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The Case for Considering “Boomerang” Employees

10/03/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Employers are having a hard time finding talent right now. Talent pools that have proven successful for years have suddenly dried up, forcing workplaces to get creative. One recent approach has been to hire, seek out or re-recruit “boomerang” employees—workers who used to work at an organization, left voluntarily and now wish to return.

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10 EEOC Tips for Small Businesses

09/05/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1964 to eradicate discrimination in employment. The Commission enforces various statutes that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, retaliation, age, and disability or protected veteran status.

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How Employers Are Responding to Record-high Inflation

08/19/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

The U.S. inflation rate has increased by 9.1% year over year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also reported that this is the highest the inflation rate has been since 1981. This has led to significant price increases across many consumer goods, and employers are responding in various ways.

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Redefining Employee Benefits

08/16/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have changed not just how employees work but how they think about work. This includes what benefits they believe employers should provide. For example, many employees prioritized health and leave benefits over retirement benefits during the pandemic. In 2022, employee preferences for benefits seem to be returning to what they were before the pandemic, with employees once again prioritizing retirement benefits and financial wellness. However, all forms of benefits are more important for employees now than ever before. This provides an opportunity for savvy employers to utilize benefits to attract and retain employees in a tight labor market.

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ARPA Subsidy Expiration May Result in Large Premium Increases

08/04/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) health care subsidies are set to expire at the end of 2022. According to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the expiration of ARPA subsidies may result in large health care premium increases for many individuals who purchase their own health coverage on the Affordable Care Act health insurance Marketplaces. The analysis found that without ARPA subsidies, premiums for enrollees would be 53% higher in most states.

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Overcoming Organizational Silos

08/02/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

A common issue found throughout various companies is the presence of organizational silos. Organizational silos occur when groups of people, typically within a department or subdepartment, are isolated from collaborating or sharing information with other departments or groups. Although organizational silos may form because a group doesn’t want to communicate with another team, some organizations simply fail to facilitate proper communication across departments.

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Strategies for Avoiding Litigation Over COBRA Notices

07/27/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Employers are seeing an increase in lawsuits from former employees alleging deficient Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) election notices. These lawsuits are generally class actions and can result in significant attorneys’ fee awards for successful ex-employees. Understanding current COBRA notice regulations and litigation trends can help employers stay compliant and avoid costly lawsuits.

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HR Audits

07/01/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

An HR audit is an objective, systematic review of a company’s HR policies, procedures, strategic direction, structure, resources, and ultimately, its contribution to the organization. Such an audit offers the opportunity to protect the company, establish best practices and identify areas for improvement. It can help evaluate whether specific practice areas are adequate, legal and/or effective.

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Attracting and Retaining Employees During the Great Reshuffle

06/28/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

The labor market is a bit unpredictable at the moment. Economists previously warned of a “Great Resignation,” a time when employees were expected to quit in record numbers and leave considerable vacancies in the workforce. This actually happened somewhat—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were a record number of resignations at the end of 2021. Although the number of quits dropped at the beginning of 2022, the employment market is back to experiencing record-high quit rates.

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Should You Terminate Group Coverage?

06/01/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Since 2010, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law, speculation has abounded, with experts and non-experts alike debating whether employers would drop group health coverage. With the start of the employer shared responsibility penalties in 2015, employers must decide whether they will offer employer-sponsored health coverage that complies with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or drop coverage and face various penalties and repercussions.

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Containing Costs of Chronic Health Conditions

06/01/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Chronic conditions are health conditions that require ongoing management over an extended period of time. Some have very few symptoms, while others severely limit a person’s ability to perform everyday, routine tasks. Regardless, chronic conditions may deeply affect those who suffer from them.

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Communicating Terminations Effectively

05/02/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Losing a job is a traumatic event for most and may trigger anger, humiliation and sadness. Some otherwise calm employees, rational individuals may react negatively to termination or challenge the decision. Yet, if terminations are handled appropriately and with respect for all parties involved, the process should be smooth. In addition, the employees who remain employed at the company will not feel threatened or have negative emotions towards the employer.

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Hire to Fit Your Company Culture

04/04/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Poor hiring decisions can be highly costly for your company, in terms of business interruption, wasted recruiting and training resources, lower employee morale and more. You may realize that an individual is not a good fit, or a new employee may choose to leave if the job doesn't match his or her expectations. In both circumstances, many of these separations are because the hired individuals did not fit the company culture and therefore lacked productivity, creativity, and/or morale.

