HRS Quarterly Fast News, Spring 2010

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New Hiring Activity Offers Opportunity & Calls For Employer Strategy...

The BLS reported 162,000 new jobs added in March, yet the unemployment rate remained relatively stagnant at 9.7%.  Jobs are being created in new sectors with loss in others.  Our talent acquisition reports applicant availability is tightening in certain fields while simultaneously becoming more robust in others. Employment is shifting due to economic trends, but there is most certainly activity to capitalize upon. Set your strategies accordingly. Bureau of Labor Statistics Details

Legal Compliance Drilldown & Links...

Changes include the HIRE Act, ARRA, FLSA Government Crackdown, Expanded Anti-Harassment Definitions, CHIPRA, FMLA, COBRA & UI Updates, Mental Health, GINA, Privacy, I-9 Audits, E-Verify, Recordkeeping and much more. Self-serve review and/or quick consultation (consider HRS) shall avoid fines and contain costs. A few new highlights follow...

The HIRE Act:
 Employers who hire unemployed workers between Feb. 3, 2010 and Jan. 1, 2011 may qualify for a 6.2-percent payroll tax incentive. In addition, for each worker retained for at least a year, businesses may claim an additional 2011 tax credit, up to $1,000 per worker.  Employers must secure a W-11 affidavit as protocol. 

Exempt vs. Hourly:  DOL cracks down on overtime, rounding, recordkeeping and early punch rules. In addition, employers confuse the "salary" test with the "exempt" test, and fines are growing. Link to DOL & FLSA

CHIPRA: Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). Employers who offer group health plan coverage must provide notice to employees according to set 2010 deadlines and annually thereafter.  Model notice.  
Many statutory changes are requiring updated labor law posters with appropriate employee access.  As several poster services are peppering employers with unnecessary solicitation, HRS is recommending annual subscription services with flat annual fees and competitive price points.  

Employers Embrace & Battle Social Media as Both Friend & Foe...

Social media can grow your business and develop your employees.  Deployed inappropriately it can create workplace conflict or reckless legal exposure.  Keep it on your good side with a well-crafted policy, training and enforcement.  Excerpts from our recent address at Loyola University.

Employee Assessment Selection... Hand Scoring vs. Internet Based 

On line assessments fail to deliver.  Hand scoring still matters and "old school" still rules.  Read about it.

Flex Officing that Works: Capacity & Morale Up... Costs Down!

Flexible scheduling remains a successful lure to attract, retain and engage top talent.  Organizations not requiring the brick and mortar of years past are capitalizing on flexible scheduling often combined with team shared and/or virtual offices.  HRS is one of these organizations successfully prototyping the concept and paving the way. Forbes article. Contact us for case studies and related survey results. 

Cheers to Employer Partners Participating in our Wall Street Journal Collaboration

HRS and the WSJ together thank the many employers who enthusiastically answered the call for topic research on 2010 compensation and incentive trends.  Having forwarded remarks and contact information to the WSJ, we are extremely pleased to have facilitated introduction for those who stepped forward.  The kickoff piece focuses upon publicly traded companies. 

Getting Your Sense of Humor Back... Lighten Up to Boost Productivity 

A relaxed mind is a productive mind and we could all use a little levity to spark creativity and stave workplace conflict.  Anxiety and harassment fears have stripped some humor from the workday.  Laughter is the best medicine, so let us get it back.  Community projects and charitable involvement are other great initiatives to build morale and team energy.  And here is another idea... please consider an Arthritis Walk for these positive outcomes plus wellness enhancement.  

HRS Ranks #7 Top Management Consulting Firms, Phoenix Business Journal

Still enjoying consistently high rankings in Greater Milwaukee, we are pleased to announce our Scottsdale office has earned us a seat on the Phoenix Book of Lists.  With a keen eye on competitive excellence, we owe our recognition to client loyalty and referral.  We pledge to deliver... year after year.  However, please "do not get us started" on the AZ immigration law enforcement controversy.  

Please consider us for your compliance planning, answer desk, talent assessment/acquisition or workshop training needs.  Time, human capital planning, cost containment and risk management are more important than ever before. 

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