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Workforce Challenges Continue as Top Priority for Manufacturing

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: Human Resources, Manufacturing|

By: Joy Duce, SPHR  In the manufacturing arena, recruiting employees is harder now than it has ever been in the past ten years. In fact, according to the Society for Human Resources Management, one-third of HR professionals in manufacturing have said in recent

The Top Six Ways to Show Employee Appreciation Besides Bonuses During the Holidays

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: Human Resources|

‘Tis the season to celebrate your employees and show appreciation for their hard work and commitment. Not every organization has the means to offer bonuses to their entire staff, nor do some companies wish to

OSHA Provides Important Clarification on Safety Incentive and Drug Testing Guidance Programs

By |November 5th, 2018|Categories: Human Resources|

Earlier this month the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced important clarifications to the 2016 injury and illness rule. Previously, the 2016 ruling was viewed as having the potential to penalize U.S. employers for

Baby Boomers vs. Millennials: The Difference in their Work Ethic

By |October 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Take a look at the people surrounding you in your office. Chances are, there are representatives of more than one generation. While everyone there shares common goals of achieving success in their career and for the

Sexual Harassment Training for Supervisors and Employees in NY and NYC: Now Available!

By |October 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Effective October 9, 2018, all New York employees must be trained annually on sexual harassment prevention. New York employers will need to have the approved training topics and programs in place for all employees. They

M&D Mini Series: Talent Acquisition Remains a Priority…and a Challenge

By |July 12th, 2018|Categories: Manufacturing|

How do manufacturers attract skilled workers? It’s a question hiring managers throughout the industry are still trying to answer. Respondents selected “lack of qualified workers” as the top barrier to growth in 2018. The search

Worksite Investigations and I-9 Audits Expected to be a Record High this Summer: Are you Prepared?

By |June 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The spotlight on worksite enforcement and employment authorization derives from the Trump administration's multipronged strategy to stifle unauthorized immigration. In 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) signaled it would significantly step up audits and

On-Demand Webinar: Payroll and HR Best Practices

By |November 16th, 2017|Categories: On-Demand Webinar|

We invite you to view our webinar, "Payroll and HR Best Practices: What you Need to Know for Year-End and Beyond." By registering for this webinar, you will be able to view the on-demand webinar at your convenience

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Department of Labor Deposit Requirements: What Employers Need to Know

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The timely deposit of elective deferrals and loan payments concerning 401(k) plans continues to be a major emphasis of examinations conducted by the Department of Labor (DOL). These examinations were implemented to safeguard any contributions

Extreme Caution Advised for Businesses and Not-for-Profits – IRS Issues High Alert for Mass Data Theft

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

How to Be Vigilant Against W-2 Phishing Scams and Requesting Tax Sensitive Information and Wire Transfer Requests With the rapid influx of W-2 phishing scam reports, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state tax agencies

The overtime opportunity: How manufacturers can make the most of DOL’s new rule

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule will have a major impact on businesses across industries, including manufacturers. And with the rule scheduled to go into effect on December 1, the clock is ticking

New Illinois Law Furthers Protection for Pregnant Women in the Workplace

By |February 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

On the first of the year, Illinois passed a law protecting the rights of pregnant women in the workplace. Signed on August 26, 2014 by then Governor Pat Quinn, Public Act 98-1050 is intended to

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Payroll Best Practices: Year-End and Beyond

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

The IRS estimates that 40 percent of small and mid-sized businesses get dinged with payroll penalties each year. With an average payroll penalty of more than $800 per instance of non-compliance, these are mistakes you

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Protect Your Not-for-Profit Against These 13 Damaging Risks

By |January 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

In 2012, a well-known foundation ran into a series of dilemmas, from eliminating much-needed community grants to increasing its CEO’s salary by 64 percent. These events created distrust among the foundation’s supporters, leading to a

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Not-for-Profit Board vs. Management: The How-To’s of a Thriving Relationship

By |December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

One of the most critical elements to a high-functioning not-for-profit organization is the positive, mutually understood relationship between the board of directors and management, yet in many organizations, this relationship continues to foster habitual tension.

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Don’t Be Caught Off Guard with Wage & Hour Woes

By |November 26th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Wage and hour violations are at an all-time high with no end in sight. Wage and hour cases are costly and time-consuming, and can be devastating to an organization. Penalties for non-compliance can be quite

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How to Retain Employees Ready to Resign: Part 2

By |April 8th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

In yesterday's blog post, we explored the costs of losing quality employees and 10 signs that employees may be ready to leave your company. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, salary, feeling valued, advancement opportunities and

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Optimizing Job Listings: How SEO Can Improve Your Talent Pool

By |March 26th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Recruiting great talent is expensive and time consuming. While it’s rare to find a company that hasn’t turned to the Internet for finding talent, few are using it optimally. Spending just a few extra minutes

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Tips for Finding Top Talent & Avoiding Hiring Mistakes: Part 3

By |March 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hiring managers are not pleased with two out of every three new hires—that’s 66 percent of all new hires. That’s a lot! Fortunately, avoiding hiring mistakes is not

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Tips for Finding Top Talent & Avoiding Hiring Mistakes: Part 2

By |March 14th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Imagine you’re a hiring manager or business leader who recently lost a key employee. Upon his or her resignation, you began planning the strategy for interviewing and hiring a successor. You’ve made it through the pre-interview

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Tips for Finding Top Talent & Avoiding Hiring Mistakes: Part 1

By |March 12th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

It happens often in organizations—someone resigns and you’re left to find a replacement, sooner rather than later. Whether this worker was part of upper management or held an entry-level position, he or she had responsibilities

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What Must be Included in an Employee Handbook?

