We’re gearing up for the new year, but first we’re taking a look back at some of our most popular HR, employee benefits, and payroll blog posts of 2017. This year saw some noteworthy trends, including a heightened dependence on compliance resources, the rise of chatbots in HR departments across the nation, and a significant shift from processes to people at businesses of all sizes in the U.S.
What trend impacted your business this year? Did you turn to online or automated resources to answer pressing HR questions? Check out our list and see if you recognize any of our most popular blogs of the year.
“One of the hallmarks of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the mandate that employers with fifty or more employees must offer health insurance or pay penalties. The AHCA proposes to eliminate that requirement and those penalties retroactively to January 1, 2016. However, employer reporting would still be required using the 1094 and 1095 forms created by Obamacare.”
“Creating an inspiring environment that fuels employee productivity is a lot easier said than done. There are countless approaches, so which one is right for your company? Thanks to ongoing research on employee behavior and the development of tools to track the success of such efforts, investing in human capital management (HCM) has never been easier or more effective. Here’s a list of some of our favorite ways to boost your company’s output without significantly increasing your spend.”
“In November 2016, voters enacted Arizona Prop 206, raising the minimum wage from $8.05 to $10.00 per hour, and requiring nearly all Arizona employees earn paid sick time. As the law takes effect on July 1, 2017, Arizona becomes 1 of 8 states, as well as Washington D.C., that provide mandatory paid sick leave.”
“Employees may submit paid time off (PTO) requests after they’ve given two weeks notice, but employers can legally deny those requests. Why? Pairing PTO with the last two weeks of employment makes it much more difficult for employers to find the right replacement.”
“While the notion may have been laughed at 20 years ago, in today’s ever-changing workplace, being able to work in your pajamas has become a reality for some. In fact, 3.7 million employees (or 2.8 percent of the workforce) now work from home at least half the time, according to Global Workplace Analytics. And research conducted by the same group found that 80 to 90 percent of the US workforce say they would like to telework at least part time.”
“When organizations make employee goal setting a company wide initiative, it demonstrates that management prioritizes each contributor’s success. Moreover, it gives employees the benefit of clearly knowing what to focus on in the coming month, quarter and year, and allows project prioritization to flow more smoothly.”
“Proponents of workplace wellness programs argue that an emphasis on employee health will save companies money in the long run. Opponents, however, expect higher total spends due to an increase in health screenings and the general promotion of “unnecessary care.” The question that both groups eventually come to is whether or not the emphasis on wellness actually improves employee health long-term.”