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Q4 is finally here, which means open enrollment is just around the corner for many employers. In addition to the planning, coordination, and rollout of benefits administration, HR may find that it becomes inundated with questions about everything from telehealth coverage to FSA-eligible expenses. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin covers common questions HR may receive during open enrollment—and how you can answer these questions.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?10 Questions to Ask Brokers Before Open EnrollmentOpen Enrollment GlossaryRelated Episode: How to Conduct Open Enrollment OnlineReferenced Episode: Why Most Employee Handbooks Are So Bad- and How You Can Change Yours for the BetterRelated Episode: Mental Health: Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)BernieU: The Ultimate Guide to Benefits Administration and Open Enrollment Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
Most organizations get their employee handbooks totally wrong. They’re often filled with outdated compliance regulations and are not taken seriously. In fact, in some organizations they are openly ridiculed. In this episode of HR Party of One, we’ll talk about how you can go beyond the employee handbook to something much better.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Related Episode: Culture in the time of CoronavirusRelated Blog: 10 Ways an HRIS Can Help HR Build and Sustain a Company CultureHR Glossary: Employee HandbookBernieU: How to Establish a Meaningful Workplace CultureFollow HR Party of One on Twitter
The end of the year is rapidly approaching. Between open enrollment, the holiday season, and year-end compliance concerns, stress can sneak up on HR professionals during this time of year. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin explains why you should consider a more strategic approach to Q4—and how the highest performing HR pros take advantage of the fourth quarter.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?How to Conduct Open Enrollment OnlineOpen Enrollment Day-to-Day Strategy PlannerRelated Blog: How to update your existing PTO PolicySix Surprising FSA-Eligible Healthcare ProductsHR Prep 2021 PlaylistFollow HR Party of One on Twitter
As the end of the year approaches, there’s more and more hope that a coronavirus vaccine may be available by early November. Host Ryan McCostlin covers what HR professionals need to know about mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. Are they legal, and what else should employers consider so they can safely reopen?BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Related Blog: What Could a Coronavirus Vaccine in November Mean for Employers?Related Blog: COVID-19: Can Employers Require Employees to Get a Vaccine?New York Times: C.D.C. Tells States How to Prepare for Covid-19 Vaccine by Early NovemberCNBC: CDC director says there will likely be a limited supply of coronavirus vaccines at firstCDC:Influenza Vaccination Information for Health Care WorkersUSA Today: Should employers force workers to get COVID-19 vaccine? Some experts say they shouldBernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient, and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
Unlike many other countries, the United States doesn’t have a national voting holiday. This means that because American elections take place during the week, employees who work day jobs must ask off, leave work early, or arrive to work late if they want to vote. Host Ryan McCostlin discusses where the U.S. stands on a national voting holiday, employer requirements for employee voting, and other voting protections for employees in the workplace. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Related Blog: Are Employers Required to Provide Time Off for Employees to Vote?NPR: Why Are Elections On Tuesdays?Employment Law Handbook: State Leave LawsWorkplace Fairness: State Laws on Voting Rights/Time Off to VoteSHRM: Politics in the Workplace: A State-by-State GuideBrookings Election 2020: A once-in-a-century, massive turnout?Follow HR Party of One on TwitterBernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours.Find us at https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/
When was the last time you audited your PTO policy? In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin talks through the importance of reviewing time-off plans, how to communicate updates, and how adjustments can save your company time, money, and effort in the short- and long-run. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Related Blog Post: How to Audit & Update Your Existing PTO PolicyPTO Survey Report: Check out the PTO offerings and trends of small and mid-sized businesses across the nation with our free First-Class PTO Survey Report. Establish clear and compliant PTO Policies with our free Small Business Sample PTO PolicyBlog Post & Template: How to Communicate at PTO Policy Change to EmployeesFollow HR Party of One on Twitter_________________________________________________Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticshttps://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/private-industry-workers-received-average-of-15-paid-vacation-days-after-5-years-of-service-in-2017.htmhttps://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/private-industry-workers-with-sick-leave-benefits-received-more-days-at-larger-establishments.htm------------------------------------------------------------------Watch HR Party of One on YouTube
Teams in search of COVID-19 symptom screening apps may not know where to begin or what features they’re looking for. In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin reviews popular screener solutions and discusses how to communicate new screening-related policies to your team.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Apple’s COVID-19 Symptom ScreenerHealth Champion’s COVID-19 Screening PlatformSpectrum Health’s COVID-19 Symptom CheckerTemplate: How to Communicate New COVID-19 Screening App PoliciesReferenced Article: The National Law Review: COVID-19 Screening & TestingBernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient, and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!
