Category Archives: Human Resources Consulting

Adopting a Strategic HR Focus at Year-end

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Like most organizational functions, Human Resources entails a variety of deadlines and milestones for initiatives and actions throughout the year. Naturally, the year-end period is no different. But for some leaders, a focus on checking tactical HR items off the list during this time can mean insufficient attention paid to charting the broader strategic direction …

HR Pitfalls of Mergers and Acquisitions

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Five HR Pitfalls to Avoid After a Merger or Acquisition In a previous post, we examined the important topic of The Roles HR Can Play During Merger and Acquisition. When effectively leveraged, HR instills confidence and calm in leaders and employees that all bases are covered in this time of transition. But HR’s role doesn’t …

The Rise and Impact of Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

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By Teresa Foltz and Kelly Wells Originally published August 5, 2019. Paid-sick-leave mandates for private employers continue to gain momentum across the United States. While there is presently no such mandate at the federal level, eleven states and even more individual cities (as of the date this post was published) have enacted some form of …

Compensation and Salary Benchmarking Practices

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Retention 101: Benchmarking Employee Compensation People power businesses and labor costs typically represent a company’s highest expenditure. It’s imperative that employers understand how their respective job roles are valued in the market and how that compares to their own compensation practices. Employers reach this understanding through the practice of compensation benchmarking. Also referred to as …

The Role HR Can Play During a Merger & Acquisition

A natural anxiety evolves when an organization goes through personnel and cultural changes as a result of a merger or acquisition. These changes have a direct impact on employees and their families, and if not managed appropriately, can be disruptive to the organization. Senior level HR advisors can play a critical role in the management …

Showing the Strategic Value of HR – Part 2

4 key steps to creating a value-added HR organization As a long-time HR consulting firm, when the vcfo team goes in to help HR departments with a project or issue, what we often find is a team that is stuck in the proverbial HR “weeds.”Team members are often focused on HR for the sake of …

Why a Strategic, Not Reactive, Recruiting Approach Works for Us and Can Benefit You in 2017

In life and in work, strategic planning and preparation can go a long way. As a provider of recruitment services for a variety of client types, my team and I serve a range of diverse placement needs throughout the year at vcfo. While last-minute recruiting is sometimes necessary, we urge clients to develop a flexible …

How the FLSA Ruling Will Impact Your Business

In a previously published blog, we discussed that by December 1, 2016, all businesses must comply with the changes made to the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the rules, an estimated 4.2 million currently exempt employees will now be eligible for overtime pay. With just two months left to go …

Recruiting Millennials

As members of another generation, whether you’re a Baby Boomer or part of Generation X or Y, communicating with the Millennial Generation can oftentimes require methods or tools you don’t normally use. Born between 1982 and 2004, you need different communication tools to connect effectively with this generation. As professionals outside of this generation, we …

What Overtime Exemptions Mean for Your Business

In 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update the regulations governing exemptions of executive, administrative and professional (EAP) employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)1. President Obama and Secretary Perez announced on May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor’s final rule updating overtime …