Category: Workforce Management

More Employers Consider Vaccine Policies

As U.S. vaccination numbers rise,employers consider vaccination policies The vaccine effort in the United States has ramped up nicely. Recently we have seen dispersion as high as 2.5 million a day. The federal government will send out 27 million doses of vaccine soon — so the challenges of vaccination are going to change rapidly. The rapidly expanding vaccine […]

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2021 IRS Employee Retention Credit Changes/Updates

On April 2, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2021-23 to provide guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit (ERC) for the first two quarters of 2021. The ERC was originally created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and has since been modified and extended by other […]

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Employees May Resist In-Office Work Transition

Managers may be running into a common problem as employers advance their reopening plans: employees resisting transitioning back to working in an office full-time. Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the merits and pitfalls of working remotely were often debated. As states went into lockdown to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, many workforces were […]

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CA New Labor Law Poster

Changes Pertaining to FFCRA and Paid Time Off Reflected in New Mandatory Labor Law Poster. In California it is a requirement to post a labor law poster containing updates on the new FFCRA paid time off law. Covered Employees in the public or private sectors who work for employers with more than 25 employees are […]

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Employer Tips For Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims

Employers Should Be Prepared To Prevent Sexual Harassment According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers have a duty to investigate sexual harassment complaints and must take actions to prevent the recurrence of such offensive conduct in their workplace. In addition to these actions, an employer should have a sexual harassment policy in place […]

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President Biden Extends ACA Special Enrollment Period

ACA Special Enrollment Period Into August President Joe Biden’s administration recently extended access to the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Aug. 15, from the previously announced end date of May 15.   This direction comes after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened this SEP for […]

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The ARPA Act Affects COBRA Subsidy Provisions

COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act Important Dates: April 1, 2021 ARPA 100% subsidy begins to cover COBRA premiums. Sept. 30, 2021 ARPA subsidy provision for COBRA premiums expires. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law March 11, 2021, provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance […]

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2021 Employee Wellness Trends To Watch

Recovering from 2020 in the workplace After a year that was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of the workplace have changed, including employer-sponsored wellness programs. Prior to the pandemic, employers were already making a shift to the way they viewed and implemented wellness initiatives at their organization. Some of these changes […]

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Biden Alters PPP To Benefit Smaller Busineses

The Biden administration recently announced a 14-day period of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP) when only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for relief.

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Updated IRS FAQs on Form W-4

The IRS released a new Form W-4 on December 5, 2020. All of your employees must complete this form, the Employee’s Withholding Certificate, in order to begin employment. We answer some frequently asked questions for employers as well as employees about the new form.

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Preparing HR For A Future Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for HR departments. Now, HR is expected to understand public health challenges swiftly and manage them efficiently. MyHRConcierge offers four ways that HR teams can prepare for future public health crises while coping with the current COVID-19 fallout.

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Communicating With Employees About COVID-19 Vaccines

Do I have to get the vaccine? Employee communications related to the pandemic have played a major role in keeping employees safe and healthy while navigating operational changes and challenges. Now, the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines have become available after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for two vaccines. As initial supplies of […]

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5 HR Trends to Monitor in 2021

The Landscape Of HR Looks Different COVID-19 affected nearly every workplace function last year, and that influence will linger into 2021 and beyond. We are seeing that entire departments are being reimagined and reevaluated. Businesses will need to continually adapt quickly if they want to compete in this innovative landscape. HR departments are given more […]

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Holiday Parties Have Gone Virual?!? It’s a 2020 Thing.

Explore Virtual Workplace Holiday Parties At the end of the calendar year, workplace holiday celebrations are an experience that many employees look forward to as a highlight of the season. These celebrations are often a long-standing tradition allowing employees to celebrate with their colleagues—and sometimes family and guests. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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The Biden Administration Will Impact HR and the Workplace

New administration means changes to the HR landscape Each presidential transition brings changes to the HR landscape. When President Donald Trump took office in 2016, he overturned or revised many of his predecessor’s federal regulations, a common trend between administrations of opposing parties. It is also something likely to continue under President-elect Joe Biden. With […]

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OSHA Fines for COVID-19 Safety Violations

Coronavirus-related safety is serious business. Employers have a duty to keep workplaces free from known hazards—including coronavirus-related dangers—under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. OSHA announced on Nov. 6 that the agency has cited 179 worksites for coronavirus-related violations and proposed a total of $2,496,768 in penalties since the pandemic began, through Oct. 29. […]

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This 2020 HR Checklist Helps End The Year In Compliance

Out with 2020, in with the new year. In many ways, the final weeks of the year can be a little less demanding for most employees—a season of office parties, celebratory staff lunches, and vacation time. However, it’s one of the busiest periods for HR professionals. Before we can ring in 2021, we have to […]

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Closing Candidates Who Have Other Job Offers

Don’t Lose the Best Candidate To Your Hiring Process Hiring can be a time-consuming, costly, and stressful process. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect candidate, you may be faced with the harsh reality that the candidate has multiple job offers. The hiring process involves getting to know as much as possible about a […]

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Are You Guilty? Top Mistakes Made In Pre-employment Screening

Are you guilty of these background screening mistakes? Have you found yourself believing that you have found the perfect candidate only to discover that there was some information hidden? This is often very common and in the rush of recruiting and hiring, it can be easy to miss important background information details that could impact […]

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Recruiting and screening have gone virtual during COVID-19.  