For organizations that require employees working in-person, extra safety considerations need to be made for employees and customers alike. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin covers COVID-19 symptom screener apps and platforms that provide an extra layer of defense for workplaces—and how these solutions can help keep teams safe. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?7 Steps: How to Create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your WorkplaceTemplate: How to Communicate New COVID-19 Screening App Policieshttps://blog.bernieportal.com/template-coronavirus-symptom-screening-app-protocolsFFCRA Workplace Compliance: Seven Things You Need to KnowCOVID-19: Return to Work Readiness Checklist   BernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient, and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on TwitterFind us at https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/
Families are struggling to balance work with teaching and raising children during shelter-in-place orders. In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin discusses what HR can do to help parents on remote teams as schools reopen and childcare centers struggling to return to normal operations.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Related Episode: Mental Health: Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)Free Download: 10 Key Strategies for Small Businesses to Protect Employees During COVID-19Related Blog: 5 Ways HR Teams Can Help Parents with Remote WorkBring your team back safely with our free COVID-19 Return to Work Readiness Checklist.BernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient, and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on TwitterFind us at: https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/
How do you talk to employees about off-hours travel when there’s a pandemic? In this episode, Ryan covers an employer’s responsibilities during COVID-19, what government agencies tell us about limiting employee travel, and other ways HR teams can keep workers safe.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Related Blog: COVID-19: Questions You Can and Can’t Ask EmployeesHow to Create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for Your WorkplaceReturn to Work Readiness ChecklistRelated Episode: Guidelines and Best Practices for Returning to WorkReferenced Article: JDSupra: Can Employers Restrict Employee’s Personal Travel?Apple COVID-19 Screening ToolFollow HR Party of One on Twitter
Remote work can be tough on teams. In this episode, Ryan covers the struggles HR professionals face with engagement, the productivity tracking platforms that can solve these issues, and how to communicate updates to your team. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Stay up to date with the latest HR news and benefits administration by subscribing to the BerniePortal BlogRelated Blog: Five Great Productivity Tools for Remote WorkersRelated Blog: Tips for Tracking Remote Work Employee EngagementOne Sheet Guide: Technology for Remote Workers by BerniePortal & BernieURelated Episode: Overtime Pay: Exempt vs. Non-ExemptReferenced Article: Gallup: Reviewing Remote Work in the U.S.For more check out the HR Party of One Tips for Working Remotely Playlist on YouTubeHubstaff, the employee tracking software we use. Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
Rehiring employees laid-off during COVID-19 is a bit more complicated than simply hiring someone new. In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin provides an overview of legal considerations and how to communicate a rehire offer. He also reviews the documentation HR will need when rehiring and onboarding workers. Plus the covers the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) implications when rehiring employees and what the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) means for employers. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Free Download: Rehire Laid-off Employee Letter TemplateRelated Blog: Rehiring Laid-off Employees During COVID-19Stay up to date on all COVID-19 related HR and small business issuesRelated Episode: How to Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)Free Download: Return to Work Letter TemplateReferenced Article: Five Issues to Consider When Returning Furloughed and Laid Off Employees to WorkBernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient, and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
 This episode is the first entry in a new, ongoing series called Beginner Benefits. We’re focusing on benefits and how HR can elevate its role when selecting, administering, and managing those offerings. Host Ryan McCostlin reviews the history of parental leave in the United States, breaks down the spectrum of parental leave policy options available to small employers, and shares how HR parties of one should announce changes to their parental leave policy. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?The BerniePortal HR Glossary:  Featuring many of the most common human resources terms, acronyms, and compliance regulations.BernieU: The Ultimate Guide to Benefits Administration and Open EnrollmentHow to Announce a Change to Your Maternity and Paternity Leave PolicyMaternity and Paternity Leave in the US: What You Need to KnowParental Leave—What’s the Industry Standard?SHRM 2018 Employee Benefits SurveyPew Research Center: Among 41 Countries, Only U.S. Lacks Paid Parental LeaveFollow HR Party of One on Twitter
Open enrollment season is coming! In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin talks about how to agree on an Open Enrollment timeline with your benefits broker, effectively communicating benefit options to your team effectively, and how to get the most out of your benefits administration system. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Blog Post: How to Offer Open Enrollment While Working from HomeFind a Better Broker: With the BerniePortal Broker NetworkBernieU: The Ultimate Guide to Benefits Administration and Open Enrollment:  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
Does the Supreme Court’s LGBTQ+ ruling mean that you need to ask all of your employees to put their preferred pronouns in their email signature? In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin recaps what the Supreme Court’s LGBTQ+ ruling means for HR parties of one. He also goes over how to handle LGBTQ+ specific harassment/discrimination scenarios HR might run into and covers the steps HR should take moving forward to ensure their organization is operating in an inclusively.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Blog Post: How to Address and Stop Workplace DiscriminationBlog Post: What to Know About the Supreme Court’s Ruling on LGBTQ+ ProtectionsBlog Post: How to Write an Employee HandbookRelated Episode: Mental Health: Employee Assistance Programshttps://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/#episode-16BernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient, and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on TwitterFind us at: https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/
