Renee West | Rea CPA - Part 2
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Mar 19, 2024
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Cultivating Excellence: A Blueprint for Vibrant Workplace Culture

Fostering an incredibly positive and productive workplace culture may sound like a pipe dream in today’s business environment—but it has become a necessity if you want a company that grows successfully. Companies that excel in creating such environments don't just attract top talent; they retain them, ensuring sustained growth and innovation. But why is cultivating this culture so crucial, and how can your organization achieve it? Let’s dive in, focusing on tangible benefits and actionable strategies, navigating the complex terrain of employee engagement and organizational development.
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Jan 9, 2024
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Mastering the Craft: Strategies for Keeping Your Best Talent Onboard

Employee retention stands as a cornerstone of sustainable success. As key talent trickles out, revenues suffer a direct hit, underlining the domino effect of not holding onto essential personnel. Beyond tangible losses like training expenses, businesses grapple with intangible costs – the erosion of institutional knowledge and the ripples in morale that can unsettle even the most stable teams.
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Nov 14, 2023
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Unlocking Success: Find the Perfect Fit with These Interviewing Tips

If your organization is like a puzzle, then the candidates you hire are the pieces that complete it. Your role in selecting the right individuals for open positions is pivotal. You're not just conducting interviews; you're shaping your company's future. In this article, we'll equip you with the strategies and insights needed to identify top-notch candidates.
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Nov 8, 2023
Blog

Ohio’s Marijuana Legalization Update – Resources & Best Practices from Rea & Associates

Ohioans voted in favor of Issue 2, a significant change in the state's legal landscape, with approximately 57 percent of voters supporting the measure. This decision legalizes the purchase, possession, and cultivation of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older, along with the implementation of a 10% sales tax on these products sold at licensed dispensaries.
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Oct 26, 2023
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Ethical Employment: 4 Key Factors for Following Labor Laws

The recent national news about minors being employed in roles unsuitable for their age group has shed light on the delicate issue of hiring underage workers. As businesses strive to remain productive and profitable, the importance of adhering to labor laws and immigration regulations cannot be overstated. Not only is it a legal imperative, but it also speaks volumes about the ethical standards of your organization. Here, we'll delve into the role of minors in the workforce, the necessity of I-9 verifications, and the obligations your business owes when partnering with third-party staffing agencies.
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Sep 14, 2023
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Redefining Work Dynamics: A Close Look at Remote Work Best Practices, Obstacles, and Potential Advancements

In the landscape of modern work, remote work opportunities have emerged as a game-changer, reshaping how businesses operate and employees thrive. Whether you're a business owner, an HR professional, or part of an organization considering remote work options, it's crucial to understand the intricacies, benefits, and challenges of this paradigm shift. Here you will delve into the dynamic world of remote work, exploring best practices, identifying challenges, and uncovering the abundant opportunities it presents. 
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Aug 31, 2023
Events

Employment Evolution: Preparing for Potential Human Resources Regulatory Shifts Webinar

The world of employment is in a constant state of evolution, and staying informed is crucial to maintaining compliance and making informed decisions. As part of our commitment to providing you with proactive and insightful education, we are excited to announce an upcoming webinar that will delve into the potential federal proposed rulings for private employers.
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Jul 27, 2023
Blog

There’s a New Version of Form I-9: An Essential Update for Employers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made a significant announcement that will impact employers nationwide. Effective August 1st, a new version of Form I-9, the mandatory Employment Eligibility Verification form, will be introduced.
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Jul 25, 2023
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The Power of Mental Health

In today's fast-paced and demanding work environment, nurturing the well-being of our workforce has become paramount. As employers, we have a unique opportunity to create a culture that supports mental health and cultivates higher levels of employee engagement.
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Jun 27, 2023
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Update to Ohio’s Smoke-Free Workplace Law 

Ohio's recent update to the Smoke-Free Workplace Law specifically addresses the inclusion of e-cigarettes.
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May 23, 2023
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Addressing the Top HR Compliance Issues: A Guide for HR Professionals

Compliance issues are critical to maintaining a positive work environment, protecting your organization from legal liability, and retaining your workforce. The top three issues HR professionals face are manager/employee harassment policies and training, The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and pay equity.
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Apr 18, 2023
Article

New Legislation Protects Pregnant Workers

The Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is a new law (signed by President Biden on December 29, 2022, under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023) which goes into effect June 27, 2023. PWFA aims to protect pregnant workers from discrimination and ensure that they receive reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
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Feb 21, 2023
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Healthy Headspace in the Workplace

Employers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to implementing mental wellness strategies in the workplace and offering a preventative approach to employees’ mental health.
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Nov 28, 2022
Article

Retaining Top Talent: Think Beyond “Show Me the Money!”

