Employment & HR

TASC joins with Minneapolis' Benesyst

Benesyst, a Minneapolis-based benefit management provider, has joined forces with Madison-based TASC (Total Administrative Services Corporation). Benesyst, founded in 1993, will become a division of TASC and will focus primarily on national accounts. Together, the combined company will have 700…

Rocket Business Services opens Madison branch

Rocket Business Services, Inc. has opened a branch in Madison. The work concierge business provides benefits for the employees of sponsoring companies. The idea, according to a release, is to handle everyday chores for employees so they can stay focused…

Greater Madison's Best Companies to Work For

In this issue, In Business proudly presents its first annual list of the “Best Companies to Work For.” When evaluating employee recruitment and retention, there is no greater reflection of a company’s values than its employee benefits. So, for our inaugural list, we placed all of the emphasis on employee benefits. In other words, this recognition is not about fancy facilities or buddy-buddy management.

Taking the Long View

Young professionals have a real friend in the 401(k). Described as a consistent, disciplined way to save for retirement, these employer-sponsored accounts can be a gift that keeps on giving, especially for anyone who develops a stiff upper lip in less-than-optimal economic conditions.

The Sound Practice of 'Happy Law'

If you’ve ever dreaded the possibility of dealing with a disgruntled and litigious former employee, one that repeatedly hauls you before the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission, the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, or the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission on suspect employment discrimination claims, you’re not alone. It’s a very realistic scenario, especially if you haven’t taken care of business on the front end. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid that frustrating position, and they involve a little preventive medicine.

Attention young – and well-seasoned – execs!

In February, IB will announce its 2013 class of 40 Under 40 business and community leaders and will also feature seven still-employed executives over the age of 70 in a 7 over 70 profile. If you fit the bill, or you know someone who…

ADP jobs report: Hiring down by 17,000 in September

While the federal government’s official September jobs report won’t be released until Friday morning, a private survey indicates that American businesses hired fewer people in September. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that U.S. companies added 162,000 jobs last month, down…

Animal attraction: Execs love their pets

In today’s business environment, busy executives are often in search of the perfect balance between staying healthy and keeping stress to a manageable level. Here’s an idea many were already clued in to, but studies now confirm as a healthy antidote: pets.

Industry Reports: Where Are the Jobs?

Care to guess where the hot jobs will be in the future? Follow the societal trends. Got an aging population, with the need to control health care costs? That leads you to home health aids, physician assistants, and physical therapist aides. Intrigued by the never-ending technological march, especially with information technology? Then it should come as no surprise to find that network systems and data communications analysts increasingly are in demand.

We’re number 40!

The latest sign that the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker haven’t done enough for the state’s business climate comes from the Kauffman Foundation and its annual index of entrepreneurial activity. Wisconsin ranked 40th among the states in entrepreneurial activity in 2011, with 28% less entrepreneurial activity per 100,000 adult residents than the U.S. as a whole. According to Kauffman’s methodology, in 2011, 230 Wisconsinites per 100,000 adult population counted as “entrepreneurs,” whereas 320 Americans per 100,000 population counted as “entrepreneurs.”

Thinking about hiring a vet? They might be the answer to your skills gap

Almost every state official says Wisconsin must do more to find employment for returning veterans, whose unemployment rate has ranged between 13% and 15% in recent months. Gov. Scott Walker says it, declaring 2012 the “Year of the Veteran.” State Veterans Affairs chief John Scocos says it. Reggie Newson, secretary of the state Department of Workforce Development, says it loud and clear. Lawmakers in both political parties have said it with words and votes. This is one example where state officials are not just talking the talk, they are intensifying efforts to link veterans with jobs.

Workforce development: Wisconsin employers to become familiar with Walker cabinet

Reggie Newson didn’t say state government is coming and will be there to help, but that was the gist of his comments about the Walker administration’s 2012 workforce development plans – recall election or no recall election. The Governor’s cabinet secretaries don’t intend to wear out their welcome when they visit employers, but they do hope to identify the ingredients of that elusive secret sauce that will better align workforce training with employment outcomes.

Ergonomics: Posturing Science

The U.S. Department of Labor treats ergonomics as a science, but if creating the perfect ergonomical work space is a science, it's a science of little things related to correct posture and avoiding risks associated with repetitive motions. Whether it's for a home office or a separate workplace, ergonomics is something that is continually refined over time, and that is reflected in new product lines that attempt to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

Adding an employee? don't try an "HR" solo

When entrepreneurs reach the point of adding one or more employees, the complexity of their business increases exponentially. Given the judgment calls they've already had to make about core competency versus the business side, the decision process is not unfamiliar to them, but if they resist the inevitable human resources partner, the business they have painstakingly grown could be put at risk.

Social Media Put Downs & The Law

So you never gave much thought to the employment law implications of co-workers griping about their boss on Facebook? If not, you're probably in the same boat with a lot of executives, but a recent Connecticut case will force employers to pay more attention to their social media policies. While the case has yet to be fully adjudicated, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that such carping is protected activity and employees who engage in it cannot face disciplinary action. IB sought the expertise of local attorneys to help sort out its ramifications.

Employment Law: New employment laws you need to know, and comply with.

Ripping on a supervisor on your Facebook page, which led to the firing of a Connecticut woman and her subsequent complaint before the National Labor Relations Board, might well be next year's point of employment law. But there is plenty of new employment law created in 2010, and local attorneys Cynthia Van Bogaert of the Boardman Law Firm and Meg Vergeront of Stafford Rosenbaum, both well versed in employee benefit law, stepped up to offer their compliance advice.

Waiting for a Better Economy

The Madison region lost 25,000 jobs in the recession, but it will take some time to make up all of that lost ground.

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