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    Benefits – Picking a Plan and Rolling It Out

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    Avoid Making the Nine Most Common Employee Benefits Mistakes

    Business owners sometimes learn the benefits plans they’ve chosen aren’t really affordable or what their employees need. Our free report looks at the nine most common employee benefits mistakes your small business simply cannot afford to make.

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    The Three Things Small Businesses Need to Know About Offering Employee Health Insurance

    Health insurance tops the list of most desirable employee benefits. In fact, 88% of job seekers would consider a lower-paying job if the company offered better health, vision, and dental insurance. Find out three things small businesses need to know about offering employee health insurance.

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    Right Mix of Medical Plans

    With employee benefits accounting for up to one-third of an employee’s total compensation, it’s important to get it right. So how do you offer the “right” mix of quality medical plans? Download our free report to find out how.

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    Self-Funded v. Fully Insured Benefits

    Know the risk of self-funded health insurance plans — one large claim can significantly damage and even wipe out a small company. Download our free report to find out seven important concepts, including when it makes sense to self-fund medical benefits.

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    Four Things You Need to Know Before Rolling Out an Employee Health Plan

    Small business owners who offer their employees quality health insurance are better able to recruit and retain top talent. That said, to fully realize the advantages that come with offering medical benefits, effective communication during the rollout period is critical. Find out four things employers need to know.

    Human Resources – Compliance, Culture, Hiring and More

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    The Complete Guide to Managing COVID-19 in the Workplace

    Global pandemics put a damper on everything, including your business. If you are confused about what you should do about COVID-19 at your business, download our Complete Guide to Managing COVID-19 in the Workplace to find out steps you can take today to help keep your employees safe.

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    A Guide to Understanding Racism in the Workplace

    While many organizations have diversity and inclusion initiatives, often they just aren’t enough. Recent events have put the spotlight on businesses to understand and take meaningful action against racism. If you don’t know where to start, download our free Guide to Understanding Racism in the Workplace. Our HR experts identify challenges employers face, discuss implications for HR and define workplace best practices.

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    2020 HR Checklist

    The 2020 version of our annual HR compliance checklist just became available. This is one of our most popular free resources for employers, detailing six annual HR updates critical to the success of your small to medium-sized business.

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    Risks of not having an Employee Handbook

    Every employer, regardless of size, should have an employee handbook. And while the thought of creating one may be intimidating, an employee handbook is invaluable to the success of your business. Here's what to include in your handbook.

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    What makes a great employee experience? | video

    Axcet HR Solutions’ technology creates a slick, seamless, 21st century digital experience from hiring to onboarding and throughout the entire employee lifecycle, increasing employee engagement and productivity. Here’s how we enhance the employee experience.

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    4 Best Practices for a Harassment Free Workplace

    Failure to create a safe and respectful environment puts small and mid-sized companies at risk for damage to the organization’s reputation and sizable financial costs due to potential lawsuits. Has your workplace taken the right actions to ensure a harassment-free culture? Download our free report to find out four employer best practices for a harassment free workplace now.

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    How to write the perfect job description

    If you think job descriptions are just for the hiring process think again. Job descriptions are a useful business tool across your entire organization impacting business owners, managers, HR and your employees. Find out everything you need to know to craft relevant and specific job descriptions in this step-by-step guide.

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    15 Tips of Effective Terminations

    Let’s face it, firing an employee can be hard. It’s something most of us don’t like doing. That said, terminations are a natural part of running a small business. When all eyes are on you, will you know how to be effective? Check out these 15 tips.

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    How long should I keep employee paperwork?

    How long should I save employee paperwork? Get the answers in this free e-book.

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    Salary History Ban

    If you’re still asking applicants how much they earned at their previous position, beware. Effective October 31, 2019, KansasCity employers are banned from inquiring about applicants’ salary history. To learn more, download our free white paper.

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    First impressions are everything! The onboarding experience can either set your new hire up for success or an early departure from your company. Find out seven often overlooked steps for a positive onboarding experience in this slideshare.

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    16 Tips for Interviewers

    Hiring mistakes can be expensive. Before your next candidate interview, make sure you know these 16 tips for interviewers.

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    3 Ways to attract talent to a small business

    Think you can’t attract A-list talent to your organization because of its small size? Think again! Our whitepaper details three ways to leverage your small business’ size when recruiting and retaining top talent. Download the free whitepaper today.

