A PEO Company Answers: What is an Illegal Interview Question?

If you do not currently work with a PEO Company that keeps you informed on the latest workplace regulations, you may not be aware that there are questions that should not be asked during a job interview. Asking these questions can make your company liable in a discrimination lawsuit. And those risks are real.

Written By: Jim Thibodeau

How You Can Compete for Top Recruits

Recruiting top talents requires going deeper than visiting a few college campuses and posting a job ad. Employers should take a hard look at their interview process in order to attract the right employees that will not only have talent but will also fit your company culture.

Written By: Jim Thibodeau

More on the FLSA Changes: Are you ready for December 1, 2016?

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the new and final regulations to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), with an effective date of December 1, 2016. This means that we must quickly review employees’ overtime status to determine whether they fall within the exempt or nonexempt categories of the FLSA’s new regulations.   The final overtime regulations issued by …

Written By: Andrea Westhead

Colorado Affirmation Form Update

According the Colorado Division of Labor there is an updated Colorado Affirmation form to help ensure employees are legally eligible to work for both public and private businesses. You will need to update your pre-employment packet to include an updated form for Colorado Affirmation. This form is to fulfill the Employment Verification Law requirements in addition to the I-9. The …

Written By: Andrea Westhead

Voting requirements for employers

On Tuesday, November 6, Americans will cast their vote for the next President of the United States as well as many additional important political positions and amendments. As an employer, you may have questions regarding your requirements for allowing your employees time away from work to vote.  According to the Colorado Secretary of State, and Revised Statute §1-7-102, employers must allow …

Written By: Eugena Bellamy

New Tax Credit for Employers Who Provide Health Insurance Coverage.

Millions of small businesses have or will receive postcards from the IRS alerting them to the new Small Business Health Care Tax Credit and encouraging them to check their eligibility. Even if you don’t receive a postcard, your business still may be eligible. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, included in the health care reform legislation, signed by President …

Written By: Jake Stratton

HIRE Act: Two New Tax Reduction Benefits for Employers

The IRS late last week released an employee affidavit form that employers need in order to claim the tax credits available under the recently enacted Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. The HIRE Act created two new tax benefits to employers who hire unemployed workers this year between Feb. 4, 2010 and December 31, 2010. The first tax benefit …

Written By: Jake Stratton

Surviving a Layoff (Employer)

Five tips for both the employer and employee. Part two Employee No one that I know of is comfortable with the thought of preparing for a staff reduction.  Both employers and employees are often placed into unchartered waters.  Everyone has questions and finding or knowing the answers often seems as easy as walking through quicksand.  I have a unique perspective …

Written By: Eugena Bellamy

Victory for Employers in City of San Francisco

Employer Mandated Healthcare Struck Down By Courts On December 26, 2007, Federal Judge Jeffrey White awarded summary judgment to the Golden Gate Restaurant Association in its challenge of the City of San Francisco Employer Mandate for Healthcare. In striking down the law, which was scheduled to go into effect yesterday, the court cited conflicts with ERISA which preempt the city …

Written By: Jim Thibodeau

Employers Report Reduced Exposure To Employment-Related Lawsuits Through Use Of Employee Handbooks

In a recent HR study by Cornell University, small businesses with employee handbooks reported fewer misunderstandings with employees, higher levels of employee satisfaction and were better protected in the event of an employment-related claim. According to the Small Business Administration, an employee handbook is one of the most important communication tools between a company and its employees. Not only does …

Written By: Jim Thibodeau