Category Archives: Human Resources Consulting

Can Your HR Department be Replaced by a 1-800 Number?

In the quest to cut costs, some businesses are asking themselves: should we reduce our HR staff and call a dedicated 1-800 HR number when we need help? The idea of reducing costs can be very appealing. Consider the decision comprehensively before opting to go this route and give particular consideration to the litigious environment …

Top Blogs of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking a look at some of our most popular blogs from the past year. Whether you’ve read them before or are seeing them for the first time, we hope that vcfo has provided you with knowledgeable, informative content, and we look forward to continuing to share our financial, …

Reduce HR Risks Through Employment Compliance

Are you paying attention to the increasing number of employment laws you must follow and the potential for litigation if you fail to comply? Often, employers are their own worst enemies when it comes to legal compliance in the employment arena. Unfortunately, we live in a world that grows increasingly more litigious, and employment-related lawsuits …

Top 10 Early Career Lessons

I’ve always loved the lessons from, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” which is a book of short essays written by Robert Fulghum. In the book, Fulghum simplifies how the world can be improved if we just use the rules we learned as children. The corollary for my business career has …

Ranking Your Employees: Use a Little More Science, a Little Less Art

There has been a lot of debate over the years about the process of ranking employees as part of an organization’s performance assessment process. Some people swear it’s the only way to run a truly competitive business, while others view it as punitive and destructive to culture and morale. I’m here to tell you that …

Elevator to Exit: Hein, vcfo and Dailey Presentation

vcfo recently co-sponsored an event for clients and guests entitled “Elevator to Exit”, covering a company’s life cycle from a financial and capital perspective. The presentation, as well as a handout summarizing the company life cycle and actions needed, is available on the vcfo website. Presenters included David Hieb, Partner of Dailey Partners, Carter Freeman, Managing …

ACA Marketplace Notice

What is the Affordable Care Act? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a US federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul …

Countdown to EEO–1 Filing

The deadline for employers to file their EEO-1 report with the government is September 30, 2013. If you (or your employer) has a robust HR information system (“HRIS”) and you have been diligent about capturing the voluntary information from employees, then this exercise and reporting should be fairly simple. However, if you do not have …

New Form I-9 Released

On March 8, 2013, USCIS released a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Employers should begin using the new Form I-9 with revision date 03/08/13 immediately for all new hires, as well as for reverifications or rehires. The revision date is on the lower left of the new form and looks like this: (Rev. 03/08/13)N. …

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 …