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A business continuity plan helps prepare your business for disaster

Desere’ Cardona, MBCP, MBCI
Chief Executive Officer
Desere’ Cardona's picture

Improve business continuity by encouraging personal planning at home

Desere’ Cardona, MBCP, MBCI
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Drevalas's picture

Ensure your worker's compensation policies are up to date

Chris Drevalas
Vice President of Marketing & Finance
Michelle Benjamin's picture

Advice for improving your employee’s communication skills

Michelle Benjamin
CEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners
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Human Resources

Unless you are a sole proprietor, running a business or organization requires skill and expertise in human resource management. Whether you are hiring, reorganizing, optimizing, merging or downsizing, human capital is a critical asset that will drive the success or failure of your business. ExpertBeacon can help you with advice on recruiting, hiring, installing and updating HR policies, performance reviews, promotions, compensation management, retention, termination, and every aspect of getting the most out of your employees and helping them achieve their individual career goals.

A business continuity plan helps prepare your business for disaster

A business continuity plan will not guarantee you will never experience a disruption to your business (ie. network outage, flood, fire or natural disaster), but having a plan in place will reduce your downtime and therefore minimize your financial losses, reputational damage, and loss of clients.

Desere’ Cardona, MBCP, MBCIChief Executive Officer

Deseré Cardona, is CARMA's founder and Chief Executive Officer. Deseré is a Master Business Continuity Planner (MBCP) and a veteran in the industry with over twenty years' experience. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as JP Morgan ...

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Improve business continuity by encouraging personal planning at home

Businesses are finally putting business continuity plans and disaster recovery plans in place, only to discover that all their planning efforts are basically useless if their employees are not on hand to execute the plans during a crisis. Employee unavailability is largely due to their not being personally prepared at home for a crisis. Employers will find their businesses will potentially suffer loss of revenue, reputation, and customer loyalty if they cannot deliver their services as usual.

Desere’ Cardona, MBCP, MBCIChief Executive Officer

Deseré Cardona, is CARMA's founder and Chief Executive Officer. Deseré is a Master Business Continuity Planner (MBCP) and a veteran in the industry with over twenty years' experience. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as JP Morgan ...

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Ensure your worker's compensation policies are up to date

Chris Drevalas Vice President of Marketing & Finance Alpha Review Corporation

Workers’ compensation is one of those topics that puts most employers to sleep. Nobody likes to spend time studying workers’ compensation laws, reviewing insurance policies, dealing with claims, and handling all the tasks that go into ensuring compliance. But the fact is that most states require employers to provider workers’ compensation so that employees who get hurt or sick on the job receive the proper care.

Chris DrevalasVice President of Marketing & Finance

Works at Alpha Review Corporation as Vice President of Marketing & Finance. He has helped self-insured companies with their worker’s compensation issues for over ten years. ...

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Help your employees save and prepare financially for retirement

The statistics are grim. A recent study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that 46% of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement. (Employment Benefit Research Institute). More and more employees who haven’t saved enough for retirement are continuing to work, not because they want to work, but because they’re forced to work. This decreases workplace productivity and morale, and increases payroll and health care expenses.

Travis W. Freeman, CFPPresident

Travis Freeman is the President of Four Seasons Financial Education, a regular contributor to local and national media such as Fox and NBC news, the author of Make Your Money Work and a national financial literacy advocate. ...

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When to use criminal records in background checks when hiring

Employers oftentimes run criminal background checks on prospective employees, designed to give them more information about the people they hire and to “weed out” potentially undesirable candidates. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said, “Not so fast.”

Katherine F. WeberShareholder

Kathy is a shareholder with Inslee, Best, Doezie & Ryder, P.S., in Bellevue, Washington. Her practice focuses on employment and labor law (both transactional and litigation). She represents employers and employees in a wide range of employment-r...

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How to reduce employee turnover and increase morale and productivity

High employee turnover undoubtedly hurts a company’s morale and bottom line. It’s reported that 22% of turnover occurs in the first forty-five days of employment. There are significant costs related to employee turnover—interviewing, selection and new employee on-boarding processes—all which require a large investment of resources. Aside from these costs, productivity will suffer and continue to suffer until employment gaps are filled and new employees are performing at the required rate of production.

Louis FloryPresident

Louis Flory is the President for Effex Management Solutions, a company specializing in partnering with clients who require a large volume, contingent workforce. He began his career in the temporary staffing industry and after a short period, he ...

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Understand the ACA "large employer" mandate for employee health care

If your company is considered a “large employer” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sooner or later, it will be subject to the new employer mandate. This means your company will be required to offer full-time employees health insurance that is not only affordable, but is also meaningful in that it provides the minimum essential coverage prescribed by the ACA.

Complying with the employer mandate will require significant time, effort, and money. As you determine the type of coverage or plan you will offer to your employees (if any), here is some advice to consider.

