Building Trust in the Workplace

Who Will Catch You? Remember when you would participate in the “trust falls” while spending your time at summer camp as a kid?  With great anticipation, excitement and maybe even fear you would fall back and your partner or team would catch you.  Although it all seemed like fun and games at the time, the … Continued

ESC Appears on the Inc. 5000 for the 8th Time

Inc. magazine revealed today that Employer Services Corporation (ESC) is No. 158 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. ESC’s honors for this year’s ranking also included #4 top human resource companies and #18 top NY companies.

Workplace Lactation Rights

Less than 20% of Moms Who Breastfeed Know Their Workplace Lactation Rights The results of a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research revealed that only 18% of nursing mothers know all their lactation rights in the workplace. The survey polled 1,000 working mothers in the U.S. with children ages two and under who are breastfeeding … Continued

Tough Conversations

They Never Told Me One of the most common mistakes that managers make is failing to let employees know that there is a problem with their behavior or performance.   Or, when the do, they are not clear.  Often, we hope that the employee will improve or end the poor behavior on their own.  Yet, … Continued

Controlling “Uncontrollable” HR Costs

Managing Your Unemployment Costs Often times business owners think unemployment costs just drain their bottom line and that there is nothing they can do to change it.  But the fact is, strong proactive HR systems can truly help keep costs minimal. Simply stated, the amount of successful unemployment claims made against a company’s  account determines … Continued

Workers Accuse Google of Retaliation

In November 2018, Google Employees protested against pay inequity and nontransparent approaches to the topic of sexual harassment, among other things. These are hot button topics within employment and HR. Now several of these Google workers are claiming that they are being retaliated against by their employer.

DOL Proposes Amendment to Clarify Overtime Pay Calculations

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) generally requires overtime pay of at least 1 ½ times the regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week for non-exempt employees.  The Department of Labor (DOL) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the rules regarding how overtime is calculated, specifically related to what forms of “regular pay” employers include and exclude in the 1 ½ times calculation.

Toxic Behaviors in the Workplace

Caution:  Hazardous/Toxic Behaviors Ahead Individual personalities are a large part of the dynamic within a workplace.  Unfortunately, personalities may be hard to read during the interview process. Sometimes an individual’s true personality shines through after beginning work as an employee.  Research has shown that most hiring failures come from poor culture fit rather than a … Continued