January 7, 2019

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Direct Deposit

XCEL loves to offer its employees choices – how they get paid is one of them! One of those choices is Direct Deposit, which offers a vast number of benefits over a traditional paper check. We also understand that some employees do not have, or…

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December 1, 2018

Pre-Employment Screenings – 5 Things to Consider

Deciding whether or not your company should consider pre-employment screenings should not be taken lightly. Screenings have helped companies and human resource managers narrow their choice of candidates for a position. Consider the following points regarding pre-employment screenings: What am I actually screening for? Perhaps…

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November 1, 2018

Hiring Employees with a Criminal Background

There are over 73 million people in the United States that have some sort of criminal record. That comes out to about one-third of all working-age Americans. For many of these people, their backgrounds can create some very difficult barriers when it comes to their…

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August 1, 2018

Are Your Company’s Pay Rates Affecting Your Employee Retention?

In Illinois, the state minimum wage is currently set at $8.25 per hour. Cook County, Illinois has recently increased their rates to $10+. Wisconsin’s minimum wage is on par with the Federal minimum wage: $7.25. Although the majority of companies pay above the minimum, some…

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June 15, 2018

The Decline of Available Labor

In the past 5 years, the National Unemployment rate has decreased from 7.6% to 3.9%. In that time, Illinois has been trending at a higher rate, currently at 4.4%, yet Wisconsin is trending even lower at 2.8%. The US Department of Labor recently announced that…

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June 14, 2018

Equal Employment Opportunity & Following EEOC Law

The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. In November of 2017, the EEOC made the process of filing a complaint even easier with an online portal direct on their website. Federal laws make it…

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June 13, 2018

Mobile Recruiting Vehicle (MeRV)

The XCEL Group Mobile Recruiting Vehicle (MeRV) is revolutionizing the way you do business. MeRV enables the XCEL team to publicize and conduct open interviews in the communities and neighborhoods closest to the facilities of hiring organizations, in a supersized vehicle outfitted especially for recruitment.

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