Are New Sick Leave Rules Coming to Your Area?

Some municipalities are taking another look at sick-leave policies and paid time off, and are requiring employers to be more generous with such benefits than what has been historically offered. This is what Chicago and Cook County are doing — and this just might be the beginning of a trend. Read more

What You Need to Know About Online Payroll Services

Online payroll services can enhance your business in many ways. If you run a small to mid-size business, you may have handled all your payroll affairs in-house. But if this process has grown overly complex and too time-consuming to handle on your own, then it’s time for a change. It’s time to switch to online payroll services. But what does this mean exactly? Continue reading to learn more. Read more

What You Need to Know About Glassdoor

Glassdoor created a database of company reviews and CEO ratings, as well as interview and benefits information from existing and former employees who post anonymously. Details about salaries and other information regarding what it’s really like to work at a business from interview to exit are provided. The data are available to the public. Read more

What Are Payroll Services? A Breakdown of What Payroll Companies Do

When does it make sense to outsource payroll services? In recent years, this has been a popular question for companies of all sizes. Ultimately, it is a decision you have to make for the betterment of your own business. But when you hire a payroll company like LCAF Payroll to handle it, we take care of all your payroll pains and headaches. Read more

How to Motivate Employees to Use Wellness Programs

Employers are incorporating wearables into their workplace wellness programs. How can they promote health and well-being? Read more

The Pros and Cons of Becoming an ESOP

An ESOP is not the only way for employees to own a company, but it is by far the most common. Although the concept was almost unknown until 1974, by 2014, about 7,000 companies had ESOPs covering 13.5 million employees, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership, a nonprofit membership group that provides information and research on ESOPs. Read more

Big Changes in Social Security and Retirement Plans for 2018

From 401(k) plans to individual retirement accounts to Social Security, the federal government has been busy in recent weeks adjusting numbers for 2018. Whether you’re an employee or business owner, senior management or nonexempt staff, these changes may affect how you approach retirement in the coming months and years. Read more

How to Pick the Right 401(k) Provider

It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your company: Who will help you offer a retirement plan to your staff? Research financial firms that provide record-keeping and third-party administration services for 401(k) plans: mutual fund and insurance companies as well as brokerage firms. Look for an established business with a first-rate reputation in the 401(k) arena — a company that now and for many years to come provides extensive resources and excellent customer service. Read more

Providing Real Management for a Virtual Office

The virtual office model means employees aren’t housed in one site — they’re probably working out of their own homes or in rented office spaces across the country or even all over the world. Thanks to conferencing technology, including programs like Skype, and screen-sharing technologies like Joine.me, virtual offices can approximate traditional setups. And the cost of this equipment is more than offset by the savings realized by not having to pay travel expenses, site rentals or office space rent. Read more

Don’t Ask Job Candidates These Questions!

There are some questions that, if asked by HR or the hiring manager during a job interview, could put a company at risk for legal action. There are numerous state and federal anti-discrimination laws designed to ensure that employers hire based on skill, not stereotypes. Do you know what’s fair game? Read more