In this episode host Ryan McCostlin breaks down how to tell your employees they have to return to work. He covers what steps HR needs to take when making the return to work announcement, HR’s role in reviewing exemptions, and how to deal with employees that don’t want to return.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Return to Work Letter TemplateCOVID-19 Return to Work Readiness ChecklistRelated Episode: Guidelines and Best Practices for Returning to WorkBlog Post: COVID-19: CDC Guidelines and Best Practices for Reopening WorkplacesOSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19BernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources. Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on TwitterFind us at: https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/
In this episode Ryan talks about how to recruit new college graduates and provides tips on what HR parties of one can do to ensure their organization is positioned as an attractive option for new grads joining the workforce. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Related Episode: How to Write Job DescriptionsRelated Episode: Hiring and Onboarding While Working RemotelyBlog Post: Don’t Get Left Behind: Bring an Effective Recruitment Process into the New DecadeBernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on TwitterThis Is Water: David Foster Wallace Commencement SpeechDenzel Washington’s Commencement Speech at the University of Pennsylvania Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
In this episode host Ryan McCostlin covers the necessary steps HR parties of one need to take to ensure their employees’ safety as they return to the office. He provides important information, resources and tips for making the transition back from working remotely smooth and safe. Find us at: https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?COVID-19 Return to Work Readiness ChecklistBlog Post: COVID-19: CDC Guidelines and Best Practices for Reopening WorkplacesCDC GuidelinesBernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources.  Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
In this episode host Ryan McCostlin talks with Clayton Klutts, co-owner and HR party of one at Renaissance Therapy Group, about the challenges faced by small businesses adapting to COVID-19 and how Clayton has found success.Find us at: https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Renaissance Therapy GroupRelated Episode: Hiring and Onboarding While Working RemotelyBernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient and comprehensive HR training and courses that will keep you up-to-date on all things human resources. Approved for SHRM & HRCI recertification credit hours. Enroll today!Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
In this episode host Ryan McCostlin talks about why SMART goals are important and how SMART goals work. He also provides some examples of SMART goals and how HR parties of one can use SMART goals to provide a framework for the milestones they want to achieve. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Recommend Read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change-Stephen Covey  Related Blog Post: Setting SMART HR GoalsLearn More for Free with BernieU: HR Prep 2020Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin discusses how utilizing a robust human resource information system (HRIS) like BerniePortal allows you to recruit, hire, manage, and retain Millennial employees—all while demonstrating your company’s values and culture.Watch this episode on YouTubeBerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Performance Management: Internal Case StudyRecommend Read: The Millennial Whisperer: The Practical, Profit-Focused Playbook for Working With and Motivating the World’s Largest Generation by Chris TuffRecommend Read: Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo BockRecommend Read: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben HorowitzRelated Episode: How to Write Job DescriptionsBernieU: Go deeper with BernieU’s free course The Foundation of Employee Retention. Free and eligible for continuing education hours for HRCI + SHRM certifications. Enroll now to start earning your recertification credits.Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
In this episode host Ryan McCostlin is joined by BerniePortal Founder and CEO Alex Tolbert and BerniePortal head of marketing Sarah Weinstein to discuss hiring and onboarding while working remotely. They share their experiences in hiring and onboarding employees remotely and provide tips on how HR parties of one can hire and onboard while social distancing.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Recommend Read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change-Stephen Covey  Related Episode: Improve your Onboarding ProcessRelated Episode: Working Remotely: Long Term TipsBernieU: Go deeper with BernieU’s free courses Hiring 101 and The Art of Onboarding. Both are free and eligible continuing education hours for HRCI + SHRM certifications. Enroll now to start earning your recertification credits.Follow HR Party of One on Twitter
In this episode host Ryan McCostlin discusses the different strategies for working from home with children in the house. He covers three different techniques parents working from home utilize to achieve work from home balance. He also shares tips from working parents on the BerniePortal staff.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Blog Post: Parenting While Working From HomeRelated Episode: Managing a Remote WorkforceRelated Episode: Working Remotely: Daily Stand Up MeetingsRelated Episode: Working Remotely: Long Term TipsBernieU: Building a Remote WorkforceFollow HR Party of One on Twitter
In this episode host Ryan McCostlin covers details of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and what it means for employers. Including emergency paid sick leave for COVID-19 related issues like self-quarantine and caring for dependents. Ryan also answers some of the most common and frequently asked questions employers have around employee leave during the coronavirus pandemic.BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Blog Post: Compliance Check: Families First Coronavirus Response ActBlog Post: Employer FAQs: ADA, FMLA and COVID-19Related Episode: Employee Leave: Setting Your PTO PolicyRelated Episode: Mental Health: Employee Assistance ProgramsRead the Bill Passed by Congress: The Families First Coronavirus Response ActBernieU: Your free one-stop-shop for compelling, convenient and comprehensive HR training and courses. Certain BernieU courses have been pre-approved for continuing education hours for HRCI + SHRM certifications. Check out which courses are eligible and enroll now to start earning your recertification credits.
In this episode host Ryan McCostlin talks about long term tips for working remotely. He covers the importance of planning ahead for your employees return to work and communicating news to employees. He also covers steps to take to save employees and the company time and money, and what tools employers should be looking at to work remotely for extended periods. BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy. What is an HRIS?Related Episode: Coronavirus: Managing a Remote WorkforceRelated Episode: Overtime Pay: Exempt vs. Non-ExemptRelated Episode: HR’s Top Video Conferencing TipsBernieU: Building a Remote WorkforceFollow HR Party of One on Twitter
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BerniePortal
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Jan 16th, 2020
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Oct 15th, 2020
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