November 2014 Newsletter 

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Welcome to HR Knowledge's November 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. 


HR Knowledge, Inc.
Thanks for Attending Our Second HR Boot Camp!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our HR Boot Camp Seminar this past Friday at the Forefront Center in Waltham, MA. It was a huge success!


We hope that you found the seminar informative, relevant, and worthwhile. We believe that our knowledgeable presenters provided in-depth insight and we hope that we answered all of your questions throughout the event.


Your presence helped make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and engaging.Thank you again for being part of such a wonderful experience!


We are already planning our next HR Boot Camp on Friday, April 4, 2015 at the ForeFront Center. We hope to see you there!

Finding The Right Talent is A Challenge - Hiring Process Management

More than five years ago, HR Knowledge quietly built a specialized recruitment service driven by our clients' requests to help them find the right talent. Last month, we officially launched this service as Hiring Process Management™ (HPM).


We received such a positive response and a great deal of inquiries and wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your service!

Massachusetts Voters Approve Mandatory Sick Time Law
The new law, which takes effect July 1, 2015, allows employees 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. In a recent HR Knowledge e-Alert we informed you that Connecticut was the first state to mandate paid sick leave in January 2012.
IRS Announces New 2015 Benefit Plan Limits
Each year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announces the new limits for various aspects of employee benefits plans, principally as a result of the increase in the applicable cost-of-living indexes.

For 2015 the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) is 1.7 % based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). Due to this increase the IRS announced the limits and thresholds effective for plan years beginning in 2015.

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2015 Medical Renewals for Groups under 50
There are new rules on how medical insurance carriers in MA calculate premiums for small groups (under 51 eligible for medical insurance). All insurance carriers have been informed of how this must be done beginning January 2015.

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Benefits of Electronic Onboarding
Most business owners would agree that productivity and engagement are high on their list for onboarding goals for new employees. These factors directly impact the bottom line and yet many organizations fail to define and map out their onboarding process. Onboarding goes beyond the completion of new-employee paperwork. It is a series of processes intended to create an experience that helps an employee want to stay with and contribute to an organization.
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HR Knowledge understands that FMLA is complicated and many employers are unsure if they are compliant.


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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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