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Voluntary Benefits Now Must Haves for Employers?
Apr 25, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A recent survey from Willis Towers Watson shows that voluntary benefits, which were once viewed as "nice-to-have," are now more important than ever for both employees and employers. This article dives further into the survey and shares some of the data that was uncovered.
The Importance Of Building A Compliance Culture
Apr 23, 2018
| Denise Furlani
Even though comprehensive compliance training is critical, businesses should also focus on building a culture of compliance within the organization. Doing so will help company-wide compliance initiatives while decreasing the likelihood of an internal compliance grievance occurring.
How HR Analytics Can Benefit Small Businesses
Apr 17, 2018
| Michael Altiero
SMBs, too, can gain significant business advantages and success by implementing HR analytics into their business strategy. There are countless examples and areas where HR and people analytics can be used to benefit both employers and employees.
The Top Employee Feedback Questions that Quickly Boost Workplace Morale
Apr 16, 2018
| David Mizne
These top employee feedback questions are guaranteed to quickly boost your team’s morale and get your business on track to building a positive workplace culture that your staff will love.
Extensis Recruiting Services Success Story
Apr 11, 2018
| Lauren Post
Recruiting is routinely listed as a top business challenge. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) looking to boost their recruiting strategies can look to solutions such as Extensis’ Recruiting Services to overcome this challenge and instead turn it into a competitive advantage!
HR Outsourcing Report Shows Continued Industry Growth
Apr 10, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A recent report from PrismHR, the 2018 Human Resource Outsourcing (HRO) Trends Report, further showed the growth human resource outsourcing (HRO) is currently experiencing. The results from this survey reveal some very fascinating data about HRO, as well as some that are specific to PEOs.
HR Managers Believe Sexual Harassment Complaints Will Increase
Apr 09, 2018
| David Pearson
A new poll conducted by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) shows that, despite company efforts, HR managers predict more sexual harassment complaints in 2018 than in previous years. This post explores why this is the case, and what employers can do to prevent workplace harassment.
6 HR Trends That Are Changing Businesses Today
Apr 04, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Companies who stay ahead of current HR trends set themselves up for overall business growth and success. Meanwhile, those businesses who fail to do so can easily fall behind the competition. Check out these 6 HR trends, and how they are changing HR.
NJ Lawmakers Pass Bill Aimed at the Gender Pay Gap
Apr 02, 2018
| Michael Altiero
In March 2018, New Jersey passed legislation that is intended to be one of the nation’s strongest pay equity laws. This article takes a closer look at this legislation, what it means for New Jersey employees and employers, and what else is on the horizon in the Garden State.
Bridging the Trust Gap Between Small Business Owners and Employees
Mar 27, 2018
| Kenneth Pearson
Tensions can arise between small business owners and their employees because of a lack of communication and resources. In this post, we will explore five suggestions to aid in gaining trust and bridging the gap between small business owners and their employees.
5 Ways to Use Your Tax Return to Improve Financial Wellness
Mar 26, 2018
| Anissa Kurtz
Depending on the circumstances, a tax return can be a sizable amount of money. Most financial planners suggest having a plan in place for what to do with these funds. Doing so can help in numerous ways including helping to improve financial wellness, which can help physical and mental wellbeing.
PEO Helps Small Employers Manage Workers’ Compensation Costs
Mar 20, 2018
| Matthew Ponticelli
One area of HR that can be particularly complex and costly is workers’ compensation insurance. Small business owners looking to address their workers’ compensation needs, along with various other HR services, can look to PEO partnerships as a potential solution to this growing challenge.
Why On-Demand Learning Is More Important Than Ever
Mar 19, 2018
| Michael Altiero
More and more companies are incorporating on-demand L&D tools and resources in their training programs. With this comes a level of personalization that meets the expectations of employees and increases the overall experience with career development.
What is ESAC and Why Is It Important for PEO?
