Employers Group Blog Connection

Name Changes Can Get Complicated

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Mar 12, 2012

Procedurally, changing an employee’s name should never be as simple as permitting the employee merely to submit a company-generated personnel form. Inevitably, employees remember to inform their employer of the name change but forget to follow through with the federal government. Why is this a problem? Because discrepancies between employees’ names on employer documents (e.g., W-2s) and the names on file with the government can cause problems – for both the employee and employer. Requesting corrected W-2s from the payroll company can be costly and is certainly a hassle.

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Topics: human resources, best practices

Prepare for the Upcoming Jobs War

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Feb 13, 2012
Join Employers Group's alliance partner organization, The Executive Next Practices Institute, at these special sessions Feb 29 (Kinecta HQ El Segundo) and March 1 (Taco Bell HQ Irvine)."

Get a unique look from Larry Emond,  the Managing Partner and Chief Marketing Officer of Gallup, of the current state of the Southern Californian, National, and Global economic behaviors. 

Mr. Emond will draw insights from Gallup's ongoing tracking of what people are thinking in over 150 countries, including daily tracking of what people are thinking in American and right here in Southern California.  He will include perspectives on the economy, well-being and quality of life, the state of thriving versus suffering populations, optimism and pessimism about the future, and the outlook of the U.S. economy given the current election year. 

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book, The Coming Jobs War by Gallup Chairman, Jim Clifton.

This collaborative session will address:
     - Preparing yourself and your organization for the upcoming "jobs war"
     - The 2012 political, cultural, and societal trends that are likely to impact your organization
     - How to create a workplace that provides well-being and satisfaction to all employees.


LOS ANGELES                                                   ORANGE COUNTY
Wednesday, February 29                                   Thursday, March 1
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.                                                 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Kinecta Executive Training Center                      Taco Bell World Headquarters
2100 Park Place, El Segundo, CA  90245           1 Premier Plaza, Irvine, CA  92618

Take advantage of early-bird pricing of $65 by registering before February 25! 
Visit:  www.enpinstitute.com/events

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Topics: strategy, human resources, Employers Group, event, executive

An Introductory Course to 5S: Workplace Organization

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, Jan 31, 2012
    • Improve organizational functions
    • Involve employees
  • Increase output

5S is known as the foundation of lean and process improvement efforts. It is an employee-level effort that utilizes a systematic approach to create order by eliminating inefficiencies and workplace disorder. What creates disorder?

5S allows individuals and organizations to identify wasted time, effort and costs that occur everyday yet they are perpetually overlooked. A 5S event consists of hands-on activities that allows individuals to have direct impact on their work environment.

Sort * Shine * Stabilize *  Standardize *  Sustain

Employees learn the necessary skills to transform their work environment by creating more order and eliminating the disorder causing frustration, inefficiency, disengagement and poor productivity. After 5S, the effectiveness of individuals, their department (or functional unit), immediately improves. This creates instantaneous return on investment. Most importantly, improvement efforts become infectious within the organization. Other employees want to create order within their work station and executives want to experience increased productivity gains.

In this orientation session, we will review how 5S works, provide before and after pictures of actual workplaces, and identify what is needed to implement this highly effective strategy. During this session, we will also discuss how your company may qualify for state funds to subsidize a 5S event.

Learn more!  Join us...
Wednesday, February 29th

9:30 11:00 a.m.

North County Career Centers, 1949 Avenida del Oro Ste. #106, Oceanside, CA 92056

Registration is Free

Email your information to mblackford@employersgroup.com .


