PS&A is pleased to announce the following two new workshops that will be conducted at the Metro South Chamber of Commerce and the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. There is no cost to attend the workshops, but registration is required. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided.

How to Select and Hire the Best
Led by Louise Backaler, Sr. HR Consultant

Metro South Chamber of Commerce
60 School Street, Brockton
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9:30 AM through 10:30 AM
How to Register: Visit www.psandeassociates.com , click the Contact page, complete the form and be sure to include the workshop title “How to Select & Hire the Best” in the message box.

Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
134 Court Street, Plymouth
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 9:30 AM through 10:30 AM
How to Register: Click on PACOC’s link and follow instructions: http://www.chamberdata.net/webforms/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=maply&keyword=5178257&class=B

This workshop is for managers and HR staff responsible for recruiting and hiring employees. Those who participate in this workshop will learn how to use special tools and techniques for:

  • Sourcing candidates using social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram), external job websites, employee referrals, educational events, and open houses
  • Screening and selecting potential candidates for interview
  • Preparing for the interview so that the candidate has a positive experience regardless of whether selected for hire
  • Conducting an interview using a variety of techniques, including behavioral interviewing
  • Evaluating candidates
  • Extending offers and following up with candidates not selected for hire

In addition, participants will learn what interview questions are considered illegal and discriminatory, and therefore, put the company at risk if asked. Participants will also be provided guidelines for making good hiring decisions and for establishing a clear recruiting process.

By using the tools and techniques and guidelines presented in this workshop, an organization should achieve better hiring results that lead to:

  • More satisfied and productive employees who tend to stay longer
  • Employees who have the skills for the job and enjoy their work and their work environment
  • Employees who perform at a higher level and are engaged and motivated to succeed

Compensation Strategy and Market Pricing 101
Led by Pamela Sande, CCP, Managing Principal

Metro South Chamber of Commerce
60 School Street, Brockton
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 9:30 AM through 10:30 AM
How to Register: Visit www.psandeassociates.com , click the Contact page, complete the form and be sure to include the workshop title “Compensation Strategy and Market Pricing 101” in the message box.

Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
134 Court Street, Plymouth
Friday, April 28, 9:30 AM through 10:30 AM
How to Register: Click on PACOC’s link and follow instructions: http://www.chamberdata.net/webforms/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=maply&keyword=5178261&class=B

This workshop is for owners and managers responsible for developing an organization’s compensation strategy and making compensation decisions. The first part of the workshop will focus on compensation strategy, including a model for driving organizational performance. In the second part of the workshop, participants will learn:

  • Compensation basics, including resources for survey data and guidelines for selecting survey data
  • Common approaches to designing base pay programs and strategies that are a best fit for each approach
  • Strategies for using variable pay programs (i.e., bonus, incentive, and recognition programs) to drive organizational performance and to help manage rising cost of base pay programs

By participating in this workshop, participants should gain an understanding of how to use compensation to drive the achievement of organizational goals and different approaches for designing compensation programs.

Pamela Sande recently attended the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Employment Law & Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. on March 13 and 14, and as a member of SHRM’s Advocacy Team, participated in SHRM’s Legislative Hill Day on March 15. SHRM is the largest HR professional society with 285,000 members worldwide. In addition to serving as a valuable resource for its members, SHRM, a nonpartisan organization, advocates for legislation that benefits employers and employees. On Legislative Hill Day, Pamela and other members of the Advocacy Team met with Senators and House Representatives and/or their staffs, to advocate for health care and workplace flexibility legislation. A summary of SHRM’s position regarding Health Care and Workplace Flexibility legislation follows.

Health Care

SHRM supports bipartisan reform that lowers health care costs, that improves access to high quality and affordable coverage, and that protects and strengthens employer sponsored coverage. Protecting and strengthening employer sponsored coverage is important as over 177 million people have health care coverage through an employer plan. This is 16 times the number of people who have coverage through the Affordable Care Act (also known as ACA or Obamacare) federal and state health care exchanges. In addition, SHRM is advocating for:

  • Reform that does not raise taxes on employers or employees or that would increase the cost of health care for employees and their families.
  • Full repeal of the 40 percent excise tax (also known as the “Cadillac tax”). Note: The House bill, (i.e., The American Health Care Act), that was withdrawn on March 24 due to lack of votes necessary for the bill to pass, would not have repealed the excise tax. Rather, it would have delayed the excise tax to 2025.
  • Keeping provisions in the ACA that improve wellness programs and quality of care as wellness programs are an integral part of many employers’ strategy to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce health care costs.

Workplace Flexibility

SHRM is advocating for a 21st century workplace flexibility policy approach that meets the needs of employers and employees. Rather than promoting a one-size-fits-all approach, SHRM believes that legislation should be flexible enough to accommodate differences among businesses because of size, industry, labor market, and other factors. SHRM has worked with Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA) to develop a proposal that encourages employers to adopt paid leave and flexible work options voluntarily. Representative Walters is expected to introduce the SHRM developed legislation within the next few weeks.

Under the bill, ERISA would be amended to allow an employer to voluntarily opt into the program provided the employer meets two requirements: (1) the employer offers a minimum threshold of paid leave; and (2) the employer offers a flexible work option to all employees such as part-time work, flexible schedule, opportunity to telecommute, etc. To satisfy the second requirement, an employer would be able to offer different flexible work options based on job or a segment of its work force. Two key benefits of this bill if passed are:

  • It gives employers some flexibility in designing time off and flexible work place options that best fit the business, and
  • Provided an employer satisfies federal law, the employer would automatically also satisfy all state and local requirements, allowing the employer to create a program that better fits its business versus a state mandated leave law and/or avoid having to satisfy multiple state laws if operating in multiple states.

Your PS&A team will keep you posted on these legislative efforts!