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    Understanding the New Overtime Rule: A Guide to Paying Overtime in 2020

    The DOL new overtime rule took effect January 1 and an additional 1.3 million US workers became newly eligible for overtime pay. Download our free white paper to find out everything employers need to know about the new overtime rule.

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    The Essential Guide to Managing COVID-19 Anxiety

    Free, premium guide for employers, jam-packed with six articles! Our Essential Guide to Managing COVID-19 Anxiety in the Workplace helps business owners and managers support employees through uncertain times and includes expert-written articles on topics including employee return to work, mental health, grief and layoffs.

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    A Checklist to Identify Racism in the Workplace

    Research shows 61% of Americans agree change is needed to achieve racial equality. In the workplace, often change can only occur once employers are able to recognize, acknowledge and understand racism. Our Checklist to Identify Racism in the Workplace provides a starting point for employers committed to achieving equality. Our HR experts explore real EEOC cases and align them with corresponding employment practices to help employers recognize potential racism in their organization.

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    Top Six HR Compliance Issues

    Bloomberg Law reports employment lawsuits have increased 400% in the last 20 years. Don’t put your business at risk. Download our free report to find out the top six HR compliance issues.

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    17 Labor Laws Every Small Business Owner Should Know

    Large companies often have their own HR department and legal team to ensure compliance, but small businesses typically don’t have that luxury. That said, ignorance of the law is no defense. Here are 17 labor laws small business owners need to know.

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    6 Keys to Effective Employee Discipline

    Typically, managers want to avoid employee discipline as much as the individual receiving it. But when done right, the process can be beneficial to both the employee and the organization, as most workers want to succeed.

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    Six Best Practices for Managing Unhappy Employees

    Even the most experienced managers can find it challenging to manage unhappy, disgruntled employees. But knowing how to handle them can turn a difficult employee into an all-star. Here are six secrets from our HR pros.

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    10 Steps for a Successful Employee Offboarding

    Most business owners know how critical a great onboarding experience is, but what about offboarding? Even though it’s considered to be equally important, 63% do not have a strategy in place. Find out 10 steps for successful offboarding.

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    Top 5 HR Challenges for the Construction Industry

    In building and maintaining a strong workforce, businesses in the construction industry face several unique challenges, including a lack of qualified candidates, high employee turnover, perpetual safety concerns. and compliance with employment and immigration laws. Here's the best way to handle these challenges.

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    8 things employers need to know in the era of legal marijuana

    Medical marijuana dispensary licenses are currently being issued in Missouri and it’s expected Missouri patients will be able to walk into licensed dispensaries as soon as this spring. Download our free report to find out eight things employers need to know.

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    Ban the Box by State and Municipality

    Fair chance hiring law Ban the Box took effect in Kansas City earlier this month impacting both private & public employers. Business owners are no longer allowed to ask about an applicant’s criminal history on the initial application.

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    Onboarding for Success

    Anything worth doing is worth doing well and new employee onboarding is no exception. If your onboarding experience is less than great, or you don’t have one, download our free report to find out seven steps for successful onboarding.

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    The Secret to Using Benefits to Inspire Employee Loyalty and Productivity

    The right employee benefits packages can reduce turnover in your organization. Our new report reveals the secret to using benefits to inspire employee loyalty and productivity. Download the free report now.

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    3 HR Process Your Mid-Sized Business Can Use to Attract High Quality Employees Every Time You Hire

    While the owner of a mid-sized business may have personally interviewed, selected and trained the organization's initial group of employees, growth makes this type of system virtually impossible to continue. A recruiting, hiring and onboarding process that meets the demands of a growing business is a must. Find out the five components of a structured employee lifecycle process.

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    Time Off to Vote: Four Employer Guidelines for Election Day

    As an employer, how will you handle employee time off to vote requests? Learn about four employer guidelines.

    Payroll – Best Practices, Outsourcing and More

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    Dos and Don'ts of Paying Overtime

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average U.S. worker logged 3.5 hours per week in overtime in late 2018, making it all the more important to know what you can and can’t do with regard to paying employee overtime. Here are six do's and don’ts to keep the smart employer out of hot water.

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    When There's an Additional Pay Period; It's Not Just a Leap Year Issue

    The year 2020 is a leap year with one additional day that may result in an extra pay period. While the headache an extra pay period can create isn’t exclusive to leap years many employers will encounter one this year. Here’s what to do.

