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May 6, 2015

With Customer Demand Surging Across the Country, Zenefits Raises $500 Million in Series C Funding at a $4.5 Billion Valuation

San Francisco, Calif. (May 6, 2015) – In order to meet strong demand from small- and medium-sized businesses across the country, Zenefits announced today that it has raised a $500 million Series C round of funding at a post-money valuation of $4.5 billion. Zenefits is a free, cloud HR automation platform that makes it effortless […]

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Zenefits Utah

April 13, 2015

Zenefits is Back in the Beehive State!

It’s official: Zenefits is coming back to Utah! Today (April 13th), Governor Gary Herbert signed a law ending Utah’s ban on Zenefits—making it clear that the Beehive State supports innovation, technology and competition. This law reaffirms Utah’s commitment to supporting innovative companies—even when they disrupt existing industries. Now, businesses in Utah will, once again—and for free, just […]

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April 9, 2015

8 Tips to Increase Employee Productivity

Organizations have long struggled to maintain the productivity of their workforce. Managing what employees accomplish in any given day impacts their productivity, which is critical to meeting corporate objectives. A survey by Robert Half concluded that socializing with coworkers, surfing the Internet/social media and personal phone calls/email were the most common time wasters at work. […]

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ACA to redefine Small Group Employer

March 30, 2015

ACA to Redefine Small Group Employer in 2016

Have you heard that the Affordable Care Act’s unofficial slogan is “Change is the only constant”? Heraclitus had it right. Case in point: the ACA is changing its definition of Small Group. Wait, what’s happening? On January 1st, 2016, the Affordable Care Act will change the way it previously defined “Small Group Employer.” If you have 51-100 employees on January 1st, you’ll […]

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March 7, 2015

7 Essential Principles for Growing Your Business

My grandmother, who lived in a remote village in Bangladesh, was barely five feet tall, skinny as a rod, and very soft-spoken. She could barely read or write and never had a formal education, yet she successfully managed a farming and sharecropping business, overseeing a network of farmers, merchants, and seasonal workers, all while raising […]

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February 26, 2015

The High Cost of Low Morale—And What To Do About It

Morale is a state of mind which involves feelings and emotions. Created within each employee, it is often considered an elusive quality. It involves the attitude and perception towards the job, work environment, team members, managers and the organization on a whole. Positive employee morale is usually exhibited by confidence, discipline and willingness to perform. […]

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ACA employer mandate

February 23, 2015

ACA Employer Mandate: The Ultimate Guide

The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate went into effect two months ago. Is your company ready? Sometimes known as Employer Shared Responsibility or “ACA play or pay,” the ACA employer mandate aims to reduce the number of uninsured people in the U.S. by promoting employer-sponsored health coverage. When people talk about ACA compliance, they’re typically referring to the government’s […]

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February 1, 2015

5 Ways To Improve Employee Development At Your Company

There are a seemingly infinite number of initiatives that can lead to success at your company. You can pull levers on product development, QA, sales, marketing, customer success, and more. But prioritizing what will have the greatest impact is tough. It’s no wonder that employee development often ends up at the bottom of a very long […]

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January 12, 2014

3 Small New Features That Pack a Big Punch

We’re kicking things off right this new year, with 3 new features—Benefits Preview, Org Chart, and more flexible PTO. We’re calling these new features “small” because they’re smaller than a lot of the other amazing things we have in the works. But they’re great enhancements none the less, and we think you’ll love them. Benefits […]

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December 26, 2013

The Importance of HR Compliance

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the importance of human resources and compliance issues. But human resource departments face significant enforcement and compliance risks. In addition, the head of human resources is an important partner on compliance. If a company suffers from weak compliance programs, its human resource department is sure to be a liability for the […]

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Scales of Justice

October 26, 2013

Good Documentation and Good HR Practices Count

It is important to occasionally revisit why good documentation and good HR practices count in making sure your company is well run and stays out of trouble. A decision handed down in March of 2011 by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) demonstrated why companies should ensure that they promptly investigate ALL complaints […]

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