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Processing the Final Paycheck for a Deceased Employee

As an company owner, HR representative and/or workforce supervisor, there are many undesirable challenges that come with managing people.  Sometimes things like finding the words to address an employee’s body odor, having to solve personality conflicts that remind one of being back in high school or terminating a single employee… Read More

Personal Day

Maine First State to Require Paid Leave for Any Reason

While many states are enacting paid family leave and/or paid sick time laws, Maine is the first state to take things a step further. Starting January 1, 2021, under L.D. 369, Maine employers will be required to provide their employees with paid personal leave under its Earned Employee Leave Act. … Read More

3-Month Delay to the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)

Originally published on June 13, 2019, updated June 14, 2019 While the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave program does not become fully enacted until January 1, 2021 (with most benefits available) and July 1, 2021 (with all benefits being available), initially employers were required to start notifying their employees with… Read More

My Coworker Stinks

My Coworker Stinks and Other Office Olfactory Offenses

HR professionals are often tasked with dealing with some very unpleasant circumstances – mass layoffs, negative performance reviews, disciplinary plans and terminations of individual employees.  When you have a vast number of diverse people all working in close proximity to each other, personality conflicts and other personal preferences can also… Read More

2019 EEO-1 Reporting Deadline and Requirements

As part of compliance regulations, applicable employers must submit their EEO-1 reports to the EEOC each year. Typically, the deadline for the EEO-1 survey is March 31, 2019. Had this year been a typical year, the date would have moved to April 1, 2019, since the deadline falls on a… Read More

What Should I Do With That Returned W-2?

Tis’ the season for employers to be in the year-end scramble working diligently to finalize budgets, prepare their own company tax documentation and produce and send a slew of individual tax forms to employees.  The W-2 is the first such form (along with 1099s), which must be mailed to employees… Read More

Pay As You Go Workers Comp

Workers’ Compensation: Why Pay-As-You-Go May Be Your Way to Go

Calculating premiums for traditional workers’ compensation policies is a complex and confusing process.  It generally involves using a specified rate for each job classification that takes into account risks for the types of tasks typically performed by that type of employee.  Some states rely on data and job classifications set… Read More



Open Enrollment is Just Around the Corner: Make it Not So Scary

Is it any coincidence that one of the scariest times in HR occurs around Halloween? For months, the dread of Open Enrollment often haunts Benefits Administrators and HR Professionals who struggle to keep their heads above water during this turbulent time. Many report a sense of helplessness being at the… Read More