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HirePurpose Educates Employers Why Hiring Veterans Means Smart Business

Last year, unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans trailed the national average by almost 4 percentage points. Though many companies recognize the benefits of hiring veterans, few have the expertise and knowledge needed to attract, evaluate, and retain members of this extraordinary talent pool.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce New York City employers to a variety of methods to hiring veterans,” says Zach Iscol, Founder and CEO of HirePurpose. “Employers can learn why hiring these exceptional young men and women can be incredibly beneficial to their businesses and we are very excited to have partnered with Four Block and the Wounded Warrior Project.”

More than 80 companies, including Wal-mart, Goldman Sachs, Viacom, Delta, Etsy, Securitas, The Ladders, and others from a wide range of industries will be in attendance to learn best practices from leading experts in the veteran employment space. Employers will also hear from a group of recent military veterans and college graduates about the challenges they’ve faced and the types of industries they are interested in.

“Wounded Warriors come to the table with an extraordinary set of soft skills that employers crave,” says Lisa Stern, Economic Empowerment Executive Vice President at the Wounded Warrior Project. “Veterans are loyal, work well independently and as part of a team, are creative, and are mission-focused.”

Linda Cawley, a specialist of the Warriors to Work program for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Mike Abrams, Co-Founder of Four Block Diversity Leadership, a service that provides student veterans with professional development and connects them with internship opportunities at corporations, will lead a panel discussion titled, Hiring, Managing, and Retaining Veterans.

A second panel, Veterans Speak: Employment Challenges Facing Veterans, will be lead by Bryan Adams of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Aubrey Arcangel of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joshua Ray of Operation Iraqi Freedom-Indonesia Tsunami Relief, and Katie Dexter of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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EmptyLemon Reminds Jobseekers How Important It Is To Have Prior Knowledge Of The Company Before The Interview Process

EmptyLemon is reminding all jobseekers to do their research about the company before going to the interview. This job board prides itself on putting employers in direct contact with jobseekers, removing the need for recruitment agencies.

When looking for a job, it can be difficult to obtain a lot of information about the company you’re applying to work for. With recruitment agencies holding critical information back from jobseekers, they are often kept in the dark about the finer details of the company.

If jobseekers were provided with more information about the job, it would help to streamline the interview process, as well as help with company brand production. Employers would more easily be able to whittle down the selection of candidates before the interview process, saving them a great deal of time and improving their chances of finding the right person for the role.

EmptyLemon provides full assistance for employers with their job advertising campaign. Allowing them to promote their business as a brand, EmptyLemon gives employers feedback about the strength of response they are likely to get, based on the location and specifics of a job.

The company started out as an IT Job Board, specialising in sectors such as Data Analyst Jobs, Development Jobs, and Project Management Jobs. Due to phenomenal expansion,EmptyLemon went cross sector in September 2012.

Andrew Kelly, Development Manager for EmptyLemon, said: “Here at EmptyLemon, we pride ourselves on providing far more descriptive ads than those found on jobsites with agency jobs. As a result, we receive great customer service feedback from employers and jobseekers alike.

By providing jobseekers with more detailed company information, respective candidates reach the interview stage with prior knowledge of the company and the ethics it promotes. This leads to candidates giving a more impressive performance as they are able to better comment on what they like about the company and how they could fit in.”

Jobseekers can find jobs direct at EmptyLemon, without the need for recruitment agencies. Candidates should visit EmptyLemon’s website to find out relevant company information before the interview and land the perfect role.

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Agility UK Opens New Office In Sheffield

Agility UK, the health and safety and employment law specialists, have opened a new office and training venue on Broad Street, Sheffield.

The new office will serve as a health and safety training and employment law training venue for businesses in and around the local area. It will be staffed by specialists in the field who will aim to provide comprehensive advice, support and training courses to clients in and around Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire region.

The opening of a Sheffield branch affords Agility UK further scope to expand its existing client database and signals the launch of a new campaign to establish further offices in locations across the UK.

Keith Townsend, Managing Director of Agility UK, commented on the company’s plans for expansion, both in Sheffield and in further potential regions across the UK: “Our extensive market research has shown that businesses like to be supported by firms who operate in and around their local area. However, we have also found that those same businesses are reluctant to use sole traders, and this is often because those sole traders aren’t support by the same back up and indemnities as a larger, national corporation.”

Townsend added: “To help combat this potential conflict of interests, Agility UK is offering the services of an established nationwide business, specialising in the delivery of comprehensive health and safety and employment law solutions, but with an interest in operating on a regional basis. This gives our clients the benefit of a personalised, local presence while also offering the back up and infrastructure of a truly national organisation.”

As part of a wider group of companies offering a variety of tailored solutions for businesses, Agility UK will be sharing its new premises with partner company, Windmill Leasing. Together, the companies will offer comprehensive service solutions around health and safety and employment law advice and training courses, as well as specialist business car leasing and fleet management.