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Topics: lean, process improvement, workplace, human resources

Don’t Forget the EITC Notice Required by AB 650

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Thu, Jan 26, 2012
As employers prepare to mail out their W-2s to employees on or before January 31, 2012, they should also be wary of California’s requirement that they notify employees of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  The notice must be distributed within a week before or after the date employers distribute the W-2.  Most employers simply include the EITC notice in their W-2 packets.  The notice must be sent to each employee by mail or be personally delivered to each individual; posting on a company bulletin board will not suffice.  The notice may either provide instructions on how employees may obtain IRS-published notices regarding the EITC (currently, IRS Notice 797) or, alternatively, employers may craft language substantially the same as follows:
“Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the earned income tax credit from the federal government. The earned income tax credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The earned income tax credit has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, earned income tax credit payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, supplemental security income, food stamps, low-income housing or most temporary assistance for needy families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a tax return to receive the earned income tax credit. Be sure to fill out the earned income tax credit form in the federal income tax return booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the earned income tax credit, including information on how to obtain the IRS Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-3676 or through its Web site at www.irs.gov.”
Employees outside California who are not subject to the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC) need not receive the notice, nor is the notice due any individual in California who is not covered by unemployment insurance and, therefore, not considered an “employee” under the CUIC (i.e., independent contractors, etc.).  There is no penalty for noncompliance as the law is currently written.


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Topics: hr policy, human resources, compensation, best practices

New Years Resolutions - Make a Difference

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Fri, Jan 6, 2012

by Charlie Martin, founder, engagementtoolbox.com

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Topics: human resources, office, management, employee relationship, business

10 Dolla Holla: San Francisco Minimum Wage To $10.24 Per Hour

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Thu, Dec 15, 2011
By:  Jim Tait, author of "You're that HR Guy" blog and founder of OPI National Outplacement
So on top of mandatory paid sick days for workers in San Fransisco, employers must now oblige with a minimum wage of $10.24.  How nice.

San Francisco will be the first city in the United States to have a minimum wage that tops $10. As of Jan. 1, 2012, workers in the city by the bay will earn a living wage of at least $10.24 per hour.
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Topics: Employer, human resources, compensation, wage & hour

Make 2012 The Year to Break Free of Fear

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Wed, Nov 16, 2011


Executive Next Practices Forum
Connect  Collaborate  Innovate

Breaking the FEAR Barrier

Special Presentation by GALLUP author Tom Rieger
(NOTE: All registered attendees receive a copy of this new book)

Tom Rieger and guest C-Level executives from Bank of America, Qualcomm, Parsons, Time Warner, and others will examine how poor decision making, territorial thinking and outdated allegiance to past practices are crippling creativity, employee engagement, growth and organizational synergy. Working from his recently published book attendees will learn:

  • How to identify and remove organization barriers to productivity, synergy and growth.

  • Why customer service and satisfaction actually declines as internal customer service policies increase.

  • 3 key steps to take now to remove organization silos and prevent "internal empire building".

This highly interactive session will examine new strategies and approaches to decision making, process reviews, collaboration and cross functional team innovation/effectiveness. 2012 will be the year with NO FEAR!

Register today at one of two southern California events:

Date:  Tuesday, December 6
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Breakfast will be served)
Location:  Taco Bell World Headquarters
1 Glen Bell Way - Executive Conference Center
Irvine, CA 92618 
Cost: $65 (on or before November 30) / $95 (thereafter)
Visit: www.regonline.com/oc-december to register. 

Date:  Wednesday, December 7
Time: 7:30 -9:30 a.m. (Breakfast will be served)
Location: Pepperdine/Graziadio School of Business & Management
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045 
Cost: $65 (on or before November 30) / $95 (thereafter)
Visit: www.regonline.com/la-december to register. 

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Topics: workplace, human resources, management, best practices, business

Set Your Business For Success in 2012

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Wed, Nov 9, 2011

On November 2, Employers Group and Engagement Toolbox partnered to bring business professionals a timely webinar, "Planning for Success in 2012".  

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Topics: Employer, strategy, human resources, Employers Group, event, management

Transforming Leadership

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Oct 17, 2011


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Topics: development, human resources, Employers Group, leadership, management

WEBINAR: Planning for Success in 2012

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Fri, Oct 14, 2011

Planning for Success in 2012

Join us for a Webinar on November 2 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


To register just follow the link:


"Planning for Success in 2012" will provide a clear undertanding of how to think about and design your annual plan for effective implementation in 2012.  The webinar will identify the essential elements of a good plan and provide solid usable tips about how to develop each of the elements.

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Topics: strategy, human resources, Employers Group, management, business