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  • One of the challenges business owners face when they make the leap from employee to entrepreneur is the loss of benefits. Unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and health plans are among the former incentives that become a monthly, out-of-pocket expense.

  • In the past several years, responsibility for health care has begun to shift from employers and insurers to patients and health care providers. As a result, individuals and hospitals have become more engaged than ever in the cost and effectiveness of health care.

  • It has been well known that for years there is a link between workforce engagement and corporate performance. In fact, the term “engagement” has been the entire buzz.

  • With the competition for talent steadily rising, attracting the right candidates has moved beyond salary and into ancillary benefits.

  • When many hear the term “mobile workforce,” a far-flung sales person speaking into a mobile phone leaps to mind. But that term means so much more than employees using the latest gadgets on a sales call.

  • The words “corporate training” are enough to strike fear into the hearts of most employees.More often than not, teaching techniques will be reminiscent of school, which does little to inspire or encourage members of staff to increase their learning. Even if employees have an interest in the subjects being taught and want to apply their newfound expertise at work, it can be difficult to remember and recall masses of information. 
  • “May you live in interesting times.” This well-known saying is as fitting today as it was in 1966 when Robert F. Kennedy said it. For employers, in particular, the constantly shifting landscape of federal and state laws, regulations, cases and guidance, make staying current and in compliance more challenging the ever. It used to be satisfactory to review employee handbooks once every two or three years. In today’s ever-changing environment, savvy organizations need to stay abreast of new developments which may impact their employment policies and practices on at least a monthly basis. To illustrate this point, you will find a few of the key issues that have arisen in the past year.

  • GLENVIEW — More than one in three small businesses are spending on social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to advertise their products and services, according to the April 2015 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard. 
  • Newsmakers: New rules forcing employee handbook review

    A number of new laws and court rulings over the past year are requiring businesses to review their employee handbooks to assure they comply, according to a panel of experts speaking at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Newsmakers' Forum on Human Resources, Insurance and Benefits Thursday.

  • ROSEMONT -- Flexible Benefit Service Corp. will provide a free webinar for human resource and business professionals, "The ACA: Preparing for 2016," at 11 a.m. April 16. 
  •  A growing number of Americans are no longer getting health insurance directly from work as companies quit administering benefits, sending about 40 million people to shop for their own coverage by 2018, a new study estimates. 
  • GLENVIEW -- Optimism among small business owners hit a one-year high in March, according to the March 2015 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard. 
  • GLENVIEW — SurePayroll has been named a 2015 Cloudswave Award winner for Best Business Software, alongside top providers such as Dropbox, MailChimp and PayPal. 
  • ROSEMONT -- Flexible Benefit Service Corp. is assisting health insurance producers target qualifying individuals in need of health insurance during the Special Enrollment Period. 
  • GLENVIEW — Online payroll services provider SurePayroll was honored for its use of technology in customer service at the 2015 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. 
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