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Summer Fridays Beneficial Benefit

“Summer Fridays” used to be a term relegated only to the Manhattan elite who fled the city every Friday to get a head start on their Hamptons weekend retreats. However, increasingly, more employers are offering a shorter work week as a way to …

Benefit Offerings Increasingly Important for Employees

Workers are now more than ever putting a premium on their happiness, both at work and at home, according to MetLife’s 15th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study. Forty-nine percent of employees are concerned about their financial well-being. One way to ease their worry …

Atten-hut! Veterans Bring Skills; Financial Incentives

Here at Abel HR we love military veterans and having them on our client’s staff and our own team. After all, our own fearless leader – Jim Bell Sr. – is a Navy veteran himself (that’s him in the picture ). From …

Can You Deny Vacation Requests?

Most employees dream about when they can get their toes in the sand or hit the slopes. When vacation leave requests begin rolling in, it can be overwhelming, especially when you’re not sure what your rights, as the employer, are when it …

The Best Workers Don’t Always Make the Best Managers

When it comes to thinking about hiring a new manager for a team, it seems only logical that your first consideration should fall on the most productive folks in said team. These super-workers aren’t always superstars when it comes to being in …

How Signing an Employee Arbitration Agreement Can Protect You From Lawsuits

With court decisions happening all the time, the law changes in the blink of an eye. One lawsuit recently grabbed our attention – largely for its simplicity – was the concept of having employees sign an agreement to arbitrate violations of federal …

What NOT to Do When Texting Potential Talent

Rather than play phone tag for weeks on end, many recruiters email almost exclusively with candidates to set up appointments and even chat about their progress to date in the recruiting process. However, increasingly, many HR professionals are adding text messages to …

7 Ways HR Can Support Working Parents

What can we, as human resources professionals, do to ease some of the burden for working parents – and working mothers in particular? Obviously, there isn’t much we can do in the home itself, but even incremental changes in the way that …

Offering Student Loan Benefits May Attract Millennial Talent

We’ve talked at length about how millennial workers can bring value to your business through new ideas and perspectives, but what can you do to make your business attractive to this coveted generation? This age group values their benefits package and may …

Four Benefits of Professional Association Membership for Employees

If you were to survey your employees and ask if they have room in their schedules to take one long-running project, chances are, you’d get a whole lot of side eye. But, if you were to tell them that the time they …

Etiquette Can Make or Break Business

Slurping your coffee and putting your elbows on the table at a luncheon isn’t just bad manners, it’s bad business etiquette. It is a make-or-break aspect of business you cannot ignore. Etiquette is about conducting yourself in a respectful way to make …

Employers Reconsider Marijuana Test

Companies are removing marijuana from drug testing panels because changes to some state laws allow access to medical marijuana, some states are taking steps to decriminalize the drug and a shift in attitudes toward cannabis use. Federal officials seem to be leaning …
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