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Unemployment Fraud Is On The Rise

Unemployment fraud is a growing issue for many employers in Texas. A form of identity theft, unemployment fraud occurs when an individual knowingly collects unemployment benefits using a social security number or other private information that does not belong to them. If you or your business become the victim of fraudulent unemployment benefits claims, there are several steps you can take to dispute the claim. In order to file an unemployment benefits claim, a social security number is needed. T...

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Achilles Group Mission Statement: Our Why

A mission statement defines what an organization is, why it exists, it's reason for being. What is our Why? We're glad you asked! Our mission statement is "to equip and encourage leaders to make smart people decisions." We are an organization that proactively delivers human resources expertise in a cost-effective way. We take a professionally human approach by placing people, yours and ours, at the center of everything that we do. In other words, it’s all about the power in people, which is why ...

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Achilles Group Vision Statement: Our Pathway to Growth

A vision statement is a company’s road map, indicating what the company wants to become by setting a defined direction for the company’s growth. At Achilles Group, we think of it as the pathways that lead us to where we are aiming to go. Our pathway to growth is "Giving HR a new name through a Professionally Human approach." What do we mean by that? It's simple: Our unique methodology is a collaborative approach between your organization and ours that starts with identifying your specific needs....

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Achilles Group News: Heat-Related Illness

OSHA Reminds Texas Employers that Record High Temperatures Can Put Employees at Risk for Heat-Related Illnesses   Don't Let the Heat Beat Your Business As temperatures rise in the summer months, it's essential to keep employees whose roles are impacted by heat safe and healthy to keep your operations moving. Heat-related illness can lead to costly medical leaves and lower production. OSHA's implementation of a National Emphasis Program (NEP) in April has been restated by a subsequent p...

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The Great Toy Run!

Thanks to the efforts of dozens of generous fishing and boating enthusiasts, and some caring local citizens, more than 1,500 at-risk children on the central coast of Texas will be enjoying a very happy Christmas again this year.  Bill Bahr, one of our Achilles Group associates, and his wife Marci have participated in the annual “Toy Run” for 10 out of the last 15 years.  This year, the employees at Achilles Group were able to make their own generous donations to help Bill and Marci.Annually, for...

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3 Simple Terms for Success

A lot of folks throw around the words business strategy or organizational alignment or strategic planning. The reality is that the ability to draft a simple, direct set of plans or objectives based on a few core disciplines, can move your business forward in a positive directionDon’t make it too complex! Keep your team on track with three simple steps – focus, tools and technique. Read more about how this framework can bring you Strategy Alignment. First of all, begin with the end in mind and fo...

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TalentConnection, the Achilles way

TalentConnection, the Achilles way…Find, hire and keep good people. Sounds like a great set of priorities… So you outline a clear recruiting profile, place ads and get a big response.  Now all you need is the time and technique to quickly work through a hundred resumes and find the 2 or 3 that make good prospects. That sounds simple enough, right? In reality, not so much.Intentions are good, it’s just that your managers are juggling daily operational needs and multiple business responsibilities ...

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A Client’s Perspective: Crest Management

At Crest Management, we were so busy growing our business that we didn’t take time to stop and figure out what we needed in regards to investing in our people. We came to a point where we’d quickly grown to fifty people, and at that point we knew we needed to put some structure in place and make a variety of improvements to our Human Resources capabilities. After interviewing two different firms we decided to go with Achilles Group, and they were able to dive right in and get a good feel for our...

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Become a Leader Worth Following

Strategy Alignment is the area of our Fractional HR model that is focused on aligning your people with your strategic organizational initiatives.  In order for this to become a reality, ongoing leadership development must be a priority.To help you in this effort, we would like to invite you and the leaders of your organization to Leadercast 2017: Building Leaders Worth Following. What: Live broadcast of Leadership 2017: Building Leaders Worth Following (Click here for All of the Event Details) W...

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Preparing for New Overtime Regulations

UPDATE: On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor released its final rule on new overtime regulations, raising the salary threshold for exempt status to $47,476. Click here for more information.The Department of Labor is expected to publish final overtime regulations in July. The proposed update to the Fair Labor Standards Act would increase the salary threshold for exempt status from $23,660 to $47,476. That means any employee making less than $47,476 a year would need to be paid time and a half...

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Overcoming HR Obstacles with Gajeske, Inc.

Bob Gajeske, Sr. founded Gajeske, Inc. with a single Houston location in 1986. Over the past 30 years, the family business has expanded to Austin, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth. That kind of successful growth is bound to come with a few personnel challenges along the way.“We had issues making decisions regarding our employees,” Gajeske explained. One of those issues was implementing a process for employee separation - a daunting task for many small and startup business owners. Achilles Group...

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How Hot is Too Hot?

We all know how unforgiving the southern heat can sometimes be, but do we all know how to protect ourselves and employees?  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a warning on Friday to remind employers to protect their personnel. Previously employers did not have to report heat related illnesses unless they were fatal or were detrimental to everyday functionality.  Now, however, employers are required to notify OSHA of any inpatient hospitalization.How to protect your e...

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Minimum Wage and Your Company

Although minimum wage in Texas has not changed since 2009 (it is $7.25, which is the Federal Minimum Wage or FMW), companies with operations in multiple states should carefully watch minimum wage developments in order to remain in compliance. Many states and some localities (e.g., San Francisco) now have minimum wages above the FMW and many of them have more increases scheduled for the future. Of course, these changes to minimum wage rates also affect overtime pay calculations. Click here to see...

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Watch Your English!

Is yours one of the many Houston-based businesses that hires employees who do not speak English?  Here are some points to ponder:Federal Posting Requirements maintain that if 20% or more of your workforce is not proficient in English and speaks another language, you must post your federal labor law posters in the language those employees speak. (Many languages are available.)Don’t assume that your non-English-speaking employees are aware of your HR policies and procedures.  If translating an ent...

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The Most Memorable Job Interview I Ever Gave:

Push Back.During an interview a few years ago, I benignly asked a candidate, “Have you ever had to push back against a difficult manager?”He responded,“Once my no-good boss yelled at me and got all up in my face. I’m a MAN and you don’t talk to me like that!” While energetically acting out both parts, he showed me how he forcefully pushed the manager down and made him fall hard on the office furniture.I explained that I was asking him about having to defend company policy to a manager, and that ...

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