America Behaves Badly: Civility Lacking as We Return From the Pandemic

Posted by Employer Flexible on July 14, 2021

For more than a year the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to break all the old rules from government and public responses to medical treatment and vaccinations.

Now that vaccination rates are rising -- 56 percent of the U.S. with at least one dose and 48 percent fully vaccinated -- American’s are returning to public spaces, but it seems some have forgotten the “Golden Rule”.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR, Leadership

SWOT Analysis: Why and How to Perform One for Your Company

Posted by Employer Flexible on February 11, 2021

The origins of SWOT analysis are murky, but the strategic planning technique first became popularized in the early 1970s by Albert Humphrey at the Stanford Research Institute just as Silicon Valley was incubating into a global tech hotspot.

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Topics: Productivity, Human Resources, small business

Rethinking HR: Remote Recruiting & Onboarding to Remain Post-Pandemic

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 14, 2021

Those smoke signals coming from your HR department in 2020 might have been a cry for help during the COVID-19 pandemic or the staff simply burning the company HR handbook. Rest assured your HR handbook is still needed, maybe more than ever in uncertain times, but since March the coronavirus crisis has made a mockery out of “by the book”.

The best HR policies in 2020 were likely found on digital whiteboards and not in binders, because overnight HR had to embrace a new normal which included remote recruiting and onboarding for almost all nonessential workers.

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Topics: PEO, Human Resources, COVID-19

Texas 2021 Labor Laws: Proposed New Independent Contractor Rules

Posted by Employer Flexible on November 5, 2020

2020 has certainly been a year of upheaval for business owners, but there is some status quo, especially when it comes to Texas labor laws where there are no new significant changes planned on the state level for 2021.

That means the major components we highlighted for labor laws for Texas in 2020 will still hold true next year, including a minimum wage of $7.25 hour, and compliance by businesses with the Texas Payday Law, which requires exempt employees be paid at least once a month and non-exempt employees receive a minimum of two paychecks per month.

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Topics: Human Resources, small business

Adjusting HR Strategies and Tools for a Post-Coronavirus World

Posted by Employer Flexible on August 21, 2020

While business has been undergoing a change towards digitization for years now, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a rapid transition for many companies to a workforce that can connect, collaborate, and perform their roles remotely for an extended period of time.

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Topics: HR Trends, Human Resources, COVID-19

Layoff vs. Furlough: Understanding the Difference

Posted by Employer Flexible on August 19, 2020

One of the unfortunate realities of the COVID-19 pandemic is a historic number of Americans out of work since the public health crisis started.

U.S. government unemployment figures from August show that some 55 million workers have sought jobless benefits since mid-March.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Workplace Safety is a Top Priority as You Return to Work

Posted by Employer Flexible on May 27, 2020

Businesses started reopening this month in Texas, but with a vaccine for COVID-19 still on the horizon, it will not be “business as usual” for the foreseeable future.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in announcing another phase of business reopening’s on May 18 said: “Our focus is to keep you safe, while also restoring your ability to get back to work, to open your businesses, to pay your bills, to put food on your tables.”

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Topics: Human Resources, HR, small business, COVID-19

Sick Leave Laws in Texas May Be Changing- Here Is What You Need to Know

Posted by Employer Flexible on March 17, 2020

In the cities of Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, city ordinances passed in the years 2018 and 2019 that require employers who employee employees within these cities to start providing their employees with earned paid sick time, also known as the earned paid sick time ordinance. These sick days must be provided in addition to any company vacation days that are currently provided. If an employee gets sick or has a doctors' appointment, and they miss time from work, they can lose out on money that they need to support their family. These ordinances help to ensure an employee does not lose out on money from a paycheck because they were ill. 

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Topics: Human Resources

Overtime Pay and Overtime Exemptions in Texas

Posted by Employer Flexible on February 24, 2020

As an employer in Texas, it is important that you understand overtime pay and overtime exemptions. If you fail to properly pay your employees, you could be violating federal law and state law. You may face fines and may have to pay your employees what they were legally owed plus penalties and interest. Unfortunately, not every employer fully understands overtime pay and overtime exemptions in the state of Texas, and the laws regarding exemptions recently changed at the start of 2020. Here is more information about overtime pay and overtime exemptions in Texas. 

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Topics: compliance, Human Resources

End of Year Checklists for a Business

Posted by Employer Flexible on December 12, 2019

The end of the year is fast approaching. If you want your business to hit the ground running in the new year, now’s the time to get organized with your end of year checklists. Here are some essential areas to cover as your company prepares for 2020.

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Topics: Human Resources