Agility UK is active in implementing a strategic plan to become a truly national provider of tailored solutions with a local presence. As such, there are plans to explore the potential opening of a new regional office in the south of England later in 2011.

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Agility UK Launches New Website

Agility UK has launched a new website to promote its health and safety and employment law training and advisory services to businesses across the UK.

Indicating significant progress for the organisation, the launch of the new website better promotes the company’s range of cost-effective, flexible and solution-focused health and safety and employment law services.

In a triangulated initiative between a web development team, a leading digital agency, and a design agency, the new website offers refreshed branding, improved usability and more comprehensive information regarding each key area of service provision.

The website is also built upon strong SEO foundations and as such will enable further exposure for the business through more prominent positioning on the main search engines for targeted keywords.

Managing Director of Agility UK, Keith Townsend, commented on the launch of the new website: “The new website provides a better platform for Agility UK to showcase its range of services to prospective customers and to advertise a wide range of employment law and health and safety training courses across the UK. It is more attractive and user friendly than our previous website and provides a wealth of additional information to the reader.

“Across the Agility UK Group we have made a significant investment in online marketing of late in terms of time and money and we expect to receive a return on investment through better exposure on Google and an increase in conversion rates. Pleasingly, we have already seen some fantastic results with health and safety courses and seminar bookings in particular.”

Through the website users will be able to browse interactive training course calendars, offering clients easy access to when and where health and safety and employment law training courses are taking place nationwide. Courses can be booked online using a simple form or via the contact details displayed throughout the website.

Coinciding with the launch of the new website are the launches of the new Agility UK Facebook and Twitter pages, as the company’s marketing expands into the social web, and the launch of the new Windmill Leasing website – the company’s business car leasing division.

Agility UK now has a viable platform to syndicate news, blogs and key services within the online arena.

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New Staff Development Program Takes a Different Approach with Startling Results

93% of study participants reported an improved sense of wellbeing at work after completing Life Code Matrix, a new program that takes a fresh approach to staff development.

Dr Kathryn Owler who conducted independent research on Life Code Matrix, found the program differed from other wellness programs in that it appeared to create intrinsic motivation and the potential for sustainable change.

“People came out of the program with a clearer sense of identity and were able to align themselves more positively with their work” she said.

“They experienced their work more creatively with a sense of discovery. They were being fully ‘there’ at work.”

Unique aspects of Life Code Matrix that Dr Owler identified were that the process did not require mental effort; rather participants once they had identified who they were through the process were able to effortlessly be that person.

It was also efficient in that the process did not require constant repetition or reinforcement to create sustainable changes in behavior and attitude.

Life Code Matrix was initially developed by experienced business and life coach Cilla Sturt as a result of identity issues she experienced growing up in a different culture. Limitations she observed professionally with traditional coaching and staff development models led to the programs unique approach.

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Payroll Outsourcing Services Save Small-Business Owners Time And Money

Small-business owners often have to wear multiple hats: boss, human resources representative and payroll administrator, just to name a few. Thanks to National PEO, small-business owners can remove that last hat by outsourcing their company’s payroll administration. National PEO leads the payroll outsourcing services industry, offering payroll administration, tax payment and filing, online payroll entry, and EVerify, among other payroll-related tasks. The Scottsdale, Arizona, company helps small-business owners across the country save both time and money, as payroll administration is neither revenue-producing or an effective use of their time.

National PEO allows small-business owners to do what they do best: Run their companies. It does this by taking over all payroll services, including the important task of verifying work eligibility of employees. To determine whether or not a small business will benefit from payroll outsourcing services, including EVerify, National PEO does the following:

Performs a detailed analysis of the small business’ payroll operations and delivers an action plan showing the potential savings of time and money.

Outlines the many payroll outsourcing services National PEO provides, including:

Input Options – National PEO clients can decide how they want to upload payroll information. They can opt for WebPay, an online payroll entry solution, or they can fax, call, email or drop off their payroll information to be input.

Reports – National PEO’s powerful accounting software eliminates the task of compiling payroll reports.

Direct Deposit – Among National PEO’s payroll outsourcing services, is this versatile option: Small-business owners can give their employees the option of direct deposit, whether into one account or multiple, or via a pay card.

Deductions and Garnishments – National PEO handles health-care benefit deductions, child-support orders, levies and other deductions and garnishments.

PTO Tracking – Perhaps one of the most important of National PEO’s payroll outsourcing services, this system accurately tracks employee sick, vacation and personal time based on the policies of the small business.

About National PEO: When it comes to payroll outsourcing services, National PEO leads the industry thanks to its successful leadership and innovative practices. To schedule an interview with a member of the National PEO team, call John Rico at 480-429-8098. To get more information about the payroll outsourcing services the company provides, including Everify, go to or call (480) 429-8098 or toll free (888) 221-0945.

