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Working with Independent Contractors – What You Need to Know

There are a lot of reasons why businesses engage someone to provide a good or service as an independent contractor, including convenience and to save money. This is likely to happen especially when both sides anticipate a short engagement. Businesses get the benefit of the independent contractor’s knowledge and skill without having to worry about […]

Employee Handbook – Top Must-Have Policies

The Handbook is a tool to communicate and establish a trusting relationship with your employees.  If you use it wisely, you can set out expectations and help avoid conflicts and misunderstandings. Use the Handbook to explain your company goals and mission statement.  If you only have a few policies, make sure these are included. Disclaimer […]

Tactics for Effective Management

Employing effective management tactics for businesses isn’t rocket science. In fact, there is a pretty basic principle to follow: create and retain a strong, trust-filled client-consultant relationship, advises Search Engine Watch. Aside from knowing your job inside and out, the best thing you can do in your role is to learn how to manage effectively. Trust […]

Small Business Guide to Health Insurance

The government defines a small business as one that employs 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees. To determine whether you are classified as a small business, you can use our Full-Time Equivalent calculator. For purposes of this discussion, we will focus on small businesses. Small Business Requirements Small businesses are exempt from the Affordable Care Act […]

Transparency in the Workplace

On December 19th of last year, Joel Gascoigne, CEO of Buffer, wrote a blog post describing his company’s commitment to “radical transparency.” In the post, Gascoigne revealed the earnings of all of the social media startup’s employees along with the formula the company uses to calculate employee pay, making the information public in a move […]

The New Work Week

Since the days of Henry Ford, the 40-hour workweek has remained the standard for the American workforce. Until now. With advancements in communication technologies, changes in family structure,and an increasing global economy, there has been a need for alternative and flexible work schedules. Because of this, an array of flexible and alternative work structures and […]

5 New Laws You May Be in Violation Of

Of all the things businesses stay on the look-out for, changes in Human Resources laws often aren’t included. Laws change every year, and staying compliant can be a full-time job. In many companies, it is one. Compliance with HR laws both old and new might cost some money, but it is never as costly as […]

Advantages of Outsourced Payroll

We get asked all the time by prospective clients, “Why should we outsource payroll? [Fill in Name] gets the checks out on time and we’ve never had a problem.” Just because you haven’t experienced a problem doesn’t mean that a problem can’t exist. For instance, the IRS has said that 40% of small businesses wind […]

New Employment Laws and Regulations of 2014

One of the important roles that Focus HR plays as a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is to stay up to date on the changing landscape of employment laws. The rules and regulations that relate to having employees change rapidly. In the beginning, there was only Case Law and Common Law regulating employees; by 1980, there […]

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