October 2014 Newsletter 

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Greetings!

Welcome to HR Knowledge's October 2014 Newsletter! Our goal is to keep you up to date with important HR and regulatory compliance information, news and events. We want this newsletter to be a valuable resource for you so we encourage all of our readers to provide comments, suggestions and feedback. 

Sincerely,

HR Knowledge, Inc.
Finding The Right Talent is A Challenge! Announcing Our New Service - Hiring Process Management
 
In-house recruiting is costly and time-consuming. Hiring new staff is a particularly large challenge for smaller organizations that must place the recruitment demands on employees with already limited time and resources. However, enlisting recruitment agencies is an expense that many companies cannot afford, with fees averaging over 20-30 percent of the first year's annual compensation.
 
It is with this challenge that our clients turned to HR Knowledge for help. More than five years ago, we quietly built a specialized recruitment service driven by our clients' requests to help them find the right talent. We are now officially launching this service as Hiring Process Management™ (HPM).

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HR Knowledge Named to The Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies in America!
 
HR Knowledge announced that it has been recognized on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 5000" list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. HR Knowledge earned the position of #3347, based on the company's 100% sales growth over the past three fiscal years.

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HR Knowledge is Hosting A Second HR Bootcamp on November 7, 2014!
 
HR Bootcamp ensures that key employees remain current about company exposure in legal matters surrounding sexual harassment, wage and hour issues, and the proper conduct of employee performance reviews.

The HR Knowledge Bootcamp is ideally suited for all new HR emploees and can be offered as a refresher course for managers and other staff. Our trainers focus on potential liability areas in the workplace

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Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave for Employees
 
On August 8, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation (H.B. 2334) regarding leave for employees who are victims (or whose family members are victims) of abusive behavior. Abusive behavior is defined as domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or kidnapping. The law applies to employers with 50 or more employees and creates a new category of job-protected leave.

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Deadline for Notices for Medicare Part D is October 15th
 
The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) requires that employers whose health care plans include prescription drug benefits must notify Medicare-eligible employees by Oct. 15 of each year whether their drug benefit is "creditable coverage", meaning that it is expected to cover, on average, as much as the standard Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Medicare Part D, which became effective in 2006, is a federal program to subsidize the cost of private prescription drug plans.
Connecticut Amends Paid Sick Leave Statute
 
On June 6, 2014, Governor Dannel P. Malloy amended the existing Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Statute. Paid sick leave allows workers to take time off from work to address their health and safety needs or, in some cases, to care for sick family members without losing pay.
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Is an employer required to have an affirmative action plan if the company has state contracts (particularly from states that may get federal funding)?
 
 
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HR Knowledge Clients can receive a 15% discount on all services at Jiffy Lube! We will provide you with a corporate card to receive the discounts.

Please email perks@hrknowledge.com to order your card or seek additional information!


 

If you or someone you know is seeking employment then you're in the right place! HR Knowledge not only is seeking qualified and talented people to join our staff but also for our clients. Please view our current job openings below!

 

HR Knowledge is hiring!

 

HR Knowledge understands that FMLA is complicated and many employers are unsure if they are compliant.

 

HR Knowledge can provide clients with FMLAMatters - an FMLA compliance package designed to deliver guaranteed compliance.

 

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About HR Knowledge, Inc. 
Founded in 2001, HR Knowledge, Inc. is a privately funded company that provides Integrated Outsourced HR Services tailored to your needs. Our full array of human resource offerings includes managed payroll, employee benefits administration, and HR consulting and support services, such as training, compliance, and Hiring Process Management™, our specialized recruitment service that covers everything from finding and screening candidates to onboarding new employees. Our major markets are fast-growing small- and medium-sized businesses, many of which are venture-capital-backed; foreign companies expanding into the states; and certain key education markets including charter schools and nonprofit enterprises. Partnering with HR Knowledge can reduce your administrative costs, minimize your legal risk, help you find and develop talent, and free you up to focus on your core business.

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