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PEO Company Introduces NPower Green Payroll Services

National PEO, a leading PEO (Professional Employer Organization) is pleased to announce the introduction of NPower, a free and environmentally friendly program that eliminates paper pay stubs in favor of online payroll access. Besides the “green” aspect of the new program, employees and employers stand to benefit in other ways, including on-demand online access, up-to date information on benefits and the ability to send messages electronically within Npower.

National PEO has gained a reputation for leading the PEO (Professional Employer Organizer) industry through innovative practices and the company’s latest program -NPower- continues this tradition. NPower is the latest in a long line of progressive PEO services introduced by National PEO and one that is bound to strike a chord with employers and employees alike. Instead of receiving printed pay stubs, employees of participating companies have live access to their information online. By eliminating paper and printer supplies from the payroll equation, NPower helps to reduce pressure on companies to make their operations more environmentally responsible. No more pay stubs thrown in the trash or lengthy payroll reports to print and fax. Yet, where other “green” measures tend to come with a measure of inconvenience to those companies that adopt them, NPower represents a tremendous improvement over typical payroll operations.

Human Resources departments are always under pressure to make deadlines and deal with various critical issues, but a considerable amount of time is often lost due to having to respond to frequent questions from employees. National PEO’s NPower removes some of this stress by making the information employees frequently ask about available to them online. How much Paid Time Off (PTO) do they have remaining? Can they view last week’s pay stub? What about information on their 401k? This information and much more is available to employees online 24/7, so they can log in and review it at their leisure instead of having to request the information from a HR representative. The information available through NPower is live and accurate. This means faster answers for employees and fewer distracting questions for the Human Resources department to deal with. Employers can also send messages to employees about benefits programs or other subjects that might be appropriate. NPower truly is one of those PEO services that benefits employer and employee equally. Add in the “green” element, the fact that it’s a free program and you can understand why NPower is a winner.

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Safety Training Classes From National PEO Now Include OSHA Outreach Options

In response to demand from companies in a wide range of industries, National PEO recently announced it has begun offering OSHA Outreach safety training classes. Already known for providing a wide range of professional services to employers, including assisting companies operating in Arizona Everify their employees (as per the Arizona Legal Workers Act), National PEO offers 23 safety training classes based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.

Courses currently available are: OSHA General Industry, OSHA Construction Industry, Hearing Conservation, Hazard Communication, Forklift Training and Certification, Lockout/Tag Out, Heat Stress (Hyperthermia), Cold Illness (Hypothermia), Confined Space Entry, Respirator Training, Back Safety, Blood Borne Pathogens, Fire Safety and Prevention, Electrical Safety, Fall Protection, Ladder Safety, OSHA Record Keeping, Scaffold Training, Eye Safety and Face Protection, Slip Trip and Fall Protection, Basic First Aid, CPR/AED Training and Excavation Safety. While some classes are as short as 30 minutes long, more comprehensive courses (such as OSHA General Industry) range from 10 to 30 hours in duration. To make training as convenient as possible, employees may attend classes at National PEO offices, or courses can be conducted onsite.

In a competitive business environment, Human Resources functions are often impacted, leaving many companies short of the knowledge and personnel required to keep up with legislative and regulatory requirements. A good example is the Arizona Legal Workers Act, legislation that requires companies in that state to electronically verify (or E-Verify) eligibility of their workers. Noncompliance can lead to suspension or even loss of the company’s business license. National PEO quickly offered an Arizona Everify program that processes employees on behalf of the company, audits I-9s and the employee filing system as well as updating management on any changes to federal or state laws as they concern employees and immigration.

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Controlling Lone Worker Risk through Effective Technology Solutions

Following the recent drastic announcements by the Sentencing Guidelines Council that advises Courts in the award of punishments as the consequences for firms contravening health and safety legislation, Tom Morton, CEO of Argyll, the UK’s largest lone worker service provider, advises employers how they can safely mitigate corporate risks using existing technology.

In addition to robust management processes, the HSE recommends that managing the safety of a workforce isolated from their colleagues requires efficient communications to be maintained between the employee and their employer.

Pragmatic employers already acknowledge that it is almost impossible to continuously supervise lone workers manually and that software based lone worker solutions are widely available and can operate 24 hours. These solutions are capable of being accessed via standard mobile phones, smart-phones and specialized lone worker devices and so it is possible to meet the minimum requirement of the HSE guidance and communicate regularly with your lone workers. These software systems enable employers to manage their corporate exposure to health and safety risks and release valuable management time to focus on core business activities rather than day-day health & safety administration.