Since 2021, many companies have had to pay higher salaries or wages to get new employees in the door and fill the gaps for labor shortages across the nation.
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Sep 26, 2022
Article

Hiring and Compensation Strategies into 2023

As we look ahead to 2023, hiring compensation strategies will remain a key issue as organizations grapple with talent. If you haven’t evaluated your strategies and practices related to all things “people” lately, now is the time.
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May 11, 2022
Article

Confronting The National Labor Shortage

We’ve all seen the recent unemployment numbers and heard employment projections from top officials. The struggle to identify, hire, and retain employees at all levels of the organization is very, very real, and it’s causing major issues for businesses. The labor shortage is not isolated to the State of Ohio – it’s happening everywhere and it’s affecting companies across all industries.
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Jan 14, 2022
Article

Vaccine Mandate Blocked By U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the mandate requiring employees at large businesses to be vaccinated against COVID-19
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Jan 7, 2022
Article

Strategic Workforce Planning Can Fuel Your Recruiting Success

With attitudes and priorities toward employment evolving in the wake of COVID-19, recruiting and hiring practices need to change in response to an exceedingly tight labor market. The unprecedented labor shortage promises to continue into 2022, so employers must engage in strategic workforce planning to fill their recruiting pipelines.
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Sep 22, 2021
Events

HR Compliance & Insurance Benefit Perspectives: What Employers Should Be Aware Of As New Cases Emerge

Guidelines for employees are constantly changing but it’s important that businesses stay on top of mandates and regulations. What risks should organizations be informed about? Is your organization able to have varied insurance premiums for vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated employees?  Join Rea & Associates and Huntington Insurance for a deep dive into best practices for exposures, … Continued
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Sep 20, 2021
Blog

The Widespread Struggle to Find, Retain Talent

Many businesses are struggling to find and retain talent within their organizations. Understanding what employees want, and taking stock of your own recruiting strategies, can help keep your business positioned as an employer of choice.
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Sep 1, 2021
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Confronting The National Labor Shortage

When it comes to hiring and retaining employees, you have to first know what they are looking for. Spoiler alert: money isn't everything!
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Jul 27, 2021
Events

COVID Crisis 2.0

Wondering how COVID 2.0 will impact your business? This webinar is one to watch!
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Jul 7, 2021
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HR Solutions For Every Size & Budget

Wondering how outsourced HR solutions can help you grow your business? Read on!
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Jun 17, 2021
Events

How To Hire More Employees & Keep Them Happy

Finding and keeping the right employees is not easy. This webinar will help you navigate the talent search.
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Apr 6, 2021
Events

Navigating The COVID-19 Vaccine In The Workplace

Is it legal to require your employees to receive the COVID vaccine as a condition of their employment? HR/legal professionals weigh in.
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Dec 29, 2020
Events

New Year, New HR Compliance Considerations

How will your HR policies and procedures change in 2021? Register for this webinar to find out.
 
Dec 16, 2020
Podcast

Episode 263: HR Laws & Regulations: What Should I Be Telling My Employees?

FFCRA Updates For Employers There is so much change happening in the world of HR and safety guidelines every day. It can be a struggle keeping up with everything. Luckily, we have experts like Renee West, Senior Manager and Lead HR Consultant at Rea & Associates, keeping tabs on everything for us. She tells us … Continued
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Nov 23, 2020
Events

Next Steps In COVID-19 Protocols & Compliance

These updated HR protocols and compliance strategies will help you manage your business as COVID-19 continues to spike throughout the state.
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Nov 12, 2020
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3 Signs Your Company Needs An HR Consultant

Human resource mistakes are easy to make and can prove costly.
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Sep 3, 2020
Events

What Is Life After Coronavirus? Updated HR Policies And Guide To Employees Contracting COVID-19

Learn how you can manage your business or organization after and employee tests positive for COVID-19.
 
