Workshop: Top 10 HR Mistakes All Employers Make!

October 30, 2018 / by Cheryl Perez posted in Compliance, Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT AND WATCH CHERYL PRESENT THIS TOPIC LIVE AT BIZCONCLE THIS THURSDAY!!

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The fact is human resources is one the most stressful, yet critical, aspects of running a business. Being a small business owner and wearing many hats, you always have to “handle” HR on your own.  It is taxing, confusing, overwhelming, and constantly changing.  You probably often wonder if you are doing things correctly, legally, and in the best interest of your employees and therefore, your business. The fact is, robust HR management practices can reduce costs, improve business performance, and ensure legal compliance. However, most small to medium sized businesses just cannot afford to employ an experienced, qualified, and in most cases, extremely expensive Human Resource professional. So…they make a ton of mistakes. This workshop will discuss the Top 10 mistakes and how to avoid them in a fun David Letterman Style checklist!

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Hands Off! Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

October 16, 2018 / by TeNita Bryant posted in Lawsuits, Compliance, Human Resources, Internal & External Human Capital

The definition of Sexual Harassment has evolved over the years. It is a form of sex discrimination that has its roots in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This federal law made it illegal for employers to qualify or disqualify a person, within an employment setting, based on their sex. This could be either male or female; discrimination is not gender specific. Sexual Harassment is taking sex discrimination a step further. It is making unwanted advances toward a person with the expectation of specific behaviors. It can mean:

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Hip, HIPAA, Hooray!

October 09, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in Lawsuits, Compliance, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Determining Opportunities & Threats

So, the title of this article is a tad misleading. While I don’t have any news that’s worth throwing a parade over regarding HIPAA, I do have some really great information, tips, & tools that will provide some clarity and direction for HR professionals and executives that manage HR, regarding HIPAA. 

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I-9s, Audits, and ICE, Oh My!

July 31, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in Lawsuits, Compliance, Human Resources, Determining Opportunities & Threats

With every change in the oval office, we typically see some change in employment law as well. We, HR folks and business owners, must stay abreast of and in compliance with all of them!  Agendas for our major agencies (the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Homeland Security, etc) are drastically affected by the standing administration’s goals and objectives. Our latest change in administration is no different. One recent major focus has been combating the hiring and ongoing employment of workers who are ineligible to work in the United States. According to Acting Executive Associate Director for HSI, Derek N. Benner, “Our work site enforcement strategy continues to focus on the criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly break the law, and the use of I-9 audits and civil fines to encourage compliance with the law.”1.  Here’s everything you need to know to do just that:

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Beat the Heat! Stop Employees from Baring It All This Summer

July 24, 2018 / by TeNita Bryant posted in Compliance, Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

The sun is shining, the temperature is warm, and you are looking forward to walking in the office to get your day started.  You open the office door and you walk by Mindy in her flip flops, miniskirt, and halter top. You take a few more steps and you pass by Walter who has on his baseball cap, ripped jeans, and a t-shirt with logos and writing on it and you’re scratching your head wondering if you walked into your place of business or if you have just entered “The Twilight Zone”. You finally get to your office, take a seat, and take a sip of coffee when in comes your Administrative Assistant Trisha, who walks in with leggings and a midriff shirt on. You ask yourself, “What is happening?” Then you say to yourself, “Ohhhhh it’s a change of seasons and the heat is here". So, you immediately pick up your employee handbook (if you don’t have one, let BIG-HR create one for you) and go to the Dress Code section and there it is... or I should say, there it isn’t. You are missing a summer dress code policy!

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A Remedy for Sleepless Nights: 3 Reasons Why HR Truly Matters

April 17, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in HR Outsourcing, Compliance, Removing the Stress of It All, Delegate

Hiring the right people, firing, disciplinary actions, administering benefits, monitoring employee performance, issues related to compliance, muddling through an ineffective recruiting process, that employee manual that hasn’t been updated in 4 years...I mean I could literally go on all day listing the things that I’ve heard Presidents of companies, CEO’s and other executive’s (who’ve been kinda-sorta designated as HR) describe as some of their everyday headaches and things that keep them up at night. 

While it’s true that most small and even some mid-sized companies don’t need an HR department, it certainly does not mean that there shouldn’t be an HR person or strategy in place because ALL of the things mentioned above…it's ALL HR! So, if you’re one of those employers or managers that’s up at night worrying about HR stuff, here are 3 reasons why a sound HR function should truly matter to you:

(Spoiler alert: a restful night could be in your near future)

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Avoid an Audit: Stay on Top of Benefits Compliance or Face Escalating Fines

December 11, 2017 / by Cheryl Perez posted in Penalties, Compliance, ERISA

It’s common that employers aren’t sure whether their benefit plans are complying with all the applicable laws. “It’s not necessarily the plan design, deductible or what’s covered that’s the issue,” says Cheryl Cooper Perez, president of Benefit Innovations Group. “Rather, companies tend to fall out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s required compliance benefit notices and summary plan descriptions, all of which are documents the Department of Labor mandates and employers must deliver to employees.”

 

There are various notices employers are required to provide to employees on an annual basis, some at specific times, such as when a new hire is brought on board, or if there are changes to a plan design or an employer’s contribution to the plan. Missing any one of them can result in significant fines.

 

Smart Business spoke with Perez about managing benefit compliance to avoid costly penalties.

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