How to Build More Efficient HR

Posted by Kathi Guiney on September 5, 2017, HR Audit | No Comments

You hire, you fire, you hear grievances, and put on what feels like 83-hour harassment trainings. Or at least that’s all anyone thinks you do. But we in the industry know Human Resources is so much more than these high-profile activities! There are policies to write, practices to follow, and strategies to implement, all while juggling ever-changing employment regulations. With everything you have to do, do you know if your company’s HR approach is streamlined for your business’s objectives, or if it is even compliant with the latest employment law? (more…)

The Human Resources Audit: How Efficient Is Your Company’s HR?

Posted by Kathi Guiney on September 9, 2015, HR Audit | No Comments

Do you know if your company’s HR practices are streamlined for your business’s objectives, or if they are even compliant with the latest employment regulations? If the answer isn’t a resounding YES!, chances are a Human Resources Audit could benefit your company. (more…)

Are Your Contractors Really Employees?

Posted by Kathi Guiney on January 29, 2014, Employee Classifications | No Comments

Can you spot the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?  If this answer doesn’t come readily to you, and if your business uses contractors, you’re in danger of landing in a pickle.  Why?  Because if you don’t know the difference, you may be in the 30 percent of employers who are misclassifying their employees as contractors.  Don’t be in that 30 percent!  If you learn the classification rules before the IRS and the Department of Labor stop by for an audit, that knowledge won’t come with a side of fines and back taxes.  So it pays to classify correctly, especially in a time when every business is trying to save money. (more…)

Hiring? Don’t Get Sunk By I-9 Employment Eligibility Compliance

Posted by Kathi Guiney on September 5, 2012, HR Audit | No Comments

As far as the job search goes, we at YES! Your Human Resources Solution have good news for your company—it’s still a hirer’s market.  Thanks to recruitment through social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, today’s talent pool includes workers from all over the world.  All these diverse workers have one thing in common: to legally work for your company, they must be eligible for employment in the United States.  As your company’s Human Resources professional, it’s your job to make sure this is true! (more…)

Resolve to Better Your Business in 2012

Posted by Kathi Guiney on December 22, 2011, HR Audit | 6 Comments

Lose weight.  Exercise more.  Figure out that Wii thingamajig from last Christmas.  We all make New Year’s resolutions to better our personal lives, so why should we do anything differently with our businesses?  This new year offers small-business owners the opportunity to evaluate operations over the past year and see what worked, what didn’t, and what can help the company develop in 2012.  Sometimes all it takes is a knowledgeable team and a nudge in the right direction.  With that in mind, here are some actions your company can take over the next few months to strengthen your business and its team, and to propel both toward the company’s long-term goals. (more…)

Employee or Independent Contractor: Are You Classifying Correctly?

Posted by Kathi Guiney on November 9, 2011, Employee Classifications | 2 Comments

Does your business use independent contractors?  If it does, and if you missed the recent wave of IRS employee-classification audits, consider yourself lucky—the feds might not pass you by next time.  These recent IRS audits will generate the first statistical look at employment-tax compliance since 1984.  Back in the era of Reaganomics and big hair, about 15 percent of employers misclassified an employee as an independent contractor, for a total of 3.4 million misclassified employees.  State audits have shown this problem persists into the ObamaCare years.  Could one of those misclassified employees be yours? (more…)

Can Your Business Afford to Bypass an HR Audit?

Posted by Kathi Guiney on July 27, 2011, HR Audit | 6 Comments

Feeling the heat of the economic climate? If your business has resorted to layoffs or may soon scale back operations, you may be at an increased risk for employment-related lawsuits. Hundreds of employment lawsuits are filed each week, and with employees winning two-thirds of all cases, small businesses are on the losing side, especially financially. The average compensatory award in federal court employment cases is nearly a half-million dollars, not including punitive damages or attorney fees. Even settling a lawsuit can cost over $300,000. Can your business afford such costly fines?