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How to Optimize HR During a Recession

September 06, 2022

Engaging HR in your company’s decisions is more critical in today’s economy than ever. During a recession, businesses are forced to make tough decisions about layoffs, pay cuts, and...

Modern HR Benefits You Need For 2022 And Beyond

September 02, 2022

In a high-paced hiring market like today, employers must offer a comprehensive benefits package to attract and retain employees for 2022 and beyond. Gone are the days when potential...

Can You Tell Employees Not to Discuss Their Pay?

May 02, 2022

Discussing salaries can be a controversial topic in the workplace (but it doesn’t have to be!) These conversations are empowering for some employees. The problem is that when pay...

Can An Employer Deny A Vacation Request?

April 18, 2022

Vacation time can be a tug of war between employers and employees. Workers are entitled to request time off. But this can put employers in a tough position– especially...

HR Challenges For Marketing Firms

February 17, 2022

There are many functional components that are crucial to the success of your marketing agency. Sometimes, it can become overwhelming to maintain every single one of them thoroughly. This...

How To Return To Work Safely In The COVID-19 Era

February 15, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the world. Businesses, in particular, have been hit hard — whether it’s being short-staffed due to employees getting the virus, moving to a...

Federal Employment Law Compliance Checklist

January 31, 2022

Whether you’re a team of one or a business of 100 employees or more, we’ve broken down the list of federal employment law requirements in this handy downloadable checklist!

What Happens If Your Employee Falls Ill Long-Term?

January 22, 2022

No employer looks forward to a worker having to take a medical leave of absence — long-term illness is not what anyone wishes for. Unfortunately, getting sick, encountering health...

How To Observe Pronouns In The Workplace

January 18, 2022

The topic of diversity and inclusion can seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to the workplace. Don’t beat yourself up about it, with all its terms and acronyms, if...

Employee Benefits For Recruiting Millennials

January 06, 2022

It’s no news that millennials currently run the workforce. In fact, they are so influential, that without understanding them, businesses risk being stagnant or not attracting and retaining top...

Five Common Payroll Mistakes & Their Solutions

January 04, 2022

Payroll is arguably the most essential yet taken-for-granted function in any organization. Just like air, a well-set payroll process is ubiquitous and not so noticeable. You only know something...

Can We Tell Employees To Quarantine After Travel?

January 03, 2022

COVID-19 has brought some unexpected developments in local, state and federal laws, especially around quarantine after travel. While there are some protocols to follow now, the appropriate approach for...

A Guide To Employer Payroll Taxes

November 08, 2021

Payroll taxes can be a pain to understand and wrap your head around — and although we may have mixed feelings about them, they do serve a purpose. Our...

Your Guide To Building A Dog-Friendly Workplace

October 13, 2021

It doesn’t take intense research to know how beneficial allowing dogs at work can be. From lower stress levels to better employer branding and higher job satisfaction, the benefits...

The Pros And Cons of Payroll Outsourcing

October 11, 2021

Are you contemplating whether or not payroll outsourcing is right for your company? Your decision likely rests on two key factors: What’s going to make the process straightforward and...

Understanding The Different Types Of Payroll Services

October 11, 2021

From simple do-it-yourself platforms to high-end systems and experienced experts, the payroll industry has come up with a diverse range of creative solutions to the payroll process. Having so...

Remote Hiring Guide

September 30, 2021

Hiring your first remote employee? Explore our guide to remote hiring and get advice from our team of experts. EmPower HR is your trusted counsel when it comes to...

Cybersecurity Checklist

September 30, 2021

You can be the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your company from security breaches. Help ensure that your data, both personal and professional, stays safe...

Traditional vs. Contemporary HR

June 25, 2021

In business, they say, “the only constant is change” and as the business world has evolved and changed around us in various ways, the exciting world of human resources...

How To Set Up Your HR Foundation For Growth

June 25, 2021

Growth is an exciting phase of any business. Even when a company encounters tough times that can be riddled with uncertainty, meaningful experiences and opportunities are born, making that...

4 Ways To Build An Inclusive Work Culture

June 25, 2021

Diversity and inclusion (D+I) best practices have become a mainstay in the HR space over the last few years. These principles have become a significant priority as many organizations...

4 Key Workplace Safety Concerns

June 25, 2021

Many businesses mistakenly think they only have to be concerned about workplace safety when they’re working with heavy machinery or hazardous materials. No matter how safe and easy a...

Sample Policy For A Drug-Free Workplace

June 22, 2021

If your company is considering implementing a drug-free workplace, the following sample policy can be used as a blueprint for best practices in building out that program.

A Guide To Managing A Remote Workforce

June 22, 2021

According to Gallup, the number of days employees worked remotely doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some companies have even considered making a remote work arrangement permanent. This guide can...

How Company Culture Affects Employee Engagement

May 24, 2021

It’s no surprise that there is a direct correlation between a strong organizational culture and employee engagement. High-performance cultures tend to have more engaged employees who are positive, driven...

Does Employee Engagement Really Drive Results?

May 24, 2021

Engaged employees are the strength of any business, and it’s no news that they have a positive impact on organizational success from satisfied customers and higher productivity to greater...

Building High-Performance Organizational Culture

May 24, 2021

More businesses are now understanding how vital their company culture is to retaining the most valuable employees. Leaders should not underestimate the impact of bad reviews left by former...

6 Strategies For Employee Engagement

May 24, 2021

You don’t want to imagine how catastrophic disengagement can be to your business. Things can quickly take a negative turn for the worse, from lower productivity to a dip...

