Ask an HR Expert: Background Checks

Question: I was wondering if a background check is not completed for pre-employment, and a few weeks later an employee discloses that they have a warrant out for their arrest. What are the legal implications if the employers wants to now run a background check? Or is the employer liable if something happens know that […]

Ask an HR Expert: Travel Time Compensation for ‘Non-Exempt’ Employees

Question:  How should I handle travel time compensation for my ‘non-exempt’ employees? Regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) govern whether time spent on travel is working time and therefore must be compensated. Texas employers must abide by these federal regulations.  In addition, Colorado law provides that all travel time spent at the […]

Ask an HR Expert: Posting Requirements for Remote Workers

Posting Requirements for Remote Workers We are a property management company and have maintenance workers who travel to different properties and who visit the central office periodically (not regularly). The maintenance workers are the only employees who visit or work from these property locations. Do we have to post the federal and state notices at […]

Ask an HR Expert: Holiday Office Party Tips

What to Know About Holiday Office Parties   Q: Do you have any tips on avoiding potential legal pitfalls with company Holiday parties? A: Tis the season for many employers to host a holiday party to cultivate employee engagement and spread holiday good cheer. Such parties can motivate employees and serve as a thank you […]

VOLUNTARY BENEFITS – No Longer an Option

  If your benefits plan is limited to the minimum mandatory inclusions or offers just a few extra options, you may be missing out on a golden opportunity to recruit and retain employees. In this eESI podcast and the ensuing article, find out the trends and why offering voluntary benefits is the key to attracting […]

eESI Podcast: Benefits Renewal Season is the Perfect Opportunity for Your Business to Offer More Options to Employees

October has arrived and you know what that means. It’s that time of year again: benefits renewal season. But don’t be frightened. With a little help, you can offer your employees a selection of affordable benefits at great rates. No, it’s not a trick. Access to Fortune 500-level benefits packages is just one of the […]

Brett Kavanaugh and business

  With so much national attention focused on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, we wanted to take a moment to consider what the effect of his nomination to the Supreme Court might mean for small business should he eventually be confirmed. When Kavanaugh was nominated to fill the open position on the U.S. Supreme Court in […]

eESI’s Practical Tips For Managers Podcast Asks: Why is HR So Hard?

If you operate a small business you may already know the answer to the question, why is HR so hard? Each year, new federal, state and municipal laws are passed that affect how businesses large and small handle employment matters. From the moment you hire your first employee and even during the hiring process, various […]

Have You Heard? eESI’s HR issues for small businesses podcast series is a summer hit

This summer has been a busy one here at eESI. We’ve been busy supporting our partners with employee training, payroll services, benefits administration and more. Plus, to keep you up to date and in the loop, we added several new episodes to our podcast series on HR issues for small businesses. Have you heard it […]

Podcast: Practical HR Tips for Managers, part 2 – The Reluctant Manager

Sometimes your HR team isn’t the first to become aware of employee complaints about harassment and discrimination. Instead, employees look to managers and supervisors for support. Is your management team prepared? In Managers: What You Should Do When an Employee Reports Harassment, employment attorney Janine Yancey tells Fast Company’s Lydia Dishman that employees experiencing harassment or […]