Battle for the American Worker | Rewards of Tax Reform | Keeping Employees | End to ADA Abuse?

In StaffLink’s Small Business Week this week we look at how businesses are responding to a shrinking labor market and corporate America’s response to the new tax landscape. Plus, businesses may get a break from frivolous lawsuits if a pending ADA law passes. We also look at the latest healthcare trends, today’s hot jobs, tips for a happy life, and more.

Americans are beginning to see pay increases due to tax reform.  

Smuckers has now joined the ranks of the hundreds of companies granting bonuses to employees in response to the tax reform bill. For a full list plus all you need to know about tax reform and corporate America, see the Fox Business report, Tax reform and windfall: These companies are hiking pay, delivering bonuses by Thomas Barrabi.

Lowe’s launches Track to the Trades program to attract talent.

Addressing both the tight labor market and a skills gap in construction and other skilled trades, Lowe’s announced the launch of its Track to the Trades program this week. Partnering with Guild Education, Lowe’s will support qualified employees’ pursuits of a trade to the tune of $2,500 each. CNBC’s Lauren Thomas shares the details in  Lowe’s takes another step to win workers in a tight labor market.

To keep the employees you have, be open to change.

When unemployment is low and competition for talent is high, keeping your current workforce happy and engaged becomes a top priority. Inc.’s Young Entrepreneur Council offers some tips to do just that in 5 Strategies to Keep Employees Engaged in 2018.

Businesses may get some relief from “Drive by” Lawsuits.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the ADA Education and Reform Act this week and the legislation will now move to the Senate. This bill would require those seeking to sue a business for ADA accommodation failures to provide notice and take other steps before taking matters to court.

The bill is aimed at thwarting plaintiffs who engage in so-called drive-by lawsuits and have no real connection to the business they are pursuing.  If the legislation passes, one of Florida’s biggest compliance issues may be addressed.

However, as SHRM’s Allen Smith explains in House Passes Bill to Make ADA Accessibility Lawsuits Harder to Bring, not everyone is happy with the House bill.

Pharmacies and urgent care facilities get smart about sharing.

Pointing out what appears to be a new trend in healthcare, Forbes contributor Bruce Japsen writes UnitedHealth, Walgreens Partner to Put Urgent Care Next to Pharmacies. Located side-by-side, MedExpress and Walgreen stores will form part of a “higher-performing local health system” UnitedHealth CEO David Wichmann tells Japsen in the article. Watch for CVS to begin its rollout of these hybrid locations next. 

Headed to a networking event? Don’t be that guy (or gal).

This week’s ‘what not to do’ is brought to us by Inc. contributor Hillel Fuld who writes 6 Common Mistakes Even the Most Professional People Make at Networking Events. Read these tips before your next event to make sure you aren’t being remembered for all the wrong reasons.  

Taking care of us, our pets, and our money.

Having one of these three abilities can land you a job albeit not always a high paying one. In These are the top 10 most in-demand jobs in the US — and here’s how much they pay, CNBC’s Shawn Carter gives us the scoop on the jobs that employers are looking to fill. 

How do the other 2 out of 3 stay awake?

Moneyish reported in January that 1 in 3 young Americans spent more on coffee last year than they invested. Vacations and holiday gifts were also a priority over investing for more than one-third of those responding to a survey by money app, Acorn, writes Moneyish contributor Catey Hill. Caffeine or compound interest? Admittedly, it can be a tough call.

Maybe your boss doesn’t read Inc.

Or, maybe the problem is bigger than one article could solve. In Why You Are Unhappy at Work, Sean Silverthorne shares a collection of thoughts and commentary for Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge readers. Silverthorne cites a Mind the Workplace report indicating that 71% of American workers are hunting for new jobs. Fair pay and recognition can keep your staff in the happy 29%.

Wow. Londoners are tough.

That’s the message of this week’s best global ad.  And, in the Olympic spirit, we’re bringing Nike’s take on London’s most and least popular sports to today’s post. 


Podcast: Getting Workers’ Compensation Right | Health Benefits Key to Talent Retention | e-Verify

In StaffLink’s Small Business Week this week we’re sharing an interview with Stafflink’s founder and President, Abram Finkelstein on the importance of complying with your state’s workers’ compensation laws. Plus, we take a look at this week’s stock market performance. For HR professionals, we’ve put together a collection of articles with tips for hiring and retention.

StaffLink handles workers’ compensation claims for clients nationwide. Find out what we’ve learned about compliance in this podcast featuring our CEO.

South Florida employers top the charts (and not in a good way) when it comes to workers’ compensation fraud. Is your business following the law? You can’t afford not to.

Find out how to handle workers’ compensation compliance the right way in this StaffLink podcast covering what you should know about Florida’s Workers’ Compensation law. While you’re on the podcast web page, be sure to download your free Florida Workers’ Compensation Checklist too!


The stock market shakes off doubts and continues to climb.

Reuters reported Thursday that U.S. stocks were headed up for the fifth day in a row. In Tech, industrials bolster Wall Street’s recovery, Sruthi Shankar and Aparajita Saxena report that while some selloffs occurred this week, investors appear optimistic and stocks are trending up.

The new federal budget includes increased spending on immigration enforcement and requires mandatory e-verification.

