).  

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Thought Leadership Blog Enjoys Wildly Popular Syndication

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