Do you need a written PTO policy?

The Importance of Having a Written PTO Policy Employment law does not mandate the allowance of paid time off (PTO) to employees for events such as vacations, personal time, and sick days.  It is, however, a best practice of  Employers of Choice. Employers have flexibility regarding the amount of time off, if any, they will offer to … Continued

Quiz Corner: Which interview question is a “no-no”?

Which interview question has the potential to be discriminatory under federal law? A.  Why did you leave your last job? B.  This job requires you to lift 10-pounds. Are you able to lift at least 10-pounds with or without reasonable accommodations? C.  Are you a U.S. Citizen? D.  Who is the best manager you ever … Continued

Is it Time to Outsource Your HR?

You Know it’s Time to Outsource HR When… ESC has been working with for-profit and non-profit organizations of various sizes and industries for over 20 years. During the conversion process, we find that many of our new clients have things in common that helped them make the decision to outsource. If you find yourself relating … Continued

Why was I terminated?

Giving a Reason for Employee Termination There may be times when a business owner or manager will terminate an employee and not provide the individual with a reason for the separation. We have had business owners and managers make the statement “we are an at-will employment state, and I don’t have to give them a … Continued

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

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

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

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