What is Telemedicine?

Posted by Employer Flexible on May 15, 2019

Telemedicine is a way of providing diagnosis and treatment to patients over distance. This methodology utilizes telecommunications software to deliver real-time healthcare to doctors’ patients instead of in-person healthcare. Telemedicine isn’t as new as some people may think. In fact, telemedicine has been practiced for about 50 years. In its infancy, telemedicine was used on an experimental basis by a few hospitals that needed to provide healthcare to patients who lived in remote areas. Having proved its efficacy, telemedicine is now being more broadly used to treat patients remotely for the purposes of convenience and expediency.

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Small Businesses Are Buying HR Tech (But Not Using It)

Posted by Employer Flexible on April 26, 2019

HR technology can help a small business reward employees, structure better offers for new hires, and keep track of vendor contracts. But small businesses are finding it difficult to integrate that technology into their daily business, and owners are ultimately leaving money on the table when they pay for features they can't use. If you own a small business, learn how you can avoid this fate so you can get more from your investment. 

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Topics: HR

6 Benefits Of Capitalism & Why We Love It

Posted by Employer Flexible on April 17, 2019

Capitalism is often compared to other forms of governance, especially when the benefits of capitalism are discussed. The reason is that other forms have tried — and failed — to produce the kinds of economic and social success that capitalism brings. So capitalism isn’t just a “better” alternative to things like communism, socialism or even feudalism; it’s the “best” alternative. Here’s why.

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Topics: HR

7 Benefits of a Wellness Program

Posted by Employer Flexible on April 8, 2019

Wellness programs have become increasingly popular. In the past, only a handful of large companies gave out employee perks such as gym memberships. Now, wellness programs have proliferated into companies of all sizes. In fact, it’s more common than not to find some kind of wellness program included as part of a company’s benefits package.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

When Should I Hire a PEO?

Posted by Employer Flexible on April 2, 2019

Employers often assume that they should make the switch to a PEO on January 1st. However, employers can successfully transfer human resources to a PEO any time of the year. It's really more a function of business need versus a specific date on the calendar. It’s more important to focus on hiring a PEO that provides the HR, employee benefits and recruitment services your company needs rather than worry about having to wait until the first of the year to make the move. Here are the times when it makes the most sense to outsource your human resources needs.

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Topics: PEO

DOL Updated Overtime Rules

Posted by Employer Flexible on March 12, 2019

On March 7, 2019 the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued an update to their Overtime Rules that will make more than a million more American workers eligible for overtime. You can read the full notice here: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Overtime Update.

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Topics: compliance, HR

Small Business and the Low Unemployment Rate

Posted by Employer Flexible on February 25, 2019

In March 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that unemployment remained at 4.1 percent for the fifth consecutive month. This percentage equates to a total of 6.7 million Americans over age 16 involuntarily out of work. The 4.1 percent unemployment rate is less than half of the 10 percent rate of October 2009. Fortunately for American workers, the number has steadily declined to its current rate over the past nine years.

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Topics: Human Resources

New Austin Sick Pay Ordinance Raises Hackles

Posted by Employer Flexible on February 21, 2019

A new Austin paid sick leave ordinance that was set to go into effect on October 1 of 2018 was blocked just two months prior when Austin business groups filed a lawsuit claiming that the ordinance went against the state constitution.

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Topics: Human Resources

Supreme Court strikes down ACA (Affordable Care Act) — what effect does this have on small business?

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 18, 2019

After years of talk and speculation, District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas may have just struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a single decision. As a small-business owner, you are undoubtedly wondering how this will impact your company and its bottom line as a result. With the potential for appeals and delays in applying the ruling if it sticks, there is nothing to worry about quite yet. To prepare for any upcoming changes, however, it makes sense to explore this ruling and its potential impacts on small businesses.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

8 Occupations That Are Growing The Fastest The Next 10 Years

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 10, 2019

For many, it’s ideal if you can plan your career before you invest thousands of dollars in education. Although, that's not possible for all. If possible, you should focus on leveraging up-and-coming industries in conjunction with an increased demand of certain jobs as you plan for your future. If you’re looking for job security, here are the top 10 occupations that are projected to grow the fastest in the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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