Onboarding New Hires

Onboarding? Who needs THAT?!? Did you have to take swimming lessons as a kid? I did. Practiced holding my breath with my face in the suspiciously warm kiddie pool … tried to stay alive while struggling to learn the \”Dead Man\’s Float\” … treaded water till my lips turned blue. It was a long and […]


401(k) in 2017: Use These Changes as a 365 Recruiting and Retention Tool!

401(k) in 2017:   Use These Changes as a 365 Recruiting and Retention Tool! When you think “compensation,” does your mind go to salary numbers?  If you’re a top candidate, it doesn’t – so if you’re trying to recruit those top candidates, it shouldn’t either. The best talent looks at the entire picture, whether that […]


DOL Poster Requirements 2016

New Department of Labor (DOL) posting requirements effective August 1, 2016

Changes to White-Collar OT Exemptions

Greetings!  Sorry, I was planning to do my best to put together posts that were positive, you know with a happy ending, like the employer and employee\’s worked together and lived happily ever after in business bliss. But we live in the real world.  Unfortunately,  every story has a villain and increasingly for employers that […]

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Good Employees Can Be Hard To Find

For the first time since its inception in 2009, the St. Louis Community College State of the Workforce report has identified a “shortage of workers with knowledge or skills” – in other words, finding qualified applicants – as the single greatest challenge facing St. Louis-area businesses (pg. 23). Previous years\’ top challenges, such as economic conditions […]


Recruiting Ideas

To say recruiting today is a challenge would be an understatement. With unemployment hovering at or below 7%, along with people who may have dropped out of the workforce, finding skilled workers is like pulling teeth without Novocain. It hurts. Granted, we are primarily recruiting for temp and temp to hire positions, but it’s difficult. […]


Amendments to the Illinois Wage Act

These are significant changes for Illinois employers. Hopefully you are already aware of the significant changes the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) has made to the “wage payment and collection act”. If not, please continue reading for a summary of changes that effect all Illinois employers. On August 22, 2014, the IDOL amended the Act […]

The ACA and Economic Productivity

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on October 24, 2014, at a Hillsdale College Free Market Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana by Casey Mulligan, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago.  Mr. Mulligan received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993. He has been a visiting professor at […]

New COBRA Model Notices Comply with ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a new option for employees losing job-based coverage to obtain health insurance – the Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly referred to as the \”Exchange\”).  Because this new coverage option might be relevant to an employee who is deciding whether to take COBRA coverage, the Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued […]


Catching Big Fish and Recruiting Great Candidates

A fisherman who wants to maximize their ability to catch the best fish will have the proper tackle, the best bait and use the right presentation in the appropriate location to catch the target fish. For example, to be a professional bass fisherman, one that can consistently be in the money at tournaments, takes knowledge […]


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