HRG NewsHR News & Views 


           January 2015
In This Issue
2015 Employment Updates and Trends
New Year, New Benefits!
Part 1 of Series: Compensation Data
Top Reasons to Outsource Your HR
Make Improving your HR Knowledge a New Year's Resolution!

Join us at HR Boot Camp!


HRG is thrilled to invite you to join us later this month for a fun, informative two-day seminar in conjunction with the KY Chamber of Commerce. Entitled, HR Boot Camp: Intensive Training for the Seasoned HR Professional, the 11 different sessions will cover everything from HR audits to technological innovation to total remuneration. Each session will help you become a better business partner.


The event takes place on January 20th and 21st at the Hilton Lexington Downtown, but you can find more information or register for the event on our website or the KY Chamber Website. We hope to see you there! 

2015 Employment Updates & Trends


Each new year brings about many new updates related to human resources policies and procedures.  Below is a snapshot of what to expect in the coming year. Our team at Hanna Resource Group can help your company, no matter the size, work through any of these topics below. We'll keep you compliant and free from federal or state fines in 2015!

  • On January 1, 2015, the Affordable Care Act's "pay or play" mandate will go into effect.  All employers in the U.S. with 100 or more employees will be required to "play" (offer health benefits to all of their employees) or "pay" (pay penalties).
  • Affordable Care Act provisions will continue through 2015. Employers must continue to look at how they are administering their benefits to ensure they are remaining compliant. According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), "the requirements to accurately identify ACA full-time employees, track and understand hours of service, and to provide plans with minimum essential coverage that are affordable, are creating the need for employers to reexamine their current processes."
  • For the first time in history, many companies now have four different generations within their workforce. Operating within a multi-generational workforce can lead to many challenges for any size company, including benefits administration, employee engagement, cultural issues, and more.
  • Beginning on January 1, 2015, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will expand the types of work-related injuries that are required to be reported to them. 
  • Effective in April 2015, the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) will implement revisions to their union representation and election procedures. 
New Year, New Employee Benefits!
What better way to start the New Year off than by considering some new employee benefits? Benefits aren't just health insurance and vacation days anymore; many companies are looking at new, and sometimes unusual, 
benefits to help attract and retain top talent. The benefit options below can improve employee engagement and commitment to your company without emptying the budget!


 1.       Office Comforts: Allow workers to wear slippers at their desk on days when they don't have client meetings, take their suggestions on the office décor, allow them to personalize their office spaces, or provide a "lounge" type space for breaks.  It's the little things that make all the difference, so you can also purchase heated toilet seats for the bathrooms - you'd be surprised at what a difference that one-time purchase can make, especially in the winter months (and the HRG team can personally attest to this one)!

2.       Pet Insurance: Many employees think of their pets as their children, so organizations could offer an optional pet insurance plan that will help cover the costs of ill or injured pets and, just as with regular health insurance, the premium can be covered entirely or partially by the employers.

3.       Fruit and Veggie Delivery: Employers naturally want to keep their employees healthy to keep the cost of benefits down. What better way to keep them healthy than with free, fresh fruit and veggies delivered to the office each week? Or perhaps enroll in a weekly juice delivery for the office instead; either way, employees will appreciate the simplicity of staying healthy.

4.       Late Mondays: Many employers are now embracing the dreaded Monday morning slump by allowing employees to come in at 10:00 am on Mondays. One company found this to be an extreme morale booster among their employees without reducing their work productivity - sounds like a win/win!

5.      Onsite Beauty/Grooming Services: Find professionals to come to your office once a month to offer haircuts, facials, manicures, or massages.  Employees can cover the expenses of their chosen treatments, but the convenience of doing these things at work will be priceless! 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Make 2015 your best year yet, and if there's a way HRG can help, let us know - as always, we are just a phone call or click away should you find yourself in need of a team of professionals for your corner!  


Sincere regards,


Lyle Hanna, PHR
Hanna Resource Group LLC
Office: 859.514.7724, ext. 1
Cell: 859.221.4231
Compensation Market Data
 Ever wonder what your job is worth? Are you losing talent to your competition due to their compensation? Have you ever reviewed market data to determine if your company is under or overpaying employees? 

Over the next few weeks, HRG will provide compensation data for five common positions within several major industries to provide a firsthand look at market rates within your industry, as well as give you some ideas about how this information can be utilized.

Click the link to see the first installment of this series, and know that we're so excited to be sharing data that could help your organization! 

Top 3 Reasons to Outsource Your HR

1. Time is Money: Our HR professionals can perform your HR tasks more efficiently, but also more accurately (which saves you money)! 

2. Restore Your Focus: Take the focus off HR tasks, and allow the professionals to do the work. More of your time can be dedicated to increasing profits and growing your business. 

3. Stress-Free in 2015: Let us worry about keeping your company stress- free (& fine-free) from the hundreds of state & federal regulations. We will keep you compliant! 

Quick Links to HRG

Lyle Hanna; Ext. 1
 Candra Bryant; Ext. 2
 Allison Pettrey; Ext. 3
 Rick Tolson; Ext. 5

HR Related Organizations

Keep up with HRG!
View our profile on LinkedIn

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook