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Syndeo wins ClearlyRated ‘Best of HR’ award

Syndeo wins ClearlyRated ‘Best of HR’ award

Syndeo Outsourcing, a leading human resources outsourcing company, has won a Best of HR Services Award through ClearlyRated for providing superior client service. ClearlyRated says Best-of winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients. ClearlyRated is a client satisfaction research company. “Now more than ever,…
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Department of Homeland Security temporarily relaxing I-9 review rules for hiring during coronavirus pandemic

Department of Homeland Security temporarily relaxing I-9 review rules for hiring during coronavirus pandemic

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is making temporary changes to Form I-9 review processes. Amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the department is relaxing the requirement for employers to review I-9 documents for new employees in person. “Employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to COVID-19 will not be required to review the employee’s…
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What the new Coronavirus relief package means for businesses in Kansas, across U.S.

What the new Coronavirus relief package means for businesses in Kansas, across U.S.

A new relief package for those affected by COVID-19 also includes provisions that will impact employers. President Donald Trump signed Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law March 18 following passage in the U.S. House and Senate. The law takes effect April 1. Syndeo, an outsourced human resources provider, is providing a summary of the major…
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The Dos and Don’ts of the Coronavirus: A guide for Kansas employers

The Dos and Don’ts of the Coronavirus: A guide for Kansas employers

Heightened concerns about the spread of Coronavirus are affecting the work place. Some businesses are temporally closing in the interim, while others are limiting hours of operation. More people are working remotely as a means of “social distancing” for fear of contracting the virus or as a measure to stop its spread. Gatherings of 10…
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Department of Homeland Security temporarily relaxing I-9 review rules for hiring during coronavirus pandemic

New version of Form I-9 now available

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is rolling out a new version of the Form I-9 that employers use to verify the identity and employment authorization of their workers. The new document includes minor changes to the form itself as well as the instructions for completing it including: Revising Country of Issuance and Issuing Authority fields….
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Safety Spotlight: Aerial lifts now subject to updated operation standards

Safety Spotlight: Aerial lifts now subject to updated operation standards

Updated safety and training standards for operating aerial lifts in the workplace are now in place. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) made changes to the guidelines for that type of equipment to create more of a global standard of operation. As a result, lifts are now required to have separate load-limit and slope-level sensors….
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Making sense of IRS’ Form W-4 changes

Making sense of IRS’ Form W-4 changes

The new year means changes to the form your employees use to determine how much income tax is withheld from their paychecks. Changes in tax law prompted the IRS to overhaul the Form W-4 and rename it the “Employee’s Withholding Certificate.” Though the form is slightly altered most years, the intent of the redesign is…
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Syndeo’s Sowder featured on HR industry leaders list

Syndeo’s Sowder featured on HR industry leaders list

Our human resources department is receiving some well-deserved attention thanks to a couple of individual awards. Tonja Sowder, our senior human resources consultant, was featured in the Dec. 20 edition of the Wichita Business Journal and online as part of that publication’s Women Who Lead series, which recognizes female business leaders in the region from…
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Connor Cross selected for Wichita Business Journal’s HR Professionals Award

Connor Cross selected for Wichita Business Journal’s HR Professionals Award

Syndeo’s company and individual recognitions are adding up. Connor Cross, our Director of Human Resources, has been selected for the Wichita Business Journal’s 2020 HR Professionals Awards. “Connor has been a driving force in delivering HR services to our clients, culminating in her promotion to Director of HR in July (2019),” says Bill Maness, Syndeo’s…
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When online payroll processing technology becomes your worst enemy

When online payroll processing technology becomes your worst enemy

We live in a technology-centric world. So much so that it’s easy to become dependent. People are always connected. Instant feedback is expected. Financial transactions are easily processed and tracked online. But what happens when that ability is lost? Syndeo and thousands of other businesses across the country that process payroll for their clients’ employees…
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Syndeo selected for third company award of 2019

Syndeo selected for third company award of 2019

This year makes three. Syndeo was selected as a finalist in the Wichita Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Competition for the third-consecutive year. We are one of 17 finalists in the medium-sized companies category, which includes businesses with 25 to 99 employees. The WBJ also is honoring businesses with 10 to 24 employees and…
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Syndeo selected for Wichita Business Journal’s Innovation Awards

Syndeo selected for Wichita Business Journal’s Innovation Awards

Add one more to a growing list of honors for our company. The Wichita Business Journal selected Syndeo as an honoree for the Innovation Awards, which honor individuals, teams and companies that have developed innovative approaches and solutions in the workplace. Our application focused on how we have found ways to better serve our clients and…
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U.S. Department of Labor authorizes increase to overtime pay threshold

U.S. Department of Labor authorizes increase to overtime pay threshold

An estimated 1.3 million more American workers soon will be eligible for overtime compensation with an expansion of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The U.S. Department of Labor on Sept. 24 issued its final overtime rule, increasing the threshold at which non-exempt employees can receive overtime pay to $35,568, or $684 per week. The higher…
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Syndeo relocating its Wichita staffing division

Syndeo relocating its Wichita staffing division

The Wichita staffing division of Syndeo Outsourcing is operating as a stand-alone location for the first time. Syndeo Staffing is moving to a small leased space at 400 S. Commerce, Suite 200. That’s next to RSM Marketing and across from Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita. This is a change that is months in the…
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Safety spotlight: The keys to proper forklift operation

Safety spotlight: The keys to proper forklift operation

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has sharpened its safety enforcement on businesses whose operations rely heavily on forklift operation to transport products from one place to another. That means manufacturing companies in particular and other businesses with warehouse facilities need to be vigilant. One component of the initiative centers on making sure forklifts…
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Syndeo’s list of SHRM-certified professionals continues to grow

