Dec 08 2017

When it comes to onboarding software, let employees drive the process so HR can play the long game

Do you know what happens to approximately 1 in 3 new hires?

They quit within 6 months!

That sobering statistic is just one reason why HR pros – and business owners if they oversee the hiring process – should focus on building an onboarding experience that goes well beyond the first day.

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Nov 10 2017

New York employers need to gear up for this new Paid Family Leave Law

Employers in New York know that under the state’s Disability Benefits Law (DBL), they are required to have disability benefits coverage for their employees.

Beginning January 2018, New York employers will also be required to have paid family leave benefits under the new Paid Family Leave (PFL) law.

Similar to DBL, PFL is funded by employee payroll deductions. Employers were allowed to begin the PFL deduction July 1, since employees can begin using the PFL benefit starting January 1, 2018.

Here’s what employers need to know about the New York Paid Family Leave Law >

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Sep 25 2017

What employers should know about the new Rhode Island sick leave law

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:

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Sep 12 2017

New Massachusetts law raises employer tax, imposes $750 penalty

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.

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Aug 31 2017

White House suspends EEO pay data reporting requirements

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.

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Jul 21 2017

CheckWriters hosts 'Girls Inc' future leaders in Boston


“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.”

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May 16 2017

Should your business offer an HSA?

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:

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May 09 2017

3 ways the ACA replacement bill affects employers

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:


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May 02 2017

Why good bosses want their employees to use vacation time

"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).

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Mar 28 2017

What the survival of ACA means for employers

As of yet, the ACA has neither been repealed nor replaced.

This reality comes after much speculation that many of the ACA’s most unpopular provisions would be on the chopping block during the first weeks of the new administration.

For employers, it means one thing: continued compliance with the ACA’s tracking and reporting obligations for employers with 50 or more full-time employees or equivalents.

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