New ‘specialized’ automatic warning devices, which operate if specific signals are not received from the lone worker (eg man-down devices) are widely available but employers should guard against the temptation for widespread deployment since not all devices currently available will offer compliance with the minimum features recommended within the published lone worker industry standard BS8484. Fundamentally these type of devices are not always required by every lone worker within the organization and any decision to deploy highly specialized equipment could be costly. In real terms this should only be considered once the organisation’s risk assessment identifies a specific risk or system improvement requirement and where mitigation of the risk cannot be achieved using other equipment or assets.

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Argyll ‘Blac and Blu’ In Fight Against Lone Worker Violence

Argyll, the UK leader in lone worker safety introduces ‘Blac’ for Blackberry devices and ‘Blu’ for Windows Mobile devices, two new Health & Safety software applications that are specifically designed to discreetly monitor those at risk, remove the need to deploy expensive ‘specialised’ devices for those personnel deemed at lower risk, maximize the employer return on investment case through significant added value services and still comply with legislation.

Following feedback from clients, Argyll has recognised that many employers are now deploying mobile technology such as Blackberry and Windows Mobile devices in a bid to improve productivity for their remote workers. Argyll has also recognised that employees do not always require, or desire, to carry two devices and that in the current economic climate, where employers are striving to keep costs under control, employers are keen to reduce the numbers of sim cards being deployed.

‘Blac°’ & ‘Blu°’ enable any ‘at risk’ Lone Worker with a GPS equipped Blackberry or Microsoft Windows Mobile device or mobile phone, to maintain reliable contact with an in-house response team and a BS8484 compliant end-to-end solution incorporating a police preferred status Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).

Argyll, the UK’s largest lone worker service provider, is providing free links and advice for any organisations seeking to control ‘lone working’ which is highlighted by the HSE as one of the highest risk exposures for prosecution under the CMCHA. The information is available via the company’s website and enables employers to properly understand the current legislation and contains helpful advice and guidance to assist them fulfil their duty of care for lone workers.

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HR Consulting Firms Offer Fast Track To OSHA Safety Compliance

Against the backdrop of industrial tragedies in Virginia and Louisiana that together took the lives of over 40 workers, employee safety and compliance with related regulations is once again a hot-button issue, particularly among small and medium sized businesses which might not have the needed expertise within their own HR departments. National PEO, one of the nation’s leading HR consulting firms, has announced that it now offers safety compliance services tailored to meet the needs of some of the largest business sectors in the country, including: manufacturing, health care, food service and construction.

HR Consulting Firms Offer Fast Track To OSHA Safety Compliance

National PEO’s reputation among Human Resources consulting firms is built on years of experience, including 30 years combined among senior management and over a decade in operation. In fact, company founders helped to write legislation governing the PEO (Professional Employer Organization) industry. By offering comprehensive safety compliance services to its clients, National PEO removes the barriers to one of the most complex and difficult to implement components of a comprehensive Human Resources strategy. Workers are protected and companies benefit from reduced exposure to industrial accidents and safety code violations.

While other HR consulting firms offer programs to help companies comply with applicable safety regulations, none offers the comprehensive approach offered by National PEO. Included in its program is a safety inspection of a client’s premises conducted in the same methodology and approach employed by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), complete with written report and photographs. In addition, a safety audit can be performed, which goes into additional detail including a review of the client’s existing safety policy (as well as any Hazardous Material management plan), review of OSHA logs for the past five years, review of any corporate safety training programs and a detailed review of any accident reports along with supporting documentation. After analysis, the client is offered assistance in rectifying any oversights and in complying with OSHA regulations. This might include consultation in developing a comprehensive corporate safety program complete with safety training classes for employees. While the expertise needed to accomplish compliance may not be available within a smaller company’s own HR department, National PEO has the experience to offer safety compliance services that fill the gap. National PEO also offers the OSHA 10 and 30 hour outreach classes for both the general industry and construction industry.

Established in 1999, Arizona-based National PEO is one of the oldest and most experienced hr Consulting Firms in the US. Its executive team boasts a combined 30 years in the Human Resources industry. National PEO offers a wide range of HR services including payroll, benefits, recruiting, training and development, IT, labor law compliance, worker’s compensation and Safety Compliance Services . For further information about National PEO or its safety compliance program, please contact John Rico using the following contact information.

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Career Coach Urges Out-of-Work Americans to ‘Be Like Madonna’

Millions of Americans facing long-term joblessness may find greater success in finding a new career rather than trying to reclaim what was lost says Washington-based success coach Eva Jenkins. Jenkins, who is herself re-tooling due to the economic meltdown, suggests a path of self-reinvention modeled on the ultimate ‘quick change artist’…Madonna.

Career Coach Urges Out-of-Work Americans to ‘Be Like Madonna'

As corporate economic belt-tightening makes the prospect of new positions in old places unlikely, Eva Jenkins urges the more than 15 million Americans who are looking for work to think like Madonna. “Madonna has remained a top pop icon for nearly three decades,” observes the Washington-based career coached. “It’s because she has consistently reinvented herself to fit changing times.”

