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Paid Family Leave Program Premiums begin Jan 1st – Employers, are you ready?

by | November 12, 2018

Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD) has finalized its second round of rulemaking regarding the State’s new Paid Family Leave Program.  These rules provide additional information on employer reporting requirements, voluntary Paid Family Leave program requirements, deadlines, small business assistance, and other issues.  The rules will take effect on December 3, 2018. Premium collection will begin... View Article

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Physical Abilities Testing: Four Guidelines to Minimize Scrutiny

by | September 17, 2018

Physical Abilities Tests (PAT) can be a useful tool for employers that seek ideal workers for physically demanding jobs. However, a biased test could cost your business millions in investigations, charges, and lawsuits. Just earlier this year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed two cases of female discrimination that cost the respective companies $2.5... View Article

Equinox Blog Season

Family, the Workplace, and Government Regulation

by | September 4, 2018

September has arrived and those with kids are getting back into the school routine.  Your employee’s schedules and mindsets may have shifted to new schedules and priorities.  For many, these shifts are subtle – maybe a day off or a slightly later start time – while for others the preparation for back to school creates... View Article

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How Hasbro Almost Blew An Intergalactic Deal

by | September 4, 2018

Those of us old enough to remember our very first Star Wars figure, were too young when they first arrived in stores to realize (or, care, really) what it took for them to become and remain a reality for the next 40 years, earning over $14 billion in revenue. Primarily due to George Lucas’ desire... View Article

Metrics in Motivation

by | August 20, 2018

A lot of emphasis is placed on the need for metrics in business – “What gets measured, gets done” or “What gets measured, gets managed.”  When management starts tracking a behavior, the staff starts paying attention to it.  That’s good, right?  That’s the point!  When the metrics aren’t clear or aren’t aligned with your business’... View Article

Is it too Early to Begin 2018 Planning?

by | August 2, 2017

Planning for next year is daunting.  Each year, we know it’s time to create that budget, think about what we’ll do differently, and make sure we’ve got the processes and people lined up to do what needs to be done.   But planning doesn’t have to be all at once.  Some things have a year-end deadline,... View Article

Our Favorite Things of Year End Planning

by | December 19, 2016

Yes, there are “favorite” things to do for end of year planning… here’s what’s on our list: Financial goals.  First and foremost, your planning should evaluate your financial performance this year.  If you had financial goals for your business, did you achieve them?  If not, why not?  Many business owners have sales goals that are... View Article