2020 Minimum Wage Increases

Minimum Wage is going up in many areas of New England – though at different times in 2020. For Massachusetts, the minimum wage increased from $12.00 to $12.75 per hour effective January 1st.  The tipped employee wage also increased from $4.35 to $4.95 per hour. Vermont saw its minimum wage increase from $10.78 per hour …

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Is Your 2020 Affirmative Action Plan Up to Date?

For many government contractors, January marks a time for updating their Affirmative Action Plans (AAP).  While a company is not required to adopt a calendar year for plan administration, many choose to do so because it’s more convenient when it comes to pulling the necessary reports needed in a plan.  However, many HR Professionals inherit …

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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 …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …