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New York City Proposes Paid Time Off Legislation
Jan 15, 2019
| David Pearson
On January 9th, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced proposed legislation that would guarantee private-sector New York City employees two weeks of paid vacation every year. 
Employers are Seeking Help from their Brokers to Address Workplace Trends
Jan 14, 2019
| Jan Kaupas
Where brokers were once seen as advisors around just benefits, they are now also being tasked by clients to help them with workplace and employee trends.
7 Employee Benefit Trends for Employers to Know
Jan 08, 2019
| Anissa Kurtz
With the New Year now here, let’s take a look at 7 trends in employee benefits that employers, especially small businesses, should know.
Job Growth Exceeds Forecasts in December Jobs Report
Jan 07, 2019
| Michael Altiero
Released on January 4th by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the December Jobs Report revealed some impressive results from the job market and eased some concerns about the economy.
How Have Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Changed?
Jan 02, 2019
| Michael Altiero
The challenging labor market has caused employers to reassess their compensation packages and how much they are contributing to them.
How Do Employees Feel 10 Years After the Recession?
Dec 26, 2018
| The Extensis Team
The impact the Great Recession had on the workplace and workers cannot be understated. But now a decade removed, have employee sentiments towards their jobs changed, and have salary averages increased?
Turnover Rates are Increasing. What Can Employers Do to Overcome this Trend?
Dec 18, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A recent survey showed that turnover rates in the United States are increasing, and that this trend is likely to continue moving forward.
What Are Legal Assistance Benefits and How Can Employers Offer Them?
Dec 17, 2018
| Anissa Kurtz
As legal benefits grow in demand, why should small businesses add them to their plans and how can they help employees learn more about it?
Does the November Jobs Report Indicate Slowing Economic Growth?
Dec 12, 2018
| Michael Altiero
October’s Jobs Report revealed the highest wage growth since 2009, which was met with enthusiasm, but does the overall data from November mean that the economy is beginning to slow down?
8 Employment Law and HR Compliance Challenges for 2019
Dec 11, 2018
| David Pearson
With the new year almost here, here are 8 employment law and HR compliance issues companies will be facing in 2019 (and beyond).
Employers Turning to Benefits to Recruit and Retain Talent
Dec 04, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A recent survey from Gallagher explored one area where employers are investing as recruiting picks up – employee benefits.
New Jersey Minimum Wage Set to Increase in 2019
Dec 03, 2018
| David Pearson
Starting January 1st, 2019, minimum wage in New Jersey will rise from $8.60 to $8.85 per hour. This increase will apply to most employers in New Jersey.
Which Factors Attract Job Seekers to a New Employer?
Nov 28, 2018
| Michael Altiero
One reason why recruiting is more challenging today than ever before is due to the shifting and growing expectations job seekers have when looking for new opportunities.
10 Ways Small Businesses Can Improve Company Culture
Nov 26, 2018
| The Extensis Team
An important aspect of successful companies today can often be overlooked by small employers and their owners – the vital role of company culture.
Learning and Development Changes Are Being Driven by Business Transformation
Nov 19, 2018
| Michael Altiero
While the state of the learning and development industry has drastically improved over the last few decades, there appears to still be a lot that can be done to make L&D as effective as possible.
How Do Different Leaders View Engagement and Performance?
Nov 14, 2018
| The Extensis Team
The reason companies are investing resources to improve and enhance employee engagement is due to the correlation it has with productivity and performance.
Job Candidates Frustrated with Lack of Compensation Info
Nov 12, 2018
| Michael Altiero
In September, Glassdoor released the results of their latest survey that explored job seeker thoughts on various aspects of recruiting, including the things that frustrate candidates the most.
Employers Can Help Enable and Encourage Employees to Vote
Nov 06, 2018
| David Pearson
Just because an employer operates in a state that doesn’t have any state legislation around paid leave for voting doesn’t mean they cannot create their own policy that makes it easier for employers to participate.
October Jobs Report Reveals Highest Wage Growth Since 2009
Nov 05, 2018
| Michael Altiero
The data from the October Jobs Report was highly anticipated, and the statistics are very encouraging as we move towards the end of 2018. Let’s take a closer look at the results.
Small Employers Are Improving Benefits to Compete for Talent
Oct 31, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A new report revealed one way small businesses are trying to win over new talent – by enhancing their employee benefits.
5 Ways Small Employers Can Improve the Candidate Experience
Oct 29, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Companies with a poor candidate experience will find recruiting to be more difficult than it already is, even with the best strategies and branding in place.
Which Factors Most Impact Employee Turnover?
