ApplicantStack: Best of 2017
As we prepare to recycle the 2017 kitten and puppy calendars for their updated versions, we want to take a minute to look back at what a wonderful year 2017 has been. We bring you the “ApplicantStack: Best of 2017” The ApplicantStack team has worked hard to bring our customers new features to make recruiting and onboarding even better!
Although we are gearing up for an exciting 2018, here are some features that we rolled out in 2017:
May 2018 bring you many new opportunities, and may your goals for the New Year ahead stay firm, turning all your goals into reality and all your efforts into great achievements.
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Onboarding a new employee can be quite challenging and time-consuming. Every phase of the employee onboarding process is important, so make sure to have a new hire checklist to onboard your new employee. You can use the following outline as a guide, however, every organization will have its own unique requirements. These tasks will need to be adjusted for the type of employment (full time, part time, seasonal), but having an initial, general list will provide a good starting point for different positions. We have outlined a new employee onboarding checklist to make it less daunting.
Create a list of tasks that new employees will need to complete and that current team members will need to work on/setup prior to the new employees first day. Example tasks to put on new hire checklist could include, but are not limited to:
Prepare any State & Federal tax forms that need to be completed. Some of these forms might require input from multiple individuals. Having a system in place where these can be created and completed online can save time and resources. The ability to upload these forms form a library can be beneficial to any busy HR professional.
Having a system in place to easily upload and create fillable forms can make this task much easier.
Prepare any job-related forms that will need to be completed and/or signed by the employee or current team member.
Gather any health insurance forms and benefits information
Identify any computer or other peripheral needs that need to be set up prior to the employee arriving on the first-day
Order any technology equipment
Order phone and create new extension
Obtain a new photo ID
Order business cards
Order any materials/supplies needed by the new employee
Make any arrangements for parking/transportation
Add new employee to relevant email lists Identify any socialization tasks such as a tour of facilities or welcome lunch/meeting
Put together any supporting documents and links to any videos. These should be items that do not require any input or signatures. Example supporting documents might be included on a new hire checklist include, but are not limited to:
Welcome message for new employees
Any training material or videos that will need to be watched Benefit packages to review
Assign tasks from the new employee onboarding checklist to current team members and new hires. An automated process for task reminders is an invaluable tool. Having the ability to set deadlines with reminders will ensure that the tasks will get done. It is also helpful to be able to visually see the progress indicators that show any outstanding tasks.
Assign all tasks to any relevant person with a due date
Order assignments according to time needed to complete tasks and dependencies between tasks
Create email remainders
new hire checklist Monitor completion of tasks on the
Establish clear communication with the new hire. Having an employee portal to facilitate the new hire checklist can make this much easier. An employee portal can be viewed as their own virtual assistant that can help the onboarding process run smoothly. Here are some items to include when using a portal:
Their manager’s contact information
new hire checklist
List of tasks from the Any materials that they need to review and/or sign (from Steps 1 & 2) A progress indicator and list of deadlines to help the new hire complete all the tasks
Review your plan and make necessary tweaks for the next employee. Don’t assume that one new hire checklist is going to fit all employees! Luckily fully-automated tools such as ApplicantStack Onboard allow for on the fly updates and customizations.
Ready to implement your new employee onboarding checklist? Download a copy of our checklist here:
New Employee Onboarding Checklist
“What’s your current salary?” can no longer be asked when interviewing a candidate for a job. The law, which bans employers form asking candidates about their salary is an attempt to address the gender pay gap. Women, on average, still earn about 80 cents to a man’s dollar nationwide, according to the National Women’s Law Center, and the gap has not narrowed substantially in the past decade.
The following states, according to Business Insider, have banned the salary question:
- Californiahas banned private and public employers from asking about a candidate’s pay history. The law will take effect in January 2018, according to HRDive.com.
- Delaware banned all employers from asking candidates about their salary history. The law will take effect in December 2017, according to Duane Morris.
- Massachusettsprohibited all employers from inquiring about a candidate’s pay history. This law will go into effect in July 2018, according to Mass.gov.
- New Orleans banned inquiries about all city departments and employees of contractors who work for the city. The rule is already in effect, but, in this case, it only impacts individuals who are interviewing to work for the city of New Orleans, according to WDSU.
