January 2018 HR and Safety news & updates
for Small/Mid Business
Consultstu LLC delivers fractional HR support  to growth oriented small/mid businesses, and provides custom solutions to meet each companies' budget and needs. Our team assesses and supports your HR needs for compliance, cost control and HR effectiveness. Our solutions include HR department review/set up, short term HR coverage, monthly assistance, audits and special projects.  Call us today at 727-350-0370.
In 2018, OSHA Increases Fines for Violations

Effective January 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor published a notice that civil penalty adjustments for OSHA and several other of its agencies. OSHA is required to  annually adjust civil penalties under a  2015 law that significantly increased the maximum penalties allowed for violations.  Now, t he penalty for willful and repeat violations increased from $126,749 to $129,336. The fines for other-than-serious, serious and failure to abate violations rose from $12,615 to $12,934 per violation.  Read the latest DOL penalty amounts for 2018..
Building a sales team? "No experience required" might be the answer 

The founders of JumpCrew, a sales outsourcing company, recently shared some interesting observations about hiring strategy, What started as a surprising observation about top performers turned into a fascinating discovery, one which performance data ultimately supported and one which re-shaped their hiring strategy. Last October, they revamped their hiring strategy.  Net result - the majority of our first hires had ...little or no experience in either marketing or sales. How is that possible?  Read more.
New Tax Plan contains "Weinstein" Tax 

The recently passed Trump tax bill includes a Harvey Weinstein tax that denies deductions in confidential sexual harassment or abuse settlements. Notably, this "no deduction" rule applies to the lawyers' fees, as well as the settlement payments. New Section 162(q) of the tax code provides..... read more.
IRS Says Keep Using 2017 tax tables & forms, until new Guidance is Issued

Washington DC - Not surprisingly, t he IRS  is still working to develop withholding guidance to implement the tax reform bill that was recently signed by President Trump into law . According to an IRS statement, it expects to issue the new guidance in January, and employers and payroll service providers will be encouraged to implement the changes in February.  In the meantime, companies should  continue to use the existing 2017 withholding tables, forms and systems   Click here to read the IRS statement.   The IRS plans to issue the initial withholding guidance (Notice 1036) in January reflecting the new legislation, which would allow taxpayers to begin seeing the benefits of the change as early as February.
How to accept Negative feedback with ease

Most people assume that given a choice between receiving positive or negative feedback, the majority would choose positive. After analyzing the results for a global sample of 8,715 respondents, we discovered that only 22% indicated that they preferred receiving positive feedback, while 66% expressed a stronger preference for receiving negative feedback. Does having a preference affect what you do with that feedback? Read the Forbes article.
Ask HR: How can I create an Employee Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)?

What can be done to improve the performance of a struggling manager, supervisor or employee?  Answer - develop a written performance improvement plan (PIP).  A PIP is an action plan that provides for the four (4) key ingredients to successful employee performance: (1) clear expectations, (2) accurate and specific feedback, (3) solid two way communications and (4) a reasonable timeline to demonstrate performance.  Read how.
Preparing Millennials to Lead

When you hear the word millennial, what comes to mind? A group of lazy, entitled underachievers or a population reaping the consequences of generations past? Opinions aside, the fact remains that by 2025, millennials will comprise 75 percent of the workforce. This means that businesses will undergo rapid changes for which they need to prepare. Is your organization prepared for millennial leadership?  Read how.
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