NY State’s Paid Family Leave (NY-PFL)

What to consider as you prepare By Cindy Lawrence, HR Consultant Employers are most likely already aware of New York State’s Paid Family Leave Program, effective January 1, 2018.  If an employer is required to provide Disability coverage, then they will also be required to provide Paid Family Leave to employees. Employers with even one … Continued

Hiring Do’s and Don’ts

The Amherst Chamber Education Series Presents  – Hiring Do’s and Don’ts This HR Breakfast Seminar, presented by Lauren Kersten, HR Consultant, Employer Services Corporation (ESC) will take place September 7th, 2017, from 8:15-9:30 am at The Amherst Chamber. Overview Bringing new staff on can be fun and exciting, but it also can be daunting. Sometimes … Continued

The Final Incident

Final Incident One of the Key Deciding Factors in Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist The New York State Department of Labor follows specific procedures when determining a claimant’s eligibility for unemployment benefits. Awareness of these procedures and having strong proactive HR systems in place will assist in protesting any unjustified unemployment claims. … Continued

Creating a Compelling Employee Experience

What is employee experience and how do organizations create that experience? By Liz Warren, Executive Vice President Human Resources As appeared in PEO Insider We have found that it means different things to various organizations and at ESC we work with our clients to help them create and live a culture where the employee experience … Continued

US DOL Working to Update Salary Level for Exempt Employees

Just when you thought it was behind us… By Sharyn Weinfurtner, HR Consultant, ESC In 2016 the US DOL issued final regulations raising the Federal minimum weekly salary level for exempt employees to $913 from $455 effective December 1, 2016.  This had employers all around the country scrambling to figure out ways to compensate formerly … Continued

Document, Document, Document!

Why is My HR Rep Always Nagging Me about This? I have a friend who has a photographic memory. If you ask her when something happened, she can tell you the exact day, the time, what she was wearing and what she ate for every meal of that very day. It is an amazing thing … Continued

Background Checks for New Hires

What You Should Know About Background Checks Today, employers are conducting more and more background checks on new candidates in hopes of making a great hire. It is a best practice to conduct a job related background check after an offer of employment is given. A comprehensive background check may consist of prior employment verification, … Continued

Employer Services Corporation Announces New Hires

Buffalo, NY – July, 2017 Employer Services Corporation (ESC), a leading Professional Employer Organization (PEO), recently announced that Kelsey Talley and Erin Coakley have joined the company’s HR Consulting Team. Kelsey Talley has joined ESC as an HR Consultant and Erin Coakley as an HR Specialist. Talley brings with her six years of HR experience … Continued

The Strategic Component of Human Resources: Part III of III

Strategic HR and the PEOple Cycle:  Part III of III Whitney Bower, Lauren Kersten, and Liz Warren Welcome to the final part of our series Strategic HR and the PEOple Cycle.   Parts I and II focused on recruiting and onboarding; and managing, coaching and disciplining.  Here, in our final part of this series, we will focus … Continued

Quiz Corner: Employee Advances

Is it okay to offer employees loans? By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist Q:   An employee shared with his employer that his family is going through a hard financial situation. He indicated it was difficult to make ends meet. Is it OK to offer the employee a loan through an employee advance and have him pay … Continued