The Power of Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a creative method of generating a large volume of ideas free from criticism.  Brainstorming was developed in the 1940s by an advertising executive who was frustrated with his employees.  The employees were unable to individually develop ideas for advertising campaigns, but were successful during group sessions.  Brainstorming is now one of the most well-known tools for developing ideas in business.

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

Meliora Consulting’s Green Belt Training Recap

Master Black Belts Present Key Six Sigma Concepts and Tools in Green Belt Training Meliora Consulting recently hosted 27 trainees from 9 companies for 4-day Six Sigma Green Belt training. Throughout the week, 5 Master Black Belt instructors presented key Six Sigma concepts and tools through a variety of presentations and hands-on exercises. The class … Continued

Quiz Corner: Two Week Notice

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

LSS Green Belt Class December 2018

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course A Lean Six Sigma 4 day course is designed for professionals looking for a systematic way to drive improvement initiatives at their company.  Class size is limited, please contact us for availability. Students will receive customized training and individual coaching from our team of  Master Black Belts: Class Date:  December 4 … Continued

It’s All About the People: Part II

It’s All About the People:There is no magic wand Part 2:  Becoming an Employer of Choice The recruiting strategies discussed in Part I of this two-part series have made a significant impact in the workplaces of our clients. For example, a mid-size company that had concerns attracting candidates asked for assistance. They also had a … Continued

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

Quiz Corner: Employee Advances

Is it okay to offer employees loans? By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist & Onboarding Consultant 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 … Continued