Are the days of face to face interviews gone? So much has changed in the job market since COVID-19 arrived. In the area of recruiting, both recruiters and candidates have been forced to adapt to virtual platforms for interviewing, and even going through the complete hiring process from home. Many companies are unexpectedly finding that hiring […]

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Mandatory Masking for Some Workers

With the recent lift of coronavirus restrictions, more businesses are opening, but the number of cases are still rising. Masks are being advised or mandated in many states to slow the spread.

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Avoid these top mistakes made in screening of employees

Have you ever wished you knew something important before you made a mistake? Important parts of the hiring/re-hiring and management component of a company include background checks and screening. Being thorough about checking into your workforce and continually monitoring, can make a difference. Being diligent about screening can often help your business avoid complex HR […]

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Kim Lewis Adds Strength To Screening Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MyHRScreens™ Strengthens Team With An Expert Hire in Screening Services   Ridgeland, MS— June 23, 2020 — MyHRScreens™ is proud to announce and welcome Kim Lewis as Client Development Manager. MyHRScreens™ is a background check and screening company and is a sister company to MyHRConcierge®.  Lewis will develop and spearhead initiatives for […]

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Smart Hiring Means Less Turnover

Making the Smart Hire Makes Sense Hiring the right employee is a challenge in any small to medium size business. Hiring has never been easy, but the current business trends are more challenging than we may have predicted. As a business owner it is important to adapt to the trends and to implement systems within […]

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It Makes Sense for Your Business to Outsource HR

Outsourcing HR needs is a smart answer for the new and more complex workplace Let’s face it, the workplace has changed. It’s our job as employers and human resource providers to adapt with it. Outsourcing HR is a smart option. In today’s environment of regulations and litigation, it is important to ensure that your company […]

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The Shelby Report: Ask 3 Questions Before Letting an Employee Go

HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Making the decision to let an employee go can be difficult at best, and can expose grocers to legal action and fines at worst. However, employees that consistently violate policies or underperform are bad for business and the morale of […]

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Proposed Overtime Ruling: What Business Owners Need to Know

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new ruling last month that affects whether employees are deemed eligible for overtime or not. The DOL has estimated the change will make more than 1 million employees eligible for overtime that are currently defined as exempt. If the ruling passes, some of the more important […]

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Steps for Dismissing an Employee

No one looks forward to having to let an employee go. But, when it becomes clear that it is time to dismiss an underperforming or contentious employee, it is best to have a plan in place that protects business owners from discrimination or wrongful termination lawsuits.

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MyHRConcierge Celebrates 10th Anniversary in HR Industry

Credits Milestone to Commitment to Personalized Customer Service Ridgeland, Mississippi (03/13/2019) – MyHRConcierge (MyHRC) announced its 10th anniversary as a leader in human resources compliance and administration services. Chris Cooley and John Yerger founded MyHRC in 2009 because they saw a real need among U.S. small to medium-sized business (SMB) owners for a simpler, more […]

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U. S. Department of Labor Proposes New Federal Overtime Rule

Pending Regulation Would Make More Americans Eligible for Overtime Pay After months of speculation, the U. S. DOL has proposed an increase of the threshold for employees who are eligible for overtime pay. Currently, the Fair Standards Labor Act (FSLA) states that salaried employees, such as managers and other specialized employees, are exempt from being […]

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The Shelby Report: Five Employee Handbook Tips To Give Grocers The Advantage

HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Our company recently performed an HR survey, and 25 percent of the survey respondents noted a concern with their lack of a handbook or the compliance of their current handbook. Most grocers understand that it is important to have an […]

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MyHRConcierge Partners with UNFI

Adds HR Compliance Offering to Ease Burden for Independent Grocers MyHRConcierge (MyHRC), a leader in human resources management and administration services in the independent grocery industry, has partnered with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) to expand its business service offerings to UNFI’s customers across the U.S. UNFI will offer its customers an affordable way to […]

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MyHRConcierge Announces New Website Launch

Redesign Improves Access to Industry News and HR Solutions RIDGELAND, Miss (02/06/2019) – MyHRConcierge (MyHRC), a leader in human resources compliance and administration services, announced today the launch of its newly designed website at  myhrconcierge.com. The completely redesigned website features enriched content and improved functionality to guide users who are in search of solutions to […]

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The Shelby Report: Workplace Bullying and the Potential Costs

HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Most of us experienced or witnessed bullying on the playground as kids, but many small and medium business owners are unaware of how prevalent bullying currently is in the workplace, and how corrosive it can be to the work […]

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The Shelby Report: Key to Success – Hire & Keep the Best People

HR & Benefits News: Key To Success – Hire & Keep The Best People HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. It’s no secret, hiring and keeping workers has significant impact on independent grocers. Its impact is second only to “competition from other retailers” say independent grocers […]

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The Shelby Report: Myth Busters – Avoid Risky Employment Practices

We hear three common myths about employment regulations as we work with independent grocers. Believing these myths could sink a small to medium-sized business. This “myth busters” chart can help independents recognize and avoid employment practices that put them at significant financial risk. Read more at: HR & Benefits News: Myth Busters—Avoid Risky Employment Practices

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The Shelby Report: Avoid Sexual Harassment Policy Hazards

Editor’s note: HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Stories of accused sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer and others appear daily in the media. More than ever before, grocers are at risk if they don’t have the right sexual harassment policies […]

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The Shelby Report: Current Employee Handbook – A Must for Grocers

Editor’s note: HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors. Myth: Independent grocers really don’t need employee handbooks…no one reads them anyway. Reality: An employee handbook can help protect grocers who face lawsuits or discrimination charges if it’s up-to-date and well-written. Grocers of all sizes need a current employee handbook. If you […]

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