Improve Retention with an Engagement Survey

Do You Have Engaged Employees? Do you find yourself asking yourself the following questions: How can I better retain my employees? What can I do to make my employees more engaged? Are my employees happy working here? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to conduct an engagement survey.  An … Continued

Employee Onboarding

Employee Onboarding: Making New Staff Feel Welcome Each year, 25% of the population makes some kind of career change. The onboarding process that new employees experience is crucial to their future success, and will ultimately save you dollars from your bottom line when you see a reduction in turnover. Below are some things to consider … 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

Total Compensation Statements

Certainly most employees realize that their employment comes at an additional cost to their employer beyond their direct pay (base pay and/or incentive pay). However, they may not realize that employers are providing them with thousands of dollars in additional benefits, both mandated and voluntary.

Quiz Corner: Overtime Pay

Can You Refuse to Pay Unauthorized Overtime? Q: Can an employer refuse overtime pay for an employee if the company policy clearly states that overtime must have prior management approval? A:  Employees who clock in and out in order to be paid are usually nonexempt and only paid for the hours they work.  Even if the … Continued

2019 Cost of Living Adjustments

The IRS just released inflation-adjusted items for 2019.  Below are the new amounts effective January 1, 2019. Flexible Spending Accounts Health FSA For  2019, the dollar limitation on employee salary reduction contributions to a Health Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA) will increase by $50 to $2700 per plan year. Adoption Assistance FSA The maximum amount … Continued

Quiz Corner: Holiday Pay

Q:    Are employers required to provide holiday pay to part-time employees? A:    It depends. Employers aren’t obligated to pay any hourly non-exempt employee for holidays they do not work; however some employers voluntarily do so. Often times, companies will offer paid holidays to only full-time employees but some also have paid holidays for regular … Continued

The Benefits of a 401k

Don’t Leave Money on the Table, Participate in Your 401k By James H. Cosgriff IV, CFP, CPA Over the last 30 years there has been a shift in employee retirement plans. The days of the gold watch and a guaranteed pension for life are all but over for individuals working for private companies. The responsibility … Continued

Quiz Corner: Two Week Notice

If an employee gives a two-week notice of resignation, can an employer choose to terminate them immediately?

Compliance Update: NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention

Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Update NY State has considered the many comments that were submitted in response to their proposed Sexual Harassment Prevention policy and training requirements, and posted their final model policy and training requirements.  They have back-tracked on their original requirement that the training of all current employees be completed by January 1,  2019 … Continued