February 14, 2020

Illinois’ New Sexual Harassment Training Requirements: What Employers Need to Know

In August 2019, Governor Pritzker signed the Workplace Transparency Act, which makes major changes to discrimination and harassment laws in Illinois. It mandates employers to require annual sexual harassment training for their employees, beginning on January 1st, 2020. The first major deadline is January…

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January 20, 2020

2020 Illinois Recreational Marijuana Law: What Employers Need to Know

With the new Illinois Recreational Marijuana Law in effect since January 1st, 2020, adults who are 21 and older can possess and consume marijuana and other cannabis products from licensed dispensaries throughout the state. However, employers may feel uncertain about how marijuana…

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September 27, 2019

Fair Labor Standards Act Update: What You Should Know

The US Department of Labor passed a new final rule on September 24, 2019 that updates the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule changes the way in which certain employees are considered for minimum wage and overtime exceptions. The new changes…

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September 17, 2019

Illinois Equal Pay 2019 Update – What You Need To Know

There are some major changes coming to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2013. On September 29, 2019, changes will be made that strengthen existing laws regarding equal pay, as well as increase protections against pay discrimination, and a new restriction for employers will…

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August 20, 2019

6 Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover in Your Organization

According to the Work Institute, a human resource consulting firm, 41.4 million US workers voluntarily left their jobs in 2018. That’s more than 27 out of every 100 employees! The same report mentions that “each employee departure costs about one-third of that worker’s annual…

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July 15, 2019

Why Should I Work For A Staffing Agency?

Staffing Agencies (or employment agency, as some call them) are organizations that help match qualified employees to ready-to-hire employers. These agencies are normally catered to a specific industry or field of expertise – such as a Light Industrial and Manufacturing, Technology, Medical, and Executive to…

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June 21, 2019

Should My Business Hire a Staffing Agency?

Staffing agencies offer flexible solutions that can help any business develop and grow. But is a staffing agency right for you? Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring a staffing agency. Time Saved – Finding great talent for your business…

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May 15, 2019

What is the EEO-1 Report?

The 2018 EEO-1 Report deadline is coming up soon! As of the posting of this article, the deadline for EEO-1 reporting is Friday, May 31, 2019. But what exactly is the EEO-1 Report, and who needs to fill it out? What is the EEO-1 Report?…

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April 26, 2019

Preventing Injuries in the Workplace

Workplace injuries are one of the largest preventable costs that companies incur per year. In a report by the Illinois Department of Public Health published in 2018, a total of 137,000 non-fatal workplace injuries occurred in 2016. Of those cases, 72,400 of those cases…

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March 15, 2019

The Value of the Onsite Recruiter

Finding the best talent for your company can be a difficult endeavor to take on. When an organization sees rapid growth and needs to increase the size of its production teams, XCEL has a solution for you – the XCEL Onsite Recruiter. There are many…

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