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Overtime Law Changes: 10 Things You Need to Know

The Department of Labor’s annual salary threshold for overtime pay is about to double for those staffing white collar employees, from $23,660 (the threshold now) to $50,440 (beginning in 2016). The news sent shock waves throughout the business community. But what does it really mean? Let’s break it down into the top 10 points you need to know when staffing your business.





Innovative Perks for Small Businesses

Netflix recently announced unlimited maternity and paternity leave for employees. Other companies like Adobe and Microsoft have some sweet maternity leave policies as well.

Why Great Employees Run Away

Employee retention has always been a major challenge for organizations, especially when it comes to retaining the best and brightest talent. Aberdeen’s 2015 Human Capital Trends study reveals three major reasons employees leave their jobs:

5 Steps to Making Temp-to-Hire Work for You

According to CareerBuilder, 46 percent of employers plan to hire temps or contract workers in 2015, up from 42 percent last year.

Executive Search: Why Size Can Be Deceiving

By Nad Elias, managing partner, The HT Group

Texas Dominates the Hardest-to-Fill Jobs in the U.S.

Skilled trade vacancies are the hardest to fill jobs in the United States for the sixth consecutive year. The problem hits oil and gas, construction, manufacturing and technology fields hard, which means Texas is the center of the target.

Swearing at Work: Some Damn Good Advice

Do you curse at work? Even Psychology Today has weighed in on the virtues of swearing, citing benefits like increased endorphins and self-esteem.

Is Your Independent Contractor Misclassified?

Working with independent contractors is nothing new. In fact, cities throughout the region including Austin, Houston, Plano and Oklahoma City are considered some of the top places to find freelancers (who often classify themselves as independent contractors for IRS purposes).

4 Ways to Keep Light Industrial Temps Safe

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is coming down hard on both light industrial host employers and their staffing firms when it comes to the safety of temporary staff. This is happening for several reasons. First, temporary workers are more likely to be hurt on the job than their full-time counterparts.

Why Employee Referral Programs Should Lead Recruiting Efforts

It’s strange for a job placement agency to tout the benefits of an employee referral program. But hear us out: There’s certainly a place for both within your recruiting efforts.