October 28, 2016

Week’s Best – FL Workers’ Comp Increase | 12 Ways to Keep Great Employees | Obamacare Rates Rise 25%

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In the News … Well, Halloween is on Monday, but the scarier issue may be Obamacare. The White House announced that Obamcare Premiums Are Rising 25%, on average, in 2017 – that story in Business Insider …  Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Rate Increases are coming to business owners soon.  Our Blog post on Tuesday covered the new rates and the reasons behind the increase.  All our clients and email subscribers should have received an email about the increase.  We’ll keep you posted as more information is received.

October is also Cyber-Security month, and recent findings suggest that it is now time all small business owners addressed how to protect their data and financial records.  Our Tuesday post, SHRM’s October is Cyber-Security Month:  Are You Protected? sets out statistics that will inspire you to take protective steps with your company, as well as practical tips you can implement to improve your security immediately.

Florida’s Minimum Wage is Increasing  – SHRM’s post has the details.

In HR, Inc.’s 12 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees from Bolting provides sound advice and ideas – a good read now, especially in light of the tight job market.  And, TLNT’s post, 5 Secrets to Successful One-on-One Meetings, contains helpful advice that takes employee engagement another step forward.  According to the post, studies show that companies with the highest employee engagement are 35% more likely to conduct one-on-one employee meetings, making personal meetings another great tool in your hiring arsenal, if you know how to use them well; this article gives you the insight you need.

HR Morning’s, the EEOC is Targeting 6 Areas for Enforcement in 2017 gives a detailed look at all six areas, and provides strategies that may protect your from fines and compliance penalties.

And, in Trends, Popular Mechanics posted a story, Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee Accidentally Discovered How to Convert CO2 into Ethanol … an event that may eventually have significant repercussions on energy in America.

Monday is Halloween … time to put the scary issues of Obamacare and the November elections aside for a time, and enjoy the fun of children (and adults) in costumes, and plenty of your favorite candy (Monday only, for the health conscious).  We’re Americans, we’ll sort out the rest, in time.

Enjoy Your Weekend!