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2024

Eight Lessons Worth Sharing from My 25 Years in HR

By HR
Before I founded MarathonHR in 2004, I was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of another Georgia-based professional employment organization (PEO). Over the course of the past 25 years, I’ve seen a lot of changes in human resources administration. However, there are some truths about the practice of human resources that seem to transcend time. Pay people right. It may be tempting for employers to hire someone as an independent contractor instead of putting them…
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How Will Nationwide Ban of Noncompete Agreements Affect SMBs?

By HR, Legal
In April 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final rule announcing a nationwide ban on noncompete agreements. Noncompete agreements are typically signed at the beginning of a business relationship, such as when a new employee is hired. The FTC asserts that noncompetes are an “often exploitative practice” that prevents workers from having the freedom to change jobs or start a business. If a worker subject to a noncompete wants to leave a job,…
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What You Need to Know About the Corporate Transparency Act

By Legal
In 2021, Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) to curb illicit finance activities, such as money laundering, tax evasion and other illegal activities. The federal agency charged with enforcing the CTA is the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).  Who’s Affected by the CTA  The CTA requires that companies doing business in the United States report mandated information about the people who own or control them, including beneficial owners and applicants. The CTA applies to…
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What Not to Do When Hiring Someone with Disabilities

By Tips
Hiring employees with developmental disabilities may strengthen your competitive edge in finding talented workers. In addition to qualifying for tax credits, your business may benefit from the message of goodwill and inclusivity it conveys about your company’s culture.  Many candidates with disabilities are quite capable of handling the tasks associated with a job. However, because developmental disabilities are often marked by behavioral or physical impairments that affect day-to-day functioning, you will want to approach the…
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Protect Yourself from Check Washing

By Tips
If you mail a check that doesn’t reach the recipient, check washing – a form of check fraud – may be a possible reason it doesn’t get to its intended destination.  Even though more people are using electronic payment methods, checks are still widely used and frequent targets for criminal activity. In fact, more than 680,000 cases of check fraud were reported last year by federal authorities, which was nearly double the previous year’s amount. …
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Effective Management Includes Training and Delegation

By HR
Managers often think that it’s faster and easier to perform a task themselves rather than taking the time to train someone else to do it. The adage, “If you want something done right, do it yourself” may often be true, but that approach doesn’t allow employees to learn and grow. Strengthening the Manager/Employee Relationship If you’re doing most of the work yourself, then your workload is likely too heavy. According to Gartner, the average manager…
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Unemployment Representation is a Key PEO Benefit

By HR
With a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) arrangement, a business shares employment-related responsibilities with the PEO. The business remains the “Job-Site Employer” and the PEO becomes the “Administrative Employer.” This co-employment relationship and shared responsibility allows the PEO to represent the employer in the unemployment claims process. For example, MarathonHR can represent its PEO clients at an unemployment insurance appeals tribunal with the Department of Labor (DOL). As the business’s representative, MarathonHR can provide legal testimony…
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Hiring Employees with Developmental Disabilities

By HR
Is hiring employees with disabilities a smart move for your business? The U.S. Small Business Administration says that hiring disabled individuals can help businesses meet their talent needs and strengthen their competitive edge during times when it’s challenging to find talented workers. In addition, hiring disabled workers can create a culture of diversity and inclusivity that generates goodwill among a business’s customers. There can also be economic benefits in the form of tax credits and…
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Addressing Employee Theft and Pilfering

By HR
Retailers like Target, Best Buy and Foot Locker, along with major drugstore chains, have announced store closures due to problems with crime. They say that theft has become a significant problem for their bottom lines.  However, retail shrinkage doesn’t just occur from shoplifting. Inventory loss also occurs from breakage, spoilage and returns that are unusable. As CNBC reported last year, companies often blame organized theft for shrinkage, but the issue of employee theft is also…
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Workers’ Comp Costs Reduced by Timely Reporting

By HR, OSHA
Accidents in the workplace are unpredictable, but employers can do their best to plan for accurate reporting and recordkeeping.  When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, time is of the essence. Prompt reporting of accidents and injuries reduces an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance costs.  Why Timely Workers’ Comp Reporting Matters  ‘Lag time’ is a key workers’ comp industry term that is defined as the time between the occurrence of a work injury and when a…
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