Month: June 2007

by National Peo

Best Practices

As a Human Resources Consultant, I frequently field questions about employee tenure, retention, and of course, temination for no particular reason other than the employee is “…not a good fit.”  I remind my clients that it all beings with interviewing and selection and effective onboarding.  As most Human Resources Professionals can attest, there is no exact […]

 In an alternative to comprehensive immigration reform being debated in the Senate, several House Republicans introduced a bill on Tuesday, June 19, that would concentrate solely on border security and work-site enforcement. GOP leaders of the House immigration and homeland security committees propose to require that all 7 million U.S. employers sign up for the […]

For those of you who have not heard, on May 25, 2007, President Bush signed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which raises the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over the next two years. To unravel the difference between the federal wage and state wage, states may assess that a higher wage […]

The cost of providing health care is expected to increase as much as 11.2 percent in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey of more than 70 health insurers representing more than 100 million insured individuals. A breakout by plan category found: • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)—rates are projected to rise by 10.9 […]

Employers and HR consultants for years have pondered ways to retain aging workers as the retirement wave nears. But as companies start to tackle the issue, many are realizing that the solution is not just about coming up with new ways of working; it’s about creating a culture where employees close to retirement age feel […]

Workers’ compensation laws are the most difficult government regulation to deal with, but also the most beneficial to employees, small business owners said in response to a survey by the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations.   NAPEO surveyed 429 small businesses around the country and asked 16 questions about labor laws and other employment […]

June 03, 2007  From The Pocono Record For many small businesses, the administrative burdens of hiring, managing and paying employees are just too much to contemplate. As a result, many business owners are turning to alternative methods of hiring staff, including something called the “professional employer organization” or PEO. PEOs are companies that help businesses […]

Gone, but not forgotten.Laptops, pagers, cell phones, personal digital assistants and BlackBerry devices have become “e-leashes” that virtually tether some employees to the office even while they are supposedly on vacation. And while only 9 percent of 6,823 private-sector employees surveyed said their employers expect them to check voicemail or e-mail while on vacation, others might […]

Hectic family schedules, soaring gas prices and the e-leashes of technology will prompt more workers to opt for long weekends that serve as mini-vacations instead of taking long blocks of vacation time as in years past, according to recent surveys and a trend forecast. Three- and four-day vacations are replacing the once-a-year, two-week vacation for […]

With the week-long Memorial Day congressional recess looming, President Bush signed into law an increase in the Federal minimum wage on Friday, May 25. This is the first time in a decade that the minimum wage has been raised. The wage increase was added to the most recent Iraq war funding bill. The new law […]