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April, 21 2016 Legal News & Compliance
Wage Theft Laws: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Business

With increasing frequency, states are adopting "wage theft” bills. Because of this, TriNet has made the move to protect our clients by having worksite employees (WSEs) authorize their payroll deductions with us directly. l

April, 21 2016 Workplace Culture
7 Traits of Highly Effective Company Cultures

News headlines frequently bring up the importance of company culture, employee satisfaction and the perks that employees may or may not be receiving. Developing and maintaining a company culture that helps reach your business goals but also helps engage and retain employees can be tough but it’s important (and doable).

April, 19 2016 Legal News & Compliance
What New York City Employers Need to Know about a Recent Amendment to the City’s Human Rights Law

Effective May 4, 2016, “caregiver” has been added to the list of protected classifications under the New York City Human Rights Law. This amendment is designed to protect employees and applicants for employment from discrimination because of their actual or perceived status as a caregiver.

April, 15 2016 Workplace Culture
From Hoodies to Business Suits: How to Create a Company Dress Code that Mixes Culture and Compliance

As companies grow and start hiring more employees, it often becomes necessary to create a company dress code policy where there wasn’t one before. Likewise, companies often have to alter their official dress code as they grow.

April, 11 2016 HR Best Practices
5 Top Risks for Growing Companies (and How to Avoid Them)

Business owners know that there is always the possibility for exposure to certain risks associated with running their organization. The good news is that potential liability can be minimized with a little foresight.

April, 08 2016 Uncategorized
California Becomes First State to Raise its Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years. In this historic move, California will have the highest minimum wage of any state in the country.  After 2022, future increases to minimum wage are tied to the cost of living and the governor has the power to delay any increase by a year if the economy weakens. This bill is an effort to bring the lowest paid workers in California out of poverty.

The bill will raise the wages for 5.6 million working Californians who are currently being paid the minimum wage of $10 an hour. The bill will increasingly raise the state’s minimum wage each year until 2022. Companies with fewer than 25 employees will have an extra year to implement each of these wage hikes:

April, 06 2016 Management Practices
5 Signs One of Your Employees is About to Quit

No company likes to deal with employee turnover. And there's one good reason for that – hiring and training new employees is expensive. Employee replacement costs can reach as high as 50-60 percent of the employee’s annual salary. However, being able to recognize the warning signs of an employee who has mentally resigned (and is possibly pursuing other career opportunities) may help you retain them through early intervention.

1) They’re non-committal

Do you have an employee who is talking less about long-term commitments within the company? Are they mentioning other interests they’re pursuing? Are they withdrawing themselves from projects that will span several weeks? It could be that they don’t intend to be around for the completion of the project.

Hiring for Biotechnology: What Early-Stage Companies Should Look for in Vendors and Consultants

In my previous post, I shared how important it is for biotechnology startups to hire exceptional employees who embody the three characteristics that help you create a synergistic team of professionals all working toward the same goal of growth and success for your company. I encourage entrepreneurs to strategically hire the best “fit” individuals, as they will become your most vital resources as you develop your business and work to overcome obstacles.

April, 01 2016 Management Practices
5 Tips for Managing Remote Employees

Working from home has its perks. It provides a flexible work environment, eliminates certain overhead costs and can provide efficiency for all parties involved. When it comes to managing remote employees, managers should find a happy medium between ensuring that their staff is productive, without being overbearing. If some of your employees work from home, consider these tips when managing remote employees.

1. Hire the right people

A successful remote-work relationship starts with the employees you’re hiring. Make sure you’re recruiting trustworthy, hard-working individuals who add value to your business. If you’re confident that the people you’re hiring can responsibly handle working from home, it will make your life much easier.