Category Archives: Human Resources

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 …

Showing the Strategic Value of HR – Part 1

From “necessary evil” to business partner: seeing the value-add in HR Quick question: Is your human resources (HR) department considered overhead or a valuable business partner? If you answered overhead, then we need to talk. Is HR really overhead? The short answer to “is HR overhead?” is “yes” because HR is not a profit center. …

Big Data, HR Analysis and HR Metrics

The HR and business data disconnect—and what to do about it In HR, as in practically every realm of business, there are a lot of interesting discussions happening about how to use analytics and big data to improve decision making and business outcomes. Yes, the possibilities are exciting but they are often limited by business …

Leadership and Creating a Winning Organization

Polls over the years in organizations as well as government show that the majority of people do not particularly trust those who lead. Last year, a Forbes article provided data telling us that there are very low levels of employee engagement in the US and worldwide. Executive tenure has been dropping for years (although the …

The HR Evolution and Revolution

The word “revolution” comes to us from the root Latin word “revolutio”, which means to spin or turn around. It later took on the meaning of rejecting the status quo in favor of a radically and transformatively different direction or approach. I believe that American industry and the Human Resources profession in particular needs a …

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 …

Redefining Monday

I was heading into work on a Friday morning and caught the end of a local public radio show that was examining how we look at our workweek versus the weekend. As an HR professional for a company that provides HR outsourcing solutions, I was instantly hooked. I couldn’t stop thinking about this show and …

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 …