HR Party of One

HR Party of One

HR Party of One is your human resources how-to. Featuring engaging discussions on the latest HR issues facing fast-growing small businesses and startups. Each episode provides captivating, actionable insights on topics including hiring, culture, technology, leadership, and more.

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May 6, 2021 7 min
In mid-March 2021, Amazon announced the nationwide launch of Amazon Care, a healthcare service that is expected to debut in the summer of 2021. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin covers what the service is, how it works, how it could change the benefits landscape for years to come, and how services like Amazon Care can be used to HR’s advantage when hiring and retaining staff. ► Find us at https://www.berniepor...
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Experts predict that a “Turnover Tsunami” is imminent, thanks in part to the eventual end of the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin talks about how you can use trending onboarding tips and best practices that will help keep people on your team in 2021. ?Find us at https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/ (https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/) BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS...
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COBRA compliance can be difficult, especially if you’re handling it yourself. Now, it’s even more complicated thanks to recent stimulus bill changes that implemented a 100% free COBRA subsidy for eligible employees and employers. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin talks through the ins and outs of this important component of healthcare law that’s designed to help out employees during the pandemic.  ►Find us at ...
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HR can shift how it’s viewed within an organization to become more effective at completing results-getting activities. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin talks about how HR can influence how it’s positioned in an organization, the dramatic impact it can have on how effective HR is on the team, and how human resources professionals can even boost their pay to reflect their responsibilities.  ►Find us at https://...
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Job interviews can be stressful for applicants—but they’re not easy for hiring managers, either. Employers also need to make sure that their hiring practices are actually compliant with all the rules and regulations the government has in place to protect employees from discrimination. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin discusses the best and worst questions to ask during a job interview. ►Find us at https://www...
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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is here. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin breaks down the newest stimulus bill into easily digestible policy takeaways that organizations need to know. From free COBRA coverage to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, each provision discussed will help employers stay compliant and could even help keep teams afloat during the final months of the historic public health crisis. ...
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Overpaying an employee is more common than you think. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin explains exactly how you can correct an overpayment and how to communicate this change to employees. ►Find us at https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/ (https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/) BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & managing its people easy.  http://bit.ly/2NEQ5Q...
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Offboarding doesn’t have to be painful. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin discusses how HR professionals can actually turn employee resignations into a net positive for their teams by teaching them the art of resigning gracefully. ►Find us at https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/ (https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/) BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that makes building a business & mana...
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Late in 2020, the IRS released the final version of the 2021 Form W-4. The important tax form includes very few changes from the 2020 version, which was overhauled to feature more accurate withholding information in a simpler and more private format. In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin will cover how this document works, why it matters, and how HR can use an HRIS to master Form W-4 compliance.  ► Find us at https://www.bernieporta...
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Would you fire an employee for a social media post? It’s a complicated issue that more and more employers are facing as social platforms continue to dominate modern culture. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin covers what you need to know about social media policies in 2021. By the end, viewers will have a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of a fair approach to this complicated issue.  ►F...
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With a new president in the White House, a new set of priorities and policies are already shaping everything from labor law to the economy. President Biden has also promised to make changes to the federal healthcare marketplace. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin covers four ways the new administration could change health coverage and how these updates could impact your team’s benefits. ► Find us at https://www...
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► Find us at https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/ Employees’ lives look a lot different now than they did a year ago—and so do their priorities when it comes to benefits. And because building benefits is a year-round process, in this episode, host Ryan McCostlin will cover four fast-growing benefits that HR teams should consider adding in 2021—and how they can begin to evaluate those options. BerniePortal: The all-in-one H...
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As the coronavirus vaccine slowly becomes available to more and more people, how should HR parties of one think about reopening their offices during the pandemic? In our most recent episode, we covered the Kepner-Tregoe Method and how it can be used to make a decision about reopening your office. In this episode—which is Part II of our previous show—host Ryan McCostlin demonstrates how you can use Kepner-Tregoe to analyze possible ...
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The coronavirus vaccine has arrived. As doses are distributed throughout the country, employers and HR teams need to know when they can plan to safely reopen offices and return to business as usual. In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin discusses how HR can make informed decisions about returning to the office during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tCKqZYyza5Y Find us at https://www.bernieporta...
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More pandemic relief is officially on the way. In late December 2020, then-President Donald Trump signed a new, $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package known as the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA). In this episode, host Ryan McCostlin talks about three key changes introduced by this bill that HR parties of one need to know right now. ▬ Episode Resources & Links ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/co...
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As HR prepares for the new year, it’s key to stay ahead of the curve on important dates and compliance requirements. One noteworthy takeaway is that in 2021, some employees and employers can expect 27 pay periods during the payroll calendar instead of the typical 26. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin answers why you should rethink your approach to addressing this extra paycheck.  Find us at https://www.berniep...
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If you’re like most organizations, you’re talking about compensation the wrong way. The good news? This can be fixed. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin will explain why the concept of “target compensation” should serve as the cornerstone for how you talk about pay. Find us at https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/ (https://www.bernieportal.com/hr-party-of-one/) BerniePortal: The all-in-one HRIS that mak...
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In 2020, the IRS issued a few key updates to Form 1095-C. Now, all applicable large employers (ALEs) have new codes to describe the affordability of coverage offered last year, as well as other key changes that apply to most other employers. In this episode of HR Party of One, host Ryan McCostlin will walk viewers through these updates and cover what HR pros need to know to remain compliant with the Affordable Care Act in 2021.  Fi...
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December 31, 2020 10 min
With 2020 finally coming to an end, take a look back at some of our favorite moments from HR Party of One’s first year. This year hasn’t gone according to script, and HR parties of one have faced unprecedented challenges. From adapting to working remotely, creating a safe working environment to return to, and securing PPP loans, HR teams of small and medium-sized businesses have done it all, and HR Party of One was right there with...
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Companies often spend December finishing year-end projects and prepping for Q1. For small- and mid-sized businesses, HR parties of one are tasked with a near-insurmountable deluge of projects to help make this transition possible. This includes employee evaluations. In response, HR ends up repeating the same processes year after year just to keep up with the workload, even if they don’t work. In this episode of HR Party of One, hos...
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