Be sure to also check out our updated [email protected] Job Aid, MA and Federal Posting Requirements by Company Size. Massachusetts revised its Wage and Hour poster to incorporate the new minimum wage increases for 2019 and beyond. The Job Aid lists the posting requirements, size of employer, and websites at which you can download the posters for free. We also have the posters available on our website.

Be sure to check out our updated [email protected] Job Aid, Compensation and Benefits by the Numbers -2019 Changes. The job aid is a one-page reference tool that lists and compares all the limits, thresholds, and other compensation and benefits requirements for 2019 and 2018, including Massachusetts and federal minimum wage requirements, Social Security and Medicare tax rates, Health Savings Accounts, high deductible plans, Affordable Care Act, flexible spending accounts, commuter benefits, adoption assistance programs, and retirement plans.

We are pleased to announce two quick reference tools for 2018. The first is an update to our previously published HR at Work Job Aid, Compensation and Benefits by the Numbers – 2018 Changes, which now includes the IRS mileage reimbursement rate for 2018. The new mileage rate is 54.5¢, up 1¢ from 2017.

The second is an HR at Work Job Aid on the Massachusetts and Federal Workplace Posting Requirements by Company Size. In addition, the actual posters are available on our Resource page, which may be printed on 8 ½ x 11 paper.

For a copy of the updated Compensation and Benefits by the Numbers – 2018 Changes, click here.

For a copy of the Massachusetts and Federal Workplace Posting Requirements by Company Size, click here.

For a copy of any of the posters, click here.

Governor Baker signed the An Act to Establish Pay Equity (S. 2119) on August 1, 2016, which amended the current Massachusetts Equal Pay Act to ensure equal pay for comparable work for virtually all Massachusetts employees. The new law is intended to help close the wage gap between men and women performing comparable work. Although the new law is not effective until July 1, 2018, it is important to understand now how the law impacts your business so that you can plan and budget accordingly. Our newest issue of HR Insights provides an overview of the law, discusses HR practice implications, and provides a checklist of action items for consideration.

Be sure to check out our HR at Work Job Aid, Compensation and Benefits by the Numbers -2018 Changes. The job aid is a one-page reference tool that lists and compares all the limits, thresholds, and other compensation and benefits requirements for 2018 and 2017, including Massachusetts and federal minimum wage requirements, Social Security and Medicare tax rates, Health Savings Accounts, high deductible plans, Affordable Care Act, flexible spending accounts, commuter benefits, adoption assistance programs, and retirement plans.

CapeSpace in Hyannis, Massachusetts, has announced its new Ask the Experts program through which CapeSpace members and visitors can ask burning questions on the topics of the day at no cost. Each week, CapeSpace will feature different CapeSpace members with expertise in a variety of topics, including social media, website development and SEO, money management, payroll, group benefits, and human resources management. Pamela Sande & Associates is thrilled to be a part of this great group of experts. For more information about the program, the experts participating in the program, and schedule, visit CapeSpace’s website at https://www.capespace.com/news-and-events/ask-the-experts/.

For many years, certain employers have been required to file EEO-1 reports annually that show their number of employees by job category and then for each category, the number of employees by gender, ethnicity, and race. Starting with the 2017 EEO-1 report, a new level of reporting is required, which is summary pay data by gender, ethnicity, and race within each job category. For an in-depth look at the controversial requirements, see our latest issue of HR Insights by clicking below.

In addition, for a copy of the new EEO-1 Form, Instructions, and the File Layout/Technical Specifications, visit our Resource page/Legislation, Regulations, and Other Government Provided Materials.

Led by Pamela Sande, Managing Principal, and Louise Backaler, Sr. HR Consultant

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM EDT

Where: CapeSpace, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601

 

Workshop Description:

This workshop is for managers and HR staff responsible for recruiting and hiring employees. Participants in this workshop will learn how to:

  • Prepare for and source potential candidates
  • Screen and select candidates for interview
  • Prepare for interviews so that candidates have a positive experience whether or not selected
  • Interview candidates using a variety of techniques, including asking general, behavioral, and situational interview questions
  • Avoid asking questions that are illegal or discriminatory
  • Evaluate candidates using objective criteria
  • Extend offers and follow-up with candidates who are not selected

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
  • Continental breakfast and beverages will be available.

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.

We are pleased to announce that we have updated our popular Summary of Federal and Massachusetts Employment Related Laws by Employer Size. For a copy of the updated Summary, go to our Resources page and select Other Tools and Resources.

The updated Summary includes the following changes and more:

  • Immigration Reform & Control Act and I-9 Forms: New Form I-9, which must be used by all employers as of January 22, 2017
  • Massachusetts Wage & Hour Laws: New Massachusetts minimum wage rate of $11/hour as of January 1, 2017; added definition of hours worked; and added pay deduction rules
  • Affordable Care Act: Added a note that the law remains in effect, but is expected to be repealed and replaced. We will post new legislative developments on our website as they occur.
  • Posting Requirements: In addition to including the posting requirements in our Quick List of the Laws, the more detailed description of the laws also notes whether a posting requirement applies.