Category Archives: Human Resources

Should CEOs Rely on Part-Time Specialists? Reviewing Advantages and Disadvantages

I was at a meeting of CEOs last week and we started to discuss one of our greatest challenges: Surrounding ourselves with the right people. Business owners wear a lot of hats. And when we hire employees, we oftentimes start with a bookkeeper, an administrator and/or a sales person. As the business grows, those same …

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 …

Urgency in the recruiting process

Is it truly urgent that you fill your firm’s current job openings? If so, are your hiring processes designed to manage this urgency so that you successfully land the coveted candidates that are in the greatest demand? We are in a very competitive recruiting world for highly-sought-after, skilled candidates and only those prepared to move …

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 …