Oct 23, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Which factors are more likely than others to drive employees away from their current employer? That’s what a recent survey aimed to find out.
NJ Paid Sick Leave Posting Requirements – What Employers Should Know
Oct 22, 2018
| David Pearson
Earlier this month, the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) released the required notice that all NJ employers must post and distribute to employees under the paid sick leave law.
Large Employer Healthcare Cost Increases Are Slowing. What About Small Employers?
Oct 17, 2018
| Michael Altiero
With open enrollment season now here, and 2019 just around the corner, what does the new year have in store for health insurance increases?
10 Ways Leaders Can Re-Energize Their Teams
Oct 15, 2018
| Jean Wiskowski
It's important for team leaders and managers to know how to re-energize their staff when needed. Doing so can help reignite productivity and enthusiasm, which will ultimately lead to success.
Unemployment Rate Near 50-Year Low in September Jobs Report
Oct 09, 2018
| Michael Altiero
On October 5th, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the September Jobs Report. Here's a look at some of the key data.
A PEO Can Help Small Employers Improve Employee Benefits
Oct 08, 2018
| Jan Kaupas
Small and medium-sized employers who are struggling to improve and enhance their benefit packages to remain competitive in today’s market stand to gain from exploring a PEO solution.
American Workers Stress The Most About Their Jobs and Finances
Oct 03, 2018
| Michael Altiero
despite the increased awareness and preventative measures implemented by employers, employees are more stressed than ever, especially around work, finances, and debt.
7 Reasons HR is Challenging for Small Businesses
Oct 01, 2018
| Michael Altiero
These 7 challenges tend to emerge as the biggest reasons why small businesses struggle with human resources.
Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace
Sep 25, 2018
| David Pearson
Often, employers aren’t sure how to handle employee requests to bring in service animals, the differences between service animals and emotional support animals, and what is required under the law.
43% of Small Business Employees Will Change Jobs Within 2 Years
Sep 24, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A recent survey from Intuit/QuickBooks highlighted the importance of pay and benefits for small businesses and their employees.
Happy Employees are the Key to a Successful Talent Strategy
Sep 18, 2018
| David Pearson
Employees who are happy and engaged are critically important to a businesses growth and its overall talent strategy.
3.7 Million Worksite Employees Are Employed by PEOs
Sep 17, 2018
| Dan Sheridan
NAPEO's latest report, An Economic Analysis: The PEO Industry Footprint in 2018, found that 3.7 worksite employees (WSEs) were employed by PEOs at the end of 2017.
73% of Employees Say That Customized Benefits Increase Their Loyalty
Sep 11, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Earlier this year, MetLife released their 2018 U.S. Employee Benefits Trends Study which not only explored the changing landscape of benefits, but also other workplace trends.
August Jobs Report: Wage Growth Finally Increases
Sep 10, 2018
| Michael Altiero
On September 7th, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the latest jobs report, and the results were exactly what experts were hoping for.
Employers in NYC Must Post Anti-Sexual Harassment Posters
Sep 05, 2018
| David Pearson
Under the Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Act, and effective on September 6th, 2018, NYC employers must comply with notice-posting requirements.
National Payroll Week Begins September 3rd
Sep 04, 2018
| Smadar Yehudaioff
Each year, National Payroll Week occurs the week of Labor, with this year’s event starting on Monday, September 3rd and lasting until Friday, September 7th.
Labor Day Weekend Recipe Ideas from the Extensis Team
Aug 28, 2018
| The Extensis Team
To help you celebrate, our team once again wanted to share with you their favorite recipes that they will be making to over the holiday weekend.
Back to School Health and Wellness Tips
Aug 28, 2018
| The Extensis Team
Parents can help their kids be prepared for the new school year, especially when it comes to their health and wellness. Check out these tips to help be prepared for another exciting school year.
Study Shows How Technology is Impacting the Workforce and Employers
Aug 27, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Randstad US recently conducted a survey which sought to uncover how businesses today can best use technology to meet the expectations of today’s workforce.
As Demand Grows, Brokers Are Selling More Voluntary Benefits
Aug 22, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A recent survey explored how benefits and insurance brokers are adpating to the growing demands for voluntary benefits, and what this means for their businesses.
Why Small Employers Need a Learning and Development Plan
Aug 21, 2018
| Denise Furlani
Small employers need to have some learning and development strategies in place to help attract and retain top talent, and meet their expectations.
July Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Decreases But Wage Growth Remains Stagnant
Aug 14, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Based on the results from last month, expectations were high for the July Jobs Report, and what would be reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Check out this article to learn more.
