New Federal W-4 Forms | Implications for Employers and Payroll Systems

Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) suspended all personal and dependent exemptions, the proposed Form W-4 no longer features a line for entering a number of allowances. Previously, this figure was based on calculations from the Personal Allowance Worksheet.  The first page is now much more extensive and detailed, with new sections …

Pay Compression | The Big Squeeze!

We receive calls all the time with companies expressing concern about the pay compression they’re experiencing within their organizations.  What is pay compression?  In a nutshell, pay compression is when you find you are paying new hires at, close to or heaven forbid HIGHER than your existing employees.  Often our leadership team simply “wants the …

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‘Tis the Season for HR Holiday Mishaps

With the holiday season fast approaching, many employers are looking for special ways to reward their employees for a job well done.  Whether you provide holiday gifts to employees, or invite them to a jingle bell-rockin’ holiday party, planning ahead is essential for your holiday celebrations to go off without a hitch. Here are some …

Would DOL and IRS find Compliance in Your Records?

Have you received that dreaded phone all or letter from the Department of Labor or the IRS? If you’re unprepared for a visit from either (or both) of these government agencies your organization could be facing significant fines. We are all operating under the confines of a heavily regulated employment environment and compliance is fundamental …

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The Single Question That Can Change The Way You Lead

It’s one thing to manage a team: You follow organizational rules and procedures and you ensure your team does the same. Managing a team is no easy feat and now there’s an added weighty layer called “coaching”. How in the world am I supposed to coach my team? I don’t have time for that. Leadership …

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Why Your Business Needs Veterans in the Workforce

This Veteran’s Day, we would like to thank the men and women who have served our country in the US Armed forces. Without their bravery and commitment, we would not enjoy the safeties and comforts that are so easily taken for granted. In our work of helping businesses improve their results by providing staffing, compliance …

2019 Employer of Choice Award Presented to CIS Abroad

CIS Abroad of Northampton, MA was selected as the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) Employer of Choice Award recipient for 2019. The award was presented at EANE’s Employment Law and HR Practices Conference luncheon at the Sheraton Monarch Place in Springfield, MA on November 7. The Employer of Choice award recognizes companies and organizations …

Don’t Wait For Employees to Sign Their Union Cards

Do You Know What You Would Do If a Union Showed Up At Your Door?
Do you know that it is more expensive to operate a unionized business than one that is not unionized?
While the numbers vary (depending upon the size of the business and industry), studies have pegged the additional cost at anywhere from 25% to 35% more to the bottom line. In this day and age of running lean and optimizing margins (either to maximize profits of shareholders or to reinvest into your business in order to remain competitive and grow), that added cost may be more than what many can bear.

Emergency Preparedness Plans for Today’s HR Operations

Between unexpected employee leaves, open enrollment logistics and compliance updates that cause an overhaul of internal systems it is easy to feel like you’ve lived through corporate disasters on a daily basis. Maybe that’s why HR professionals are great at being calm in crisis situations. But how prepared is your HR operation for a legitimate …

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