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

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

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

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

Lunch & Learn: NYS Paid Family Leave

Starting January 1, 2018, the New York State Paid Family Leave Program the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave (PFL) policy will take effect. Join Employer Services Corporation‘s HR Compliance officers, Cindy Lawrence and Sharyn Weinfurtner at the chamber offices on Thursday, July 27 at 12pm. To learn how, as an employer or business … Continued