4 Strategies For Customer Service Excellence

May 24, 2021

Nothing encapsulates a great forward-thinking company more than quality customer service. Top-notch customer service signifies a company knows how to retain customers. It is spoken of highly in the...

How To Prepare For The Worst

May 24, 2021

Whether there’s a pandemic, interruption to your supply chain, or even if everything is going along just like every other day — if you are a business owner, you...

How To Be A Good Leader

May 24, 2021

A leader can make or break an organization, so learning to be the right leader—a good leader—is very important. But how do you become the leader your organization needs?...

Why Customer Satisfaction Starts With HR

May 24, 2021

Gone are the days when customer satisfaction is viewed as the sales team’s job. This notion is outdated, and presently, successful companies acknowledge the influential role HR plays in...

What Is A PEO?

May 24, 2021

A Professional Employment Organization, PEO for short, provides employee management solutions in two main ways. First, they can act as co-employer, or second, they can be the Employer On...

Streamlining HR Outsourcing And Payroll Management

May 24, 2021

HR Consultants have unsurprisingly mastered the art of multitasking while kicking butt on everything from employee relations management, HR operations to even more specialized areas like payroll management. And...

4 Ways Your Employees Benefit From Outsourced HR

May 24, 2021

To run a successful and productive Small to Mid-sized Business (SMB), you need a team of efficient HR consultants. These consultants can effectively manage the whole spectrum of the...

Managing And Maneuvering In Times Of Uncertainty

May 20, 2021

Small and mid-sized businesses come with their own distinct challenges: attracting talent, engagement and training, awareness of government regulations, cash flow and more. The COVID-19 pandemic added an entirely...

Soft vs. Hard Costs Of Outsourcing HR

May 19, 2021

Many decisions and conversations go into the process of bringing on an outsourcing HR partner. One of the vital conversation points is the costs to get that extra support....

Commonly Outsourced HR Functions

May 19, 2021

The dimensions of HR outsourcing can seem mystical, and although we wish for a playbook, unfortunately, there isn’t one. The decision path to engage with an HR outsourcing partner...

What Is The Difference Between PEO And Payroll?

May 19, 2021

As a smart business owner, you are constantly looking for ways to find efficiencies within your business operations to ensure you are mindful of costs and processes. In your...

Outsourced HR For Small Business

May 19, 2021

HR demands can be an overwhelming and daunting area for small businesses, given their limited time, resources, and expertise in this area. For many small businesses with increasing staff...

Starter Guide For Effective Interviews

May 11, 2021

Recruiting and hiring the right people is pivotal to the success of any business. As a hiring manager, some of the most important tasks to effective candidate selection include...

6 Benefits Of Outsourcing HR Functions

May 11, 2021

No longer just in the realm of daring, trendsetting companies — outsourcing HR is increasing in popularity as it has gained momentum both locally and overseas. Imagine being an...

HR Compliance: A Guide For Small Business Owners

May 11, 2021

HR compliance is the business of ensuring your organization’s policies and practices meet legal and regulatory requirements. These requirements can vary based on your daily business operations and industry....

Developing And Sustaining Employee Engagement

May 11, 2021

If you ask one hundred small to medium-sized business (SMB) owners what the number one HR metric they look at in order to determine what their workplace culture is,...

The American Rescue Plan Act Of 2021

May 11, 2021

On March 10, 2021, the final version of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was approved by Congress. The American Rescue Plan was signed into law by President...

6 Tips to Creating A Diverse Workplace

May 11, 2021

A diverse workplace with employees of different ages, race, religion, gender orientation, and life experiences can enhance the rich culture of any business. However, “diverse” and “diversity” can sometimes...

What Is Employee Benefits Outsourcing?

May 11, 2021

When a small business starts scaling, the HR function becomes increasingly challenging to manage. From meeting customers’ demands and applying best practices to hiring and remaining compliant with complex...

A Guide To Crafting An Anti-Discrimination Policy

May 11, 2021

Workplace discrimination can be damaging to a business both financially and reputationally. It can affect your bottom line as well as your employment brand, employee engagement and company culture....

Employee Onboarding Checklist

May 11, 2021

Download our employee onboarding checklist to ensure that you collect all necessary information and your new team members have everything they need to succeed in their new role.

Involuntary Termination Checklist

May 11, 2021

Almost all employee termination comes with risk. However, there are definitely ways to minimize it and ensure a smoother transition. Download our checklist for some common best practice guidelines...

Back-to-School FAQs About Leave Under the FFCRA

August 25, 2020

Back-to-School FAQs About Leave Under the FFCRA 1. If children and their parents can choose between in-person schooling or online schooling, can we deny leave to employees who choose...

Dependent Care FSAs While Working From Home

April 28, 2020

There have been quite a few questions that have come up recently on whether people can continue using their Dependent Care FSAs for child care expenses if working from...

FFCRA Employee Paid Leave Rights

April 01, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights All information is directly from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain...

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FCRA) FAQs

March 26, 2020

All of the below information came directly from the U.S. Department of Labor As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally,...

COVID-19 Benefits FAQs

March 20, 2020

During this fluid time, EmPower HR looks to continue to provide our clients, prospects and partners with relevant up-to-date information. Below are some important questions and answers around Benefits...

COVID-19: Taking Care Of Your Business And Employees

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 – Taking Care of Your Business and Employees As guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization) regarding the COVID-19 virus...