Sep 1, 2020
Podcast

Episode 248: Best Practices For Employee Retention In Your Organization: COVID-19 Edition

Come and get 'em! Employee retention best practices are here to help you through the coronavirus crisis.
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Jul 27, 2020
Events

Shifting The Business Infrastructure: HR Resources & Hot Topics To Keep Your Organization Compliant

Register for this free webinar to learn about top HR topics and policies all businesses need to keep on their radar during our "new normal."
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Jul 16, 2020
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Should Businesses Quarantine Employees Who Have Traveled Out Of State?

Wondering whether your business should require employees who have been to "high-risk" COVID-19 states to self-quarantine? Read more...
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Jun 16, 2020
Blog

Supreme Court Issues Ruling On LGBT Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has made Title VII a federal mandate. Find out what this means to you and your employee handbook.
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May 3, 2020
Events

What Is Life After Coronavirus? Next Steps For ReStart Ohio And Workplace Safety Compliance

Learn more about your responsibilities under the ReStart Ohio plan and how to comply with new workplace protocols.
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Apr 23, 2020
Events

What Is Life After Coronavirus? HR Scenarios and Common Questions

Discover stories from the front lines of the company HR department and how you can address common questions moving forward.
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Apr 17, 2020
Events

What Is Life After Coronavirus? Understanding Legal Liabilities and Employment Regulations

Kim and Jacob, attorneys with Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, break down the legal liabilities and employment regulations that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Apr 2, 2020
Events

What Is Life After Coronavirus? REGULATION UPDATES: Understanding Employer Compliance And Safety

The COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve. Our HR Compliance team addresses new safety regulations to keep your business running.
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Mar 19, 2020
Events

What Is Life After Coronavirus? Understanding Employer Compliance And Safety

Looking for insight to help you manage your organization during the COVID-19 crisis? This webinar will point you in the right direction.
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Mar 12, 2020
Blog

I-9 Changes Take Effect May 1, 2020

Employment rules and regulations are under close scrutiny here in the U.S., particularly when it relates to I-9 compliance. Therefore, as an employer, it's incredibly important to stay on top of these changes and to ensure that your organization continues to comply with all government mandates.
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Oct 30, 2019
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Don’t Wait For An I-9 Audit

Act now to mitigate risk for your organization!
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Aug 13, 2019
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Motivate Employees with Effective Performance Appraisals

Looking for more ways to retain your top talent? Take a closer look at your employee performance appraisal process.
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Jul 16, 2019
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Build A Strong Organization With An Interview Plan

Before you interview for your next job opening, check out this article for some tips to help you find the best candidate for the position.
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Jul 8, 2019
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Are You Failing Your New Employees?

Do you have a new employee who is slow to catch on? This article might help you decide whether to stick it out or cut your losses.
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Jun 20, 2019
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Making A Great Catch

Got a job opening? Being down even one person can hurt your productivity. But don't let your sense of urgency cause you to make a hasty, regrettable hire.
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Jun 10, 2019
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Are Job Descriptions Becoming Obsolete?

The written statements outlining the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of an available position no longer carry the weight they once did. Keep reading to find out why.
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Apr 8, 2019
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Artificial Intelligence Streamlines Diversity Recruitment Strategies

Human resources professionals are starting to put significant emphasis on diversity recruitment. Find out how AI is making this objective possible.
 
Mar 18, 2019
Podcast

episode 175 – HR compliance on the rise

Remaining compliant with the ever-changing HR laws and regulations is nearly impossible without the right guidance. Watch (or listen) to this episode of unsuitable on Rea Radio to hear Rea's senior human resources manager discuss HR compliance and how businesses can prepare.
 
Mar 18, 2019
Podcast

episode 175 – transcript

Read the "official transcript" of this episode of unsuitable on Rea Radio to hear from our human resources expert about HR laws and regulations and how to remain compliant.
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Mar 12, 2019
Blog

Fighting Back Against The Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic continues to have devastating consequences. Keep reading to learn what you can do to help combat the problem.
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Feb 11, 2019
Blog

Don’t Get Lost In HR Laws And Regulations

Are you able to keep up with the ever-changing human resources laws and regulations? It's harder than it sounds.
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Jan 14, 2019
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HR Compliance Is Hot Topic In 2019

This year will bring a heightened focus on HR compliance. Are you ready?
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Nov 27, 2018
Blog

Find And Keep Top Talent In Today’s Economy

It's getting harder and harder for employers to attract and retain top talent. Read on to find out how you can differentiate your company with a robust benefits package and more.
 
