Social Security Administration Resumes Issuance of “No-Match” Letters

The Social Security Administration recently resumed issuance of Employer Correction Requests, formerly known as social security “no-match” letters. These SSA Employer Correction Requests are likely another effort of the federal government to crack-down on unauthorized workers in the United States.  The Employer Correction Requests alert employers of mismatches between submitted W-2 form information and SSA [...]

Employee’s Discrimination Case Involving Medical Marijuana Usage Provides Warning to Employers

"A recent case out of Arizona demonstrates that drug testing employees for marijuana use, and taking disciplinary action on the results, remains a complex issue in the many states which have legalized medical marijuana use. State statutes may (or may not) provide employee protections for off-duty use of medical marijuana or for status as a [...]

5 Evolving Trends Regarding Employee Time Off

With recent unemployment rates reaching historic lows, employers across the country are struggling with one downside of a strong economy: fierce competition for talent. To attract and retain qualified workers, companies of all sizes are bolstering their employee benefit offerings. Currently, there are 5 largely evolving trends regarding employee time off.

5 Evolving Trends Regarding Employee Time Off

With recent unemployment rates reaching historic lows, employers across the country are struggling with one downside of a strong economy: fierce competition for talent. To attract and retain qualified workers, companies of all sizes are bolstering their employee benefit offerings. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that nearly a third [...]

7 Costly HR Pitfalls for Small Businesses and How to Avoid Them

Defined as those with 500 or fewer employees, small businesses are powerful engines of innovation and economic growth in the U.S. According to the Small Business Administration. These organizations account for over 99 percent of all businesses in the country and employ approximately 48 percent of the American workforce. Unfortunately, however, many small businesses do [...]

CPA Firms—Have You Audited Your HR Practices?

Have You Audited Your HR Practices? For CPA firms and other businesses in the accounting industry, the stress of delivering optimal results for clients in light of a complex, ever-changing tax code can detract from effective workforce management and compliance with employment laws. However, it is crucial for employers in any industry to periodically review [...]

What Businesses in the Accounting Industry Should Know About California’s New Employment Laws

For employers in California, the beginning of 2018 ushered in a plethora of new employment laws designed to bolster employee rights. These laws—which range from a higher minimum wage to new requirements for the hiring process—apply to nearly all employers in both the public and private sectors. Complying with the new laws may be particularly [...]

Five Warning Signs of Employee Disengagement—and How to Fix It

For an organization to achieve optimal success, its employees must not simply do their jobs—they must do them with enthusiasm, a sense of personal investment, and a commitment to surpassing goals and driving results. These are characteristics of employee engagement, which refers to employees’ emotional commitment to and involvement in their organizations. Fully engaged employees [...]

How to Improve Recruitment By Creating a Better Candidate Experience

Building a workforce that will drive business success begins with attracting, screening, and hiring the right people. As organizations navigate employee recruitment, it is crucial that they consider the process from the candidates’ perspective and take steps to create the best possible candidate experience—even for those who are not offered a position. The candidate experience [...]

Hugging in the Workplace: Friendly Gesture or Grounds for a Lawsuit?

In most contexts, hugs are a social staple—a seemingly harmless means of expressing affection and friendship. However, a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has left employers vulnerable to lawsuits when hugs in the workplace are deemed unwelcome or excessive. The plaintiff in Zetwick v. County of Yolo was a female correctional [...]