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Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law The Clean Slate Act (S.7551A/A.1029C) with an effective date of November 16, 2024. The law will seal certain criminal records following an individual’s release from incarceration: eligible misdemeanor convictions will be sealed three years after release, and eligible felony convictions will be sealed eight years after release –…

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a worrisome trend of employees disengaging from their work. Sometimes dubbed “quiet quitting,” this trend has sent ripple effects throughout business organizations across the country. To understand this problem, it’s first important to understand what employee engagement means. Generally, this term is used to denote team members…

Attention New York employers: On November 17, 2023, Governor Hochul signed S4516 into law, amending Section 5-336 of the General Obligations Law (“GOL”), commonly known as New York’s #MeToo statute. The amendment significantly changes the terms permissible in settlement agreements for claims relating to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. As of the effective date, November 17,…

In the dynamic landscape of employee performance evaluations, 360-degree reviews have emerged as a holistic approach, offering a well-rounded perspective. However, to extract the full benefits of this method, managers must adopt a strategic outlook. This blog post explores key elements to enhance the effectiveness of 360 reviews, delving into the nuances of communication, goal…

  The 2023 Sales Dilemma Susan Powers, Peak Sales/Sandler   Salespeople have never had a greater advantage and opportunity than they do today. They can secure even greater advantages and opportunities with each passing day. That’s because artificial intelligence, machine learning, and technology continue to make advancements that help salespeople develop closer and stronger relationships…

Selling a small business can be tough.  One of the biggest obstacles to a successful business transfer is the lack of a strong team.  Without a competent and reliable team buyers may hesitate to invest in the business.  Owners should focus on building a workforce structure that can help drive the business forward.  Potential buyers…

At FIREPOWER, we’re here to help our leaders achieve growth and innovation through their biggest asset: their people. Together, let’s achieve the hardest growth goals and go beyond the surface-level approach of employee reviews by learning how to balance people, processes, and technology to establish an empowered workforce. It’s time to unlock the true potential…

Hey there, hardworking business owner! We know you’ve been hustling and adapting like a champ over the past year. Remote work became the norm, and you made it work! But now, a moment of truth is upon us: the option to return to the office. While remote work definitely had its perks (like sweatpants and a commute…

Later today, the United States Supreme Court is set to hear opening remarks in a former postal worker’s claim of religious discrimination against the U.S. Postal Service (the “USPS”) after he was repeatedly disciplined for refusing to work on Sundays.  Once again, this Supreme Court is considering overturning decades of precedent. If successful, the ruling could…

Don’t be surprised if no one is answering the phones at Brody and Associates on June 19th.  The number of private employers offering Juneteenth as a paid holiday continues to grow and has jumped significantly over the last three years.  Last year, nearly one-third of all private employers gave their employees a paid day off.  This…

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is attacking no-poach hiring agreements, a trend that could have a lasting impact on how companies solicit/secure employees. This trend started in 2016, when they issued guidelines on how to avoid antitrust violations based on the illegal use of no-poach agreements.   The guidance noted that the DOJ could pursue criminal investigations,…

By Robert G. Brody and Mark J. Taglia March 10, 2023   On Thursday, March 9th, President Biden submitted his proposed fiscal year 2024 budget request to Congress.  In it he seeks a $1.5 billion increase to the U.S. Department of Labor Budget.  Most of this increase would support the President’s paid family and medical…

CBIZ Health Care Survey Shows Employers Prioritize Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Hot Job Market Survey also finds employers are prioritizing stemming the rising costs of medical plans and the inclusion of mental healthcare services Business Wire CLEVELAND — March 15, 2023 CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ), a leading national provider of insurance, financial and advisory services,…

By Robert G. Brody and Mark J. Taglia January 20, 2023 Last week the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) proposed a rule banning companies from requiring workers to sign noncompete agreements.  Currently, there are about 30 million workers (roughly 18% of the U.S. workforce) who are subject to such agreements.    The FTC proposal would apply…

Many relatively new macroeconomic and socioeconomic factors have changed how companies recruit, engage, and retain top talent. Factors include: Highly competitive labor market Wage inflation The Remote Workforce The Gig Economy The Great Resignation Has your recruiting process kept current with the changing business landscape? What does your strategic sales recruiting process look like, and…

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  In our last article about life after the sale we discussed identity. Even when business owners are comfortable with who they are, however, there is still the nuts and bolts issue of activity. A business owner spends 20, 30, or (not uncommonly with Boomers,) 40 years focused on running a business. Unless they’ve built a substantial…

Work from anywhere has been a necessity, an epithet, an obstacle, and an opportunity over the last 3 years. To paraphrase Aristotle’s axiom about Nature (“Horror Vacui”), business abhors a vacuum. Where one occurs, it is quickly filled. Work from anywhere started as a COVID-induced necessity. During the lockdowns of 2020-2021 (and longer in some…

The Annual Government Contractor Awards celebrate Small Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) members and other government contracting organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to industry excellence. Award categories showcase companies of all sizes, plus key projects and outstanding executives. Your clients and exit prospects  in the GovCon industry can benefit from the exposure that comes…

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