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U.S. Department of Labor proposes 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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How to reduce the risk of workplace violence

How to reduce the risk of workplace violence

The shootings at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora, Ill. are a tragic reminder of how deadly confrontations in the workplace are all too real. These types of situations give employers a more heightened awareness about the possibility for violence to occur. But steps can be taken to help lessen the risk, human resources…
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OSHA injury log filing in effect

OSHA injury log filing in effect

The record-keeping rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is again in effect. OSHA requires many businesses with more than 10 employees whose work involves a higher level of risk to keep a record of serious work-related illnesses and injuries from the previous year. An OSHA Form 300 is used to keep a detailed…
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Syndeo president, NAPEO push lawmakers for PEO statute change in Kansas

Syndeo president, NAPEO push lawmakers for PEO statute change in Kansas

Kansas lawmakers are considering two bills that would amend and improve a statute pertaining to professional employer organizations and employment security tax filings. Syndeo president Bill Maness and industry representatives are among those advocating for the change. Maness testified before Kansas House of Representatives and Kansas Senate committees in Topeka this week along with Michael…
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Benefits of attracting top talent to your company

Benefits of attracting top talent to your company

Bringing in qualified employees is a great way to increase your company’s chances for growth and success. But in reality, it’s about so much more than that. When trying to attract new talent, the goal is always to bring in the best of the best. Landing top talent sometimes requires us to implement new strategies…
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Employment verification program resumes operation following government shutdown

Employment verification program resumes operation following government shutdown

E-Verify is back up and running. The web-based employment verification program has resumed operations following the partial shutdown of the federal government that lasted more than a month. Now, employers who use E-Verify have until Feb. 11 to log employees who were hired when the program was unavailable. Though service was disrupted, employers still were…
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Looking to hire new employees? Here are the questions to ask in an interview

Looking to hire new employees? Here are the questions to ask in an interview

Hiring and training new employees is a big investment, meaning optimal hiring practices are essential if employers want to avoid the high costs of employee turnover. When it comes to hiring candidates who will be successful in the long run, it all starts with asking the right questions during the interview process. Developing a list…
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Syndeo leader Marceau garners national recognition

Syndeo leader Marceau garners national recognition

Jenna Marceau and Syndeo are receiving national attention. Bizwomen selected Marceau, Syndeo’s director of implementation and systems management, as a 2018 “Headliner” in the professional services sector. Bizwoman is a digital news platform featuring stories and information about women in business across the U.S. and is an arm of Charlotte-based American City Business Journals. Headliners…
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Getting a seat at the executive table: 6 keys to strategic leadership

Getting a seat at the executive table: 6 keys to strategic leadership

More respect. More say in company decisions. A seat at the executive conference table. These are the things most managers, department heads and team leads want. At the same time, C-suite executives want their leaders to be more strategic and proactive. Here are six actionable ways you can increase your strategic leadership skills AND impact…
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Changes to U.S. Department of Labor overtime pay threshold expected in 2019

Changes to U.S. Department of Labor overtime pay threshold expected in 2019

Changes to the federal overtime law are expected to be at the forefront of U.S. Department of Labor discussions early in 2019. At issue is the threshold at which a salaried employee would be eligible to receive overtime pay. A change could make millions more Americans overtime eligible and likely increase employment costs for employers…
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Syndeo’s Rhea selected for Wichita Business Journal HR Professionals Award

Syndeo’s Rhea selected for Wichita Business Journal HR Professionals Award

The list features a familiar Syndeo name. Kate Rhea, one of Syndeo’s HR business partners, has been selected to the 2019 class for the Wichita Business Journal’s HR Professionals Awards. “We couldn’t be prouder of her inclusion in this class,” says Bill Maness, Syndeo’s president. “She is an outstanding representation of the efforts by all…
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IRS increases mileage reimbursement rate for 2019

IRS increases mileage reimbursement rate for 2019

Businesses can expect to pay more to reimburse their employees for work-related travel. The IRS recently issued its 2019 optional standard mileage rates that will be used to calculate deductible costs for employees to operate an automobile for business, medical, moving or charitable purposes. The rate for general business travel is increasing to 58 cents…
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Top five ways to keep your employees engaged

