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How much can Employees’ Contribute to a 401(k) plan in 2020?
More than ever, companies are taking action to improve the financial well-being of employees and providing them with tools and information to better prepare them for retirement and financial literacy. A credit union relationship and information sessions about investing and retirement planning are great solutions. Offering a company-sponsored 401k p...
New Florida Minimum Wage poster for 2020
Effective January 1, 2020, the Florida minimum wage will rise ten cents to $8.56 per hour. Similarly, the minimum wage rate for tipped employees will increase from $5.44 to $5.54 per hour. All Florida employers should prepare now by downloading the new poster and post it on the employee bulletin board on or about January......
Dealing with Your Problem Employee
Nobody likes disciplining employees.  Well, … perhaps that’s not true.  But to be honest, I’m not sure I’d want to employ too many supervisors who LOVE engaging in disciplinary actions.  But, like it or not, it’s critical to the success of your company that progressive disciplinary procedures are understood, followed, and applied in a ...
Fractional HR Services are Flexible, Scalable, and Affordable
The vast majority of small family businesses and new businesses start up without a dedicated HR person, much less an HR department.  And that makes perfect sense … to a point. As the owner of a fledgling business, handling HR matters is probably not only manageable, but educational and even gratifying.  Your business is your......
New Overtime Rule: Exempt Threshold To Increase from $23,660 to $35,568 January 1, 2020
WHAT HAPPENED? This Tuesday (September 24, 2019), the Department of Labor announced the following changes to the FLSA’s white-collar overtime exemptions, to become effective January 1, 2020: The minimum salary threshold for exempt status will be $684 per week, annualized to $35,568 per year. The highly compensated employee exemption’s total...
We Conduct Publix Independent Third Party Immigration Reviews
Companies throughout Florida continue to contact Consultstu LLC to conduct a third-party immigration audit to meet the mandates of being a supplier of equipment or construction services to Publix Super Markets, Inc.  Publix expects all of its Suppliers to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including the rules...
What Happens if my Employee is Found Not Authorized to Work in the US?
The early August ICE raids targeting Mississippi workplaces have resulted in at least 40 arrest warrants, and enforcement raids are predicted to continue.  What if ICE Workplace Enforcement shows up at your business, and it is discovered that your company is employing unauthorized workers?  The outcome will depend heavily on the status of your I...
Hops and HR: Employee Hiring Packet for a Florida Craft Brewery
Your growing brewery is starting to hire new employees and you know that HR is not your expertise.  There is a stack of employee-related paperwork tucked in your filing cabinet (or on your desk) but you are not sure you have the right papers or enough paperwork.  Maybe it is time to tighten up the......
Spotlight on our Clients: Innovative Hiring Technique Pays Off
Over the years, we’ve assisted our Bradenton based client HP Ingredients with many aspects of HR, including occasional recruiting.  We help with the job postings, resume review, screening, scheduling interviews … taking much of the leg work off of their plate.  We assist in just about every aspect of hiring except making the actual de...
Checklist for Leaving your PEO in Florida
If your small to mid-size business has decided to leave your Professional Employer Organization (PEO), you may be wondering about the various action items you must do (and consider) to get out. There are financial and staffing issues to consider so that your exit is as smooth as possible. When using a PEO, you are......
Need on-going HR support?
We have affordable HR retainers that offer a unique alternative to full HR outsourcing or the hiring of a full time HR employee. We design unique solutions to match your business strategy and budget. We have a proven track record of helping companies from many industries. We listen and probe to understand your needs and goals, before we offer recommendations and realistic solutions.
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