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Always do a good job!

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
August 21, 2018

I always tell my son - always do a good job in everything you do – someone is always watching! Read more …

Do your employees love their jobs?

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
February 13, 2018

Today we are considering the impact of love on an organization. Loving your job can also be described as engaged or having high employee engagement. Employee engagement is usually described as being connected to the organization, giving your best, and feeling committed to the company’s values and goals. Read more …

Employee Engagement 33%??

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
January 17, 2018

While studying workforce trends and working with our clients, we are watching the employee landscape when it comes to culture, retention and engagement. According to a recent Gallup Survey of The American Workforce, 67% of employees are not engaged at work. Read more …

Ring in The New Year With New York Paid Family Leave

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
December 14, 2017

Beginning on January 1, 2018, New York state will have one of the most comprehensive paid family leave laws in the country. The New York Paid Family Lave Benefits Law (PFL) applies to all private-sector employers regardless of size – even if you have just one employee working from home in New York. Read more …

Reducing Liability Around Holiday Parties

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
November 29, 2017

Tis the season for employees to eat, drink, and act inappropriately at holiday parties. Holiday parties can help motivate employees and serve as a thank you for their hard work all year; however, we often see bad behavior by employees. Read more …

Spotlight on Sexual Harassment

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
October 30, 2017

Recent sexual harassment scandals involving Hollywood and media figures, as well as members of Capital Hill, are focusing new attention on the topic. These very public allegations have set off a ripple effect, empowering people who say they also were victims, to come forward with stories of abuse by people in power. Read more …

Is Human Resources Adding Value to Your Firm?

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
October 19, 2017

According to a recent study by The Conference Board, the top challenge for CEOs worldwide is Human Capital (read – hiring talent and effectively managing it). Yet firm leaders frequently say Human Resources is not adding the value needed for their company to achieve its goals. Read more …

Understanding the EEO-1 Reporting Requirement Changes

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
September 16, 2017

On August 29, 2017, the White House blocked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s requirement for employers with over 100 employees to include W-2 income and employee hours when filing the 2017 EEO-1 Report. Read more …

Updating Your Employee Handbook for 2017

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
March 14, 2017

We are happy to share with you another update to assist with your HR compliance. With many changes in legislation over the past year there are numerous areas in your Employee Handbook that should be reviewed. Here are a few that you should review today. Read more …

Philadelphia Bars Employers From Requesting Salary History

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
January 27, 2017

On Monday, January 23rd Philadelphia became the first city in the nation to bar employers from uthosking potential hires to provide their salary history. Mayor Jim Kenney signed the measure into law and said he’s confident the bill can withstand legal challenges. Read more …

Revised I-9 Form Now Required

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
January 20, 2017

Effective January 22, 2017, employers are required to use the NEW revised Form I-9. You can follow this link to access both an electronic form as well as a downloadable pdf. Read more …

New Compliance for 2017

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
December 12, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we want to be sure that you are up to date on the many regulatory and legislative changes that have happened in the US this year. If you have any questions about how these changes apply to your organization, please feel free to contact us. Read more …

7 Ways to Invest in Your Intern

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
June 16, 2016

Does your office have a few new faces running around the halls this summer? We hope so! Summertime is the most popular time for students to participate in internship programs. Internship programs, if run correctly, can be a GREAT partnership for both the student and the employer. Read more …

Keeping You Compliant: Spring Edition

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
May 20, 2016

In a world of ever changing rules and regulations, it is important to keep up-to-date with the latest legislations impacting the Human Resource industry, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This month, two major changes were put in to play that could ultimately impact you and your workplace. Read more …

How to Help New College Grads

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
April 26, 2016

It’s FINALLY springtime and graduation season is in full swing! As the tassel is moved from one side to the other, many college graduates are are busy making plans for their future. Some may have jobs lined up, while others are busy interviewing – and some, perhaps, have yet to begin the process. Read more …

5 Tips for Launching Your Talent Management Strategy

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
March 19, 2016

In today’s challenging market, it’s imperative to ensure you’re attracting, recruiting, and retaining the most talented individuals in your industry. Your talent management strategy will be influential in paving the way for future success and setting your team up for tomorrow’s challenges. Read more …

Ensuring Your Business is Compliant

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
February 12, 2016

There is a lot happening on the HR compliance front at the moment including ACA filing extensions, updated government forms, and changes to who employers must pay for overtime. Read more …

Pendulum Swing: From Negativity to Positivity

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
October 28, 2015

I can’t help but notice lately that so many headlines in our world today are revolving around negativity. Whether seen on TV, newspapers, or our social media newsfeeds, we have suddenly become numb to the violence and sadness that takes place every day. Read more …

Celebrating Our Company Anniversary!

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
September 28, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! The O’Connor Group celebrated our 8th anniversary during the month of September, and we are celebrating! As with anything, milestones often make us reflect on what has happened and predict what will happen in the future. Read more …

How to Find the Best Candidates Through Campus Recruiting

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
September 10, 2015

Students across the country have said goodbye to summer, sharpened their pencils, stuffed their backpacks and settled back in to the classroom. Cheers from parents all around! This only means one thing for employers looking for fresh talent to fill their pipeline – CAMPUS RECRUITING! Woo hoo! Read more …

Welcome to The Coffee Connection

Posted by Marcia Zaruba O'Connor
July 22, 2015

Welcome to The Coffee Connection, The O’Connor Group monthly newsletter. Over the years, I’ve made some of my best connections over a hot cup of coffee so what better way to continue the conversation? We’ll provide you with helpful tips, industry news some great coffee tidbits! Read more …