What is a Broker-Only PEO and How Do They Work?
Aug 13, 2018
| Jan Kaupas
Not all PEOs look to take business away from brokers. As a matter of fact, some PEOs have a broker-only selling model. What does this mean for brokers? This article explains this and more.
63 Percent of Job Seekers Check for Benefits When Exploring Job Openings
Aug 07, 2018
| Michael Altiero
What information do job seekers look for and want to find when exploring job postings? A recent survey by Glassdoor sought to find the answers to this and other job search questions.
6 More Employee Benefits That Are Growing in Popularity
Aug 06, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Keeping up with the latest developments in employee benefits is a must. Doing so can help companies continuously improve overall benefit plans, and make a business more appealing to current and prospective employees.
What is Co-Employment and What Does It Mean for PEO Clients?
Aug 01, 2018
| Jan Kaupas
One thing that can cause confusion for SMBs and brokers when it comes to PEO involves the arrangement that takes place between a client’s employees and the PEO – called co-employment.
How Does the NYC Temporary Schedule Change Law Impact Employers?
Jul 30, 2018
| David Pearson
On July 18, 2018, the NYC Temporary Schedule Change Law officially took effect. This law requires employers to provide employees with two temporary schedule changes per calendar year. Employees would be able to use these two changes for personal events that qualified under the law.
Sun Safety Tips To Improve Your Wellness This Summer
Jul 25, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Sun safety is an important aspect on one’s overall wellness, and to keep you and your family safe this summer, check out these tips for how to enjoy the outdoors while reducing the chances of any sun-related health issues.
Can Financial Advisors Partner with a PEO?
Jul 23, 2018
| Chris Pfeil
While many benefits and insurance brokers know that a PEO partnership can be helpful, there remains some confusion amongst financial advisors who don’t see how this solution can help their business or clients.
The Importance of Workplace Sexual Harassment Training
Jul 17, 2018
| David Pearson
In February 2018, XpertHR conducted a survey of HR professionals that asked various questions around sexual harassment in the workplace. It revealed that to prevent harassment in the workplace, two things are seen as most important - policies and training.
Association Health Plans: What Do New Guidelines Mean for Healthcare?
Jul 16, 2018
| Anissa Kurtz
On June 19, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rules allowing small businesses the freedom to purchase health insurance in the large group market or to self-insure through a benefit arrangement or Association Health Plan (AHPs).
June Jobs Report: Added Jobs and Unemployment Rises
Jul 11, 2018
| Michael Altiero
The June jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an overall strong performance from the jobs market and the United States economony. Learn more about the number of jobs added, what happened with the unemployment rate, and one area of concern.
5 Myths About Professional Employer Organizations (PEO)
Jul 09, 2018
| Jan Kaupas
PEOs help their small business clients overcome their HR challenges and allow small business owners to invest more time in the rest of their business that can help with growth. Despite the increased popularity, a few myths still exist that prevent some business owners and brokers from partnering with a PEO.
A 5 Step Guide to Better Performance Objectives
Jul 03, 2018
| Michael Altiero
By having goals, employees are able to plan and organize their work to achieve the results that are expected of them. Goals also tend to increase employee engagement and productivity, as it makes their work feel more important to the success of the business.
6 Reasons Why Recruitment Marketing Is a Must for Small Employers
Jul 02, 2018
| Lauren Post
Incorporating marketing strategies and tactics into recruiting can seem like a daunting task for smaller employers, but with patience it can be a major boost to recruiting efforts. Starting out small is often the best approach when looking to start recruitment marketing.
14 HR Metrics to Consider Tracking and How to Calculate Them
Jun 27, 2018
| Michael Altiero
HR data can provide valuable insights into an organization and its workforce that can be used to make significant improvements. Additionally, tracking and analyzing various HR metrics can help business leaders identify where resources should be spent in an organization.
How Are Digital Trends Impacting and Transforming HR?
Jun 25, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Businesses have had to meet digital and technological trends head-on in order to be successful in modern times, and HR departments are no exception. HR will continue to face numerous challenges as technology continues to advance, and as expectations of today’s working population increase.
4 Common Small Business HR Challenges a PEO Can Help Solve
Jun 20, 2018
| Dan Sheridan
To overcome HR challenges, SMBs are increasingly looking to outsourcing as a cost-effective solution. Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) in particular can help SMB clients overcome various HR problems and achieve the growth and bottom-line results that are desired.
Can a DOL Benefits Audit Impact Small Employers?