Jenkins believes that a Madonna-like willingness to let go of the past and see new possibilities in the future is “the best antidote to a toxic employment environment.”

Leading by Example
Jenkins, herself, is a victim of the times. The founder of V.I.P. Innovations, one of Washington’s premiere resources for managing ‘human capital,’ Jenkins spent 20+ years working within corporations to facilitate effective communication from top to bottom, inside and out. But as the corporate bean counters have slashed budgets and human resources programs, she has found herself with fewer and fewer clients. “I knew I had to find a new way to ‘spin’ my skills,” she explains.

She reassessed her strengths and nimbly made the transition from working with human resources departments to simply working with humans. She offers one-on-one career coaching to the newly and long-term unemployed. She calls herself a ‘guide,’ noting that she sought out this new role not by choice, but as a by-product of the current economy.

“My new role seems to be a true calling,” she observes. “And in the process of helping others find out who they are, I have also been discovering my own path.”

Jenkins strives to build positive business relationships with her clients. “The best way I know to inspire people as their coach is to ‘walk the walk’ not just ‘talk the talk,’” she says. In this way, Jenkins serves as a role model for her clients. “I model the behaviors I want my clients to emulate such as the willingness to take risks, and a willingness to be vulnerable, authentic and open in their communication,” she explains.

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Joe Kiedinger Launches Program To Help People Connect Better With Co-Workers, Spouses And Children

Joe Kiedinger, founder and Brander-in-Chief of Prophit Marketing of Green Bay, believes that the number one killer of employee job satisfaction and workplace engagement is tension caused by unhealthy relationships and perpetual misunderstandings.

To help employers reduce tension and ultimately increase the level of employee satisfaction with their lives at both work and at home, Kiedinger is launching the About Me Card Program, an employee engagement system combining breakthrough communication approaches with supporting software.

The core of the About Me Card Program involves a practical personal assessment that reveals individuals’ fundamental motivations that are most essential to their happiness. With this information, human resources staff, business owners and managers can better understand what drives employees at the deepest level and can assist them with performing their jobs in a more meaningful and productive way.

Kiedinger is holding a premiere event for the launching of the About Me Card Program at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, at the Meyer Theater in downtown Green Bay. The event is free and open to the public and is being held in partnership with Junior Achievement. The event will include a presentation by Kiedinger, a demonstration of the software, a panel discussion, and live entertainment featuring Let’s Be Frank Productions.

Appearing on the panel will be Mark Skogen, President/CEO of Festival Foods; Dan Swift, General Manager of Dahl Automotive Group; Angela Owen, President of TBL Leadership Partners; Tom Thibodeau, Director of the Servant Leadership Program at Viterbo University; Chris Elliott, Managing Director of About Me International; and Kiedinger.

At the event, attendees will get a glimpse of two About Me Card Programs that will be released in 2011, About Me Kids and About Me Teens, as well as several technological enhancements involving social media.

According to Kiedinger, the About Me Card Program offers important benefits for employers. “When this program is applied to a business, it allows people to communicate clearly without misunderstanding, reduce conflicts, cut tension, hire right and match employees to jobs that fit their talents. In short, this tool creates a whole new level of cooperation and connection between people at work,” he says.

Kiedinger adds that “while all of these factors contribute to increased profitability, what is special with this program is that it helps employers do the right thing—make life better for their employees.” In addition, he says the program is also unique in that it helps facilitate the development of leaders across organizations.

Kiedinger says the most notable feature of the About Me Card Program is its simplicity. “I like to call it a ‘Monopoly’ property card except that instead of being about property it is about a short list of rules to help people successfully connect with one another. The software enhances the experience by allowing people to communicate effectively at the click of a mouse. No other assessment offers this level of immediacy and practicality while providing relevant individualized information,” he says.

Kiedinger says the About Me Card Program is an ideal culture-building tool that can easily become a company’s training program or be integrated into an existing training program. He also says the program can help improve employees’ personal lives by minimizing if not eliminating workplace tension that they would typically bring home with them at the end of the workday.

The About Me Card Program is already being used by a wide array of organizations, and the initial results have been very positive, according to Kiedinger. Organizations that are currently using the program include the United Way of Brown County, Festival Foods, Trig’s, Dahl Automotive, Al Huss Auto & Truck, The Selmer Company and TBL Leadership Partners. In addition, the program is scheduled to be used by a Campbell’s Soup Company plant in Texas in May.

Kiedinger notes that the About Me Card Program continues to draw inquiries from a variety of interested parties, including some organizations from China.

