Solving Business Challenges with Strategic Staffing - Part 1
If you think that temps are best used as fill-ins for vacationing employees, think again! Savvy executives are discovering that temporaries (and staffing services) can be used to solve some of their toughest business challenges. From easing the pain of layoffs to turning around under-productive departments and even driving revenue growth, staffing is proving to be an extremely valuable strategic tool.
In this series, we take a look at how three real-life companies have used staffing services to their advantage. This month, an electronics manufacturer needs to hire 30 new employees in a hurry...but on a very tight budget! Read more.
5 Tips for Hiring and Managing "High Potentials"
There's a lot of buzz about "high potentials" coming from hiring managers, senior leaders and HR. Everyone wants to hire "high potential" employees. And everyone wants to keep their "high potential" employees - even if they're not quite sure who they are.
But, keep in mind: Not every employee needs to be "high potential" and not every job requires "high potential" employees. "High potential" indicates that a person has the 'runway' for growth, that they can likely move up, over, around the company successfully and - over time - lead larger and more complex parts of the organization.
Companies should define the specific areas in which "high potential" employees are most needed. To do so, they should answer questions like these: Read on.
What is Competency Mapping?
Competency Mapping is a process of identifying key competencies for an organization and/or a job and incorporating those competencies throughout the various processes (i.e. job evaluation, training, recruitment) of the organization. A competency is defined as a behavior (i.e. communication, leadership) rather than a skill or ability.
The steps involved in competency mapping with an end result of job evaluation include the following: Read on.
New Guidance Clarifies HRA's Under the ACA
Recently issued guidance clarifies the application of certain provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to health reimbursement arrangements, employer payment plans, health flexible spending arrangements and employee assistance programs.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes certain market reforms that apply to group health plans. These market reforms include a prohibition on annual limits on the plans essential health benefits (annual dollar limit prohibition), and the requirement for non-grandfathered plans to provide certain preventive care services without imposing cost-sharing requirements on those services (preventive services requirements). On September 13, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor released guidance (Guidance) clarifying the application of these market reforms to (1) health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), including HRAs integrated with a group health plan; (2) employer payment plans; (3) health flexible spending arrangements (Health FSAs); and (4) employee assistance programs (EAPs).Read on.
Dodd-Frank Retaliation Cases Continue To Be a Mixed Bag For Companies
Two new Dodd-Frank decisions over the last week contain mixed results for employers.
In Liu v. Siemens A.G., Judge Pauley in the Southern District of New York held that Dodd-Frank's anti-retaliation provision does not apply extraterritorially, following another district court case that reached the same conclusion several months ago. Liu, who was a Taiwanese resident, claimed that Siemens China terminated his employment for reporting alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations in China and North Korea. The court held that there was no indication that Congress intended Dodd-Frank's anti-retaliation provision to apply to conduct occurring overseas. Read more
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Solving Business Challenges
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> TIP OF THE MONTH
5 Tips for Hiring and Managing
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What is Competency Mapping?
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New Guidance Clarifies
HRA's Under the ACA
Dodd-Frank Retaliation Cases
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