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Recognizing Potential Workplace Violence

February 18, 2019

Creating a safe work environment used to mean focusing on things like air quality and slip and fall accidents. Sadly, today's world has workplace safety managers examining safe zones and evacuation routes to prepare for n active shooter entering the workplace.

It is a scenario that few want to think about – but it’s important to be prepared.

The Hot HR Trends to Watch This Year

February 1, 2019

The success of HR will largely be based on staying nimble, evolving their organization’s policies and leveraging technological advances to ultimately reshape their workplace practices.

With that in mind, here are the top HR trends that will take center stage in 2019.

Is Your Company Ready for the New California Law on Sexual Harassment Training?

January 22, 2019

In the wake of repeated, high-profile allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace, organizations across the country are re-examining their policies, and many are voluntarily re-writing their rules when it comes to employee training, reporting and response procedures when allegations are made. 

But it’s not just the accepted standards and operational guidelines at individual businesses that are under discussion; the law is changing. 

Safety First: OSHA Reporting Requirements

January 11, 2019

Each year, employers must complete and post the OSHA Summary Page Form 300A, even if no work-related injuries or illnesses occurred during the year. This form must be posted by employers between February 1 and April 30.

Top Ten Checklist for a Successful Company Party

December 14, 2018

Every year companies are faced with the task of hosting the annual holiday party. Or not. 

In the wake of a slew of high profile sexual harassment lawsuits and growing awareness of rampant misconduct in the workplace, some companies are thinking twice about planning any social events for employees. 

Yes, there are many ways that a seemingly harmless celebration can turn into an HR - and PR (public relations) - catastrophe. But, with some careful pre-planning, solid HR policies, and clear and open communications with employees, you can have a fun, worry-free work party at any time of the year.

Here are 10 tips to remember when planning an office social event. Some may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how many companies forget common best practices.

Some FYIs on FSAs - Use it. Don't Lose it.

November 26, 2018

The IRS recently announced changes to the 2019 contribution caps for health flexible spending accounts and transportation plans.

The annual, pre-tax contribution limit for employee health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) will increase $50 in 2019 to $2,700. This also applies to limited-purpose FSAs which are designed for use with health savings accounts and exclusively cover dental and vision expenses. 

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