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Should You Offer Summer Fridays to Your Employees?

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Summer Fridays are a relatively small gesture that can make a tremendous impact on employee happiness. What exactly is a Summer Friday? Well, it depends. Offering summer hours is a business policy where companies give paid time off, typically on Fridays that occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, in addition to employees' regularly allotted paid time off. There are many ways to structure summer hours, from offering half days or full days off, or allowing employees to accrue hours off from.

Considering Remote Employment? Practical Tips for Workers and Employers

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Remote employment is excellent for flexibility and location independence. However, scheduling and self-management does come with its own hangups. Remote workers are expected to self-motivate and produce the work without those inherent regulations that an office or an in-person team brings, and sometimes their lack of physical presence to the manager can make attention on their personal needs fall to the wayside. But try to consider the relationship between remote worker and employer as a.

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To Maintain Employee Morale Through Big Changes, Communicate Wisely

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Employers regularly face the awkward yet crucial challenge of communicating changes within the organization to their employee base. A longtime employee resigns. You let someone go with significant visibility in the organization. The company is about to go through some restructuring. Too often, companies don’t publicly acknowledge such changes. This can leave employees feeling confused and unsettled, potentially compelling them to gather information through gossip and hearsay. Don’t allow.

Employers: Here’s What the NYC Right to Disconnect Bill Could Mean for You

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Your company’s offices may be mostly empty by 6 or 7pm — but your employees’ email inboxes likely aren’t. A “right to disconnect” bill introduced before the New York City Council in March 2018 wants that to change. The bill would make it illegal for private NYC businesses with 10 or more employees to mandate their employees to respond to calls, emails, or texts outside of their standard work hours. The bill doesn’t forbid sending after-hours emails, but aims to remove any pressure for. Read mor

Live Webinar: Recruiting 101 – How to Choose the Right ATS

Recruiting 101 – How to Choose the Right ATS. Let’s face it: Recruiting is hard. It’s nearly impossible without recruiting software or an applicant tracking system to help you automate the massive amount of daily tasks involved in hiring. Applicant tracking systems are command-central for all recruiting activities and manage everything from posting jobs, to collecting feedback, to moving candidates through the funnel and onboarding new hires. But buying an ATS can be as overwhelming as recruiting itself. As someone working in recruiting or HR, you have control of the first part of the onboarding and training process and have a large part to play in the successful onboarding of the entire company’s new hires. Join us on Thursday, June 28, 2018, Time: 11:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST, for a live webinar to learn what an applicant tracking system is, what to look for, and how to choose the right vendor.

Offering Employee Benefits in a Multigenerational Workplace

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No two workplaces are exactly the same, especially in growing businesses. As you add more employees to your team, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself with a staff of people from different backgrounds — and different age groups. Employing workers from a range of generations can help build a strong team. Everyone brings different experience and strengths to the table, and colleagues have the opportunity to learn from one another, mentor each other, and grow in new ways. As an employer, Read mor

Designing Diversity and Inclusion at Justworks

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Last summer, Justworks reached a turning point in the way we thought about diversity and inclusion (D+I). Our message and our actions were not aligned, and our commitment to diversity did not feel real. Employees felt it and leadership knew it.

New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act Expands Protection for Workers

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On April 24, 2018, New Jersey joined the list of states to pass equal pay legislation. While similar to the federal Equal Pay Act, New Jersey’s equal pay law will extend legal protections beyond gender and provide relief to all classes of employees protected under the state’s anti-discrimination law. Named for the state legislator who advocated for women’s rights and equal pay for over twenty years, The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act will go into effect on July 1, 2018. Equal Pay in New. Read mor

15 Office Holiday Party Ideas for Teams of Every Size (and Budget)

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It’s that time of year again at the office! Holiday lights, pies in the break room, end of year excitement.and boring or played-out holiday events. The holidays are a time when everyone feels festive, and offices often want to share in that feeling. And any holiday party should be a quality team bonding experience. But the result is often a waste-of-money gift swap or a bad cookie plate. The holidays should be relaxing and fun, even if we're still at the office and not on vacation just.

