Author Archives: Liz Hocker

Year-End Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

It’s here! Q4 of 2015 is upon us, and for the very first time, companies with 50 or more employees are facing the administrative realities of the Affordable Care Act. Many companies are also addressing unexpected projects associated with the Affordable Care Act such as benefit plan overhauls, HRIS/technology upgrades, reorganization of staff and additional …

Great Internal Systems = Reduced Risk = Proactive HR & Accounting Departments

When was the last time you took a good look at your internal software systems? As a human resources consultant, I frequently talk to companies that say they are not happy with their current payroll or HRIS (Human Resource Information System). They complain about: no reporting or insufficient reporting, too much time spent on data …

It’s Winter 2013…Are your HR practices ready for ICE?

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for [unauthorized] immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly …

A “Human Resources Department” vs. a “Personnel Department”

In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a steady evolution of the Human Resources profession. The days of having a door with “Personnel” written on it with “girls” inside handling administrative tasks like “ten keying” time cards, cutting payroll checks, faxing in insurance enrollments and typing up dictated policy memos to the office is …