Syndeo’s list of SHRM-certified professionals continues to grow

Two more Syndeo employees are now certified through the Society for Human Resource Management. HR Business Partners Courtney Vitamvas and Thuy Tran passed their exams in June about two weeks apart and after months of studying. A SHRM certification is an industry-recognized credential for individuals who are considered an expert in the field of human…
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How Kansas employers can reduce their risk of being hit with retaliation lawsuits

How Kansas employers can reduce their risk of being hit with retaliation lawsuits

Employers are facing an increasing number of discrimination or retaliation accusations from former employees who say they were wrongfully terminated. Businesses can protect themselves from those types of allegations but don’t always win if matters are taken to court. Take for example a case involving a former Kansas City, Mo. television reporter who was awarded…
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Gellerman’s Wichita Open run ends in second round

Gellerman’s Wichita Open run ends in second round

Michael Gellerman will have to wait longer to add another golf tournament championship to his list of accomplishments. Gellerman did not make the cut to advance to weekend play of the Wichita Open by shooting two over par with a score of 72 in the second round of the tournament. He shot even par in…
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Michael Gellerman eager for more after even-par first round of Wichita Open

Michael Gellerman eager for more after even-par first round of Wichita Open

Michael Gellerman has a fondness for the Wichita Open. The city’s premier golf tournament is where Gellerman, who calls Sterling, Kan. home, made his first start as a professional golfer in 2015 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. “It’s great,” Gellerman says of the Wichita Open. “They do an incredible job. All the player…
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Conduct these five self-audits to avoid being caught in government crackdowns

Conduct these five self-audits to avoid being caught in government crackdowns

Compliance audits are on the rise, meaning employers need to be aware of pitfalls that could result in penalties and fines. Increasingly, state and federal audits are being conducted to ensure companies large and small are complying with employment laws. Syndeo helps companies get in and stay in compliance. In Kansas, wage and hour audits…
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IRS authorizes contribution increase for health savings accounts in 2020

IRS authorizes contribution increase for health savings accounts in 2020

Contribution amounts for health savings accounts are set to increase in 2020. The IRS announced May 28 the limit for an individual will increase to $3,550, a $50 increase over the 2019 amount. The contribution limit for a family plan will jump to $7,100, a $100 increase. Those changes are effective Jan. 1, 2020. Catch-up contributions…
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Court ruling expands EEO-1 reporting requirements; Syndeo can assist with compliance

Court ruling expands EEO-1 reporting requirements; Syndeo can assist with compliance

A recent court ruling may require certain employers to submit more information to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Companies that file an Employer Information Report, more commonly referred to as an EEO-1 Survey, with that organization now have until Sept. 30 to submit “Component 2” data in addition to the “Component 1” information that…
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Syndeo selected for third company award of 2019

Syndeo named a Wichita Business Journal Best in Business finalist

Syndeo is in the running for a Best in Business Award. The company is one of 15 finalists vying to be one of five overall winners in the competition, which judges businesses in south-central Kansas on financial performance, innovation and giving back to the community. Best in Business is a Wichita Business Journal awards program…
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Social Security Administration launches another round of ‘no-match’ letters for businesses

Social Security Administration resumes ‘no-match’ notifications for employers

The U.S. Social Security Administration has started sending employers “no-match” letters for the first time in seven years. Letters are being sent for instances when the organization discovers W-2 records an employer submits do not match records the administration has for an employee and his or her social security number. The forms also are called…
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IRS enforcement ramp-up emphasizes need for employment tax compliance

IRS enforcement ramp-up emphasizes need for employment tax compliance

Dozens of businesses across the U.S. have found themselves in trouble with the IRS following a crackdown on employment tax compliance. A nationwide enforcement and education initiative in recent weeks led to IRS revenue officers visiting approximately 100 companies suspected of “serious issues with employment tax compliance.” Those visits resulted in several dozen legal actions…
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Syndeo promotes from within for new payroll director position

Syndeo promotes from within for new payroll director position

Syndeo has a payroll director for the first time. Kate Rhea started in that role April 1 after spending the past four years as one of the company’s human resources business partners. She oversees Syndeo’s 10-person payroll department and is now part of the company’s leadership team. Rhea says while the department is different, the…
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OSHA authorizes drone use for inspections, but restrictions apply

OSHA authorizes drone use for inspections, but restrictions apply

Organizations are finding more practical ways to incorporate the use of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into their operations. Law enforcement agencies are using drones for aerial surveillance and to help locate criminals. Real estate agents increasingly are using drones to showcase properties they are trying to sell. Construction companies are taking a similar…
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Syndeo’s Steckley up for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ‘Man of the Year’

Syndeo’s Steckley up for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ‘Man of the Year’

One of Syndeo’s own is participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s largest annual fundraiser. Kevin Steckley, senior business development partner at Syndeo, is in the running for Man of the Year. That’s part of the Man & Woman of the Year philanthropic competition that raises money to support blood cancer research. The campaign officially…
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U.S. Department of Labor authorizes increase to overtime pay threshold

U.S. Department of Labor proposes increase to overtime pay threshold

A push to change the longstanding salary threshold at which certain employees are eligible to receive overtime pay is moving forward. The U.S. Department of Labor announced on March 7 a proposed change that would make in excess of one million more American workers eligible to receive overtime pay. The suggested change, which is expected…
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Employers gradually moving toward ‘contemporary’ approach to employee performance reviews

Employers gradually moving toward ‘contemporary’ approach to employee performance reviews

Today’s employees have different preferences on how they want to receive performance feedback. In some cases, the traditional annual performance evaluation is giving way to an approach that emphasizes managers and supervisors providing employees ongoing feedback throughout the year. “It is the contemporary way of doing things,” says Tonja Sowder, vice president of human resources…
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