HR Chat w/Employco USA: DOL’s New Independent Contractor Rule

In this HR chat, Rob and Jason discuss the revised guidelines surrounding independent contractor classification. With the new rule going into effect on March 11th, they dissect six factors that determine the classification of workers as independent contractors or employees, ranging from opportunities for profit or loss to the degree of control exerted by the employer.

Do you have questions surrounding the new rule or how workers should be classified? Reach out to Employco for proactive strategies to ensure compliance, we’re here to help: hr@employco.com

HR Newsletter: Important Employment Law Changes in 2023 (Recap)

HR Newsletter: Important Employment Law Changes in 2023

The year 2023 brought about significant shifts in the employment law landscape, impacting how organizations navigate the complex web of regulations governing workplaces. The U.S. Supreme Court issued several consequential decisions in 2023, and these and other rulings may have major impacts on employers, altering established labor and employment laws and workplace practices.

As 2024 begins, it’s crucial for employers to be well-versed in employment law changes to ensure compliance and mitigate legal risks. This article recaps important employment law changes that occurred in 2023, equipping employers with the knowledge needed to navigate the evolving landscape.

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HR Newsletter: Common Employee Communication Mistakes to Avoid

Effective communication is crucial to fostering a positive relationship between employers and employees. It can show employees they’re valued and heard, improving employee satisfaction and retention. Conversely, poor communication can lead to workplace inefficiencies, foster employee discontent, and create engagement and retention issues. These concerns can significantly impact workplace productivity and organizational revenue; according to a 2022 study by Grammarly and the Harris Poll, organizations lose about $1.2 trillion yearly due to ineffective communication. To combat the struggles of poor communication, this article provides an overview of common employee communication mistakes and discusses how to avoid them.

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HR Newsletter: 2023-2024 Attraction and Retention Benchmarking

HR Newsletter: 2023-2024 Attraction and Retention Benchmarking

In late 2023, employers across the country completed the 2023 Attraction and Retention Employer Pulse Survey. Respondents were surveyed regarding attraction and retention challenges, workplace strategies and voluntary benefits.

The survey provided significant insights into how attraction and retention issues present a persistent operational challenge for organizations and detailed the strategies employers are pursuing to compete in today’s labor market. This benchmarking overview compiles employer responses to these questions and provides some general takeaways for employers as they prepare for the talent market in 2024.

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HR Newsletter: New Independent Contractor Final Rule

HR Newsletter: New Independent Contractor Final Rule

On Jan. 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule, effective March 11, 2024, revising the agency’s guidance on how to analyze who is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This final rule rescinds the current independent contractor rule that was published on Jan. 7, 2021, and mirrors the DOL’s proposed rule.

2021 Independent Contractor Rule – The DOL published the 2021 Independent Contractor Rule on Jan. 7, 2021. The 2021 rule reasserted the economic realities test (ERT) as the DOL’s preferred method to determine whether a worker should be classified as an employee or independent contractor under the FLSA. In doing so, the 2021 rule focused on two core factors: the nature and degree of the worker’s control over the work; and the worker’s opportunity for profit and loss based on initiative and/or investment. These factors carried more weight in determining the status of independent contractors.

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HR Chat w/Employco USA: Bereavement Leave and How to Support Employees

In this HR chat, Rob and Jason discuss bereavement leave and employee support. They stress the alarming statistic that 40% of companies lack bereavement policies, highlighting the need for clear guidelines and management training. From paid time off to treating each employee individually, they emphasize the importance of tailored approaches as well as staying informed about state laws and requirements.

For guidance on employee benefits and policy development, contact Employco at hr@employco.com.

Podcast: Bored at Work and Trends to Monitor in 2024

Join Rob, Scott, and Jason in this month’s HR podcast as they discuss workplace boredom and the key trends shaping HR practices in 2024. They take a look at a recent SHRM survey that revealed nearly 70% of employees feel disengaged or bored at work. They dissect potential causes, from communication breakdowns to the challenges of remote work, highlighting the importance of meaningful interactions and addressing employee well-being.

They also provide insights into the HR landscape for 2024. From the impact of Artificial Intelligence on HR processes to the growing emphasis on skill-based hiring amid talent shortages, emerging trends that will shape organizational strategies, the evolving regulatory landscape, and more.

Contact Employco for strategies to help reinvigorate your workforce and unleash the full potential of your team – hr@employco.com.

Podcast: Bored at Work and Trends to Monitor in 2024

(InsuranceNewsNet) Independent Contractor Rule Proposal Spurring Angst, Confusion

Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, was recently interviewed for an InsuranceNewsNet article titled “Independent Contractor Rule Proposal Spurring Angst, Confusion.”

Snippet from the article:
“An economic realities test puts a whole new host of requirements on American employers,” said Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions company. Wilson says that the term has a simple meaning: If a person is financially dependent on an employer for work, then they are an employee.

“Employers will have to look at their staff and ask questions like: ‘Can this person profit (or loss) based on their acumen and skill set?’ If they can’t, this points to the fact that they are an employee, not an independent contractor,” said Wilson.

Read the full article here:
https://insurancenewsnet.com/innarticle/independent-contractor-rule-proposal-spurring-angst-confusion

HR Chat w/Employco USA: 6 HR Trends to Monitor in 2024

In this HR chat, Rob and Jason delve into 6 HR trends to monitor in 2024. They discuss artificial intelligence, new compliance rules to keep tabs on across multiple states, skills-based hiring, strategies for enhancing employee engagement, adapting to the evolving return-to-work landscape, and optimizing competitive compensation in a dynamic job market.

Contact Employco for expert guidance on these trends and more at hr@employco.com.