- New York Cityhas banned public and private employees from asking about a candidate’s pay history. The law goes into effect October 31, 2017, Business Insider previously reported.
- Oregonhas banned all employers for inquiring about a candidate’s salary history. The law goes into effect January 2019, according to Jackson Lewis.
- Philadelphia banned the salary history question for all employers. The rule was supposed to take effect May 23, but a judge halted it temporarily due to a lawsuit from the Chamber of Commerce, according to NBC.
- Pittsburghbanned city agencies from asking about candidates’ pay history. The rule is effective immediately, but only effects city employees, SHRM reported.
- Puerto Rico banned employers from inquiring about a candidate’s pay history. The law will go into effect March 2018, according to Jackson Lewis.
New ApplicantStack customers will have applications questionnaires that no longer have the question. If you would like us to include the question, then please contact support at https://help.www.applicantstack.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
For any existing customer that would like the question removed, please contact us immediately at https://help.www.applicantstack.com/hc/en-us/requests/new and we will remove the question from your application.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the following news release “IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations; 401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018”, which includes the Highlights of Changes for 2018.
IR-2017-177, Oct. 19, 2017
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018. The IRS today issued technical guidance detailing these items in Notice 2017-64.
Highlights of Changes for 2018
The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $18,000 to $18,500.
The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), to contribute to Roth IRAs and to claim the saver’s credit all increased for 2018.
Taxpayers can deduct contributions to a traditional IRA if they meet certain conditions. If during the year either the taxpayer or their spouse was covered by a retirement plan at work, the deduction may be reduced, or phased out, until it is eliminated, depending on filing status and income. (If neither the taxpayer nor their spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work, the phase-outs of the deduction do not apply.) Here are the phase-out ranges for 2018:
- For single taxpayers covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is $63,000 to $73,000, up from $62,000 to $72,000.
- For married couples filing jointly, where the spouse making the IRA contribution is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is $101,000 to $121,000, up from $99,000 to $119,000.
- For an IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan and is married to someone who is covered, the deduction is phased out if the couple’s income is between $189,000 and $199,000, up from $186,000 and $196,000.
- For a married individual filing a separate return who is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.
The income phase-out range for taxpayers making contributions to a Roth IRA is $120,000 to $135,000 for singles and heads of household, up from $118,000 to $133,000. For married couples filing jointly, the income phase-out range is $189,000 to $199,000, up from $186,000 to $196,000. The phase-out range for a married individual filing a separate return who makes contributions to a Roth IRA is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.
The income limit for the Saver’s Credit (also known as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit) for low- and moderate-income workers is $63,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $62,000; $47,250 for heads of household, up from $46,500; and $31,500 for singles and married individuals filing separately, up from $31,000.
Highlights of Limitations that Remain Unchanged from 2017
- The limit on annual contributions to an IRA remains unchanged at $5,500. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $1,000.
- The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains unchanged at $6,000.
Detailed Description of Adjusted and Unchanged Limitations
For more information and details, please see the full article at IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations; 401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018
Whether you are a B2B or a B2C, you want to be prepared for your busy hiring season.
Here are a few simple tips:
1. Employee Referrals:
Take advantage of employee referrals. You get great results developing ways for current employees to recommend new hires. Who better to understand the culture and work load than a current employee? Make sure you have easy to use tools in place to achieve this. And don’t forget about incentives!
2. Focus on the top candidates:
Have a clear understanding of what you are looking for. Screen resumes and add scoring to focus your efforts on the most valuable candidates. Don’t waste your time weeding through hundreds of resumes. Focus on the top candidates that score the highest based on screener questions.
3. Make scheduling easy:
Know your hiring manger’s schedule so you can make the most out of everyone’s time. Have tools in place to see calendar availability.
4. Have a solid candidate workflow in place:
Have a clear candidate workflow in place so you know what needs to get done and by whom before the rush begins.
5. Video Interviewing might be a great solution:
Look into video interviewing! Products like SparkHire work well.
6. Make onboarding your new employee easy with an Employee portal:
Once you find the right candidate
make sure you have an onboarding process in place. Allow new hires to complete all of the necessary paperwork by creating a portal for ease of use.
7. Most importantly, enjoy the holidays!
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