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FTC Non-Compete Ban: What You Need to Know

In a significant move to promote competition and empower workers, the federal government has taken a decisive step by implementing a ban on non-compete agreements. This development marks a pivotal moment in employment law, with far-reaching implications for employers and employees.   Understanding the Ban: The federal government’s decision to ban non-compete agreements marks a significant shift in employment law, aimed at promoting fairness, competition, and mobility in the labor market. This ban has direct implications for employers like you and your valued employees.  The regulation, which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officially approved on April 23, and slated to […]

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Ready or Not: DOL Proposes Change to Salary Exemption Requirements

Toward the end of 2023, The U.S. Department of Labor announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to increase the threshold minimum annual salary requirements for exempt employees and “highly compensated employees” under the FLSA’s overtime pay requirements. Under the current rules, an employee must meet the minimum salary requirements of $684 per week or $35,568 annually for that employee to be exempt from the FLSA overtime rules. The new rule would increase this threshold to $1,059 per week, or $55,068 annually. The rule would also change the annual salary requirements for employees who are considered “highly compensated employees.”   Under the […]

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CDC Changes COVID Isolation Rule – Why Do I Care?

On March 1, 2024, the CDC said it would no longer require a 5-day isolation period for individuals testing positive for COVID-19. This guidance is contained in “Preventing Spread of Respiratory Viruses When You’re Sick.” The new CDC guidance applies to individuals experiencing “respiratory virus symptoms that aren’t better explained by another cause,” including fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, and headache, among others. In such cases, the guidance provides that individuals can resume normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both of the following are true: The individual’s symptoms are getting better overall, and The individual has not […]

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Top 5 Ways to Support Women-Owned Businesses

In today’s dynamic business landscape, supporting women-owned businesses isn’t just a moral imperative; it’s an essential step towards creating an environment where diversity thrives, innovation flourishes, and economic opportunities are accessible to all. With women playing increasingly influential roles in entrepreneurship, it’s paramount that we actively contribute to their success and empowerment. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s important that our actions align with our words. Supporting women-owned businesses isn’t just a one-time gesture; it’s a commitment to fostering an ecosystem where gender equality and economic prosperity go hand in hand. Here are five impactful ways you can contribute […]

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Lever1, Kansas City-Based HR Solutions Leader, Expands Operations to Oklahoma.

Lever1, a leading provider of comprehensive HR solutions, is thrilled to announce its expansion into the state of Oklahoma at 820 W Danforth Rd., #1038, in Edmond. This exciting move marks the company’s continued commitment to supporting businesses across the nation by offering innovative and cost-effective payroll and HR solutions. With a proven track record of success spanning over a decade, Lever1 has established itself as a trusted partner for businesses seeking to streamline their HR processes, optimize workforce management, and focus on their core competencies. The company’s robust suite of services, including payroll management, benefits administration, risk management, and […]

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Year-End Reminders for Business Owners: Ensuring a Smooth Transition into 2024

By Chad Braymer, Lever1 President As 2023 draws to a close, it’s crucial for business owners to proactively address year-end tasks to ensure a seamless transition into 2024. By staying ahead of important deadlines and taking necessary steps, you can avoid potential penalties, compliance issues, and administrative burdens. Review and Reconcile Financials Before the year ends, conduct a thorough review of your company’s financial records. This includes reconciling bank statements, reviewing accounts payable and receivable, and ensuring all financial transactions have been properly recorded. Accurate financial records are essential for tax preparation, budgeting, and making informed business decisions. Prepare and […]

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Beyond Gratuity: How HR Can Reshape Tipping Culture

Exploring Tipping Culture: Navigating Complexity with HR Expertise By Jordan Lamb, Lever1 Director of HR In an era of evolving tipping norms, the intricate landscape of tipping culture in the United States has sparked ‘tipping fatigue,’ impacting both customers and businesses. This article delves into the multifaceted implications of this phenomenon and its significance for Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) and Human Resources (HR) practices. From addressing pay equity concerns and appearance biases to the challenges of fluctuating compensation and legal compliance, the article highlights the vital role HR professionals play in reshaping tipping practices. By fostering inclusive workplaces, advocating for […]

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Mastering Open Enrollment: A Guide to Success

By Bob Van Vliet, Director of Sales & Marketing Succeeding in Open Enrollment: Your Path to Confidence Open enrollment, for business owners, can often feel like a complex maze filled with challenges and opportunities. As we venture into this annual endeavor, our goal is clear: to provide the best benefits to our employees while securing the financial health of our company. In this guide, we’ll embark on a journey together, unraveling the intricacies of open enrollment. From managing costs, ensuring employee satisfaction, and navigating regulations to harnessing technology, empowering retirement planning, and prioritizing employee well-being, we’ll equip you with the […]

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Ahead of the Curve: Insider Strategies to 2023’s Recruitment Game

By Pam Martin, Lever1 Director of Recruiting Services Recruiting and hiring the right talent is a critical challenge that companies face in 2023, given the shifting job market dynamics and the increasing demand for skilled workers. To address these challenges and build a strong workforce, organizations must adopt effective recruitment strategies that align with current trends and job seekers’ preferences. By implementing innovative tactics, leveraging technology, and focusing on candidate experience, businesses can attract top talent and foster a diverse and skilled team. Define Your Corporate Brand and Tailor Job Ads Accordingly: Start by developing a compelling corporate brand that […]

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Form I-9 Flexibility Ends: Everything Employers Need to Know

DHS Ends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility: Important Updates for Employers As of July 31, 2023, the temporary flexibilities for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, will come to an end. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently announced that employers must complete in-person physical document inspections for employees whose documents were inspected remotely during the temporary flexibilities by August 30, 2023. This new announcement provides employers with additional time to complete the in-person physical inspection of identity and employment authorization documents and annotate Form I-9 accordingly. The COVID-19 temporary flexibilities for Form I-9 […]

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