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Good morning, Paul!
You know, it’s always been difficult as a small business owner to deal with HR — that’s human resources. So many rules and regulations, so many issues to stay on top of, constantly changing, and the pandemic has just made it all infinitely more challenge. And so we always recommend outsourcing this activity to experts.
One such expert is Greg Packer. He’s the CEO of AccessPoint, and he’s our expert on all matters HR. Greg, one thing we all want to know is how has the pandemic impacted HR today?
Dramatically would be a good word. We’ve seen a mass exodus from offices. It’s almost like people couldn’t get out of town fast enough. So, what it’s done … to the employment environment is that people suddenly had to adapt and get used to employees working in other places or working from their homes. So, you made them a company with three, four or five employees, and they’re working in three or four different jurisdictions. So, now all of a sudden, you have a Michigan-based company, and they’ve got an employee in Illinois, California and Florida.
Well, they’re now an employer in each of those states. Most employment rules are state-based and local-based. You have lots of regional taxes. Almost any place you live has a municipal tax. Compliance is our job, to keep our clients compliant. So, Greg, rather than trying to figure it all out on our own, what could an outsourced HR solution do for us?
So, the HR world, the employment compliance world, is becoming more and more complex. Every time a new law is passed or a court case is decided, it changes the rules and the compliance responsibilities, and employers are expected to be the babysitters and take on the responsibility of reporting taxes and comply with all sorts of different rules and regulations.
So, we take the problems, headaches of all of our clients and consolidate them together, and we can then afford to invest in experts to deal with those problems and provide them on an incremental basis to each of our clients. So, when they need a little bit of workplace safety help or a little bit of benefits help or a little bit of payroll help, we have an expert that’s familiar with their landscape and their situation.
Our bottom line: just like when it comes to setting up your legal or accounting work, go with the pros when it comes to HR.
I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.