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How do I ensure proper compliance with the Form I-9 requirements?

While both the current and new form are in effect until January 21, 2017 employers should make sure they are ready to switch over to using the new form only as of January 22, 2017 by destroying any printed out unused blank forms and having only the new one available. More Info

How do I begin to put together a strategic HR plan?

An HR plan that is not aligned with how the business chooses to compete is by definition working at cross-purposes. More Info

How do I think about building a training and development plan?

Developing an effective plan begins with the broader discussion; What skills are we going to need in the next x years? What do we have in place already? What is the gap? How can we best fill that gap? More Info

How do I provide skill development for my front-line employees?

Like most training, the 4 key stages will be 1) Was the employee engaged in the training 2) Did they learn the skills that they needed? 3) Did they apply those skills on the job 4) Did it make a difference when they applied them? More Info

How do I ensure that I have a proper employment application?

Employers should create and maintain an application focused on whether the information being requested is directly related to the position being offered and does not seek any information that may be legally protected under state or federal law. As a rule of thumb, any request for information connected to a legally protected class (age, race, sex, religion, disability etc.) should not be asked. More Info

How do I develop a compensation plan that is fair, market competitive and drives performance?

Effective compensation programs establish predictable base and incentive pay for employees that promotes performance, career development, internal equity and equity to the competitive recruiting market. More Info

How do I manage marijuana in the workplace?

The two marijuana laws make it clear that employers do not have to allow employees to use or otherwise accommodate a person’s marijuana use in the workplace. More Info

How do I attract and retain high performers?

Attracting and retaining high performers requires more than a competitive salary and robust benefits. More Info

How do I comply with the Massachusetts Pay Equity legislation?

This law isn’t effective until July 1, 2018. However, most companies will find that they have much to do prior to then. More Info

How do I develop a competitive benefits program and control escalating health care costs?

The annual health plan renewal is one of the largest purchases an organization makes. As such, it requires an internal team and external expertise to set the organization’s health care goals and budget, evaluate the performance of the current plan, assess employee satisfaction with the current plan, identify renewal options, model the costs of the various options and negotiate the renewal. More Info

How do I Identify high performers?

Identifying high performers begins with identifying what success means to your organization. Is it productivity, creativity, relationship building, leading and developing others or a combination of these and other skills? More Info

How do I identify and control turnover?

As the maxim goes, “you cannot manage what you do not measure.” This first step towards understanding and managing turnover is documentation. Employers should identify whether turnover was voluntary or involuntary, and whether it was expected or unexpected. The second step is a robust exit interview process. More Info

How do I provide outplacement services for laid off employees?

When an employee is laid off, the company can determine if there is a level of outplacement service that may be available to affected employees. Outplacement is a valuable benefit to employees who lose their job through no fault of their own. It helps the employee focus on the future and adopt the mindset that their job now is to find their next job. More Info

How do I know if I need an Affirmative Action Plan?

Not all employers need to maintain a written Affirmative Action Plan (AAP). The first question to ask is whether your organization does any work with the federal government. If not, then you do not have any AAP obligations. More Info

How do I develop an Affirmative Action Plan?

An Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) documents your organization’s efforts to match your demographics to the reasonable recruiting area from which you draw applicants. More Info

How do I put together an employee handbook and keep it current?

While there are no laws requiring an employee handbook, it is an important vehicle for notifying your employees of federal and state laws, expected business standards, and employee benefits. More Info

How do I respond to an increased need for recruiting?

Start by outlining the open positions and ensure there are updated job descriptions with all requirements listed clearly. More Info

How do I develop my HR Team?

Ever changing employment regulations, evolving recruitment and rewards strategies and trending HR best practices make development of the human resources professional a key goal for most every organization. More Info

How do I keep current in the HR field?

HR is an occupation that is constantly changing. Employment laws, regulations, compensation & benefits and overall best practices are always evolving. Additionally, there is always more to know and understand with regard to managing employee relations to compiling salary data and tracking talent metrics. More Info

How do I evaluate online learning as a training & development tool?

In order to evaluate online learning as your training and development tool, you must first decide upon your overall educational goals. If you’d like to pull the team together to build a cohesive unit towards learning a particular topic, then online learning may not be the best approach. More Info

How do I develop future leaders In my organization?

Having a plan on how you will develop the future leaders in your organization is a critical manpower planning task for successful organizations. It won’t happen consistently on it’s own. More Info

How do I develop a succession plan?

We all know how disruptive it can be when a key manager or someone with a critical talent leaves the organization. You lose the person’s expertise, their internal and external relationships, their specific skills. The best way to prepare for smooth transitions is to commit to having a Succession Plan in place for those positions. As a general process, senior leadership should go through succession planning process at least annually. More Info

How do I know if my workforce is thinking about Unionization?

Whether a company is receptive to a union or not receptive – it is important to understand what triggers a workforce to being susceptible to unionization. More Info

How do I provide professional HR services as a small employer?

For small businesses, one of the major challenges is how to properly manage and serve the needs of a growing workforce. Generally, HR handles many of the day-to-day complexities of the company, such as employee recruitment and training, developing job descriptions, compensation, employee relations, employee benefits, legal compliance and payroll. More Info

How do I cover HR during a leave of absence or vacancy in the HR department?

Whether you have a one person HR department or a large HR department, dealing with a planned or unplanned vacancy can be difficult. You may have an internal staff person who can keep the day to day administrative responsibilities moving forward. More Info

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