A white paper on the About Me Card Program is available. “How to Produce Highly Motivated and Engaged Employees in the Face of Today’s ‘What’s In It For Me? Workforce’ ” is available at

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National PEO Relieves Companies of the Confusion and Hassles Associated with the Arizona Everify Compliance Requirements

National PEO, a leading provider of PEO services in Arizona and across the nation, offers an Arizona Everify service. As new regulations and laws governing businesses are established, the process of running a business grows increasingly complicated. Small to mid-sized businesses often find that back office duties take up more time than revenue-producing activities. The Arizona Everify regulation is another in a long list of chores that businesses must comply with. With no end in sight of regulations and back office duties, more and more businesses are turning to the professional HR Consulting services of National PEO.

The E-Verify program is an internet based system operated by The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau. Although the system is set up to be user friendly, it is vitally important that precise steps are followed. Many businesses are finding that this system, added to the multitude of other back office duties, results in mass confusion. A mistake with the Arizona Everify requirement can result in possible suspension or even the loss of a company’s business license. This thought can send chills down the back of a business owner.

The HR Consulting team at National PEO can alleviate that fear as they work to process each new hire and rehire made by a company. The team will follow up on any discrepancies in a timely manner in order to comply with federal deadlines. Businesses appreciate the fact that the HR Consulting team also answers employees’ questions and audits the I-9’s and employee filing system.

Additionally, National PEO keeps businesses informed of changes to federal and state laws related to immigration. This comprehensive service means that businesses are relieved of unnecessary stress and they can focus on the duties that bring in profits instead of time consuming administrative tasks.

National PEO has the expertise and professional team members that can help any business run more efficiently and therefore, more profitably. They provide services ranging from employee handbooks to compensation analysis, Arizona Everify and beyond. Besides having extensive knowledge of laws and regulations, National PEO HR Consulting professionals can also assist businesses with such things as document translations or even Spanish speaking tutorials for staff and management. Whatever Human Resource need a business has, National PEO has a solution that will result in a higher profit margin.

National PEO works to help businesses have more time to spend doing profit-producing activities and less time in the back office working on administrative tasks. Their renowned HR Consulting services include a wide range of the basic to the unexpected. Small to mid-sized companies across Arizona and the nation have found National PEO is unmatched in its professionalism and extensive knowledge. Services offered range from employee handbooks to compensation analysis, and even Arizona Everify compliance requirement services. In essence, National PEO works with companies to fulfill Human Resource needs, remedy problems and provide solutions.

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SafeShores Group Release ‘ARCHANGEL’ The UK’s Largest Personal Safety System

Archangel is the largest personal safety system currently deployed within the UK. Originally conceived in 1998 and marketed as ‘Communicare’ by Argyll – – the UK leader in lone worker monitoring, Archangel has developed significantly and currently supports over 30,000 end users managing key risks that span multiple industry sectors. In 2010, Archangel’s backbone technology was instrumental in assisting Argyll when, following extensive trials, they became the police preferred specification for use in domestic violence applications.

Archangel is the first fully integrated wide area personal safety monitoring system and is a comprehensive, secure, service platform designed for use by monitoring centres (e.g. call centres; CCTV; Telecare; or BS5979 Alarm Receiving Centre’s), delivering healthcare, personal safety and security services for commercial operators, employers and public sector agencies in pursuit of their duty of care under current health & safety legislation and emerging lone worker standards such as BS8484.

Personal risk management requires more than just software or devices it requires an holistic approach to all aspects of supporting people while working or living alone. This is why Archangel is designed to satisfy five key principals:

1. Risk Management
2. Location Management
3. Solution Management
4. Incident Management
5. Compliance Management

Archangel assists in the measurement and control of risk through the introduction of safer working practices for remote/mobile workers and discreet remote monitoring of vulnerable persons.

This aids:

Staff to take control of the risk at source by carrying out their own dynamic risk assessment and by enabling them to take sensible proactive measures that ensure their own safety Monitoring providers and responders to co-ordinate and deliver effective and appropriate assistance exactly where it’s required Employers – to achieve compliance with current Health & Safety legislation Carers – to provide discreet and comprehensive support for vulnerable individuals under their care.

Support is achieved through the combined use of layered, interactive and time based risk management software; electronic location information management; a choice of appropriate mobile devices and applications plus secure Internet services for local day-to-day management. The system is designed to provide care and response support to a wide range of vulnerable persons irrespective of the device being carried or their geographic location and without placing unnecessary resource burdens on response teams.

Archangel provides end users with simplicity of use, operational suitability and technical competence. Fundamentally it provides vital comfort, remote dedicated support and reassurance of safety.

For employers and carers Archangel facilitates compliance with legislation, offers productivity improvements, improves social relations and morale and provides simple administration via Internet services enabling management of the corporate H&S policy.

Archangel provides ARC’s with simplified operator interfaces and subscriber alarm workflows. Automated alarm escalation and filtration processes plus automatic and manual incident report generation with fully auditable performance and productivity measures enable demonstration of compliance with industry standards. High volume call traffic handling, intelligent routing, access to management information, flexible reporting and friendly, reliable support are just as important.