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Disciplinary Techniques for Supervisors

03/02/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Supervisory training is critical to the success of any discipline program. Supervisors should consider the following techniques and considerations to effectively discipline employees:

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Attracting Top Remote Talent

02/07/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

By 2025, almost 23% of the U.S. workforce is expected to work fully remote, according to Upwork. That’s nearly double the percentage of people who were working remotely full time prior to the pandemic. As more organizations embrace long-term remote or hybrid workplace models, employers will continue to compete for their industry’s top candidates.

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5 Hybrid Work Model Mistakes to Avoid

01/05/2022 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to adapt and test their operational capacities. One of the most common pivots has been remote work.

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Why Is It So Hard to Find Workers Right Now?

12/01/2021 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Employers across the country are facing a pronounced issue right now: too many open positions and not enough workers.

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Preventing Employee Burnout

11/09/2021 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

The World Health Organization (WHO) now considers burnout to be a syndrome. In previous editions of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), burnout wasn’t considered a serious condition, and its only listed symptom was exhaustion.

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Back to Basics: What Every HR Person Should Know About ERISA

11/02/2021 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

If you don't know or you're not sure what ERISA is or why it's important you're not alone.  ERISA is a massive piece of legislation. Think of it as kind of the Godfather of employee benefit plan regulation.

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Preparing HR for Future Health Crises

10/14/2021 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for HR departments in 2020. Suddenly, employees were looking to HR teams for guidance in areas not typically considered their responsibility.

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Complex Health Benefits Can Hinder Employee Productivity and Morale

09/13/2021 | PCI HR Consulting Practice

Health care is rarely straightforward for the average consumer. Many individuals need help making sense of their options both during open enrollment and when receiving health services. In fact, 8 out of 10 people said they faced challenges when receiving care, according to a recent study from Quantum Health.

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The “H” Stands for Human

06/22/2021 | Dee Yingst

I’m a big fan of automating processes where appropriate. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

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Because Math is Hard!

04/19/2021 | Dee Yingst

I have a simple math problem for you. If you have 2 apples and I give you 2 more, how many apples do you have? You don’t have to watch Sesame Street to know that you now have 4 apples, right? Straightforward and simple.  

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HR is Never "Just" HR

03/18/2021 | Dee Yingst

I’m not sure any department’s mettle has been tested this past year in quite the same way as HR. It was about a year ago that I asked all of you in HR how you were holding up and now I’m back to ask again. When we started this “adventure” we didn’t know what to expect but we stepped up anyway, and did what we needed to do to hold our organizations together. It’s what we do.

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Today Was a Really Long Week

11/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

Have you ever had one of those days where it feels like everybody wants a piece of you?  Your office phone is ringing.  Your cell phone is ringing.  You’re watching your email inbox furiously scroll as it loads and loads and loads new messages.  Aaaaannnnd you have people waiting in and around your office. 

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Phone Screens, and Voice Mail, and Laundry! Oh My!

10/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

I’m not a fan of phone interviews. I know sometimes they’re necessary, but that doesn’t mean I have to like them.  They are definitely important if the job includes communication mostly via telephone.  In these instances, I will first hold a phone screen so I can assess how you would sound to our customers – are you able to explain concepts in a clear manner, how’s your phone etiquette, do you interrupt the caller – things like that. Having done a fair number of these screenings lately, I thought I’d share some important lessons I wish everyone knew.

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Just Do It.

07/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

You know, I really hate wearing a mask. I don’t like how close it gets to my eyes, I don’t like the steam that makes my face feel like it’s melting, it smooshes my hair, it makes my nose itch,  and my ears stick out like taxicab doors.

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Hey HR: How are You Holding Up?

04/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

So….here we are….working from home. Or maybe you’re at home but not able to work... or you’re continuing to have to report to work armed with a gallon of hand sanitizer, a homemade mask, and hope.

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What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

03/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

Keeping your plan compliant isn’t a matter of luck; it’s about finding out what you don’t know and making it happen.

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Winners Know When to Quit

02/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

We’ve all heard the saying: winners never quit, and quitters never win.  The problem with that advice is that it’s not true. Not only do quitters win, sometimes it’s necessary to quit to win. The trick is knowing what to quit and when. Here’s where we can find some great advice in an unlikely place – a country music song from 1978.

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Finding Your Joy in Small Ways

01/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

It’s time for your annual New Year’s reminder: You’re Not Broken.

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Mandatory is not Merry and Other Holiday Celebration Advice

12/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Don’t you just love the colors of the holiday season? The green trees… the white lights…the red bows…the blue liquid capsules of headache medicine….wait..what? 

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Is Your ‘Check Attitude’ Light On?

11/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Happy November! With the Thanksgiving season upon us, it’s a great time to ask ourselves if we have an ‘attitude of gratitude’ or if we are just moving through life oblivious to the world around us. 

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