Mar 14, 2018
| Michael Altiero
There are few important factors that can make a PEO stand out from the competition. One of these is the I.R.S.’s Certified PEO program. But another important thing to look for in a PEO, which has been around much longer than CPEO, is accreditation from ESAC. This article explores ESAC and why it is important for PEO.
Employee Experience Growing in Importance for Employers
Mar 13, 2018
| Jocelyn Seals
Organizations and HR experts are starting to see that employee engagement, while important and necessary, is just a short-term boost. This has led employers to instead focus on improving the overall employee experience to increase happiness, productivity, and retention.
Compensation Still a Main Reason Why Employees Leave in 2018
Mar 06, 2018
| Michael Altiero

Recently, an informal poll was posted by Sharlyn Lauby, also known as the HR Bartender. She asked one question: "If you were to start looking for a new job today, what would be the number one reason?" This post explores the results from her survey and what it means for employers.

5 Practices from the EEOC to Prevent Workplace Harassment
Mar 05, 2018
| David Pearson
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) put a task force in place to study workplace harassment and how it can be prevented. In their report from the findings of this study, they found 5 key principles that have proven to be effective in addressing and preventing harassment in the workplace.
How Does Working with a CPEO Help Your Brokerage?
Feb 28, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Last summer, a new industry standard was created the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) and the United States government. The IRS Certification Program designated a select few PEOs as Certified Professional Employer Organizations (CPEO), the first group to ever be recognized.
Which Objectives do Small Businesses View as Most Important?
Feb 26, 2018
| Jean Wiskowski
In part 2 of our Customer Value Survey results, we’ll take a look at the business objectives our clients rated as most important to their company. This article will also dive deeper into these statistics by exploring the drivers that help our clients achieve these critical business objectives.
How Does A PEO Help Insurance and Benefits Brokers?
Feb 20, 2018
| Jan Kaupas
The right PEO partnership doesn’t just benefit small business owners. This solution also provides tremendous value to insurance and benefits brokers who choose to work with and add PEOs to their list of services.
5 Voluntary Employee Benefits for Small Employers to Consider
Feb 19, 2018
| Anissa Kurtz
Small employers looking to differentiate themselves from other organizations, boost recruiting efforts, increase employee satisfaction and engagement, and reduce turnover should explore adding voluntary plans to their benefit offerings.
Survey Shows 80 Percent of Small Businesses Want Personalized HR
Feb 13, 2018
| Jean Wiskowski
At the end of 2017, we partnered with CEB, now Gartner, to conduct an extensive survey with some of our clients. The purpose was the gain valuable insights into how Extensis helps our clients, what sets us apart as a PEO, and which areas we should focus more time on in 2018 and beyond.
10 HR Compliance Challenges Facing Employers Today
Feb 12, 2018
| David Pearson
In early January, we hosted a webinar on the Top 10 HR Compliance Challenges for 2018. As a follow up, we have put together this article that further explores these issues, why they are so important, and how companies can overcome these challenges in 2018 and beyond.
How Well Do You Know Professional Employer Organizations (PEO)?
Feb 07, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Despite the rapid growth and expansion of the industry, many brokers and small employers are not familiar with PEOs. To help with this, we created our first-ever eBook How Well Do You Know PEO? 
How PEO Can Help New Jersey Small Businesses
Feb 05, 2018
| Dan Sheridan
When it comes to human resources, small businesses in New Jersey face numerous challenges. The uncertainty surrounding healthcare and the Affordable Care Act are having significant impacts on the state. This is where a strategic HR partnership, such as a PEO, can help.
Survey: 50 Percent of Small Businesses Offer Health Benefits
Jan 31, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) uncovered a large quantity of data around employer health benefits. One finding in particular had to do with the number of small employers who offer health benefits to their employees.
72 Percent of PEOs Reported Revenue Growth in 2017
Jan 29, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Earlier this month, the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) released the results from their quarterly Pulse Survey. Among the findings, the results showed that PEO growth once again continued in 2017, and in multiple areas.