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    Top 5 Tax Mistakes Small Businesses Make

    Not keeping adequate records to support tax deductions takes the number one spot on our list of Top Five Tax Mistakes Small Businesses Make. Don’t fall victim to common small business tax mistakes; download our free report today.

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    Compliance in 2020: New Year, New Payroll Changes

    As we turn the calendar to a new year, employers must have an understanding of the new employment laws, including payroll changes, that took effect on January 1. Here are six changes employers need to know when processing payroll in 2020.

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    5 Reasons You Do Not Want to Process Payroll

    With over 15,000 tax codes in the U.S., it can be tricky for small business owners to process payroll. In fact, entrepreneurs report spending the equivalent of three weeks per year on payroll taxes!

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    The Three Things Small Businesses Need to Know About Offering Employee Health Insurance

    Health insurance tops the list of most desirable employee benefits. In fact, 88% of job seekers would consider a lower paying job if the company offered better health, vision and dental insurance. Find out three things small businesses need to know about offering employee health insurance.

    PEO/HRO – What's HR Outsourcing? What's a PEO? How to select a PEO.

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    Is it Time to Outsource HR?

    According to a Gartner Inc. study, 80% of businesses currently outsource at least one HR function. But how do you know when it’s time to outsource your company’s HR? Our experts share seven questions to guide your decision in our free whitepaper.

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    What services should we outsource?

    Have you decided to outsource your business’ HR? You’re not alone. In fact, 80% of companies now outsource at least one HR function, and that number is quickly growing. Find out about the top six HR functions mid-sized companies outsource.

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    Transitioning to the HR Outsourcer

    One of the top functions small & mid-sized business owners outsource is their organization’s human resources. From compliance and payroll to recruiting and hiring, HR is mission critical. It requires specialized expertise and daily attention. Find out eight goals for transitioning HR services to a third-party provider.

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    Mid-Size Businesses' HR People Issues

    While growth is exactly what a mid-sized business leader has worked hard to achieve, it can also come with unique people challenges, including fragmented communication, lack of employee engagement and more. Find out how mid-sized businesses can fix their top four people challenges.

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    Mid-sized business HR Challenges | Video

    Is your whole week taken up with boring paperwork, time and attendance, payroll and routine reporting? When you partner with a PEO, you'll have extra hands on deck to handle the mundane so you can focus on activities that grow your business.

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    5 Reasons Human Resources is a Must for Small Businesses

    As the owner of a small business, you may consider cutting human resources from your budget. But the question should never be whether to have HR at your business or not, rather how can your business implement it effectively. Find out five reasons human resources is a must for every organization, regardless of size.

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    PEOs are not all Created Equal. Choose Wisely.

    PEOs provide comprehensive outsourced HR to small & mid-sized businesses that typically translates into faster business growth, higher employee retention rates & increased success. But not all PEOs are created equal. Here’s how to choose the right PEO.

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    What to look for when searching for a PEO

    Not all PEOs are alike. With 907 operating in the U.S., it’s important to select wisely.

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    What is co-employment? | Video

    Axcet HR Solutions provides full-service, outsourced HR solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses. As a PEO, we do this through a type of business relationship called co-employment. Watch as Axcet HR Solutions’ Elaine Dunn describes how co-employment works.

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    Where does the control/responsibility end for the PEO and start for the owner? - Derrick | Video

    Derrick Love, Axcet HR Solutions, discusses where the responsibility ends for the PEO and starts for the client. In short, the PEO is responsible for employment-related issues and the client is responsible for business operations. Watch the full video to learn more.

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    Does the PEO actually put a person on site for each client? - Richard | Video

    Sometimes PEOs (professional employer organizations) are thought to be like employee leasing organizations, that supply labor for a business. Richard Russell with Axcet HR solutions, parses the differences between PEOs and employee lessors.

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    5 Types of HR Outsourcing

    According to a Gartner Inc. study, 80% of businesses currently outsource at least one HR function. But how do you know when it’s time to outsource your company’s HR? Our experts share seven questions to guide your decision in our free whitepaper.

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    Understanding the Outsourcing Agreement

    When you partner with an outsourced HR company for your business' HR needs, you are entering into a contractual agreement that, when properly designed, should set the stage for a successful, long-term relationship. Find out six must-have components of your outsourcing agreement.

