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Strategic Planning

HR budgets returning to pre-recession levels

11/13/2015
The typical HR department saw its budget rise by 4.2% this year. That’s a slight rise from the past three years, when budget increases ran from 3.6% to 3.9%, but well up from the 2009-2011 recession levels, according to the newly released HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis report from Bloomberg BNA.

Scrutiny of arbitration agreements on the rise

11/13/2015
If you require employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, expect more questions from them in light of recent media attention.

College completion slowing even as STEM studies grow

09/26/2015
While the demand for educated labor continues to increase in the U.S., new research from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. suggests the supply of qualified candidates may not be keeping up with employer demand.

Checklist: Processes to prevent internal theft

09/22/2015
A Small Business Administration report says 30% of employees admit to stealing from their employers. Every organization needs policies and procedures in place to curtail internal theft. Test your company’s efforts by answering the following questions.

Surge in mail delays delivers potential legal risk

09/16/2015
If your HR department relies on timely mailing of compliance documents, take note of a new development.

Mandatory EEO-1 surveys due back to EEOC by Sept. 30

08/29/2015
Check your mail! The EEOC has sent out notification letters alerting large employers that they must complete their 2015 EEO-1 surveys.  The EEO-1 is an annual survey that all private employers with 100 or more employees are required to fill out.

6 questions you must ask when buying lawsuit insurance

07/31/2015
Employment practice liability insurance covers you against losses resulting from employee lawsuits, but it pays to shop around.

Prep new hires with a welcome package

03/04/2015
What first impression do you give new employees? You can start new hires feeling organized and in the know before their first day on the job by sending a welcome package in the mail.

What to do when an enforcement agency contacts you

01/28/2015

The federal government, most states and some municipalities all have agencies charged with enforcing employment laws. Employers are most likely to have contact with agencies that enforce anti-discrimination laws, usually when an employee or former employee files a complaint. How you deal with those enforcement agencies when discrimination charges surface matters a lot.

Disaster and pandemic planning for employers: A primer

12/05/2014
Having even a basic plan in place will help if and when the unthinkable strikes.