New York Paid Family Leave – What Employers Need to Know
Jan 24, 2018
| David Pearson
It’s critical for employers to fully understand the new law, how it works, who’s eligible for paid family leave, and the benefits associated with it. Ensuring that your business is compliant with the law and prepared for its phase-in aspects will help prevent any HR regulatory issues from occurring.
How to Improve Workplace Safety and Lower Risk
Jan 22, 2018
| Matthew Ponticelli
The best way to establish a safe working environment is by adopting a continuous improvement model for risk management and compliance. Let’s explore some ways to improve workplace safety, lower risk, and maintain compliance.
4 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need an Employee Handbook
Jan 17, 2018
| David Pearson
As HR has evolved and become more complex, the role and importance of employee handbooks has grown as well. For small businesses specifically, there are a few reasons why employee handbooks are essential for HR compliance and business success.
Deadline Extended to Provide Employees with ACA Form 1095-C
Jan 15, 2018
| Anissa Kurtz
Just last month, the I.R.S. announced that they will be extending the filing deadline for an important ACA form that directly impacts businesses. However, this update is one that employers might not mind.
Is PEO an Option for Philadelphia Small Businesses?
Jan 09, 2018
| Dan Sheridan
Professional employer organizations, especially those who are local to the NYC/Philly area, are uniquely positioned to help small businesses in Philadelphia in a few important ways. We take a closer look at why Philadelphia is a perfect area for PEO.
PEO and Employee Leasing. What’s the Difference?
Jan 08, 2018
| Michael Altiero
While many think employee leasing and co-employment are one in the same, they are actually very different. Let’s take a closer look at both employee leasing and co-employment, how they differ from one another, and why PEOs aren’t the same as an employee leasing company.
Small Businesses Prepare for New York Minimum Wage Increase
Jan 03, 2018
| David Pearson
A major employment law took effect in New York in 2016/2017, and is now set for an update as we start 2018 – the minimum wage increase. This law has and will continue to have significant impacts for small businesses as the minimum wage in the state gradually increases to $15.
The Benefits of Full Life Cycle Recruiting for Small Business
Jan 02, 2018
| Lauren Post
Full life cycle recruiting, also known as full cycle recruiting, is when the entire recruiting process – from creating job descriptions and sourcing candidates, to assisting with onboarding – is conducted by one person or vendor.
5 Ways to Foster an Open Communication Office Culture
Dec 26, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Not having an open line of communication in the office can have negative repercussions for a business. These 5 steps will help foster an open communication culture in the workplace.
The Benefits of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dec 19, 2017
| Anissa Kurtz
In this post we take a closer look at flexible spending accounts (FSA) and how they can be beneficial to employees and their families.
Employee Benefits Trends to Watch for in 2018
Dec 18, 2017
| Michael Altiero
With 2018 almost here, we have compiled a list of some of the biggest employee benefit trends employers (especially small businesses) should watch for in the coming year.
Employee Wellness: How to Make It a Bigger Priority in 2018 (and Beyond)
Dec 12, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Employees and job seekers today have come to expect wellness programs from employers, showing just how critical these initiatives can be.
Certified PEO Provides Employers with Financial Assurance and Peace of Mind
Dec 11, 2017
| Dan Sheridan
Working with a certified PEO has a few significant differences compared to a non-certified PEO, but one benefit in particular stands out the most.
HR Outsourcing (HRO): 4 Things You Might Not Know
Dec 06, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Even though HR outsourcing (HRO) is a popular practice today, these four things about it may surprise you!
How Brokers Can use Marketing to Their Advantage in 2018
Dec 04, 2017
| Jean Wiskowski
These 5 marketing strategies will help benefits brokers increase the chances of attracting new clients and grow their books in 2018.
ACA Employer Mandate: Small Businesses Bracing for Penalties
Nov 28, 2017
| Anissa Kurtz
What is the Affordable Care Act employer mandate and what does it mean for companies (especially small businesses) as it gets enforced for the first time?
