Co-Employment Basics: A Quick Guide for Employers

When you hear the term “co-employment,” what comes to mind? A lot of employers think it means working with a staffing...
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What is a Professional Employer Organization?

By Kelly Bass
It’s common for employers to link up with an outside partner to support tasks like payroll, benefits administration and employee paperwork to save time and money, and so they can focus on more substantive work. Of those who do, many choose to work...

State vs. Federal: Which Wage Laws Apply?

By Tiffany Donnelly
Federal wage laws, like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), apply to employers across the nation. But when you have employees in a state like Hawaii that has its own wage laws, how do you know which one applies to you?

Are You Making These Common Wage & Hour Mistakes?

By Tiffany Donnelly
Wage and hour compliance can be complicated, but it’s important to get it right. That’s because mistakes can be costly. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Honolulu investigated companies at several Hawaii...

Don't Let Rising Labor Costs Hurt Your Business

By Jody Aadland
Did you know that you can find significant savings on your labor costs—everything from healthcare and benefits to workers’ compensation and employee perks? The answer is HR outsourcing.

4 Laws of Habit Change: Advice From Our February Growth Series

By Ruth Erickson
Our first Growth Series event of 2019, “Atomic Habits: Compound Tiny Changes Into Remarkable Results,” took place on February 27 and featured James Clear, New York Times bestselling author, as our keynote speaker. We were honored to have him share...

Should You Keep HR In-House or Get an HR Partner?

By Jody Aadland
Before we dig in to the debate, let’s quickly define what goes into HR, or Human Resources. Essentially, HR is anything and everything that relates to the management of your workforce. It involves recruiting and hiring new employees, assessing,...

5 Hacks to Kick Your Productivity Into High Gear

By Ruth Erickson
Whether you’re your own boss or a manager of a team, productivity in the workplace is a hot issue right now. We all want to work smarter, not harder, to get things done...and enjoy work/life balance in paradise too.

Setting Goals? Focus on This Instead

By James Clear
This article is an excerpt from Atomic Habits, James Clear's New York Times best-seller. Join us forGrowth Serieswith James Clear on February 27, 2019 to learn about how to improve 1% every day through tiny changes. Registration is still open. Use...

How to Get 1% Better Every Day

By Ruth Erickson
What are your most important goals in life? What habits fuel those goals? And what would happen if every day, you were able to get 1% better at each of those habits?

Your 2019 HR Calendar

By Ruth Erickson
It’s the start of the new year and chances are you’re busy locking down your plans and major milestones for 2019. And if you haven’t started yet, it isn’t too late. In fact, we’ve made it easier for you by creating a 2019 HR Calendar!

An Employer's Guide to Hawaii's New Salary History Ban

By Tiffany Donnelly
Earlier this year, Governor David Ige signed a bill into law which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. Hawaii’s Equal Pay Act, also known as the Salary Ban Law, takes effect on January 1, 2019. So what do you...

Employer Taxes 101—FICA, FUTA, SUTA Decoded

By Chris Wakukawa
Labor costs, which can be made up of wages, benefits, insurance, taxes, admin, and more, can account for up to 70 percent of your total business expenses. While many employers think there’s little they can do to reduce these costs, there are...

A Complete Checklist for Your Year-End Tasks

By Danielle Achziger
As the holidays quickly roll in, it is time to consider all the tasks on your payroll and HR to-do list. Tis the season for surfing santas and sandmen, but also year-end paperwork too. Things like processing annual and holiday bonuses, rounding out...

What's Trending for Women in Business

By Michelle Steitz
According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, women-owned businesses account for 31% of all privately-held firms in the United States. That number jumps a bit to 37.5% for women-owned firms in Hawaii, according to a recent census ...

9 Podcasts for Small Business Owners

By Ruth Erickson
From business management books to leadership seminars, there are a vast variety of ways for small business owners to learn best practices from the experts. And with smartphones readily available, it’s easy to download and listen to actionable tips...

Infographic: Workers' Compensation Costs in Hawaii

By Ruth Erickson
Did you know that labor costs can account for up to 70% of total business expenses? Beyond an employee’s salary or wage, there are other labor costs that can add to an employers’ bottom line, including Workers’ Compensation. While many employers...

The Power You Didn't Know You Had When it Comes to Controlling Labor Costs

By Ruth Erickson
Labor costs, which can be made up of wages, benefits, insurance, taxes, admin, and more, can account for up to 70% of your total business expenses. While many employers think there’s little they can do to reduce these costs, there are actually ways...

Infographic: What's Your True Labor Cost?

By Ruth Erickson
When you’re trying to figure out how your labor costs impact your bottom line, it’s important to think beyond payroll. In addition to employee wages, there’s a long list of benefits, taxes, insurance, and administrative costs that can add up.

What Hawaii Employers Need to Know About Tax Reform

By Michelle Leon-Guerrero
It hasn’t even been a year since President Trump Signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but it looks like we’re not done with tax reform yet. This summer, Congress began discussing a second round of changes, dubbed “Tax Reform 2.0.” While this latest...

Why You Need to Concentrate on Customer Experience

By Ruth Erickson
No matter what type of business you manage, your customers’ experience is an important part of marketing. More likely than not, the way they experience your product and/or service can actually make or break your marketing efforts to new buyers.

How to Prep Your Business for Hurricane Lane

By Ruth Erickson
UPDATE: As you may have heard, all ProService Hawaii offices will be closed on Friday, August 24 as the islands prepare for the worst of Hurricane Lane. As your client experience is still our top priority, if you have an HR-related issue on Friday,...

What Hawaii Business Owners Can Learn From Other Businesses’ Parental Leave Policies

By Michelle Leon-Guerrero
With all the recent buzz around the advancement of Hawaii’s paid family leave legislation passing through the House and Senate, with the addition of a study to conduct a thorough analysis on the best way to frame the law awaiting the Governor’s...

8 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Wellbeing

By Trisha Nomura
When you feel good, you perform well. Whether that’s physically, emotionally, or mentally, wellness plays a critical role in overall performance. And while this is commonly known amongst athletes, taking care of your well-being actually positively...

7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Disciplining Employees

By Samantha Switalski
Management is a tough job! From motivating employees to handling customer complaints - there’s never a dull moment when it comes to running a company. You love to see your employees succeed, but when they make mistakes, what’s your course of action?

Is a PEO Right For You?

By Jody Aadland
Do you struggle to keep up with all the paperwork running a business requires? From payroll and administration, to employee health and retirement benefits, to workers' compensation insurance, state and federal compliance issues, and even worker...