It is Archangel’s total commitment to these standards that has built our reputation for delivering an industry-leading risk management solution.

Main Features:
Police preferred specification
Over 30,000 end users
Modular technology, flexible and scalable architecture
Integrated location mapping
Secure Internet services for dynamic control
Supports personal mobile phones, blackberry and windows mobile devices
Supports a choice of accredited, specialist manufacturers, health, safety and
wellbeing devices
A choice of 3rd party developer applications
Compliance and audit reports
BS8484 lone worker standard compliant.

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Controlling Corporate Manslaughter Risk Through Effective Lone Worker Solutions

With the recent drastic increase in the consequences for firms contravening health and safety legislation, Tom Morton, CEO of Argyll, the UK’s largest lone worker solutions provider, advises why organisations should mitigate their risks associated with lone working.

The release of new sentencing guidelines for courts (issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council in February 2010) have raised the stakes for companies convicted of corporate manslaughter offences. The new law applies to every organisation within the UK and provides an effective route to securing a conviction in the event of a fatality, if it can be proved that a company was in breach of the ‘Duty of Care’ owed by the organisation to its workers by virtue of the way in which its activities are managed or organised. In addition to the existing threat of civil actions being taken by staff, unions or family members, and the costs of defending any action taken, the fine recommended for a public corporate manslaughter prosecution to be imposed on any business is now £500,000 or greater. Not only will the organisation face this unprecedented fine, but it may also be burdened with the additional costs of a remedial order and a publicity order.

Fines of this scale can have a devastating impact on small and medium-sized businesses with modest turnover and profit figures. In the case of very large businesses, the fines issued could be much higher than this minimum and the guideline suggests these will reach into millions of pounds.

However, these financial penalties are only part of the story. Courts are also empowered to issue remedial orders, requiring businesses to address any specific health and safety failures that it hasn’t already dealt with, but the final coup de grace is potentially the most damaging element of any corporate manslaughter sentence: the publicity order.

A business served with such an order is required to make a public announcement giving details of the offence committed and the financial penalty imposed. The court will dictate how this announcement must be made but it is expected that national and local press announcements and a message on the business’s own website will be usual practice. The reputational damage caused by a publicity order could end up costing businesses (especially large household names) far more, and take much longer to recover from, than any financial penalty the court can issue. The potential costs of complying with a remedial order and publicity order will not be taken into account by the court in setting the fine and will be a further drain on businesses that may already be facing unprecedented financial pressure.

In the 2008 TUC safety representatives survey, working alone was the sixth main hazard of concern for safety representatives. Recent research shows that 1.3 million people are attacked in the UK every year at work and assaults are increasing by 5% every two years. The rise in workplace violence now costs UK industry hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation and the loss of more than 3 million working days each year.

Health & Safety has been pushed to the top of the corporate agenda by the newly introduced legislation that threaten grave legal and financial consequences for those not exercising an adequate ‘Duty of Care’ for staff exposed to risk whilst operating as Lone Workers. In a nutshell, Trustees and Directors must consider every possibility when assessing the risk faced by Lone Workers and including the impact risk to the organisation.

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PML Risk Management Will Be Accepting PEO Workers Compensation Submissions For Underwriting Quotes On An Invitation Only Basis

According to company owner Jim Shelton, “After more than three years of hard work and several set-backs, our program is finally ready for the PEO markets we have been trying to help”.

“The mid-market PEO will be able to breathe a refreshing sigh of relief with this program designed specifically for the PEO. In particular, smaller PEOs struggle to keep a workers’ comp policy, let alone afford it. Why? Simply put, workers compensation carriers have attached a negative stigma to PEO’s, requiring high collateral, deposits or “fixed” premiums based on an estimated annual premium, hurting the already beleaguered cash flow needed for the PEO’s day to day operations. Larger PEOs tie up precious cash flow and credit; that won’t happen with PML’s program”.

PML Risk Management, Inc. is trying to change the relationship between workers comp carriers and the PEOs who honestly and effectively manage their risk.

PML Risk Management, Inc, is not a professional employer organization (PEO), but the company owner has over 24 years experience as a PEO owner; fully aware of the workers compensation challenges and pitfalls facing the mid-market PEO, as well as the larger PEO.

This unique PEO program will offer qualified and accepted PEOs “Guaranteed Cost” Individual or Master Coordinated policies; all fifty states, No Collateral, little or NO deposit and a monthly reportable Pay-As-You-Go plan.

As an incentive, the program offers the PEO a profit-sharing dividend for keeping their loss ratio 40% or less. This program is the competitive blast of fresh air PEOs have been looking for.

If you would like more information about our PEO specific workers compensation program being offered through PML Risk Management, Inc, please visit or call our licensed managing agent for more details ((210)) 380*2051.

