Implementing HR Technology: Is Everyone Really Doing It?

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Implementing HR Technology: Is Everyone Really Doing It?

As is the case in every aspect of our lives, technology plays a major, ever evolving role in the world of HR.

Whether it’s figuring out how to leverage “big data” to improve your workforce planning or simply master the latest mobile application for job postings, keeping up with the latest and greatest HR technologies is an ongoing challenge. Even if you are a computer whiz, not only does every new high-tech system and process have a learning curve, but depending on you’re the demographics and culture of your organization, the next big thing, may not always be the right thing.

To illustrate this point, we take a look at how Northeast Ohio organizations are integrating, planning to integrate, or not integrating some of the better established HR technologies into their workplace practices from recruitment to retention.
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Workers Compensation Best Practices for Employers

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Workers Compensation Best Practices for Employers

By utilizing workers’ compensation best practices employers can achieve a higher level of control over their workplace injuries, which can result in reduced severity and claim costs and better outcomes.

Early Reporting & Transitional Work

Early claim reporting is a crucial first step in controlling costs.  Numerous national studies have shown the longer it takes for a claim to reported, the costlier the claim.  That’s why it’s important to work with an Ohio Managed Care Organization (MCO) that has efficient options for reporting new workers’ compensation claims.  These can include fax, telephone, online or email reporting.
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2014 HR Compliance Guide

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2014 HR Compliance Guide

We’ve developed an easy guide summarizing what your organization needs to know to stay compliant as it begins the New Year. The guide includes a summary of several regulations that take effect as well as important legal issues on the horizon.

Regulations that Take Effect

Below are several major regulations and initiatives will take effect January of 2014.
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Resolutions & Regulations: Incentivizing Your Wellness Program

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Resolutions & Regulations: Incentivizing Your Wellness Program

The start of a New Year guarantees two things in the workplace: (1) lots of new regulations to learn about and comply with in HR and (2) lots of New Year’s resolutions to get healthy among your employees.

In 2014 these two certainties are closely intertwined as new rules for employer wellness programs are among several ACA related regulations now on the books as of January 1, 2014. So with many of your employees undoubtedly working hard on their New Year’s resolutions, and HR working hard to keep up with the regulations, now is a great time to take a look at what types of wellness related benefits organizations are offering in the region and how these programs need to be structured moving forward.
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Leader Development: A Growing Concern and Priority for Employers

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Leader Development: A Growing Concern and Priority for Employers

Leadership development is among employer's top priorities and concerns in the workplace today. A 2013 survey conducted by The Conference Board and Right Management concluded that organizations are expected to spend 37% more on leadership development in 2014.

Many employers are concerned over a potential lack of talent to fill future leadership roles, and are putting practices in place such as succession planning and leadership development programs targeted toward young people, high-potentials, and emerging leaders to address those future gaps.

Below is a quick summary of two key areas in which the approach to creating leadership development programs is evolving.
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2014 HR Compliance Timeline

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2014 HR Compliance Timeline

This 2014 HR Compliance Timeline is meant to be a helpful tool in identifying and remembering important dates for HR professionals. You can also download a printable PDF version of this compliance timeline.

Due Date Compliance Requirement
January 1, 2014 Ohio Minimum Wage change takes effect
January 1, 2014 New defined benefit/contribution plan limits take effect
January 1, 2014 Revised limits on health savings accounts (HSA) take effect
January 1, 2014 FSA rule dropping “use it or lose it” requirement takes effect
January 1, 2014 Health plan design requirements take effect under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
January 1, 2014 Rules regarding outcome-based wellness program incentives under the ACA take effect
January 1, 2014 Rules for applying annual limits and preventative care to defined contribution health care plans take effect
January 1, 2014 Individual health insurance mandate takes effect under the ACA
January 31, 2014 W-2s need to be issued to employees by this date; W-2s need to include cost of employer-sponsored group health care coverage
January 31, 2014 Form 940 due and Federal Unemployment Tax Rate (FUTA) needs to be deposited if owed
February 1, 2014 OSHA 300 Log (Forms 300 & 300A) needs to be posted on February 1st through April 30th
February 10, 2014 Form 940 due if FUTA deposits have been made on time
February 15, 2014 W-4 changes must be made for employees claiming no exemptions last year
July 31, 2014 Form 5500 due for calendar year defined contribution and benefit plans; Form 5500 due by the last day of the 7th month following end of the plan year for non-calendar year plans
September 30, 2014 EE0-1 reporting deadline
VETS-100/100A Form filing deadline
Deadline for distributing Summary Annual Report (SAR) to participants of defined contribution plans
December 1, 2014 Deadline for sending annual 401(k) and (m) safe harbor notice

Note: This chart is subject to change and more filing deadlines may apply for your specific organization than those listed in the chart.

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Weather Policies: Were You Ready for the Polar Vortex?

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Weather Policies: Were You Ready for the Polar Vortex?

The so called “polar vortex” that had Northeast Ohio firmly in its grip in January 2014 presented employers with weather that could unquestionably be categorized as “severe”. But the conditions resulting from sub-zero temperatures were somewhat atypical from the usual snowstorms and impassable road conditions that plague the region’s winters, prompting many organizations to question whether or not closures or delays were appropriate.

Although no formal survey was conducted on how organizations handled this most recent bout of inclement weather, a look at some of the highlights of ERC’s 2013 Inclement & Adverse Weather Practices survey report can begin to shed some light on what types of policies employers were working with when making their decisions earlier this week.
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Create a Culture of Kindness to Boost Morale

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Create a Culture of Kindness to Boost Morale

University Hospitals is a Preferred Partner of ERC, offering Employee Wellness, Executive Health and Integrative Medicine services to ERC member companies.

As we begin a new year, consider making a resolution to create a culture of kindness in your organization. Giving and receiving kindness can improve our overall well-being and productivity by creating an environment that promotes team building and positivity.

Kindness – the warm-hearted gesture of a stranger genuinely smiling and holding the door, the friendly morning hello from a colleague, the sharing of hot cocoa with a friend in need. Whether random, planned, lasting, or just in the moment, the experience of kindness does something good to us, and inside of us.
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10 Ways to Be Better in HR in 2014

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10 Ways to Be Better in HR in 2014

As the end of 2013 approaches, it's an ideal time to stop and reflect on your development as an HR professional and how you might be more effective in your HR role in 2014. Here are 10 ways to be better in HR in 2014.

1. Assume the role of a leader.

Even if you aren't one or don't have the authority or title of a leader, act like one each and every day. Use your influence for positive workplace change in your company, because when your actions have an impact on others, they matter and make a difference.

Leadership is less about title and role, and more about impact and influence. Anyone can lead...even from the very bottom. Assume your "seat at the table" and act like you have one.
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6 Tools to Develop Employees' Careers

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6 Tools to Develop Employees' Careers

It's the end of the year and a common time for employers to have discussions with their employees regarding career development as part of the performance review process, or in preparation for the upcoming year.

Employees tend to have questions about their careers at the end of the year, and organizations should be equipped to answer those, provide information, and help employees achieve their goals. If not, organizations risk losing quality employees who seek career development and advancement elsewhere. In fact, lack of opportunities is one of the key reasons employees leave.

Here are six suggestions for supporting employees' career development in the new year.

1. Set developmental goals.

Setting developmental goals for each employee helps ensure that training and development objectives get accomplished. It's also one of the easiest ways to make employees and managers accountable for developing their skills.
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