Carolyn LinkovPrincipal

As principal in ParenteBeard’s tax group, Carolyn Linkov’s responsibilities include tax and quality assurance and federal taxation. In her role, Linkov monitors the firm’s compliance with ethical requirements, such as Treasury Circular 230 and d...

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How to increase employee participation in your 401(k) plan

The next time you look into the mirror, imagine yourself 20 years older. You’re not just older, you have 20 more years of knowledge and wisdom behind you. What would this person tell you to do today to make sure you’re better off in 20 years? Aside from eating well and exercising, they would tell you to pay down debt and save more for retirement. This is how employees must be approached when it comes to saving more toward future retirement goals. It’s too easy to postpone boring tasks like saving to a 401(k) plan. It can be done tomorrow.

Travis W. Freeman, CFPPresident

Travis Freeman is the President of Four Seasons Financial Education, a regular contributor to local and national media such as Fox and NBC news, the author of Make Your Money Work and a national financial literacy advocate. ...

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Partner with a recruiting firm to find and hire the best employees

Finding a recruitment partner to help you find top-notch employees gives you a number of benefits: saves time, protects your company’s privacy, gives you access to a better pool of candidates, and allows you to tap into a network of professionals who don’t use career sites or job boards.

Partnering with the right recruiting firm to match the needs of your organization is the first step in building a solid team to fuel a more productive and profitable business. Identifying and working with an experienced recruiter is the quickest way to find the best available talent in the market.

Tony Beshara, Ph.D.Creator of The Job Search Solution

Tony Beshara is the owner and president of Babich & Associates, established in 1952 and is the oldest placement and recruitment service in Texas. It is consistently one of the top contingency placement firms in the DFW area, as recognized by the...

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Avoid critical HR mistakes as a small business owner

To set the record straight, HR is not just about hiring and firing. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception that leads small business owners to fall short when it comes to labor laws, proper documentation, employee handbooks, benefits and other often hard to understand topics. When business owners see HR as a less important task and neglect it, this opens the door to a variety of issues with things such as legal compliance, unemployment claims, workers’ comp issues, sexual harassment and general employee behavior.

Dean WattersPresident of EverNext HR

As the President of EverNext HR, Dean Watters encompasses over 20 years’ experience in business solutions, outsourcing and the insurance industry. Dean gained his extensive experience while working for various Fortune 500 companies such as ADP, ...

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Retain a recruiting firm to help you hire the right C-level executive

Hiring the right c-level leader is an important process, one that you don’t want to rush. Adhere to these key recommendations, and you’ll have great communication with your recruiter, and success in finding the right leader for your organization.

Steve YakeshEVP

Steve Yakesh brings nine years of experience to the recruiting industry, as well as sales and marketing leadership experiences, gained inside both global 50 and Fortune 500 companies. These leadership opportunities have given him great insight i...

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How to choose voluntary insurance benefits for your employees

While rising health care costs have dramatically affected individual and family financial security, employers are struggling to keep up. In an effort to protect employees from mounting health care costs and to help limit employees’ financial exposure from higher-deductible plans, many employers now offer voluntary insurance benefits. Here are some helpful tips on choosing a provider.

Douglas P GuilbertPresident of Consultative Insurance Services, Inc.

From an early age, I entered the insurance claims industry as I have great compassion for people. I was selected to handle all the worker’s compensation claims as a result of 9/11 from one of the largest affected businesses in Tower 2. I volunt...

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Small businesses: How to get a healthcare plan for your employees

Employer tax credits and the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace for small businesses (SHOP) have made purchasing a health plan more cost-effective than ever for small employers. Still, choosing the right plan can present a challenge. Few small employers have the luxury of a dedicated benefits staff to wade through the many available plans, or the resources to offer employees a wide range of plan choices.

Robin GelburdPresident

Robin Gelburd is President of FAIR Health, Inc., a national ,independent, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to bring transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information through comprehensive data products, consumer resour...

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How to avoid claims of discrimination when hiring employees

Sometimes, negligent hiring activities are challenged in court because they are intentionally harmful. More often, however, these practices are the unfortunate result of inexperience, ignorance or bad judgment. Fair and inclusive hiring is a complex issue that every business owner and hiring decision maker must understand. Although the laws and procedures are ever-changing, these guidelines can help.

Gail Tolstoi-MillerCEO

Gail Tolstoi-Miller, a graduate of NYU, has worked in the recruiting field for more than 15 years. She serves dual CEO roles at Consultnetworx, a consulting firm and Speednetworx, a B2B speed networking event company. Recognized for her innov...

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How to use social media to attract and hire the best job candidates

Great businesses start with awesome employees. The challenge is to know where to find them. Today, savvy employers are embracing social media networking as part of their recruiting process! In fact, 91 percent of recruiters are actively engaging in social media recruiting. With the right social networking strategy, you can help your firm build its brand, market job openings and hone in on the best and brightest job candidates.

