HRS Quarterly Fast News, Q3 2013

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Is Balance Between Gen Y and Baby Boomers Key to Skills Gap Solution?

We have rightfully spent the last decade debriefing Baby Boomers regarding the unique work habits, motivators and keys to success for Gen Y team members. Amidst these adaptation challenges it is equally essential to debrief Gen Y workers the same about Baby Boomers. Is it possible to mitigate the skills gap by properly addressing this issue? We believe so. New HRS Article.

Employers Get Ready for Health Exchange... New Developments & Reprieve

Despite recent DOL assurance that no fines will be assessed for non-compliance, distribution of HIX notices to employees is still essential. DOL position. The Health Exchange (HIX) remains embattled for its October opening. HIX Article. Reaction to HIX will most certainly affect perception of employer programs and will affect employer choices. Establishment of this dialog is not only reasonable care to lawful compliance but also a gateway to best possible decision tools. While the "pay or play" component is pushed back, several new ACA employer mandates are already in force with more changes quickly approaching. We shall keep you posted as updates unfold, and we remain available with immediate information. 

OFCCP Issues New Affirmative Action Plan Rules

A new Federal Contract Compliance Manual is available with guidelines for new rules effective July 2013. The new FCCM Manual addresses recent administrative rulings concerning AAP parameters and OFCCP reporting. Federal contractors including banks are encouraged to review definitions and provisions.

FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Couples Transfers to State Decisions

The 2013 repeal of DOMA shifts FMLA decision making to states, and states determine recognition of same-sex marriage. If an employer chooses to grant spousal leave not legally required, the employer must ensure that the leave taken is not counted against the employee’s FMLA leave entitlement. BLR Article. Employers are encouraged to review their FMLA policies for this and more 2013 changes. FMLA compliance investigations are on the rise for all employers. Law News. Assistance with FMLA changes has become an extremely popular HRS program. The IRS is newly allowing FIT deductions for same-sex insurance premiums where same-sex marriage is applicable by state of marriage or residence.

"No-Vacation Nation"... Rethinking PTO

Americans are using less Paid Time Off these days. Is this due to concerns about the economy and job security? In part, absolutely! In addition, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows less PTO being offered. SHRM Article. The practice of consolidating vacation, personal and sick time into one PTO plan continues to gain popularity for several practical and compliance-favored reasons.

Hospitality Employers Debate Automatic Tipping for 2014 

Starting in January, the Internal Revenue Service will begin classifying those automatic gratuities as service charges, treated as regular wages, subject to payroll tax withholding. This changes tax treatment and recordkeeping. WSJ Article.


News About HRS...

HRS Celebrates 30 Years of Success

We are 30 years new, and we send heartfelt appreciation to our treasured clients and all those who have supported us! Our relevance and ability to get ahead of the mainstream remains unparalleled. Please scroll down for highlights of new program launches and recent developments. 

New HRS Programs

Answer Desk remains extremely popular as a subscription tool to research access and custom crafted answers. As a follow-up subscription service, eTools has launched this month to offer self-serve access to sample policies, forms and decision guides for customization. Our revamped eStore streamlines the proposal and purchasing process for client programs in project, hourly or subscription-based formats. Tickets to our newly public Handbook Design Workshops announced just last week are already selling out fast. 

Employee Assessment Soars as Decision Tool for Change Management

Extremely popular for new hires, promotion decisions and learning needs analyses, our library of 30-year validated tools is being widely called upon by companies in state of change. Third party expert tools safeguard legal compliance and employee buy-in to "Right sizing" and restructuring decisions. Click for more info 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!  


Speaking Tour Update

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 The Affordable Care Act (Both Employer & Employee Education), Performance Management, Anti-Harassment, Social Media, Organizational Communications and More. Our flagship programs remain private employer-site workshops.  

Thought Leadership Blog

Highlights of recent and popular articles...

  • FCRA Compliance Blueprint for Employer Background Checks
  • HRS Addresses the ACA: New Cures for the Lingering Headache
  • Mobile Solutions are In Flight, On the Road and In the Home
  • Catch Someone Doing Something Right
  • “If I’m a Self-Starter, Why Aren’t You?”... Team Members High in Initiative are Challenged as Coaches
  • P3 Compliance and Constructing Policies That Hold Up in Court

  • HRS is available to assist with each and every topic mentioned herein. Please consider us for your HR/OD and legal compliance needs.  Time, human capital planning, employer brand management, cost containment and risk management are more important than ever before. Please browse our website or visit our eStore for more information.


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