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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 include principal, interest, and fees for a period of six months.Do the debt relief provisions apply to new loans?Yes. The relief provisions are also available on qualifying loans to new borrowers who receive loans within six months of March 27, 2020.Ar...

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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 discretion. They are available to pay for expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred and include payroll as well as operating expenses.Emergency Economic Injury Grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses...

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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 complies with the CARES Act. At this time, Congress has appropriated $349 billion for this program with the possibility of additional funding at a later time. Loans are disbursed on a first-come-first-serve basis.What types of businesses and entities are e...

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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 those of you that have looked into these laws and understand them, but your payroll system is not set up to track these special eligibility situations and the associated costs we offer three elements of support: We designed a set of instructions, Le...

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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 member, as well as how you implement these plans.Many people think of employee development plans as a way to identify and remediate performance gaps by focusing on what an employee is lacking. Achilles Group handles the Employee Development Planning...

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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 you?They need a well-put-together plan to equip them with the goals, skills and strengths needed to advance their career, coupled with the steps needed to achieve these goals, skills and strengths. This is called an Employee Development Plan. These p...

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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 a presumptive Essential Infrastructure Business.And, as business owners and leaders, we are working mightily to keep the business productive, profitable and viable so all of us have a place to work when the crisis has passed. We know the business nee...

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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 business makes it to the other side of this crisis. So, let’s take a few minutes today to step back from the headlines and breathe. Let’s take a realistic look at the needs of your business over the next few months as we ride the wave this coronavirus is c...

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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 Group has helped us hire good people, trained us in subjects from DISC behavior assessment, to creating a respectful workplace, consulted us on various Human Resources issues and helped us with terminations.Because of our relationship with the HR expe...

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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 difficult to navigate through this issue. There are questions concerning the impact this virus could have on our businesses, our employees and our communities. Knowledge is power, and in this case, knowledge is the best weapon against the spread of the vi...

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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 component of improving People Performance involves focusing consistent attention on role clarity. At Achilles Group, we have found that many business owners and managers do not understand the importance of clearly defined roles for every single position wit...

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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), or a percentage of total payroll.With bundled services, it may seem like you are getting a lot for your money. However, in most cases, HR services and advice is not a core competency for PEO providers, nor is it a revenue-generator. They offer it beca...

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Alternative HRO Options - ASO, PEO

If your business does not utilize a Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) group like Achilles Group for HR services, you may have decided to hire a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) or Administrative Services Only (ASO) model.With a PEO, employers are able to bundle payroll, employee benefits, basic HR administration, and worker’s compensation together with one provider. However, your employees become employees of the PEO, and thus the PEO assumes limited liability for employment and complian...

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What is a PEO and How Does it Work?

A Professional Employer Organization, or PEO, is a human resources provider that bundles payroll, employee benefits, basic HR administration, and worker’s compensation services together. Though this type of offer might sound convenient, many businesses don’t realize what they are giving up when they hire PEO companies.Upon entering a contract with a PEO, your employees become their employees, allowing them to assume limited liability for employment and compliance risks, forcing your company to a...

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Success Story: Gajeske

At Gajeske, Inc., a Polyethylene and Pipe company, we had issues with making decisions regarding our employees. We engaged Achilles Group to help us with this, and other difficulties. They have helped us create a structure for our termination basis and other HR obstacles we needed to overcome. There were many moving pieces involved and we learned how to handle them without being uncomfortable or awkward.Achilles Group has aided us with employee role clarity and helped us to evaluate a number of ...

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Employee Spotlight: Keely Mendoza

Meet Keely, a cornerstone of the Achilles Group team!Keely balances our books, our management team and our people with her faithful heart and commitment to our financial integrity. Her 28 years of accounting and office management experience keeps us realistic and disciplined. She gives all of us a place to go, talk and reflect. And she works nonstop to keep all back-office activities up and running to keep the team free to focus on serving our clients.Keely started her career in public accountin...

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Client Success Story: Avanti Senior Living

About a year ago, our payroll consultant suggested we partner with Achilles Group to get some assistance with human resources. Hiring Achilles was a seamless transition for our company because they quickly became an integrated part of our team. No one would know they are a third-party HR group because they have truly learned our business and operate as though they are on our team.Achilles has helped us in countless ways, from coaching us in counseling and terminating, to helping us navigate thro...

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Employee Spotlight: Jared Wondra

This month's Employee Spotlight featured team member is Jared Wondra.Jared provides direct engagement with multiple Achilles clients, and serves as an internal driver for ongoing development of our Recruiting Effectiveness platform. He enjoys work with client leaders to identify talent needs and to build out their internal competencies to attract and hire great people. And, when functional needs change, Jared helps them adjust their approach, process, timelines, tools and budgets to fuel their n...

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Recruiting with Intention

We don’t hire people to lose them. So, establishing an effective recruiting process is vital for your business to attract, retain and engage an inspired team. We at Achilles Group believe that the first phase to successfully grow your workforce consists of Intentional Recruiting Methods. In today’s positive economic environment, finding the right person for the right seat can seem like a daunting task. And what if you need to grow in large numbers quickly? Even more concerning. Take the time to ...

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Sorting the Response Wave

In a previous blog post on Recruiting Effectiveness, we discussed identifying key realistic attributes and skillsets for your new hire.  Now that the resumes are pouring in, how can you effectively handle that wave of screening to find the best candidates? Here are tips to help: Understand the job description and know what you are looking for. The best way to do this efficiently, as well as to avoid legal pitfalls, is to create a resume scorecard for each position. Look for a flawless presentati...

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