Gail Tolstoi-MillerCEO

Gail Tolstoi-Miller, a graduate of NYU, has worked in the recruiting field for more than 15 years. She serves dual CEO roles at Consultnetworx, a consulting firm and Speednetworx, a B2B speed networking event company. Recognized for her innov...

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Secrets to finding the perfect speaker for your conference or event

Are you looking for a dynamic speaker for your next event, but not sure where and how to find the right person? Finding a speaker that is a good fit for your group can make or break the success of your event. There are some simple things you can do to make sure you find someone fantastic!

Mike RobbinsAuthor/Speaker

Mike Robbins is the author of three books, including his latest, NOTHING CHANGES UNTIL YOU DO. He’s a sought-after keynote speakers who works with clients like Google, Wells Fargo, Twitter, Gap, Schwab, and many others. He’s a regular contributo...

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Advice for improving your employee’s communication skills

Michelle Benjamin CEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

Not all employees are good communicators. Whether it is their personality, their communication style, their delivery method or their overall understanding of the language, some employees will struggle to communicate with their peers, their managers and their corporate partners. Add in technology such as email, texting and social media, and a poor communicator can have a direct impact on your business. Here are some tips on how to develop an employee’s communication skills.

Michelle BenjaminCEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

With more than two decades of operational and management experience, Michelle Benjamin has developed a talent management process to save businesses up to 35% off their labor budgets. Her system integrates talent, technology, and processes to con...

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How to decrease HR costs and increase benefits utilization

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Like this old adage, businesses often feel like they’re leading their employees to the benefits watering hole, but many never even take a sip. Even with HR enrollments and education, tax benefits, and even free benefits, it can be challenging to get employees excited about some benefits. Here are some do’s and don’ts about how to both improve benefits utilization and decrease HR costs.

Travis W. Freeman, CFPPresident

Travis Freeman is the President of Four Seasons Financial Education, a regular contributor to local and national media such as Fox and NBC news, the author of Make Your Money Work and a national financial literacy advocate. ...

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How to hire the best employees for your small business

The challenges presented in hiring are magnified in the small business environment. After all, the high cost and low morale associated with even one bad hire can be a major burden on a small organization. Considering the fact that 46% of all small business new hires fail, those responsible for staffing the ranks face long odds. Here is some advice to ensure that you hire the right employees so that your business can operate successfully.

Gail Tolstoi-MillerCEO

Gail Tolstoi-Miller, a graduate of NYU, has worked in the recruiting field for more than 15 years. She serves dual CEO roles at Consultnetworx, a consulting firm and Speednetworx, a B2B speed networking event company. Recognized for her innov...

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Advice on workplace drug policies in states where marijuana is legal

20 states and the District of Columbia permit the medicinal use of marijuana, and two states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Thirteen additional states currently have pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana. State legislatures have typically provided very little guidance to employers, who are left trying to figure out what their obligations under the law might be. Here is some advice to help.

Danielle S. UrbanPartner

Danielle Urban has a national practice representing a wide range of employers. Her practice involves advice and counsel and representation of employers in wrongful termination, employment discrimination and harassment, Title VII, Family Medi...

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Advice on creating a workplace appearance and dress code policy

As more Millennials enter the workforce, along with their tattoos, body piercings and casual clothing, businesses are increasingly looking to address appearance standards in the work place. While many tattooed and body pierced workers believe they have First Amendment rights to freedom of expression, generally speaking, businesses have the right to ban personal choice appearance-related traits such as visible tattoos, body piercings and facial hair.

Thomas MJ. Hathaway Member

Nationally known as a premier lawyer, Thomas M.J. Hathaway is Member in Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group where he advises and litigates on all aspects of public and private sector management and executives in labor and business lit...

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Expert advice for businesses to get more done with fewer employees

Michelle Benjamin CEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

Whether you are a solopreuner, or a CEO of a multinational company, you are always on the lookout for ways to reduce overhead costs. When you include salaries, benefits, and training, the cost of human capital make up a large portion of overhead costs and is often the first area considered when making cost reduction decisions. Yet, a reduction in your workforce doesn’t necessarily result in the reduction in the amount of overall work that needs to be done. The remaining employees will be required to work harder in order to perform the same amount of work.

Michelle BenjaminCEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

With more than two decades of operational and management experience, Michelle Benjamin has developed a talent management process to save businesses up to 35% off their labor budgets. Her system integrates talent, technology, and processes to con...

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Implement an effective job training program so your employees thrive

Michelle Benjamin CEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

Small and midsize businesses face operating challenges unparalleled in the memories of most owners. With staffing levels pared back as far as they can go, current staffing levels are at a record low. Nonetheless, competitive pressures have increased the demand for superior workforce performance as a means to keep or acquire customers, yet few companies use the opportunity to train employees where and when needed to discover opportunities for process improvement and innovation.

Michelle BenjaminCEO and founder of Benjamin Enterprises and Pivot Partners

With more than two decades of operational and management experience, Michelle Benjamin has developed a talent management process to save businesses up to 35% off their labor budgets. Her system integrates talent, technology, and processes to con...

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