Sep 7, 2018
PR

Renee West Earns Predictive Index Practitioner Certification

Renee West has embraced Rea's strategy for growth and with this certification, she will continue to develop professionally while driving firm success.
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Aug 2, 2018
Blog

#MeToo Movement Initiates A Shift In The Workplace

The large number of high-profile sexual harassment cases has helped drive the #MeToo movement. Find out how you can use employee empowerment to protect your business.
 
Jul 30, 2018
Podcast

episode 144 – transcript

Renee West is with Dave to discuss the growing opioid epidemic that is affecting Ohio and what employers can do to help fight this problem. Check out the "official transcript" now.
 
Jul 30, 2018
Podcast

episode 144 – ohio’s opioid epidemic

Listen to Renee West describe the growing opioid problem in Ohio and what employers can do to fight it in the workforce on this episode of unsuitable on Rea Radio.
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Jun 15, 2018
Blog

Does Vacation Time Matter?

Employees aren’t the only ones to benefit from taking a step back from their jobs for a week or two each year. Find out why vacations are actually good for the bottom line.
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May 29, 2018
Blog

Workforce In Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic And Its Impact On The American Workforce

As the opioid epidemic continues to grow, so does its impact on our loved ones, our communities and our economy – particularly our workforce.
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Apr 27, 2018
Blog

It’s Time For Pay Equality

A gender-based pay gap is still found in workplaces across the country. Find out how you can help end wage discrimination.
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Apr 16, 2018
Blog

Power To The Employers

Congress is flirting with the idea of making paid leave a reality at the federal level. Keep reading to learn more.
 
Feb 27, 2018
PR

Renee West Passes The Senior Certified Professional Exam

Renee West, SHRM-SCP, PHR, earned the highest available certification for human resource professionals by the National Society for Human Resource Management.
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Feb 6, 2018
Blog

Employment I-9 Workplace Audits Are Set To Increase In 2018

Employers are once again reminded not to brush off the importance of maintaining I-9 compliance. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is planning to increase audits in 2018.
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Dec 12, 2017
Blog

Don’t Let Your Competition Win The Battle For Top Talent

Competition for top talent is fierce. So fierce that HR pros often cite “recruiting and retaining key talent” as one of their most challenging responsibilities. Building an all-star team is a two-part process. The first step is to establish a continuous recruiting strategy that positions you to proactively identify and attract qualified employees. The second … Continued
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Nov 28, 2017
Blog

Making Great Hires

The process of prescreening and hiring the most qualified individuals for your company can be very challenging. Predictive index assessment tools are available to make easy work of the process. Read on to learn more.
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Nov 1, 2017
Blog

Stay Out Of The Headlines With A Solid Plan To Thwart Sexual Harassment In Your Business

It’s staggering just how many reports there have been in the news lately about sexual harassment claims in the workplace. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep your company out of the spotlight.
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Jul 3, 2017
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Employment Laws Under The Microscope

Ohio’s Senate and Congressional leaders are in the process of considering legislation that would alter the state’s employment and labor law landscape. Read on to learn more.
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Mar 28, 2017
Blog

Businesses Thrive When Employees Thrive

Do you know what motivates your employees to succeed? Read on to learn how to create a positive work environment in your own business.
 
Jan 9, 2017
Podcast

episode 63 – recruit right: find the chosen one

Hiring a new employee is not an easy task. Sure, it’s easy to fill your open position with a warm body. But that warm body will result in your business bleeding money if they aren’t the right person for the job. At least that’s what Renee West. SHRM-CP, PHR, says on this episode of unsuitable on … Continued
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Dec 1, 2016
Blog

Gone But Not Forgotten

There appears to be agreement among those in the human resources sector that while many employers were breathing a little easier after learning of the injunction, they are far from being completely off the hook.
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Nov 7, 2016
Blog

A Recipe For Business Success And Sustainability

Many businesses are missing a key ingredient in their quest for success and sustainability: employee development. Are you? Read on to learn more.
 
Oct 31, 2016
Podcast

episode 54 – the new overtime exemption rule: crippling companies’ ability to hire

How much do you know about the Department of Labor’s new overtime exemption rule? Well, on today’s episode of unsuitable on Rea Radio, Renee West, human resources manager at Rea and our resident Federal Labor Standards Act expert, takes on the topic to help business owners sort through the details in advance of the December … Continued