“Ban the Box” Law Prohibits Inquiries of Criminal History

Shannon HudspethEmployee Benefits, Human Resources

On June 1st, Connecticut Governor Malloy signed House Bill 5237, An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment. This new law is referred to as the “Ban the Box” bill. Effective January 1st, 2017, Connecticut employers will be prohibited from asking about criminal history (including prior arrests, convictions and charges) on job applications. Connecticut is now the 19th state to adopt this … Read More

Giving Back: Charitable Giving Opportunities

Matt BauerHuman Resources

Accomplished individuals often look for opportunities to express their values and give back through charitable giving.  In fact, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet started an initiative called the Giving Pledge, which encourages the world’s wealthiest people to give away much of their fortune to charity.  Over 100 notable contributors have made the commitment to dedicate the majority of their wealth … Read More

FLSA Overtime Rule Change

Matt BauerHuman Resources

On March 14th, the new Final Regulations on the Fair Labor Standards Act were sent to the Office of Management and Budget for final review.  The proposed U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) changes to the “white-collar exemption” in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) could make more than 5 million individuals eligible for overtime pay—individuals who currently aren’t eligible. This could … Read More

Creating a Healthy Workplace Challenge

Lori PorterEmployee Benefits, Human Resources

  Still trying to figure out how to kick off an employee wellness program? The latest trend is to come up with fun and highly motivating group wellness challenges that are not only a great way to increase morale, but that actually promote lifestyle and behavioral change through active participation in wellness goals or competitions over a multi-week period. A … Read More

Higher minimum wage means higher direct & indirect costs for business owners

Dave SinclairBusiness Insurance, Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Workers Compensation

The political pressure to enact a $15 federal minimum wage is growing stronger. It’s the stuff of nightmares for business owners, but it may yet become a reality. New York has already passed legislation, with the enthusiastic support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to raise the wage bar for fast food workers to $15. It seems inevitable that figure will soon … Read More

Help your employees get the most out of their benefits

Matt BauerEmployee Benefits, Human Resources

Smart business owners know that to attract and retain quality employees, they must provide a congenial working environment where employees can find opportunity for growth, success, and professional satisfaction. Happy, healthy, productive employees make a business stronger and translate into profits and organizational success. Obviously, base compensation is a key recruitment and retention tool and must be competitive, but owners … Read More

Why your business needs a wellness program

Shannon HudspethHuman Resources, Workers Compensation

Here’s a business ideal, not always easily achieved:  Doing tangible good for others while doing good for your bottom line. You don’t have to be a flashy biotech firm or offer a solution to an intractable problem an ocean away to be improving the health of your fellow men and women. We all want our products and services to benefit … Read More

How to handle the challenges of an aging workforce

Dave SinclairBusiness Insurance, Construction, Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Risk Management, Workers Compensation

Take a look in the mirror…were those gray hairs there yesterday? Take a look around your office…could you be asking the same question? Nobody’s getting younger, not even me! But the American workforce is rapidly aging, creating a number of challenges for businesses of all types and sizes. The secular trend is stark: From 1976 to 2006, the percentage of … Read More

Make men’s health a conversation starter this ‘Movember’

Shannon HudspethEmployee Benefits, Health Insurance, Human Resources

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and gender stereotypes are for a different, less egalitarian era. But one stereotype about men really is true: as a whole, males are much more likely than females to avoid doctors, skip out on routine screenings, and pass on preventative care. Men often don’t see a doctor until real damage is done. … Read More

8 Reasons pre-screening employees is just smart business

Matt BauerBusiness Insurance, Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Risk Management

I spend my workday helping Sinclair clients manage risk, avoid hidden pitfalls, and implement initiatives that give them the best chance to be prosperous and successful. I do this work happily, it gives me great joy! That’s why I am such a strong advocate of making sure organizations have a structured, consistent approach to pre-screening employees.  It floors me that … Read More