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Aug 29 2015

When it comes to the relationship between US immigration laws and US employers, one of the biggest topics you need to stay up-to-date on is Form I-9 compliance and the E-Verify program.

While both deal with employment eligibility, there are major differences between the Form I-9 and E-Verify that can confuse employers (not to mention potential changes that could affect the whole process).

Let’s take a look at the basics of Form I-9 and E-Verify:

Jul 29 2015

It's the "gig" economy, stupid!

Yes, the gig economy - defined by workers becoming freelance service providers (such as taxi drivers through Uber or house cleaners through Handy) and dominated by internet startups as platforms to connect those who need a service with those who can provide it.

Judging by the wild success of companies like Uber – which connects users with the nearest available taxi driver using a smartphone app – it’s a rather profitable business model. Which is why there’s been loads of attention lately – from lawsuits to political battles – on the fact that the workers for these new “gig economy” companies are classified as independent contractors instead of employees.

And now, the Department of Labor is revising the traditional standard employers have used to classify workers.

Jul 09 2015
benefits of employee self service

Chances are you have your hands full.

In case you forgot: you have to deal with a host of ever-changing compliance and legal issues, benefits administration, the oversight of confidential employee information, and everything else that comes with managing a team of employees.

And if a magician stepped into your office right now with the power to eliminate a bunch of the time-stealing, email-clogging, desk-covering tasks that characterize your work week, you’d probably be pretty excited.

While we’re running low on magic wands at the moment, we did put together a list of the top 4 benefits of employee self-service portals (ESS) – or features in HR systems that allow employees to manage their personal information and payroll data and easily interact with their organization.

ESS portals will make your job easier and your employees happier in 4 big ways:

Mar 25 2015

This short video will show you how to add electronic signature - or e-sign - to your company forms and documents.

It's easy - just draw the signature box right onto your form and your employees will be able to electronically sign it from their self-service portal.

Don't forget to add the signature date box! 

Mar 17 2015

This short video showcases some of the new features in the HRCheck document center that will be released on Friday, March 20.

You’ll notice a more accessible layout in addition to some new icons. The trace icon will provide a listing of employees who received the document. You can click the icon again to view trace details, which will provide the originator and distributor of the document and if and when the employee e-signed the form. The trace icon will appear red if some employees haven’t e-signed yet.

To send a document, we’ve added drag-and-drop functionality so you can easily select which employees will receive your documents. Just drag the employees over and click “Save.”

Questions about the new document center? Click here for a full-length webinar we hosted on March 12.

Nov 21 2014

Thanks to all who attended our webinar on ACA employer tools and tactics yesterday!

Layla Taylor from Sullivan, Hayes, & Quinn offered her expert insight on the employer provisions of the law, while CheckWriters’ Stacey Hall demonstrated the easy functionality of our ACA Tools.

We've compiled the 5 most-asked questions from the webinar for you to look over. Who knows - your biggest ACA "what-if" might have made the list.

PS: You may have missed the webinar - or you may have found it so useful that you want to watch it again! We posted a video of the webinar to our Vimeo account - click to watch.

Oct 08 2014

Have you heard of it before?

It’s the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) – the one that rewards you for hiring individuals from certain target groups like veterans and social assistance recipients.

And with a potential credit of up to $9,600 per eligible employee during the first year of employment, you’ll want to ensure your pre-screening and documentation processes are in credit-maximizing mode.

Read on to view our infographic on WOTCs so you don’t miss out!

Sep 10 2014

Last week, CheckWriters released Free-Form Scheduling: the latest addition to your HR Check apparatus that will allow you to build schedules from scratch, copy previous schedules, and even auto-adjust for widescreen display.

We talked to our always-imaginative Development Team about the coolest features they built into Free-Form Scheduling.