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PFML contribution reduced, maximum benefit increased

PFML contribution reduced, maximum benefit increased

Massachusetts employers now pay a lower contribution to the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) and employees are eligible for a higher maximum weekly benefit, effective Jan. 1. The PFML law provides up to 26 weeks of paid leave in a benefit year for family...
2021 BBB Award Winner for Marketplace Excellence

2021 BBB Award Winner for Marketplace Excellence

I am honored and thankful to have won the “Small Business of the Year” award at the 2021 Better Business Bureau Marketplace Excellence Ceremony this week! The award is given to businesses that have shown high standards of behavior towards customers,...
Year’s end is perfect time to review taxes, benefits

Year’s end is perfect time to review taxes, benefits

The end of the year is a good time for employers to check their taxes, benefits and payroll information to be certain they’re in compliance with the latest laws and regulations. I’ve talked to colleagues in Human Resources who agree it’s a good idea for employers to...
On-site HR or a consultant – which is right for you?

On-site HR or a consultant – which is right for you?

If you have employees, it doesn’t matter whether you manage a small business or a large company, you need an HR professional. Any company that has employees should have an expert in the field it can reach out to for advice. Whether that expert is working on-site or is...
Stricter recommendations issued to protect unvaccinated employees

Stricter recommendations issued to protect unvaccinated employees

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new guidance concerning the protection of unvaccinated and at-risk employees from COVID-19 and reporting workplace exposures to the virus. Employers must have a game plan to comply with the guidance or...
HR helps employers go green

HR helps employers go green

Human Resource managers can play a vital role in helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint and attract new employees by developing strategies to save trees, energy and consumables. Companies are increasingly focused on protecting the environment through...
Onboarding is key to a smooth transition for new employees

Onboarding is key to a smooth transition for new employees

Onboarding provides new employees with a window into the company’s values and beliefs. When an onboarding program is developed and executed correctly, it makes the transition smoother for everyone involved. Human Resources managers help business leaders prepare...
Mental illness, burnout widespread in workforce

Mental illness, burnout widespread in workforce

Last month was Mental Health Awareness month, but there has been an increased incidence of behavioral health symptoms since the start of the pandemic. Be observant and take steps to offer support to your employees who need assistance. In the U.S., we work hard and...
Requiring COVID-19 vaccinations could be tricky

Requiring COVID-19 vaccinations could be tricky

A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of U.S. employers plan to require employees to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19. But employers must proceed with caution to avoid violating an individual’s right to refuse to be vaccinated because of a medical...

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