Brokers Have a Vital Role in Today’s Health Insurance Market
Nov 27, 2017
| Dan Sheridan
With all the confusion surrounding health insurance, more and more individuals and employers are seeking out brokers to assist them in buying health insurance.
How To Positively Influence Stress, Health, and Productivity at Work
Nov 20, 2017
| Michael Altiero
What can your company do to help alleviate and reduce workplace stress? These tips can help you positively influence your employees’ stress, health, and productivity.
How to Prevent Workplace Harassment in Your Organization
Nov 15, 2017
| David Pearson
Following these six steps can help small businesses leaders prevent workplace harassment from occurring in their company.
Business Groups Unhappy With New York Pay Disclosure Order
Nov 13, 2017
| David Pearson
New York business groups are unhappy with the order and what it would mean for employers, casting some doubt on its future.
PEO: 5 Surprising Facts About Professional Employer Organizations
Nov 08, 2017
| Michael Altiero
These 5 facts about the professional employer organization industry may surprise you, but they will also help explain why PEOs are growing so quickly.
4 HR Software Trends to Look For in 2018
Nov 06, 2017
| Joe Catapano
With 2018 just around the corner, there are a few exciting HR software trends business and HR leaders should keep their eyes on.
ACA Premiums Rising by 34 Percent for Most Popular Plans
Nov 01, 2017
| Anissa Kurtz
As we enter ACA open enrollment, premiums have increased significantly for all tiers. What does this mean in 2018 (and beyond) and how can small businesses adjust?
Best Practices for Making the Most of Your Mentoring Relationship
Oct 30, 2017
| Amanda Schnieders, Chronus
When mentoring is applied to the workplace, it has the ability to increase employee engagement, development and retention.
President Trump’s October 12th Executive Order – What Does It Mean?
Oct 25, 2017
| Anissa Kurtz
What does President Trump's October 12th executive order on healthcare mean for the PEO industry and small business?
The 7 HR Trends That Are Ruling 2017
Oct 24, 2017
| Josh Hrala from Careerminds
To help you stay current, Careerminds has compiled this handy infographic that touches upon the top 7 trends currently underway in the HR space.
How Can Employers Adjust to Small Group Health Plan Cuts?
Oct 19, 2017
| Dan Sheridan
Insurance companies are starting to reduce the number of small group plans they offer, with some even exiting the market all-together. What does this mean for employers?
Applicant Tracking Systems: 4 Reasons to Invest in an ATS
Oct 16, 2017
| Lauren Post and Michael Altiero
An Applicant Tracking System can provide many benefits to recruiting teams and entire organizations, but four in particular stand out from the rest.
7 Tips for Conducting a Great Performance Review
Oct 12, 2017
| Michael Altiero
While performance reviews can be stressful, they also have the potential to benefit managers, employees, and organizations.
Payroll Services: What Are the Benefits of Outsourcing?
Oct 09, 2017
| Walter Lui
Small businesses who choose to outsource their payroll can address all their human resources needs while keeping full attention on their business.
Personalized HR: Is Your Company (and Employees) Missing Out?
Oct 05, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Personalization is changing the daily lives of people all over the world. Human resources is no exception, with more companies offering personalized HR to their employees.
Why Are Job Descriptions Still So Important (Especially for SMBs)?
Sep 29, 2017
| Lauren Post
In today’s business and recruiting world, having great job descriptions are a must, and there are more than a few reasons why.
LinkedIn Tips for Brokers and Small Business Leaders
Sep 27, 2017
| Michael Altiero
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for business owners when used to its fullest potential. This article explores six tips to help you get the most out of LinkedIn.
NAPEO Study Shows How Valuable PEOs Are for Small Businesses
Sep 26, 2017
| Jan Kaupas

A new NAPEO study took a look at the relationship between small businesses and PEOs, and once again showed the value that can come from a successful partnership.

7 Digital Marketing Tips for Small Businesses
Sep 21, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Small businesses who embrace the digital world and make it a focal point of their marketing efforts can set themselves up for future success.