One of the provisions in the FY 2019 budget is a requirement that all employers nationwide use the federal government’s E-Verify system for confirming their employees’ work eligibility. Explaining this and several other immigration measures included next year’s budget, SHRM’s Roy Mauer gives us Trump Budget Calls for Mandatory Nationwide E-Verify Use.

Finding and keeping top talent requires attention to detail.

Any employer who has ever had to fire an employee knows that a mismatch between candidate and job can be a costly mistake. But how do you avoid a bad hire?  Inc. contributor Marcel Schwantes offers his advice in 20 Interview Questions That Will Reveal a Superstar Job Candidate.

Once you’ve found your dream employee, how can you keep them happy? SHRM’s Stephen Miller writes, Employees Are More Likely to Stay If They Like Their Health Plan. Flexible plans that save employees money can save you from being understaffed.

What else keeps employees engaged? Skilled management.  In Ten Skills Every Manager Needs–But 90% of Managers Lack, Forbes’ contributor Liz Ryan explains that good managers do more than direct workers’ activities; they actively lead. It is these leadership skills, she writes, that many managers lack. Open and two-way communication creates a work environment that makes employees want to stay.

No matter what size your business is, compliance can be complicated. StaffLink is here to help. We manage workers’ compensation for clients doing business in Florida and nationwide.

Don’t forget to download your free Florida Workers’ Compensation checklist this week. And, call us at 877-899-LINK to discover how StaffLink can help you keep your business running smoothly.


Trends in HR | Healthcare Jobs of the Future | Handling Sexual Harassment Claims | Getting Employees’ Best

StaffLink’s Week Ending January 12 Highlights

StaffLink’s Small Business Highlights for this second full week in January include HR trends and healthcare jobs predictions. Plus, a guide to investigating sexual harassment claims and tips for encouraging your employees to work harder. Also, you’ll find an update on the DOL’s proposed association health plans rule and a look at the best in tech in this week’s edition.

Jobs are changing and so is the role of HR.

Demographic shifts and the adoption of new technologies are driving changes in HR from job design to recruiting practices. This Forbes article by Chee Tung Leong points to Four Key HR Trends to Watch in 2018. Will employers and employees prosper in the growing gig economy? What new benefits and compensation models will be needed to ensure that they do?

The high risks and rewards of advancing technology and its effect on healthcare jobs.

The past few years have seen incredible developments in medical technology. But new threats posed by runaway data and sophisticated biological tools have developed too. Forbes’ contributor Reenita Das discusses how new tools and technologies will shape the healthcare profession in 10 Future Healthcare Jobs to Watch.  

The one employee incentive that works.

According to a recent study (and common sense), the promise of upward mobility is a powerful motivator. Employees who believe they have an equal shot at success are more productive than those who believe the system is rigged.

In This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It’s Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks), Inc. contributor Jeff Haden share details of the study’s findings.

Dealing with sexual harassment: Be prepared to handle complaints.

After a sexual harassment complaint has been made is not the time to decide how your organization will handle one. Mishandling an accusation can cost an organization its time, money, and reputation. SHRM’s Dori Meinert advises employers to learn what to do before they need to do it.

In How to Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations, Meinert outlines a step by step process businesses can use to get up to speed on this sensitive topic.

Potential good news for small businesses seeking employee healthcare coverage.

SHRM’s Stephen Miller reported this week on a proposal by the Department of Labor that would allow small businesses greater access to association healthcare plans. Miller explains how the proposed rule would work in DOL Proposes Rule to Expand Association Health Plans for Small Employers. The DOL is accepting comments on the proposal through March 6.

CES 2018 in 2 Minutes

With the Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2018 taking place in Las Vegas this week, tech talk is everywhere. If you can’t attend the conference you can still see what all the fuss is about.

Just check out this video:

Week’s Best – March 24 – Ryan Withdraws Healthcare Bill – 2017 HR Trends – 10 Top Interview Mistakes

As we pass the end of month two in the Trump administration, the Trump administration suffered a legislative defeat on its Obamacare bill replacement; but, there is good news on the economic front.

The fate of Obamacare was to be decided today, but President Trump and Speaker Ryan did not drum up enough votes to pass the American Healthcare Act; instead they withdrew the bill.  Ryan says we’ll have to live with Obamacare for the short-term – Reuters has the story.

Economically, SHRM reports ‘Job Cuts are Down 40% Year Over Year‘; and, at the same time, Business Insider reports that the Gallup organization finds Economic Optimism is at Its Highest Level in 9 Years.  Inc. also reports a 9-Year High in Economic Optimism Among Business Leaders.

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In HR, Inc. posted an article about The 10 Most Common Job Interview Mistakes.  The post provides advice on what ‘to do’ instead … and, Inc.’s Marcel Schwantes’ believes The Job Interview Will Soon Be Dead; find out why, and what is replacing it in his post … and, a controversial new bill has been introduced that appears to mandate ‘genetic testing’ of employees – is that true?  SHRM provides the details.

In Productivity, 7 Ways to Use Data Analytics to Grow Your Company is a helpful review of a small business case study.  The article makes data science a little more practical, and less nebulous.

In Tech & Trends, Business Insider published The Retail Apocalypse Has Officially Descended Upon America – a revealing look at the slow death spiral of American malls and retail chains … and Apple unveiled its new iPhone 7 – in red.  You can read and watch one of the better reviews here in The Verge.

Enjoy Your Weekend.