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Overtime Rules: Where Are They Now?

May 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a Final Rule that would have increased the minimum salary required to be exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, just before the rule was to take effect, a federal judge temporarily blocked the DOL from implementing the rule. Here is an overview and update on the status of the Final Rule: Background: The FLSA requires employers to pay most employees at least the federal minimum wage for each hour worked and overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The FLSA allows for exemptions for certain employees who work in administrative, professional, executive, highly compensated, outside sales, and computer professional jobs. These employees are known as “exempt” employees. To be considered “exempt,” these employees must generally satisfy three tests: Salary-level test: Employees must earn a weekly salary that meets the minimum requirements. Salary-basis test: With very limited exceptions, the employer must pay employees their full salary in any week they perform work, regardless...

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Enterprise Times Covers ADP Alliance With The Hackett Group

ADP and The Hackett Group have announced a strengthening of their partnership around HCM. The announcement shares how new clients of ADP Workforce Now are given access to some of The Hackett Group’s knowledge base. This includes benchmarking tools, metrics, best practices, research and performance studies. ADP Workforce Now is aimed at companies of between 150 and 999 employees. The agreement extends the current relationship with The Hackett Group to offer best practice consultancy services to customers of ADP Vantage HCM. Harry Osle, The Hackett Group Global HR Advisory Practice leader commented: “Our research has proven that technology is only one part of achieving world-class HR performance. It takes a balanced focus on people, processes, technology and information to achieve world-class performance. This expanded alliance will enable new ADP Workforce Now clients to begin their implementation efforts with a clear understanding of where their greatest opportunities for improvement are, and how they can address them. It will also provide this unique insight to the ADP implementation team, allowing them...

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A Welcome Return to ADP Eases Compliance, HR Burdens for Epitec

Back in the early 2000s, Epitec, the national IT engineering and professional staffing firm based in Detroit, decided to part ways with ADP. Epitec was in the midst of a growth spurt and was seeking a payroll solution that could integrate with its expanding employee benefits platform. When we went to other competitors from a payroll standpoint, they were not able to deliver on the integration,” said Mark Ruma, the company’s chief architect of growth (and chief operating officer). “They weren’t able to deliver on the integration within their own system or the integration with our system. With the other payroll companies, it was not flawless. It was flawed.” So Epitec took another look at ADP. “The exciting part was that we could keep our custom software and integrate it with ADP’s payroll and it was all seamless,” Ruma said. “Because ADP has a system that is fully integrated with ours, the reporting has been an invaluable feature.” Read Epitec’s full story about their happy return to ADP. Share...

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Forbes interview: Stuart Sackman Re-Thinks Innovation As The Head Of Product And Technology At ADP

Forbes published an interview with ADP’s Stuart Sackman, CVP, Global Product and Technology, discussing the evolution of the company’s products and the methods of delivering them to an increasingly technology savvy customer base. Says Sackman, “Our Research and Development team has gone through an agile transformation that allows us to keep up with the pace of technology, surpass competitors, and deliver solutions more quickly. We integrated R&D with Infrastructure to minimize the baton toss that happens in other companies.” Sackman also discusses Lifion, the innovation lab in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, 15 miles east of the company’s Roseland, New Jersey headquarters. Sackman explains the rationale behind the branding of the division, the advantages of its geography, its path forward, and a variety of other topics in this interview. Visit Forbes to read the full interview here. Or, listen to the unabridged audio version of the interview. Share this:Click to email (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in...

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SHRM: HR Takes a Holistic Approach to Designing Employee Wellness Programs

SHRM just published a new article, Employers Take Wellness to a Higher Level that reported on the expanding mission of HR, and how companies are taking their responsibility for employee wellness further than ever before. Wellness programs have been a part of HR’s mission since the 1970s. Today, these programs are popular and growing: More than 9 in 10 organizations surveyed by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) offer at least one kind of wellness benefit. More than 3 in 5 have wellness budgets, with more than half expecting those budgets to increase in the next two years, the IFEBP report found. However, as Chris Ryan, Vice President of Strategic Advisory Services at ADP states in this comprehensive piece, employers must be cognizant of the various needs of employees at different life stages. While there are now more single employees than married ones in the workforce, Ryan said unmarried workers also have obligations that warrant paid time off and flexibility. To learn more about this holistic approach...