New York City Salary Inquiry Ban: How Are Employers Impacted?
Sep 19, 2017
| David Pearson
On October 31, 2017, the New York City salary inquiry ban will go into effect. Learn what this new law means for employers and how to prepare for it.
Want to Boost Your Employer Brand? Focus on Employee Engagement
Sep 14, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Employee engagement is the backbone of a great employer brand. Learn how to boost your employer brand by focusing on your employees.
What Is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)? A Definitive Guide
Sep 11, 2017
| Michael Altiero
A PEO is a firm that allows small and medium-sized companies to outsource most of their HR management responsibilities. This guide will go through everything you need to know about PEOs.
3 Tips for A Successful Open Enrollment Season
Sep 07, 2017
| Anissa Kurtz
For organizations of all sizes, there are a few ways to improve the open enrollment experience and ensure that the process goes smoothly.
6 Reasons to Start an Employee Mentorship Program
Sep 05, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Learn why employee mentorship programs can be an extremely valuable resource for both employees and employers.
4 Steps to Reduce Workplace Stress
Aug 30, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Workplace stress is a real problem for employees and their companies. These steps can help managers and business leaders reduce the stress levels of their workforce.
HR Compliance: How to Protect Your Business and Employees
Aug 28, 2017
| Matthew Ponticelli
As a business owner, leader, or human resources executive, there are several ways to stay ahead of the curve and have proactive HR compliance strategies.
CPEO: What Does It Mean and Why Is It Important?
Aug 24, 2017
| Michael Altiero
A Certified Professional Employer Organization is a PEO that meets strict standards set by the IRS and US Government. Learn more about CPEOs and why the designation is important.
81 Percent of Employers Say Brokers Impact their Employee Benefits
Aug 21, 2017
| Dan Sheridan
Instead of shying away from brokers, organizations are actively seeking them for assistance when evaluating their benefits needs. This is true for both large companies and SMBs.
The Benefits of Outsourcing Your HR Services
Aug 17, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Human resources is more complicated, complex and regulated than ever before. Could HR outsourcing be the best solution for SMBs?
Recruiting Strategy: 5 Proven Methods to Enhance Your Process
Aug 14, 2017
| Lauren Post
Organizations are taking steps to improve their recruiting processes and attract top talent. These tips will help your business in the war for talent.
5 Tips for Marketing (and Growing) Your Business from Our CMO
Aug 09, 2017
| Jean Wiskowski
For SMBs, marketing can be a challenge, but it can also have big rewards for a business. This article explores 5 tips to help improve marketing efforts at your company.
4 Ways to Foster a Family-Friendly Culture Through Parental Leave
Aug 07, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Parental leave is becoming more and more important for both employees and employers. Learn how your organization can create a family-friendly culture by having a great parental leave policy.
Affordable Care Act: What the Uncertainty Means for You
Aug 03, 2017
| Anissa Kurtz
There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act. This post takes a look at the latest ACA news and what it means for you.
4 PEO Industry Stats You Should Know About
Jul 31, 2017
| Michael Altiero
A recent report from the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) took a closer look at the PEO Industry and uncovered four eye-opening statistics.
Employee Engagement: A Crucial Part of a Successful Company
Jul 28, 2017
| Dan Sheridan
Employee engagement is an important, yet sometimes overlooked, aspect of successful companies. This article takes a look at four examples of how to improve employee engagement at your organization.
58 Percent of Employees Want Customized Benefit Options
Jul 25, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Employees expect companies to offer a wide range of perks in addition to traditional benefit options. This is why offering customizable benefit packages is more important than ever before.
5 Common Life Insurance Myths and Misconceptions
Jul 25, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Many people have misconceptions that stop them from getting life insurance. This post takes a look at 5 common life insurance myths and why they aren't true.
How to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun This Summer
Jul 25, 2017
| Michael Altiero
Did you know that July is UV Safety Awareness Month? While most of the focus for sun safety will be on your skin, don’t forget about protecting another important area of the body: your eyes.
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