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Just Released – Our 2018 Third-Party Recruiting Benchmark Report

BountyJobs curates the most impactful data in their marketplace: trends in salaries and fees across key verticals, emerging industry game changers, and other valuable analytics sure to influence your hiring strategy for the back half of the year. Download it!

15 Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness on a Budget

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Investing in employee health can make a big difference for your company and your team. Studies show that workplace wellness initiatives really do work. According to a study by Aflac, 61% of employees agree they’ve made healthier lifestyle choices because of a company wellness program. Of course, when introducing new wellness programs to your organization, budget can be a concern. If you’re looking for ways to increase employee wellness without the price tag, we’ve got you covered.

Defining Work-Life Balance for Your Small Business

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “work-life balance?” Is it an unlimited vacation policy, or catered lunches? Maybe you think of remote work opportunities. Or that not being in the office equates to time with friends and family, and being disconnected from work entirely. Work-life balance is almost always referred to in the abstract. We can use it in a sentence, but what’s the definition? The bigger question is: Does work-life balance mean a blurring, or a. Read more

Massachusetts Equal Pay Act: Review your Pay Practices

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A gender pay gap exists in almost every congressional district in the country, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics outlined in AAUW’s latest report. Despite the federal Equal Pay Act, which requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work, on average, working women earn only 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male peers. Although Congress is considering new federal protections to address this reality, some states have already taken action to further secure the.

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Try These 35 Inexpensive Employee Appreciation Day Ideas

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We all work long, hard hours. And that hard work can sometimes go without much recognition or appreciation. But it’s important to reward your employees for a job well done. Some surveys have shown that employee recognition has a direct correlation to employee satisfaction, and satisfied employees do better work and are less inclined to leave. Recognition makes employees feel appreciated: you're showing your peer, manager, or direct report that his or her work matters. Don't let the.

The Complete Guide to Buying an Applicant Tracking System

With 200+ offerings in the market, choosing the right applicant tracking system can be a challenge. To help, we have developed a comprehensive buying guide highlighting what you should look for along each step of the decision process. Download the guide and ensure that the ATS you choose is the right fit for your organization.

4 Reasons To Offer A 401(k) At Your Company

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A 401(k) program is one of the most common benefits that large companies offer. But often times, small companies seem to avoid 401(k) offerings for one reason or another. It may be perceived to be too expensive, risky, or confusing to be worth the effort. Your company is at a disadvantage if it doesn't offer a 401(k). Even if you’re a small startup, you risk losing top talent if you don't offer a 401(k) to your employees. You aren’t required to match employee contributions. The benefit.

Implementing a Mentoring Program at Your Office: The Basics

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A mentoring program is a tried-and-true tool that you may want to consider implementing in your office. Why,” you ask? The benefits are numerous. Among other things, professional mentoring programs can: Help to train new employees.

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Check Out This Sample Employee Termination Letter If You’re Letting Someone Go

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It’s a moment business leaders dread — terminating an employee can be a complicated and emotional process for both parties involved.

For Help Hiring and Managing Remote Employees, Download our Guide

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Remote work is becoming more and more essential in today’s workplace. Many employers are finding that adding remote employers to their staff can be a great fit for their business needs. As telecommuters grow in the workforce and companies place greater importance on distributing their teams, it’s essential to understand recruitment, hiring, and effective management of workers outside your office. Navigating the various aspects of remote employment can be difficult. To offer some guidance.

Are You Closing Candidates and Getting Them Onboarded Efficiently?

Once you choose a candidate to hire, the real work begins of trying to get them to accept your offer. And even if they do, you still need to get them onboarded efficiently. Are you doing a good job managing these steps? Take a 30-second assessment for a free evaluation of your job offer and onboarding processes.

