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Breaking Down the Latest Changes with the DOL’s Evolving Independent Contractor Classification

Starting March 11, 2024, a new ruling from the Department of Labor (DOL) regarding the independent contractor classification status becomes effective. This new ruling raises the bar for classifying workers as independent contractors instead of classifying them as regular employees. This new ruling applies to all employers currently working with independent contractors, or those considering … more »

Navigating Holidays in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers

Holidays are a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness, but for employers they may also present a unique set of challenges in the workplace. Balancing the festive spirit with the responsibilities of running a business may be a delicate task, and that’s why it’s crucial for employers to consider some key factors when navigating holidays … more »

Utilizing Progressive Discipline: Crafting a Culture of Continuous Improvement

In today’s dynamic workplace, it is crucial for employers to go beyond simply establishing clear and fair guidelines for managing employee performance issues, and to instead create a growth-minded culture of continuous improvement. Progressive discipline policies provide a structured approach to address specific needed areas of growth, ensuring that employers maintain a professional and positive … more »

The Importance of Job Descriptions

As HR Consultants we are frequently asked by employers, “What documents are the most important for us to have for employees within our organization?” Generally, our first response is an employee handbook. An employee handbook provides information to employees on what is expected of them in the workplace from an organizational perspective. It is also … more »

Navigating Open Enrollment: A Guide to Streamlining Employee Benefits (2023)

For many employers, it’s time to start thinking about when and how exactly to roll out open enrollment for this year. Open enrollment is a vital annual process that may significantly impact an employee’s well-being and satisfaction. This article will provide employers with insights and strategies to create and implement a successful open enrollment process. … more »

The New Form I-9 and What Employers Need to Know

Effective 8/1/2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), released a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. The following changes were made to the updated version: Employers may begin using the form effective 8/1/2023. However, must begin to use the form no later … more »

Compliance Posters: Mandatory Updates and More

In the complex realm of employment law, employers face numerous obligations to safeguard the rights and well-being of their employees. Compliance posters may have started in the early 20th century as simple text notices, but they have emerged as an ever-evolving essential tool to ensure adherence to various labor laws, serving as a tangible means … more »

Unveiling the Silent Disengagement: The Detrimental Effects of Quiet Quitting and Strategies for Employee Loyalty and Engagement

In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive work environments, employee loyalty and engagement are crucial for the success of any organization. While traditional forms of employee turnover are widely recognized and addressed, there is a subtle yet concerning phenomenon that often goes unnoticed – “quiet quitting.” Quiet quitting refers to the disengagement and withdrawal of employees … more »

Unlimited PTO: How Much Time Off Do Employees Really Need?

Unlimited paid time off (PTO), also known as unlimited vacation and sick leave combined, has been gaining more and more traction, especially over the past half-decade. An unlimited PTO policy, in its most basic form, states that employees are allowed to take off as much time as they would like, so long as they do … more »