Laying Off Workers on FMLA Leave: How to Stay Compliant

As the downturn continues, layoffs have become unavoidable for many U.S. employers. While reductions-in-force are always difficult, it’s even more so when workers are on FMLA leave. Unfortunately, with 13 million workers taking advantage of FMLA protection every year, it’s not an uncommon problem. So, when is it legal to lay off workers on leave? When do […]

Workforce 2023: 15 Trends for Blue-Collar Employers to Watch

It’s been quite a year for employers, especially those with hourly, blue-collar workers. But what lies ahead in 2023? We gazed into our crystal ball to round up some predictions for 2023. While nothing is etched in stone, the more prepared you are, the better you can plan—and the more successful your new year will […]

Should You Use an ERP for Your Workforce Management Solution?

Your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system tracks all the major ins and outs of your business. However, if it’s like most ERPs, it probably bypasses workforce management duties completely.  Until recently, ERP platforms were purchased for the sole purpose of collecting, storing, and managing data based on the business processes of your operation- things like […]

Stay on Top of Your Workforce with Automated Time Clock Questions

When you manage an hourly, distributed workforce, it’s not easy to connect with every employee every day. But now more than ever, employers need daily health and safety check-ins with workers, even when managers aren’t around. Fortunately, some time and labor software platforms offer a clever solution: fast, simple questions served up to workers automatically […]

FMLA Compliance: What Are Your Call-In Procedures?

Employers who manage an hourly, distributed workforce are no stranger to the difficulties of no call-no shows, tracking employee absences and resolving last-minute scheduling changes. Your business has likely adopted some form of call-in practice to ease this process and ensure there’s time to make changes and maintain staffing levels. However, what happens when an […]

The Secure Act 2.0: What Will It Mean for Employers?

By Julie Kramer According to employment law experts, the Secure Act 2.0 is likely to pass before the end of the year. The proposed legislation is intended to help Americans save for retirement by making corporate-sponsored retirement plans more accessible and attractive to both employers and employees.   The Secure Act 2.0—which builds on the Secure Act […]

What Causes Chronic Absenteeism, and What Can Companies Do About It?

By Julie Kramer  Every employer expects some unplanned employee absences.  Workers—and their kids—get sick. Life happens. These occasional timeouts won’t hurt the business. However, chronic absenteeism is something else entirely. It’s a nefarious problem that costs U.S employers a staggering $84 billion per year in lost productivity. Chronic absenteeism—an employee’s habitual failure to come to work as scheduled—can wreak […]

GHOST Stories: How an HCM System Can Take the ‘Scare’ Out of HR Management

By Olivia Kotowski Are your HR personnel haunted by the never-ending list of tedious HR tasks? Do you dread sifting through a horrifying number of databases for information that seems to have disappeared into thin air? Does a lack of helpful customer service make you want to let out a bloodcurdling scream?  HR can be […]

HR Software Shouldn’t Give Blue-Collar Companies the Blues

By Julie Kramer When it comes to HR software, it’s always been a white-collar world—or at least that’s a common perception.  Back in the day, most HR systems were designed for the traditional white-collar workforce—i.e., salaried employees working from a centrally located job site. Blue-collar employers, with their hourly, often distributed workforce, often had to […]

What Is Payroll Compliance?

Maintaining payroll compliance is one of every U.S. employer’s greatest responsibilities.  It means ensuring that employees are paid in accord with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. Payroll compliance is no small feat, given the sheer volume of wage and hour laws and the fact that they’re frequently changing. According to the American Payroll Association, payroll compliance […]