So You’ve Received an EEOC Charge Alleging Discrimination: Now What?

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One of the most urgent and nuanced challenges that employers and HR departments face is responding to a charge against the company for employment discrimination. The claimant might be a current or former employee, or an applicant alleging discrimination, harassment, or another wrongful employment action. These situations can be scary, but a bulk of that fear comes from what is unknown. Knowledge is power, and being able to anticipate your potential obligations and the possible outcomes is.

A Brief Primer on Safe Harbor Employee Expense Allowances

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Businesses often require their employees to incur expenses that will later be reimbursed by the business. Without proper substantiation, expense reimbursements may be treated as taxable income. In some cases, however, there are some expenses that require less substantiation. These can be referred to as safe harbor expense allowances. The safe harbor principle can be applied to certain travel expenses. Let’s dive in. Safe Harbor Employee Business Expense Allowances The Internal Revenue. Read mor

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Use Our Simple Checklist for Your Small Business’ End of Year Tasks

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There’s no way around it — end of year paperwork and tax filings are a massive headache. And if you’re not careful with filing business taxes correctly, you may find your company slapped with unexpected fines. But it’s not just tax filings you have to worry about. It’s also end of year bonuses and commissions, rounding out 401(k) contributions, informing employees about their FSA funds, and a multitude of other tasks. These tasks may feel daunting, which is why we’d like to help you out.

Values-Led Innovation: Making Team Management Easier

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At Justworks, we live by our core values of compassion, openness, grit, integrity, and simplicity (COGIS for short). These principles guide everything we do — every day, on every team, across the organization. Whenever we’re coming up with something new, we ask, Is that COGIS?”

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Human Resource Management Systems Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Human resource Management Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best HR software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

Expenses 101: Proper Substantiation of Business Expenses

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In a previous article, Are Expense Reimbursements Taxable Income?, it was noted that expense reimbursements to an employee do not have to be included in an employee's wages if the business has an accountable plan. An accountable plan must meet three conditions: having a business connection, substantiation, and returning excess amounts. Here, we’ll focus on substantiation. What is Substantiation? IRS Publication 15, (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide, states that the employee must.

Depression in the Workplace: Signs Employees Need Help

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It should come as no surprise that failing to address mental health in the workplace comes with its costs. According to Mental Health in America, depression costs the U.S. economy over $51 billion due to absenteeism from work. Besides the obvious monetary costs, unaddressed depression in the workplace can cause employee morale to suffer and makes your employees feel alone or isolated. Being personally engaged with your employees and showing support for their lives and interests outside the.

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ITIN, SSN, or EIN Number – What's the Difference?

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The Internal Revenue Service announced in 2014 that effective immediately, “Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) will expire if not used on a federal income tax return for five consecutive years.”. This announcement generated some confusion. People wondered if it means that an individual's Social Security Number (SSN) or a business's Employer Identification Number (EIN) will expire if it is never used.

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Ready to Choose a PEO? Ask These 5 Questions

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As a small business in need of an HR solution, your options can be overwhelming. But if you’ve narrowed your search and are ready to choose a PEO, you’re off to a great start. As you’ve probably learned, the acronym PEO stands for Professional Employer Organization. PEOs work with small businesses to help them manage payroll-related taxes, certain human resources functions, access to benefits, and other employer-related administrative functions necessary to running a business. PEO’s do.

7 Steps to Attract and Engage More Candidates

Want to improve the candidate experience of your job application and drive more candidates to apply? This guide covers: presentation of your careers page and jobs, length and complexity of your online application, application technology, and candidate acknowledgement.

The Ins and Outs of Supplemental Wages

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There are a few misconceptions about the difference between supplemental wages and regular wages. These differences, such as timing and calculation of withholdings, impact payroll taxes for your team. Understanding supplemental wages, and the options you have for paying them to your employees, is an important part of running payroll for your business. What Are Supplemental Wages? According to 2018’s IRS Publication 15, (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide, supplemental wages are simply.