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    Mid-Size Businesses' Unique HR Challenges

    Medium-sized businesses are at a pivotal point and how they handle key human resources issues directly impacts their ability to grow. A PEO helps organizations at this place in their growth cycle be future-ready by coming alongside the management team and seamlessly overseeing health benefits, employee development, processes and policies. In our new report, find out four key human resources issues facing medium-sized businesses.

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    Mid-Size Businesses' HR Process Issues to Attract Great Talent

    While the owner of a mid-sized business may have personally interviewed, selected and trained the organization's initial group of employees, growth makes this type of system virtually impossible to continue. A recruiting, hiring and onboarding process that meets the demands of a growing business is a must. Find out the five components of a structured employee lifecycle process.

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    Got the HR Blues? - Small Business | Video

    Are you plagued by human resources headaches at your small business? Relief is just a click away. Find out why Kansas City business owners have been trusting the experienced professionals at Axcet HR Solutions to provide comprehensive human resources, employee benefits, payroll administration and risk management support since 1988.

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    Small Businesses' Unique HR Challenges

    A great company culture and an attractive employee benefits package rank high on the list of what workers want. For small businesses without the resources for an in-house team of HR experts, it can be difficult to provide the sought after experience workers want. That’s why 85% of small businesses outsource at least one HR function. In our free report, we discuss four human resources shortfalls and how small businesses can overcome them.

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    PEO FAQs

    A PEO offers full-service, outsourced human resources services to small & medium-sized businesses. But is a PEO right for you? We answer the most popular PEO FAQs in this free report.

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    Why use a PEO? | Video

    When small businesses partner with a PEO, they grow 7 to 9% faster, have 10 to 14% lower employee turnover and are 5o% less likely to go out of business. But what exactly is a PEO? Find out in this animated explainer.

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    Who is in control of the employees? - Elaine | Video

    One of the biggest points of confusion with a PEO (professional employer organization) is that of control over the employees. Elaine Dunn, Axcet HR Solutions, discusses who controls what as it relates to the employees.

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    What's the definition of small to mid-sized business? - Steve | Video

    Typically small to mid-sized businesses find the most value and benefit from PEOs (Professional employer organizations). But what constitutes a small to mid-sized business? Steve Owens explains in this video.

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    What can a client- employee expect when a PEO is hired? - Janine | Video

    Small to mid-sized businesses turn to PEOs (professional employer organizations) to meet many needs. Top among them are HR (human resources), payroll administration, tax filing, HR compliance issues, employee safety and more. Janine Crockett with Axcet HR Solutions explains.

    Safety & Workers' Compensation – OSHA, Best Practices and more

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    5 Ways to Improve Productivity Thru Safety

    Safety should be at the heart of every business, from manufacturing and construction to the typical office environment. But some organizations find themselves continually falling short. Find out five ways safety makes a bottom line difference.

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    Complete Guide to an OSHA Inspection

    Business owners and managers who know how to prepare for an OSHA inspection can take steps today to protect their business. In this free white paper, our safety experts discuss the top ten things you need to know to prepare for and effectively manage an OSHA inspection.

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    Preparing for an OSHA Inspection

    Federal OSHA investigators conducted 33,401 inspections in 2019. If an OSHA officer showed up unexpectedly at your workplace, would you stride confidently toward the officer or try to escape? Here’s what to expect when OSHA is inspecting.

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    10 Best Practices for Workers' Compensation Claim Management

    Managing risk in the workplace starts well before an injury occurs. Even though the number of serious workplace injuries & illness fell from 2017-18, their cost increased. Find out 10 best practices for workers’ compensation claims management

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    Legal Marijuana: How Employers Can Keep Workplace Productivity from Going up in Smoke

    Marijuana continues to gain traction as a legal substance in America, but that doesn’t mean your workplace productivity needs to go up in smoke. Download our free report to find out the dos and don’ts of marijuana in the workplace

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    OSHA Violations and Their Fines

    For businesses that receive OSHA citations following an inspection, penalties may vary depending on the types of violations. Learn more about the types of citations and maximum penalties for each.

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    Preliminary Inspection Rules

    The last thing you want is to be unprepared when an OSHA inspector arrives at your businesses. In this free white paper, you'll learn how to be prepared for an unexpected visit and what everyone's rights are, including yours, your employees' and the OSHA inspector's.