By |September 20th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

The employee handbook—it’s a set of expectations that everyone within the organization can follow. It’s a supervisory tool. It’s your “rules of the road.” It’s one of your best organizational protections and is the cornerstone

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What Must be Included in an Employee Handbook?

By |September 20th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

The employee handbook—it’s a set of expectations that everyone within the organization can follow. It’s a supervisory tool. It’s your “rules of the road.” It’s one of your best organizational protections and is the cornerstone

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How Can Today’s Manufacturers Find Skilled Workers?

By |August 15th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

About 10 million manufacturing jobs worldwide remain unfilled, because of the skills gap. Attracting and retaining skilled workers is a top priority for U.S. manufacturers. According to a survey of U.S. manufacturing executives from the

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How Can Today’s Manufacturers Find Skilled Workers?

By |August 15th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

About 10 million manufacturing jobs worldwide remain unfilled, because of the skills gap. Attracting and retaining skilled workers is a top priority for U.S. manufacturers. According to a survey of U.S. manufacturing executives from the

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6 Ways to Ensure Effective Employee Relations

By |August 12th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Has anyone ever said, "I want to work in a toxic environment where teamwork and communication are weak, employees have zero resources and are treated like dirt, and expectations are misunderstood"? Probably not. Rather, many

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How to Improve Organizational Effectiveness through Training

By |August 5th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Creating a formal training and development program for your organization not only helps support your compliance efforts, but it also shows employees that you want to invest in their success. There are various types of

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Understanding Your Nondiscrimination Test Reports

By |June 12th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

As a sponsor of a qualified retirement plan, you must ensure that your 401(k) plan does not favor Highly Compensated Employees (HCEs). These 20-minute on-demand webinars will help you better understand and evaluate your plan's

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10 Ways to Retain and Motivate Your Best People

By |June 7th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Although money can be a great motivator, there are other―some might say better—ways to retain and motivate your best people. Many times we assume that promotions, raises and bonuses are the only ways to recognize

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4 Barriers to Innovation and How to Knock Them Down

By |May 16th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Regardless of what you are trying to achieve—creating a product, being an industry leader or finding a new way to accomplish tasks for effectively—innovation can be a challenge. You may think you’re not creative or

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Design a Successful Benefits Plan in 6 Steps

By |January 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Similar to our recent blog post on designing a compensation plan, benefits plans should also stay as consistent and as competitive as possible—that is, after all, what will keep your top talent. Successfully design and communicate

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5 Steps Toward a Successful Recruitment Strategy

By |December 19th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Following a cookie-cutter approach is near impossible for recruitment managers of varying organizations. Finding your own, efficient process—from the interview through the offer letter—is what will deliver the best results possible. To get you started,

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4 Characteristics of a Good Job Description

By |November 30th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

From recruitment and compensation to training and employee relations, leaders in human resources (HR) take on a variety of responsibilities. And with those responsibilities comes compliance—making sure that you are abiding by ever-changing employment laws.

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How 4 Resources Can Keep You Updated on Employment Laws

By |November 19th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Anyone handling human resources (HR) today is faced with an ever-changing landscape of federal, state and even local employment laws. Cutting through this clutter is a daunting task for even the most diligent HR professional

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How 4 Resources Can Keep You Updated on Employment Laws

By |November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Anyone handling human resources (HR) today is faced with an ever-changing landscape of federal, state and even local employment laws. Cutting through this clutter is a daunting task for even the most diligent HR professional

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20 Questions to Ask Prospective HR Outsourcing Vendors

By |October 30th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

A couple months ago, we gave you five reasons why you should consider outsourcing your human resources responsibilities. Now, you’ve probably put some thought into doing just that, and it’s time to research potential outsourcing vendors and

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3 Models to Help Manage Organizational Change: Part 2

By |October 11th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Last week, we provided two out of the three models that can help managers understand and lead organizational change more effectively and efficiently. As we mentioned, managing this change can be a time-consuming task, and

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4 Key Questions to Improving Non-Profit Staff Turnover

By |October 8th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

The 2012 Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey, a report distributed earlier this year, found that as the economy begins to rebound, non-profit leaders anticipate an increase in employee turnover. Whether these employees decide to leave because

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5 Networking Traits to Build Strong Business Relationships

By |October 1st, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Several years ago, the Sunday Magazine in the Chicago Tribune ran an article featuring top networkers. The resounding message was that individuals who are considered at the top of their networking game are those who

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How to Set Clear Performance Expectations for Employees

By |August 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

A key driver of employee productivity is role clarity. Clearly articulated expectations empower employees to perform satisfyingly and grow strong working relationships. Because expectations serve as a standard for measurement, they enable employees to evaluate

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Client Spotlight: Community Contacts

By |August 24th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Established in 1978, Community Contacts, is a private, not-for-profit, human service organization that serves the Kane and DeKalb counties in Illinois. Community Contact's mission is to assist elderly, economically disadvantaged, and persons with disabilities through programs

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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Your HR Activities

By |July 24th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Companies’ human resources (HR) departments have a lot of responsibilities—from benefits, education and recruiting, to leadership development, change management and everything in between. What if you could focus on the HR activities that directly affect

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This material has been prepared for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as accounting, tax, or other professional advice. Please refer to your advisors for specific advice.

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