The CheckPoint HR Blog

Why manual PTO tracking puts you at risk [Video]

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Thu, May 25, 2017

Many small firms use manual processes for tracking their staffs' paid time off and attendance. They assume that because they have a modestly sized group, it's manageable.

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Topics: human resources

Keep calm and comply on: Preparing for HR change in the face of uncertainty

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Mon, May 1, 2017

With a new administration come uncertainty, questions and concerns. Here's how to navigate those complexities and maintain compliance

The rapid shifts unfolding for employers this year are bringing concern, confusion and complexity to the human resources landscape. From policy changes to new litigation, these transformations greatly influence how employers and HR professionals approach all aspects of employee administration, talent acquisition and HR management. 

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Topics: employee benefits, Affordable Care Act, human resources, onboarding

It's time for HR professionals to stop doing administrative tasks

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Mon, Apr 3, 2017

When HR professionals spend most of their days bogged down by tedious, time-consuming and tactical tasks, the organization as a whole suffers

It's hard to innovate and improve when you're drowning in dysfunction. 

Most employees crave meaningful work - jobs that give them a sense of purpose - and HR professionals are no different. Most HR leaders choose this field because they are passionate about the work and care deeply about talent and people management. As the staff members who work in such a central part of the organization, they likely have a lot of great ideas for how to best improve the company and suggestions and input on what changes should be made to better serve the organization and its employees.

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Topics: human resources, HRIS, hr software, connected HR, human capital management, administrative tasks

Why technology isn't enough for HR departments [Video]

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Fri, Mar 31, 2017

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Topics: human resources

6 Questions to Ask HR Technology Providers

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Mon, Mar 27, 2017

The strategic relationship you have with your HR technology provider can be as important as the technology itself. 

Are you thinking about investing in a new HR technology? You certainly aren't alone. 

More and more, organizations are looking to automate various business processes - with a lot of emphasis placed on HR functions. This makes sense, considering the pivotal role things like payroll and employee administration play in organizational performance and productivity.

In fact, according to research conducted by Deloitte, a whopping 92 percent of companies are trying to restructure in a way that enables them to better support a new digital culture. 

HR software and tools aren't a cure-all for the issues currently plaguing your company. Without a doubt, they can and should be used to help streamline operations, eliminate costly redundancies and improve the overall workflow. However, the simple act of purchasing and implementing a new HR technology system isn't, in and of itself, enough to guarantee you realize all these benefits.

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Topics: human resources, HRIS, employee engagement

3 Ways HR Impacts your Organization's Bottom Line

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

HR functions play a pivotal role in the performance and success of an organization.

When it comes to meeting your business goals and moving the organization toward its bottom line, it's important to make sure you are optimizing the appropriate processes and tracking the right metrics.

It's no news that human resources is a critical aspect of any company. HR ensures staff gets paid on time, your organization maintains compliance with various and ever-evolving industry regulations and that you're attracting and retaining top talent. Without HR, many major aspects of your company would collapse. And while few would dispute the importance of HR, many businesses tend to overlook the monumental role it plays in the organization's bottom line.

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Topics: human resources, HRIS, employee engagement

Creating a more connected, integrated HR environment

Posted by Tim Padva on Wed, Mar 1, 2017

The world of human resources is constantly changing and expanding. As it does, it is also growing more complex.


HR professionals have no shortage of concerns to deal with on a daily basis. From payroll to compensation, to employee administration and compliance, HR services and functions play a critical role in the performance and success of a business. So it's critical to ensure that the practices, methods and policies pertaining to these operations are as accurate and efficient as possible.

Over the last decade, the digital revolution has ushered in a new era of managing and conducting business both internally and externally. These technology-driven solutions have helped streamline workflows, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs. However, they can only do so much when run in disparate systems. In today's increasingly complex, competitive and digital landscape, the biggest mistake organizations make is operating in siloed environments.

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Topics: employee benefits, human resources, connected HR

Aligning HR with Organizational KPIs

Posted by Tim Padva on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Data-driven decision-making. It’s a term that has been thrown around a lot in recent years, but how exactly does it apply to human resources?

Aligning HR with information relevant to key performance indicators can lead to intuitive, actionable insights that could potentially transform the company—but you need the right tools in place to make it work.

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Topics: human resources, hr, key performance indicator, kpi, hr planning

Offering Student Loan Repayment Benefits

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Fri, Apr 29, 2016

A tweak to the tax code could allow employers to pay back employees’ student debt. Two bills making their way through Congress (H.R. 1713 and H.R. 4363) could give companies tax incentives for helping employees repay their student loans.

Currently, if employees receive money from their employers to pay off student debt, it is considered taxable income. The bills aim to expand the tax code, allowing up to $5,250 per year to be treated as nontaxable income.

The average college graduate has $30,000 in debt. Since many young people prioritize paying off debt over saving for retirement, this could be a benefit that employers can use to attract talent. Although the bills are not expected to be passed during an election year, supporters are cautiously optimistic. Read More

Topics: employee benefits, human resources, Business Trends, Insurance Trends, student loans

2016 HR and Benefit Trends: Compliance gains urgency and support

Posted by Jim Pugliese on Tue, Feb 23, 2016


HR and benefits continue to lead the list of challenges facing employers in 2016. Benefit costs, compliance hurdles and technology decisions loom large for companies of all sizes, and the changing workforce will force managers to rethink long-held standards and processes. 

In our recent white paper, CheckPoint HR identified five trends that offer a glimpse of what’s coming, along with actions you can take now to stay ahead of the curve and thrive in 2016. 

This week, we'll take a look at the second trend we identified: Compliance Gains Urgency and Support. 


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Topics: employee benefits, human resources, 2016 hr trends, 2016 business trends, Business Trends, Insurance Trends, 2016 Trends, 2016 employee benefit trends