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Employee Relations: Best Practices and FAQs (Ultimate Guide)

Highlights The secret to a thriving business? Cultivating and maintaining a positive and productive workplace. If there’s an area in Human Resources that’s responsible for this, it’s employee relations. From solving disputes amongp employees to providing opportunities for employee development and growth, employee relations encompass a company’s efforts and initiatives to keep employees happy and engaged. Keep reading for a deep dive into employee relations, including best practices and key steps for solving workplace issues. Let’s get started! What Is Employee Relations? Employee relations (ER) describes the interactions and relationships...
Posted Feb 8, 2024
Highlights Every business is unique — and so are your HR processes, structure, and needs. So why would you hire fixed, one-size-fits-all HR services? When it comes to outsourcing some of your HR functions, flexibility and customization are crucial to ensure the solution truly fits your needs and scales as your business grows. This article sheds light on our approach to HR services, the HR activities we can handle for you, and some of our tailored solutions for different business sectors. Let’s dive in! CertiPay’s HR Services and Benefits HR...
Posted Jan 22, 2024
Highlights Small business owners know that managing their workforce effectively is crucial — but rather time-consuming. From processing payroll and keeping up with taxes every month to staying compliant with ever-evolving labor and safety requirements, there’s just too much for a small HR team to handle. But PEOs can ease the burden. PEO stands for Professional Employer Organization. Essentially, a PEO is a dedicated partner that supports your internal team by taking over non-core HR tasks — like payroll and benefits administration — so you can focus on your business...
Posted Dec 22, 2023
The past few years have been all about change — and the workplace has been no exception. Remote and hybrid work models have taken center stage, mental health has risen as a priority, and technology is reshaping processes and roles. With a new year rolling in, how can you be sure that your HR best practices keep up with these new challenges? Here’s a guide with the 8 HR best practices to start planning and navigating the year ahead. Let’s go! What Are HR Best Practices? HR best practices are...
Posted Nov 29, 2023
This Coffee Break is to discuss the mandatory E-Verify requirements for private sector employers with 25 or more employees as stipulated in the newly passed Senate Bill 1718. This new legislation will go into effect on July 1, 2023 and requires quick action for applicable employers. We will walk through required steps to take now to ensure compliance in a timely manner and avoid the potential for significant penalties.
Posted Jun 28, 2023
Our May Coffee Break will be discussing the mandatory E-Verify requirements for private sector employers with 25 or more employees as stipulated in the newly passed Senate Bill 1718. This new legislation will go into effect on July 1, 2023 and requires quick action for applicable employers. We will walk through required steps to take now to ensure compliance in a timely manner and avoid the potential for significant penalties.
Posted Jun 1, 2023
The job market in 2022 was unpredictable, to say the least.  All industries had to compete for talent, inflation reached a 40-year high, and despite the looming threat of a worldwide recession, the market regularly saw job increases well above what economists predicted, and the unemployment rate in America dropped to 3.7 percent.  During the onset of the pandemic, few industries were impacted as much as the hospitality industry. This led to a swift rebound after vaccines became widely available and economies started to recover. Now, three years removed from...
Posted Dec 28, 2022
Your employee handbook should be a living document. Now is the time for your business to review its company policies to make sure they are still up to date and in alignment with local, state and federal laws.  HERE ARE 5 KEY EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK UPDATES YOU NEED TO ADDRESS IN 2023.  1. DEI AND THE CROWN ACT.  Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has been a hot-button topic for employers for a long time. However, in 2023, many organizations may need to create or update specific policies (including grooming and dress...
Posted Dec 28, 2022
One of the most practical ways to take care of your employees during hard economic times is to make sure you have cash reserves on hand to pay them.  If you have six months of operating expenses saved up, you can ensure that when something such as a recession happens you can take care of your employees.  Business owners should work this into their business plan. Putting money aside can be difficult when you feel the pressures of increased costs and lower revenue, but ultimately having those reserves on hand...
Posted Dec 2, 2022
There are a lot of conflicting reports about the state of the current job market and its impact on a recession.  We have started to see a slight uptick in the unemployment rate and a growing trend of layoffs and hiring freezes from large corporations across the U.S.  Implementing a hiring freeze is a big decision for any business owner. Many businesses have struggled to find talent to fill crucial roles over the past two years, so while you might still need the help, ultimately you’ll need to look at your bottom line and...
Posted Dec 1, 2022