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How to Deal with Sickness at Work During COVID-19

Q: An employee tells others “Go home so you don’t get everyone sick.” How do I handle this?A: Now that we know more about the symptoms of COVID-19, there are some pretty well-known expectations that have been set. An employer should post that if you’...

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How To Keep Your Team Engaged While Working Remotely

Engagement is more difficult when you can’t do it face-to-face. We lose a lot of our communication capabilities when we’re not together in person. Ninety-three percent of how we communicate is through our tone and our body language. While working rem...

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Client Success Story: Smartbridge

Smartbridge is a Houston-based organization dedicated to simplifying business transformation, and applying thought leadership and innovation to bring their customers’ digital agendas to reality. We began working with Achilles Group two or three years...

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Emergency Sick Pay & Documentation: What You Need To Know

The answer to this question is both yes, and no. It’s important to note that there are six reasons you can qualify for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL), part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): The employee is subject to a federal...

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Important Texas Workforce Commission Updates

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently posted some important updates regarding work search requirements for those collecting unemployment. The June 30th announcement states that it will delay the reinstatement of the work search requirement fo...

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act: Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions

The recently created Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) addresses several concerns expressed by businesses regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). While the PPP loans were met with great enthusiasm, the program's rollout lef...

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Apache Services COVID-19 Decontamination Service Testimonial

As we ease into reopening the office, Achilles Group team members have been brainstorming ways to safely make the transition back into office life. When we learned that one of our clients, Apache Services, Inc., offers COVID-19 Decontamination servic...

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Harris County Face Mask Ordinance FAQs

Monday, April 27 marks the first day of the Harris County face mask ordinance. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the ordinance:   What is the new mandatory face mask mandate? On Wednesday, April 22 Harris County Judge Lina Hi...

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Small Business Debt Relief Program

Does the CARES Act provide debt relief if I already have SBA loans?Yes. The CARES Act provides immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans. Under this provision, the SBA will cover all loan payments on qualifying SBA loans to inc...

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Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program and Emergency Economic Injury Grants

What provisions does the CARES Act make through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program and Emergency Economic Injury Grants?EIDLs are low-interest loans of up to $2 million, with principal and interest deferment at the Administrator’s disc...

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQs

What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?The Paycheck Protection Program makes loans of up to $10 million available to qualified small businesses. These loans are intended to be forgivable if the borrower maintains employees and otherwise compli...

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Achilles Tools to Help you with the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

As of Wednesday, April 1, the FFCRA is in effect and we all must comply with the provisions for both the EFMLEA and the EPSLA. If you do not know what these all involve by now, please give us a call and we can help you catch up to the details.And for...

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A Different Approach to Employee Development Plans

When interviewing for a new position, prospective employees are very likely to ask what your company has to offer them in terms of career path and professional growth. They may ask if you create individualized Employee Development Plans for each team...

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SMART Goals For Your Employee Development Plan

As an employer, it is important to remember that investing in your employees is an essential component of your strategy for the growth and expansion of your business. But what is the best way to go about this? What do your employees really need from ...

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Stay at Home and Go to Work?

Essential Infrastructure Business is now being designated and has created somewhat of a paradox in our homes, businesses and community. Many employees want to or must stay at home to care for family or to self-quarantine while also being employed by ...

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There's Comfort in Having a Plan

As business owners, the relentless headlines of COVID-19 are taking up almost all of our oxygen, making it difficult for us to catch our breath. The most important thing we can do as business owners to honor our employees is to ensure that the busine...

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Client Success Story: Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

We were looking for a full service company that could address our Human Resource needs and continued growth. Originally, we asked Achilles Group to create and analyze an employee status survey, which has continued for years.Over the years, Achilles G...

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How To Navigate The Coronavirus In Your Business

[caption id="attachment_5767" align="alignright" width="300"] Image courtesy of Texas Department of State Health Services website.The entire world is reacting to the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), and as a business owner, it can be diffi...

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Role Clarity & Job Progression: The Missing Link In Your Organization

Clearly Defined Roles Equal Clearly Defined Expectations Many business leaders are aware that the profitability and success of their company are tied to the capabilities and performance of their people. What they may not realize is that a key compone...

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What Does A PEO Cost?

A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) allows employers to bundle payroll, employee benefits, basic HR administration, and worker’s compensation together with one provider.  These organizations typically charge by per employee per month (PEPM), o...

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