Top five ways to keep your employees engaged

Did you know that recent studies show that 71 percent of employees are not engaged at work? Without a desire to work hard, employees cannot contribute to the team’s collaborative goals and efforts, causing the business to under perform. If employees are apathetic or disengaged with their work routine, something needs to be changed quickly….
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Build a company culture your employees love

Build a company culture your employees love

Being intentional about your organization’s culture is good for your staff, customers and, of course, your bottom line. Open communication, being inclusive, leading by example, living the company’s values, working with purpose and focusing on people over profits are all ways to build a company culture your employees will love. What is Workplace Culture? A…
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National panel showcases CEO Maness, Syndeo Outsourcing as PEO industry leaders

National panel showcases CEO Maness, Syndeo Outsourcing as PEO industry leaders

Syndeo Outsourcing is part of an ongoing national dialogue about how to advance the professional employer organization (PEO) industry. It’s an issue for which Bill Maness, Syndeo’s founder and president, has a passion and one he had the opportunity to address during the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations. “I saw…
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Steckley represents Syndeo through chamber’s Leadership Wichita program

Steckley represents Syndeo through chamber’s Leadership Wichita program

Add Leadership Wichita graduate to the list of Kevin Steckley’s accomplishments. Steckley, senior business development partner with Syndeo Outsourcing, recently completed a nearly three-month leadership development program put on by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. He was one of 31 people from organizations large and small who were selected to participate in this year’s…
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How to Reduce Employee Burnout

How to Reduce Employee Burnout

Burnout is something everyone experiences in the workplace at one time or another. Projects become overwhelming, leaders or clients set unrealistic expectations, and employees start losing sleep, productivity and satisfaction. As a leader, human resources professional or decision-maker, you have the ability to create a burnout-free workplace. Challenging situations will inevitably arise from time to…
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Safety spotlight: Employers’ most-cited OSHA violations of 2018

Safety spotlight: Employers’ most-cited OSHA violations of 2018

Note: This part of a series of stories aimed at encouraging businesses to think proactively about safety.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued employers thousands of citations for safety violations this year. Companies have been slapped with nearly 30,000 violations through the first three quarters of 2018, according to OSHA data. And many…
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Safety spotlight: New OSHA program targets employers with high workplace injury rates

Safety spotlight: New OSHA program targets employers with high workplace injury rates

Note: This part of a series of stories aimed at encouraging businesses to think proactively about safety.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is launching a new program to crack down on employers with high incidences of workplace injuries. OSHA’s site-specific initiative will target for inspection manufacturing and non-manufacturing employers with high injury rates….
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How to Attract Top Talent for Your Organization

How to Attract Top Talent for Your Organization

The market for top candidates is competitive. With companies offering a laundry list of perks, how can you make yours stand out and attract the best candidates? You get what you pay for As you know, acquiring the best, top-of-the-line option of anything usually requires opening your wallet and shelling out some extra cash. Attracting…
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Syndeo implementation director selected for Wichita Business Journal leadership program

Syndeo implementation director selected for Wichita Business Journal leadership program

The Wichita Business Journal selected Jenna Marceau to participate in its Emerging Leaders program. Marceau, director of implementation and systems management at Syndeo Outsourcing, is one of 76 young professionals from companies across the Wichita area who are participating in the program. The Wichita Business Journal created the Emerging Leaders program, now in its fourth…
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Syndeo Outsourcing lands on Inc. 5000 ‘fastest-growing’ list

Syndeo Outsourcing lands on Inc. 5000 ‘fastest-growing’ list

Syndeo Outsourcing is again on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Wichita-based Syndeo landed at No. 3,147 on the annual Inc. list with a three-year growth rate of 126 percent. This marks the second-consecutive year the company, which provides human resources consulting and outsourcing, employee benefits administration, payroll services,…
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Syndeo Outsourcing named Wichita Business Journal Best Places to Work finalist

Syndeo Outsourcing named Wichita Business Journal Best Places to Work finalist

Add another honor to the list. Syndeo Outsourcing has been selected as a Wichita Business Journal Best Places to Work Finalist for the second consecutive year. This year’s competition – albeit a friendly one – includes 44 local companies that are divided into small, medium and large categories based on employee count. Syndeo is a…
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HR tips: Managing performance with documentation

