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Sep 26 2017

Rhode Island is set to become the 8th state in the country to mandate paid sick leave. 

The bill, “The Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act,” mandates that employers with 18 or more employees in Rhode Island provide 1 hour of paid leave for every 35 hours worked. Employers are required to provide up to a maximum 24 hours in 2018, 32 hours in 2019, and 40 hours by 2020.

Here are some of the top items in the new Rhode Island sick leave law employers should be aware of:

Sep 12 2017

A recently signed law in the state of Massachusetts will penalize employers who have workers receiving subsidized health care, while also increasing the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) tax rate. It applies to Massachusetts employers with six or more employees and is set to take effect January 1, 2018. 

There are two parts to the law; the first increases an existing tax (the EMAC), while the second introduces a new penalty.

Aug 31 2017

On August 30, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued an immediate stay of the pay data collection provisions of the revised EEO-1 form.

Remember that last year, the Obama administration announced updated EEO-1 reporting requirements that would require pay information be included on the new form. This latest order from the Trump administration removes those previous requirements.

Aug 17 2017

“It’s ineffectual to communicate behavioral feedback and perceptions any other way than interpersonally. HR technology can facilitate and document the conversation and review, but only a capable leader can deliver this type of feedback in an honest, motivating, and accountable way,” says Carly Fallon, HR Director at CheckWriters.

In today’s workplace, detached employee rating systems and dispassionate evaluations just won’t cut it. Once Leaders embrace meaningful feedback, the process of evaluating, growing, retaining, and engaging their teams will be that much stronger.

Jul 21 2017

 

“The initiative behind Girls Inc. is ‘inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold,’" said Carly, CheckWriters Director of HR. “Their programs enable girls to learn, develop resiliency, get involved with their communities, build friendships, and strengthen their capabilities as critical thinkers."

"CheckWriters was honored to host this event with such an impactful organization in our community.”

Jul 12 2017

When you take beignets, Bourbon Street, and 10,000+ SHRM-certified professionals, you’re bound to get a lively HR conference.

But the 2017 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in New Orleans wasn’t just about having a good time. The trainings, sessions, and speakers were jam-packed with leadership tips and advice for HR pros.

Here are the 2 bold leadership tips that stood out to our team of conference attendees:

Jun 16 2017

There’s a new comp time proposal, and it would allow private employers to offer time-off instead of cash.

In May, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 – which seeks to adjust the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – passed the House of Representatives.

The bill allows private sector employers to compensate employees who work overtime with paid time-off (PTO) instead of overtime pay. However, employers are prohibited from encouraging or otherwise pressuring employees to choose PTO over actual overtime pay.

Read these 3 takes on the new comp time proposal and how it could affect your business and team if it becomes law.

May 16 2017

There are a number of ways you can structure your health benefits to attract talented workers. Health Savings Accounts – or HSAs – are not only attractive to your employees but can benefit your business as well.

And this may be the best time for your business to offer an HSA: the AHCA – which would repeal and replace most of the Affordable Care Act – makes HSAs an attractive option for businesses and individuals by removing pervious barriers and increasing contribution levels.

Here are the top benefits of HSAs for employers and employees:

May 09 2017

Here’s a quick look at the latest ACA news.

On May 4th, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It does a few big things of interest to employers:

 

May 02 2017

"Vacation shaming” is spreading across the country just in time for beach weather.

According to the 2017 Alamo Family Vacation Survey, nearly half of all American workers report feeling “vacation shamed” – being made to feel shame or guilt by co-workers for taking a vacation.

But good bosses and managers know – hopefully from experience but also from statistics and research on the subject – that “unplugging” every so often allows you to recharge and return to work with increased energy and motivation.

Here’s why empowering your employees to take time-off is a good thing (plus, a few pointers on how to build a company culture and implement tools that make it easier).