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Acas Urges UK Businesses To Tackle Mental Health In The Downturn

Acas, the employment relations service, is encouraging UK businesses and managers to prepare for the longer term effects of the recession and implement policies and procedures to help cope with mental health issues in the workplace.

In a recently published policy discussion paper, Acas looks at some of the lessons that can be learnt from tackling workplace stress. It advises business and managers to look at how they can anticipate and identify mental health problems in the workplace and what steps should be taken to respond to them.

Figures show that mental health problems cost UK organisations around £26 billion each year*. The latest figures also reveal that the total number of unemployed has now reached 2.47 million**, which could have a further adverse impact on employees’ wellbeing.

Ed Sweeney, Acas Chairman, said: “The economy may hopefully have seen the worst of the recession but the impact on workplaces will be felt far into the future.

“Implementing procedures to effectively deal with mental health issues in the workplace has strong benefits for individuals and organisations. Early intervention can play a critical part in reducing the problem of ill health at work and this ‘prevention over cure’ approach will ultimately help businesses and employees save time, stress and money.”

Measuring the impact of the recession on employees’ mental wellbeing can be difficult as the stigma associated with mental health creates barriers to measuring the true extent of the problem.

Acas is urging organisations and managers to implement effective policies and procedures to help managers deal with the long term impacts of the downturn and safeguard the health and wellbeing of employees. This might include:

– workplace training – to raise awareness of stress and
mental health so that line managers, in particular, can tell if an employee is
suffering from additional or excessive pressures

– Good interpersonal skills – to help nurture trusting relationships with staff who
may be anxious about disclosing their mental health problems

– A supportive organisational structure – that guides managers by providing clear
policies and procedures for managing mental health

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HR Consulting and Safety Compliance Services By National PEO

National PEO LLC (Professional Employer Organization) offers safety compliance services along with a full spectrum of HR consulting expertise to a wide range of industries including food services, manufacturing, health care and construction.

HR Consulting and Safety Compliance Services

Human Resources has been for years a frequently understaffed or overlooked department, especially in small and medium sized businesses that are focused on production and revenue rather than administrative requirements. However, it’s often at this stage that companies are in most need of HR best practices to facilitate strategic growth and manage various regulatory compliance issues. National PEO offers programs that can help companies with any of their HR needs, including:

• Employee development and training.
• Staff programs, safety programs and employee handbooks.
• Compensation analysis.
• Regulatory compliance, including safety and environmental compliance.
• Regional taxation rules.
• Strategic planning.

National PEO clients benefit from the experience of a company that was founded ten years ago and has remained committed to remaining at the leading edge of professional employer organization best practices and well as emphasizing unparalleled customer service.

Arizona Environment Progress, Inc., a National PEO client has this to say: “The staff is courteous and helpful, and goes the extra mile for their clients. Their Human Resource Department is such a pleasure to work with. We can always get answers to our most difficult questions, and most times have the answer within one hour. We would recommend them to any company.”

National PEO goes far beyond what typical a HR Consulting Firms offer, including the availability of bilingual support staff. Safety compliance includes providing a full safety inspection of the client’s facility, following OSHA inspection standards, accompanied by a written report and photographs. Going beyond the level of a trial inspection, a full safety audit is also available. This includes an inspection, review of OSHA 300 logs for the past five years and a comprehensive review of the company’s accident reports, safety training programs, environmental programs, hazardous material management plans and other relevant documentation. National PEO then assists the client to achieve abatement and compliance once an OSHA compliance inspection is completed.

For further information about National PEO’s HR Consulting services, including safety compliance programs, payroll processing and employee benefits programs, please call 480-429-8098, or visit

About National PEO LLC
National PEO LLC was founded in 1999 and has enjoyed a decade of steady growth, becoming a leading provider of PEO services to hundreds of companies throughout Arizona and the United States. National PEO’s executive Safety Compliance Services team exceeds a combined thirty years of experience in the field and continues to steer National PEO toward exceeding expectations of a HR Consulting Firms through innovation, leadership, customer satisfaction and setting the trend for PEO industry best practices.

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Become A Professional Housekeeper/Nanny

Nannies and Housekeepers apply for work usually with experience; however, very few are well rounded in all areas so that they can offer themselves as certified professionals in the field. In this economy, the more you know and can offer up as talents and skills, the more likely you are the one to be selected for the job and less likely to be fired.


A professional domestic should learn have good basic childcare skills, and know how to clean, cook, do laundry, flower arranging, table setting and serving along with knowing how to conduct themselves on a job when problems arise and how to communicate properly with their employers in an effort build and maintain a strong employer/employee relationship.

Our one day seminar covers all this and more. Check out to know more about our course study to help you or your employee become a full charge certified professional domestic.

In addition, we do in-home training, personalized household manuals, recruitment and consultation!

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