Mastering Difficult Conversations in the Workplace: A Guide for Leaders

Welcome to the June edition of HR Hot Topics. This month, we’re taking a break from legislative updates to delve into a subject that’s close to my heart and crucial in the HR field: managing difficult conversations effectively. It’s a topic I spend a lot of time training on because it’s pivotal for both personal […]

Navigating New Federal Regulations: Understanding DOL Earning Thresholds and the FTC Noncompete Ban

In the ever-evolving landscape of human resources, staying ahead of regulatory changes is essential for HR professionals and leaders of small to medium-sized businesses. The recent announcements by the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have introduced significant shifts that will impact the way companies manage their workforce. This blog post […]

The Unretirement Movement: A New Approach to Talent Acquisition

In the face of ongoing labor shortages, businesses are in dire need of innovative solutions. One such underutilized strategy is engaging with the “unretirement” workforce—retirees willing or considering a return to professional life. This blog post, inspired by the March edition of HR Hot Topics with Jodi Schafer, delves into the concept of unretirement and […]

The Department of Labor’s Revised Independent Contractor Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently finalized a new rule regarding independent contractors, which may significantly alter the landscape for employers. With an effective date of March 11th, these changes reintroduce additional criteria for determining independent contractor status.   Understanding the DOL Changes:   Previously, the DOL’s focus was on two main criteria: the […]

Meet Gin Gibson: Our New Benefits Maestro at HRM Services

We are thrilled to introduce Gin Gibson, the newest addition to our HRM Services team! With her extensive background in benefits management, Gin is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist and a licensed health insurance counselor in Michigan. She brings a wealth of knowledge about benefits compliance, including ERISA regulations, and a practical approach to employee […]

HR Hot Topics – November, 2023: Strategic Use of AI in the Workplace: Balancing Innovation with Ethical Practices

The rapid ascent of AI has been nothing short of revolutionary, prompting an essential dialogue on its integration into our company policies and practices. With the issuance of a new Executive Order from President Biden on October 30th, the regulatory framework is catching up, demanding a proactive approach to AI ethical and safety standards. The […]