On January 18, 2017, USCIS published a new ruling designed to clarify DHS policies and “enable US employers to retain high-skilled workers.” An initial goal of the ruling is to codify DHS regulations with longstanding DHS policies and practices with the aim of improving employee portability and enhancing the employers’ ability to hire and retain employees during the immigration process. The rule adds some much needed fixes such as adding grace periods after termination and the ability to change employers during the green card process. Here are a few highlights of...
In all team environments, good communication is fundamental and great communication is critical to excellence. I have found through observation that there are basically four actions necessary for optimal communication. At the risk of sounding contrived, disingenuous, and plain ol’ corny, I put the main points in an alliteration. They are simply:
To be an excellent communicator, we must acknowledge that getting our point across is only a part of the process. In fact, getting our point across is not CO-mmunicating. It is more...
Some people seem to have a magnetic quality that attracts others. These charismatic individuals command attention and guide with grace and ease.
While most people believe presence is the birthright of a fortunate few, leadership coach Kristi Hedges disagrees. Through her coaching practice, The Hedges Co., she teaches others how to cultivate a personal presence in an authentic way.
Hedges first noticed how presence influenced others when she was a child watching how her petite grandmother could attract people and make things happen by speaking to everyone with dignity and...
The fight card.
In the red corner, we have the Federal Arbitration Act. Among other things, the FAA allows an employer and employee to agree that all employment-related claims between them will be arbitrated (as opposed to heard in court, with a jury). These arbitration agreements often include a provision prohibiting employees from pursuing class or collective actions, such as one might see in...
A secure, comfortable retirement is every worker's dream. Nowadays workers are living longer, healthier lives. Your employees can expect to spend more time in retirement than their parents and grandparents. It is important that their earnings are posted correctly on their Social Security record, as it will affect their benefits when they retire.
By law, employers must withhold Social Security taxes from a worker’s paycheck. While usually referred to on an employee’s pay statement as “Social Security taxes,” sometimes the deduction is labeled as “FICA,” which stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act,...