Breaking Down the Difference Between HMO and PPO

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When choosing health insurance for your company, there are many decisions to make. One of the first may be what type of plan to choose. If you’re shopping for health insurance, you’ve probably come across the acronyms HMO and PPO. HMO stands for Health Maintenance Organization, and PPO stands for Preferred Provider Organization. Knowing the difference between HMO and PPO is an important first step to determining which kind of plan is right for your company and employees. Looking for the.

National Bike Month: Get Your Team Riding on Bike to Work Day

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May is the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month, which means “Bike to Work Week” (May 14-18) is also just around the corner. National Bike Month includes a wide range of events across the U.S. that encourage people to get out and ride. The biggest event, “Bike to Work Day,” falls at the end of Bike to Work Week on Friday, May 18, this year. Whether or not you find yourself on two wheels that day — you’ll find it difficult not to notice that something important is going on.

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How Do Business Owners Get Paid? Meet The Owner's Draw

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In many businesses, employees are paid wages or a salary, and that compensation is subject to income tax withholding and employer taxes. But sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, and the members of a limited liability company are not paid wages because they are considered to be self-employed. So how do such individuals take money out of the business? These amounts are commonly referred to as an owner's draw. We've built a handy reference sheet that outlines how owners can be paid.

Learn the Secrets of High-Performing HR Teams

Based on user groups, one-on-one interviews, surveys of thousands of HR teams and data from 30,000+ medium and small-sized businesses we serve, the guide challenges you to examine your current practices and provides detailed action plans to help your team become an industry-leading HR department.

California Bans Asking Job Applicants About Salary & Criminal History

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Fair hiring practices are important for employers and employees alike, helping to ensure the best candidates are hired for the right positions, without bias. In recent years, many states and municipalities have passed various pieces of legislation to further this goal. California is now following suit with the passage of two new laws around hiring new employees. These labor laws both go into effect on January 1st, 2018, giving employers just a couple months to get up to speed. Below, find.

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Ellevate’s Summit for Women in Business Goes Beyond Talk, to Action

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Women in business are having a moment. That’s according to Tina Pettigrew, Director of Communications at Ellevate Network, a global women’s network that is hosting its first summit after 20 years of connecting ambitious women leaders and entrepreneurs. The timing is right, and there’s a need for it,” said Tina in an interview with Justworks. The statistics back this up. According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, 29% of America’s small business owners are women, and that. Read more

Why We’re Adding Men to Justwomen

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The Justworks team has been proud to host numerous Justwomen events over the years. We founded the series to help women in business network with each other, learn from their community, and get that coveted seat at the table — and in front of the microphone. Now, Justworks is updating the format of these popular events. We are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and we believe inclusion is a great way to build dialogue. As such, we’re inviting men to join both the.

10 Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

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Have you ever had a day at work when your mind was somewhere else and you couldn’t focus? It might have had something to do with stress, or maybe even stress at work itself. According to the Harvard Gazette, 36% of U.S. workers suffer from workplace stress — and it costs U.S. businesses $30 billion a year in lost workdays. Stress is a normal part of work and life, but too much of it can have dire effects on team morale and productivity. As a business leader, how can you de-stress your. Read mor

Black or White: Moving Beyond the Traditional Diversity & Inclusion Box

Speaker: Elena Valentine, CEO of Skillscout, and Nancy Harris, CEO of Restart Consulting LLC

“But, if you're thinkin' about my baby, It don't matter if you're black or white.”. Michael Jackson’s popular song from the early 90’s only touched on one aspect of diversity. As time has progressed, we recognize that diversity extends far beyond just “black or white.” But often times, that is the focus of our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. And with this narrow focus, we can become trapped “in a box “ that inadvertently overlooks other aspects of DE&I. This can lead to employees feeling frustrated and our programs spinning in circles with no real progress. We’re here to disrupt your thinking and approach to traditional DE&I. This highly interactive session will have you seeing more than just “black or white.".