4 Points of Caution on the Overtime Rule Take Down

A Texas federal court recently struck down the proposed U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) “overtime” rule that would have significantly increased the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions on overtime pay. For now, the federal salary threshold remains at $23,660 or $455/week (instead of the proposed $47,000 salary), but that’s not the end of the story. Here are […]

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3 Ways HR Needs to Prepare for the Next Widespread Disaster

Hurricane Harvey has shown the world just how strong Texans are. We couldn’t be more proud of the Lone Star State. It has also exposed some major weaknesses when it comes to disaster preparedness for businesses. The HT Group’s offices in Beaumont and Orange, Texas, were affected by Harvey’s catastrophic flooding, and you can bet […]

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State of Hiring at Austin Startups, With Advice from the Top

Austin is on the cusp of becoming a first-tier startup hub to rival Silicon Valley and New York. Our ecosystem for entrepreneurs is well known, but Austin lacks a few key ingredients—an endless supply of talent is one of them. While it’s true that Austin seems to be swarming with tech talent perfect for the […]

[INFOGRAPHIC] Is Unlimited PTO All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Unlimited PTO: Should you or shouldn’t you? What was once heralded as the greatest thing to happen to employee benefits since the matching 401(k), the allure of unlimited PTO has cooled a bit for both employers and employees. For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding unlimited PTO, it remains that 1% of U.S. companies offer […]

The Shocking Truth About Remote Workers

IBM surprised the working world in May when it announced a move away from the remote working environment it has championed for decades. The company boasted for years that more than 40% of its employees worked outside traditional offices, while a blog post on the company’s Smarter Workforce blog just days before the announcement stated […]

4 Signs Your Employees Are Job Hunting

Glance around the conference table at your next meeting. Would you believe at least one out of every five of your co-workers sitting around that very table is actively looking for another job? According to CareerBuilder, it’s true. At least 22 percent of workers plan to change jobs this year. Other research shows that at […]

9 Books that Changed the Way We Think About Business

Looking to help your career during your summer vacation? These books aren’t your typical beach reads (well, except for maybe Craig’s recommendation), and will help you cultivate your personal work philosophy as you dive in. From a book that teaches you to do less with more to those that establishing the principles of sales, our […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Workplace

Depending on how you feel about technology, there are either exciting efficiencies ahead or the robot apocalypse is coming. Either way, artificial intelligence is making its way into the workplace in a variety of ways, with chatbots in areas ranging from HR to customer service and programs that can predict which employees are most likely […]

What Is a Culture-First Company? Why Build One?

It may sound like a buzzword from an office with nap pods and dream boards, but building a culture-first company has shown significant returns. A Harvard Business School study conducted over 11 years found that companies with performance enhancing cultures saw an average increase of 901% in their stock price (versus 74% percent for a […]

New Administration Rescinds Joint Employment Guidance – What This Means

In 2016, the Department of Labor under President Obama issued a set of standards pertaining to joint employment – you may remember this from our three blog posts on the matter (New Labor Standard: Are You and Your Staffing Partner “Joint Employers”?, Feds Clarify Position on “Joint Employer” Contract and Temp Workers, How the New […]

How Employee Perks Stack Up [Infographic]

To attract top talent, you have to offer competitive wages. But what if you can’t pay more? Good news: Up to half of your job candidates would take lower pay in exchange for more workplace flexibility. We’ve put together an infographic showing the other unique benefits that employees value – including some that barely cost […]

5 Keys to Attract and Retain Blue-Collar Workers

As we’ve pointed out before, blue-collar jobs are becoming the hardest positions to fill. Much of the current workforce for these positions is reaching retirement age, and the next generation doesn’t have the necessary skills and often opts for “new collar” tech jobs instead. Now more than ever, retaining employees takes center stage. So what […]

10 Top Paid Graduates of 2017

The Class of 2017 graduates have a lot to look forward to: CareerBuilder recently found that 74% of companies are hiring new grads, starting salaries are getting a boost, and, most importantly: No more finals! So, what lessons can be learned to attract these soon-to-be graduates? For starters, it’s worth noting which majors are banking […]

What Is Your Company’s Recruitment IQ?

How do you rank when it comes to recruiting top talent in 2017? Are you at the top of your game? We put together a quiz using industry resources and forecasts like LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends 2017 to help determine how you and your organization’s priorities and understanding of recruiting stack up against the competition. […]