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9 Ways to Protect Sensitive Employee Information

From date of birth to Social Security Number (SSN) to medical records, you may need to gather sensitive employee information during the course of the employment relationship. As an employer, you have a responsibility to protect this type of information. Here are nine recommendations for protecting sensitive employee data: #1: Develop formal policies and procedures. Develop a formal data security policy that defines the type of sensitive information the company will protect, and how the company will protect such information. State that employee data will only be collected for legitimate business purposes and instruct employees to inform you as soon as they suspect someone has gained unauthorized access to protected information. Additionally, clearly state that unauthorized copying, transmitting, viewing, or use of sensitive employee information is subject to discipline, up to and including termination. #2: Maintain records securely. Implement administrative, technical, and physical controls to properly secure employee records. Paper records should be stored in a locked location, with access limited to one individual who is chiefly responsible for...

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Integrations – What Every Broker Wants: BenefitsPro Highlights ADP Marketplace

In a recent article published in BenefitsPro, the ADP Marketplace — ADP’s app store for HR technology integrations – was featured as a solution brokers should consider when looking to help clients integrate multiple HR databases including payroll, benefits, recruitment, etc. Payroll is another example of where multiple databases may have to exist. However, payroll providers are already working to address the problem of multiple databases by developing open API. For example, ADP has created its own App Store similar to Apple’s called the ADP Marketplace. ADP requires software companies to integrate via an API and meet specified requirements that ensure high quality and real-time synchronization of data. The ADP Marketplace is a cloud-based platform where developers and clients can access human capital management-related (HCM) open application programming interfaces (APIs) to integrate various employer- and employee-based solutions. For companies this means they can securely connect various applications to their ADP data and remove the hassle of inputting data manually or performing data imports. To read the full article visit:...

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Failure to Launch? Tips to Starting an Effective Payroll Card Program

Paperless payroll is on the rise and payroll cards are a particularly valuable option for the ever-changing workforce. Yet some companies still lag in adopting electronic payroll options, specifically payroll cards. If your company is lagging, you could be losing the benefits of increased cost savings for your company, time savings for you, and payroll flexibility – including instant access to pay –for your employees. Join us on September 7th and get key insights and review research that helps identify how paperless payroll processing are affecting companies and their employees, and where this trend is headed next. We also will provide valuable tips and best practices on how businesses can adopt a paperless payroll process that includes payroll cards, while anticipating how trends like an increased mobility of a millennial workforce and prevailing state and federal compliance mandates may affect the future of wage payments. What You Will Learn: How paperless payroll processing is affecting companies and their employees How trends like increased mobility of a millennial workforce may...

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Agemark Improves Data Accuracy and Decision Making with an Integrated Solution from ADP®

Originally founded in 1987 as a renovator of historic buildings for reuse, Agemark quickly re-focused both its vision and its mission – to develop exceptional communities that focus on making a positive difference in the lives of seniors and their families. Today the company builds new construction to house its growing portfolio of senior-assisted living communities, with 700 employees working in more than a dozen senior living communities in six U.S. states. As Agemark grew, disparate business software solutions became part of the company’s landscape. While each function – payroll, human resources, finance and accounting – had the software it needed, management had a “must-have” of its own – access to integrated data across all functions that would help maximize informed decision making. Agemark made a strategic decision to implement a solution combining ADP Workforce Now® and Intacct – a leading provider of best-in-class cloud ERP software to improve data visibility and quickly transform data into useful information. Says Alicia Summers, assistant controller at Agemark, “having the data integrate...

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Four Ways To Check the Pulse Of A Workforce

Most employers, and their advisers, probably wish they could peek into the minds of employees to understand what workers are thinking, gain perspective on day-to-day frustrations and use that information to help make employees’ lives easier. These vital insights can inform an employer’s ability to help employees feel more empowered, do great work, feel secure and supported in their organizational roles and to build a better company culture. Taking the pulse of a workforce shouldn’t be a guessing game. An informal process of ‘throwing ideas against the wall to see what sticks’ wastes time, wastes resources and only serves to frustrate employees. There are better ways to understand what makes employees tick. A good place to start is seeing work from their point of view. A recent ADP study, Fixing the Talent Management Disconnect, shows that there is a gap between how employers and employees 72% of employers believe performance reviews are an important milestone for career development, only 54% of employees agree. Further, only 15% of employees say...

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