The “5 W’s” of Payroll

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Payroll may not be the most glamorous function in an organization, but it is certainly one of the most critical. To better understand how this process takes place at a sampling of 179 Northeast Ohio organizations, we turn to the results of the 2013 ERC Payroll Practices Survey, which are summarized in the “5 W’s” below.

Who is processing payroll?

If you are in Human Resources (HR) or Accounting at your organization, there is a good chance that you or your departmental colleagues have some role to play in processing payroll. In fact at several organizations, payroll administration is an interdepartmental task shared by HR and Accounting or some other similar financial type department.
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6 Easy Tips to Re-Recruit & Retain Your Best Employees

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6 Tips to Re-Recruit and Retain Your Best Employees

Challenged with retaining good people? In order to retain your best talent, your organization needs to constantly re-recruit internally to re-energize them and solidify their loyalty so that they remain committed to your company, just like you would with a job candidate.

Why re-recruit your best talent? Here are some key reasons.
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3 Insights on Employee Motivation

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What makes some employees pour themselves into the work they do? That's the heart of the question behind motivating employees. Here are three (3) insights on employee motivation.

What makes some employees pour themselves into the work they do?

1. Limit using carrots and sticks to employee motivation.

One of the most well-known motivational concepts is the 'carrot and stick' approach which uses rewards and penalties to motivate others to produce desired results. Believe it or not, this method is still used quite a bit in organizations, despite its lackluster results. Employers continue to rely on rewards and incentives as well as discipline and punishment to motivate their employees.
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An Overview of Workers' Compensation

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While most employers take numerous steps to keep the workplace safe and healthy, injuries and accidents happen occasionally. Workers' compensation provides pay and benefits for workers injured while working, and also saves employers' liability and medical expenses. 

Workers' Compensation Defined

Workers' compensation is insurance that replaces an employees' compensation and medical benefits when they become injured on the job.
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7 Tips for Workers’ Compensation Claims

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Workers’ compensation claims can be costly to an organization, especially if they aren't managed well. Here are seven (7) tips for employers in managing workers’ compensation claims cost-efficiently and correctly.

1. Promptly report all claims to the insurer.

Effective case management begins with timely reporting of your workers' compensation claim. The more quickly an injured employee reports a claim, generally, the more smooth the claims process. When claims are reported in a timely manner, evidence can be preserved and the claim can be better resolved; workers can start treatment sooner; fraudulent claims can be identified more quickly; and you can avoid potential monetary fines/penalties for failing to report claims.
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The Cost of Employee Turnover

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With the economy and the employment situation slowing pulling out of recession in 2013, employers across the country are faced with a different kind of economic challenge, that of employee retention.

The combination of more jobs (the BLS reports an increase of 148,000 jobs for September) and a somewhat more stable economic outlook has likely contributed to the steady increase in voluntary turnover that has been seen both locally and nationally. For example, since 2010, voluntary turnover in Northeast Ohio is up to 10% (an increase of about 4%) across both manufacturing and non-manufacturing industry groups.
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Transporting Your Display Materials to a Small Show or Conference

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Shipping your display materials to conferences, special events, or small trade shows can be a cost-effective and easy option to get your materials where they need to be. Through FedEx, you can ship your package to a nearby FedEx Office store at no extra cost. There are many FedEx locations around the country – often times right around the corner from, if not in, your hotel or conference center. This way you won’t have to stuff your marketing collateral in your personal suitcase, haul around another set of luggage, or pay for an additional bag. The best part is if you are an enrolled member in the ERC Shipping Program, your FedEx discounts apply to the shipment.

Watch this helpful video or follow these simple steps to benefit from this free service:
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When ADA & FMLA and Workers Comp Intersect

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When ADA & FMLA and Workers Comp Intersect

Workers' compensation laws, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are not mutually exclusive - they all can intersect. According to CareWorks, ERC's Preferred Partner, one of the most common mistakes employers make is failing to run workers' compensation and FMLA concurrently.

Importance of Understanding the Intersection

Each of these laws serves a different purpose. Workers' compensation compensates employees who cannot work based on a work-related injury, ADA protects and aids individuals with a disability, and FMLA provides job protected leave to individuals with a serious medical condition. But, by qualifying under one law, an employee is not automatically disqualified from the others. If more than one law applies to the situation, then the injured worker must be afforded all the rights under each applicable law.
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The 5 New Rules of Employee Engagement

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The rules of employee engagement are changing. If engagement is a priority for your organization, here are the five (5) new rules of employee engagement that your organization needs to know.

 

1. Engagement is not an initiative or a survey - it's embedded into the culture.

Historically, employee engagement has been an employer initiative or an annual survey endeavor. It's been mostly focused on implementing workplace programs, but not addressing systemic, cultural problems that hinder engagement. This traditional approach has had limited success.

Nowadays, the more effective way to improve employee engagement is embedding it into the culture: assessing it on an ongoing basis via surveying, having senior leaders commit to it as a priority, cascading it throughout the organization, and sustaining it.
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