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Hurricane Michael- Guidance for Employers

October 8, 2018

The following is general HR guidance to assist businesses that may be impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida, Alabama, and surrounding areas.

Safety First/ Workers’ Comp

In the wake of hurricanes and natural disasters, employers face a new host of employee safety issues.

If your employees continue to work either in relief or recovery efforts that support your business, they still fall under the protections afforded by workers’ compensation insurance; safety must remain a top priority.

The Perfect Blend of Benefits and Cool Perks to Lure Top Talent

September 24, 2018

If you had to name one thing that the “best places to work” have in common, a good guess would be a generous benefits package. According to Glassdoor, the job search and comparison site, 57% of job seekers list benefits and perks among their top concerns when evaluating a job offer. 80% of employees would choose an added perk instead of a raise.

Hurricane Florence: HR Guidance for Employers

September 11, 2018

In the wake of hurricanes and natural disasters, employers face a new host of employee safety issues. If your employees continue to work either in relief or recovery efforts that support your business, they still fall under the protections afforded by workers’ compensation insurance; safety should remain a  top priority.

Check Your Knowledge of Background Checks

August 15, 2018

Background checks are a useful tool for employers to collect and verify important information about a potential new hire. These screenings are subject to various local, state and federal laws which dictate when an employer can and should use certain types of information in employment decisions as well as how to protect that information.  

Non-Compete Agreements - Should Small Businesses Keep Using Them?

July 18, 2018

Non-compete agreements are commonplace in the marketplace. These are contracts in which one party (usually an employee) agrees not to engage in certain acts in competition against another party (usually the employer), within a limited geographic area. The logic behind these agreements recognize that during the course of employment, employees form business relationships with their employer’s clients and customers, and employees also learn about their employer’s confidential information and trade secrets.  Employers correctly have an interest in preventing the distribution of their confidential information to competitors as well as an interest in retaining their customers.  To this end, non-compete agreements are beneficial in that they encourage employers to invest in human capital while providing some assurance that an employee will not poach trade secrets or other confidential information with the intention of subsequently working in the same or similar job position for a close competitor.  

Trends Ahead for 2018's Health Care Enrollment

July 10, 2018

For insurance agents, it’s never too early to start building a strategy for their clients’ open enrollment program. In fact, the savviest producers are constantly looking at trends that may impact the employee benefits space. By analyzing changes in the insurance marketplace, staying up-to-date with what’s happening on Capitol Hill, and state and local governments, and by assessing the evolving expectations of your clients and their employees, you can gain a critical competitive edge in the months ahead. 

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