HR tips: Managing performance with documentation

Proper documentation is a key component of managing employee performance. Human resources experts say documentation should be thorough because poor documentation can be worse than having no documentation of employee performance. Tonja Sowder, Vice President of Human Resources at Syndeo Outsourcing, says proper documentation protects employer liability and lessens litigious action. She says documentation also…
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Syndeo payroll leader receives industry gold-standard certification

Syndeo payroll leader receives industry gold-standard certification

If a large weight appears to have been lifted off Glenda Buche’s shoulders. It has. She marked the end of a strenuous five-months-long process on Sept. 29 by earning her Certified Payroll Professional designation through the American Payroll Association. Buche, senior payroll leader at Syndeo Outsourcing, only needed one word to describe her feelings about…
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Maness selected for NAPEO board

Maness selected for NAPEO board

Bill Maness, president and CEO of Syndeo Outsourcing, has been elected as a board member for the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations. He is one of 24 members of NAPEO’s board of directors. Of that, 22 are from NAPEO member organizations. Two board members are from associate member companies, essentially service providers to the…
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PEO industry expands its reach across the U.S.

PEO industry expands its reach across the U.S.

The outsourced human resources industry is alive and well. New research shows professional employer organizations (PEO) accounted for 3.7 million worksite employees working for roughly 175,000 businesses nationwide, according to a study commissioned by the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations. The analysis, completed by human resources analytics firm McBassi & Co. Inc., estimates PEO…
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The Pros and Cons of Hiring: Employee vs Contractor

The Pros and Cons of Hiring: Employee vs Contractor

As a small business owner, there will come a point when you need extra help and will start thinking about hiring either a full-time employee or an outside contractor. Don’t make the mistake of thinking they are the same thing. They aren’t. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of hiring employees vs. independent contractors…
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Hiring Guidelines for Internships

Hiring Guidelines for Internships

Soon students and new graduates will be flooding into the workspace over the summer and throughout the year looking for internships. As an employer, it’s tempting to bring on interns in hopes of offering a “permanent” job later on down the road. Whether it’s a paid or unpaid internship, you do have to be mindful…
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HR Trends on the Rise in 2018

HR Trends on the Rise in 2018

As the middle of 2018 draws near, we can now get a better grasp on the HR trends that are on the rise and weed out the predictions that didn’t take hold. With older generations moving on, younger generations moving in, artificial intelligence taking over and the need to cultivate a more diverse work environment,…
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Five Ways to Help Prepare Today’s Kids For Tomorrow’s Workforce

Five Ways to Help Prepare Today’s Kids For Tomorrow’s Workforce

Our nation’s workforce continues to evolve in its ideas, products, processes and services while at the same time being affected by naturally occurring demographic shifts. Our aging Baby Boomer generation is being replaced by Millennials and, eventually, Generation Z. These changes have, and will continue to, result in a more competitive economy that affects the…
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How and Why to Demonstrate Respect in the Workplace

How and Why to Demonstrate Respect in the Workplace

Ask anyone in the workforce what they most desire from their superiors, and the answer is likely to be treated with dignity and respect. In the workplace, over half of employees feel that they don’t regularly get respect from upper management. This is important to pay attention to because employees report that being treated with…
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How to Create a Culture That Makes Employees Want to Stay

How to Create a Culture That Makes Employees Want to Stay

When people think about company culture, they often think of open, collaborative floor plans, company-provided gym memberships and lunches, plus unlimited vacation time. Although these on-the-job perks can play into employee morale and retention, building a great company culture doesn’t involve an office redesign or an updated employee benefits sheet. By making your company personal,…
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What to Do If You Have Not Received Your W-2 Tax Form

What to Do If You Have Not Received Your W-2 Tax Form

W-2 tax forms should be mailed to you or delivered electronically before January 31st. A W-2 that was mailed may take a few days to make it to your mailbox, but if you still haven’t received it after the first week of February, there are four steps to take so you can begin filing your…
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What to Do When Your Employees Ask to Work From Home

What to Do When Your Employees Ask to Work From Home

As you may have guessed, the future is leaning towards remote work. In a survey conducted at London Business School’s Global Leadership Summit, of the 600 executives, entrepreneurs and business academics in attendance, 34 percent said more than 50 percent of their full-time workforce would be working remotely within three years. And 25 percent said…
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