Category

Uncategorized

Why Don’t We Labor on Labor Day?

By | News, Policies and Procedures, Uncategorized

Why Don’t We Labor on Labor Day? Our news usually deals with business topics, but with Labor Day coming up this weekend, we thought it would be interesting to look at the history and origination of our beloved “end of summer” holiday: Labor Day. This day might better be called “Workers’ Day,” because that is who it celebrates—the American worker and the trade and labor groups that support them. Encouraged by the labor movement, Labor…

Read More

Is It Time to Retire Your Mechanical Time Clock?

By | Payroll, Recordkeeping, Uncategorized

“Punching the clock” has long been a euphemism for “going to work,” since it comes from the practice of personnel “punching in” by sliding timecards into a mechanical device. Salaried employees may not need to “punch in and out,” but for hourly employees, it’s the only way to measure their time and ensure they are paid accordingly. However, older mechanical time clocks aren’t always accurate and are susceptible to “buddy punching.” Additionally, processing their time…

Read More

Make Technology Work for You

By | Benefits & Insurance, Best Practices, Employee Engagement, Technology in the Workplace, Uncategorized

In our last article, we offered strategies for managing personal technology use at work. Employee use (or abuse) of technology in the workplace, while detrimental, is not the only concern for business leaders. Firms must also help workers better manage their time using technology for valid business purposes, both inside and outside the office. Here’s a bit more practical advice. Help Workers Help Themselves: Many office workers report that the volume of business email and…

Read More

Why Don’t We Labor on Labor Day?

By | Benefits & Insurance, Employment News, News, Uncategorized

Our news usually deals with business topics, but today, we thought it would be interesting to look at the history and origination of our beloved “end of summer” holiday: Labor Day. This day might better be called “Workers’ Day,” because that is who it celebrates—the American worker and the trade and labor groups that support them. Encouraged by the labor movement, Labor Day’s first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886,…

Read More

Data Protection: Create Human Firewalls

By | Uncategorized

When your data is breached, it is most often as a result of a security gap in your network as well as a human gap. According to a report from the Ponemon Institute, companies are attacked an average of 16,856 times a year. Further, “43 percent of U.S. companies experienced a data breach in 2014,” according to the institute. You heard about them in news reports last year – Target, Home Depot, Staples and others….

Read More

Narrowing the FLSA’s “White Collar” Exemption

By | Uncategorized

Last March, President Obama directed the Labor Department to make overtime pay an option for millions of additional workers by narrowing the “white collar” exemption under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), which would more restrictively define the duties test and raise the threshold for the salary basis test. Originally intended to go into effect this past November, it now looks as if it will be the first quarter of this year before it is…

Read More

The High Cost of Sleepless Nights

By | Uncategorized

sometimes have trouble sleeping. On a recent night of tossing and turning, I got up to check my phone and found an article that had been emailed to me about, you guessed it, sleep deprivation. I have a friend who calls the many things that keep business owners up at night “entrepreneurial insomnia.” There is a real impact on entrepreneurs when they don’t get enough sleep. “The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great…

Read More