Jun 18, 2018
| David Pearson
To avoid running into compliance problems, employers of all sizes need to keep up with the latest news and changes to HR-related laws. An aspect of HR compliance that has become a greater focus are employee benefit audits.
12 Employee Perks That Engage, Attract, and Retain Staff
Jun 12, 2018
| Michael Altiero
To keep up with the demands of the current workforce, employers in recent years have had to revamp their compensation plans, employee benefits, and office perks in order to attract, engage, and retain talent.
Report by NAPEO Uncovers SMB Awareness of PEO Solutions
Jun 11, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A recent market research report from NAPEO looked to uncover key information about how clients and potential clients view PEOs. Much like past reports from NAPEO and other HR-industry surveys, it’s clear that PEOs have a lot of room for further growth in the coming years.
How Can Employers Help Improve Employee Financial Wellness?
Jun 05, 2018
| Anissa Kurtz
Financial wellness is a growing concern for employees and employers alike, especially as the cost of living continues to increase. Personal finance issues can impact an employee’s productivity and performance, while also creating other wellbeing problems.
Employer Challenges Emerge With State and Local Paid Leave Laws
Jun 04, 2018
| David Pearson
Several states and Washington D.C. have introduced legislation that offers or expands paid family leave beyond the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
What Do Changes to 529 College Savings Plans Mean for You?
May 30, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Used by millions of Americans to invest and save for their children’s future higher education costs, 529 savings plans were revised with the passing of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. Now, families can also use them for qualifying K-12 expenses.
Our Team Share Their Favorite Recipes to Help You Have a Delicious Summer!
May 29, 2018
| The Extensis Team
To help get you ready for your next summer party, family gathering, or relaxing Saturday meal, our team wanted to share their favorite recipes with you!
DOL Guidelines for Paying Interns in 2018 (and Beyond)
May 29, 2018
| Michael Altiero
From 2010 to 2017, there was a significant drop in unpaid internships due to standards set by the Department of Labor (DOL). However, in January 2018, the DOL revised their criteria for paying interns, loosening the requirements that could make unpaid internships more popular for employers.
Combating The Worker Misclassification Issue in New Jersey
May 22, 2018
| David Pearson
On May 3, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 25, which was aimed at an employment law issue that negatively impacts New Jersey employees – worker misclassification.
Data From EBRI Survey Reveals Trends in Employee Benefits
May 21, 2018
| Michael Altiero
A new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), conducted with Greenwald & Associates, explored employee benefits and the trends that are currently impacting them. The results showed just how crucial a role they play for employers and employees.
What Role Does Empathy Play in the Modern Workplace?
May 16, 2018
| David Pearson
A recent study conducted by Businessolver showed that one thing in particular greatly influences worker engagement – employer empathy. Defined as “the ability to experience and relate to the emotions or experiences of others,” empathy plays a critical role in employee happiness, engagement, and productivity.
What To Know About the NYC Earned Safe and Sick Time Act
May 14, 2018
| David Pearson
In November 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act into law. Under the revised law all employees in New York City who are eligible for paid sick time will be able to use it to take off for “safe” time.
New York and NYC Pass Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation
May 08, 2018
| David Pearson
Both New York State and New York City passed several new anti-sexual harassment laws that take effect throughout the remainder of 2018. This legislation will have significant impacts on employers, and it is critical for business owner to ensure their company remains compliant with these new laws.
NJ Paid Sick Leave Law – What Does It Mean For Employers?
May 07, 2018
| David Pearson
In March, the New Jersey assembly advanced a bill on paid sick leave. Then on May 2nd, Governor Murphy officially signed the bill into law, making New Jersey the 10th state to enact mandatory paid sick leave legislation.
Let’s Celebrate National Small Business Week!
May 02, 2018
| Michael Altiero
Because of how important small businesses are in the U.S., each year since 1963 the President of the United States has called for a National Small Business Week. This week-long event was created to highlight the contributions of small businesses and entrepreneurs.
94 Percent of PEOs Expect Increase in Worksite Employees
May 02, 2018
| Michael Altiero
NAPEOs latest Quarterly Pulse Survey, which compared the 4th quarter of 2017 to the 4th quarter of 2016, shows that PEO growth is still occurring, and will almost certainly continue in 2018 and beyond. This post dives into the data and results from the survey, and what they mean for the PEO industry.
How to Properly Conduct Employee Terminations
Apr 30, 2018
| Matthew Ponticelli and David Pearson
How organizations and HR departments conduct employee terminations can have significant impacts for both the former employee and the business. This why there are a few practices that all companies should follow in order to conduct terminations in a professional manner that ensures compliance.
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
| David Pearson
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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