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Welcome to 2024!

January 09, 2024 by developers

Hope your year has gotten off to a great start.We here at Savio HR have lots of wonderful plans for the coming year. We areready to help you with whatever your HR needs are. As we look to the comingyear we noticed some big things happening with HR. Savio in the Know January 2024Download

November Newsletter: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)

November 14, 2023 by Savio HR Solutions

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). This piece of legislation is designed to fill the gaps not addressed by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and FMLA. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act went into effect June 27, 2023. Savio in the Know November 2023Download

October Newsletter: The I-9 Form-New and Improved

October 01, 2023 by developers

The new and improved I9 form that should be easier than ever to use.  The USCIS has updated its I9 form and will be required to use by November 1, 2023. Savio in the Know-October 2023Download

Detecting and Reporting Fraudulent UI Claims: Fighting UI Fraud is Everyone’s Job

July 01, 2020 by Savio Human Resources

The COVID-19 crisis has made the environment ripe for fraud.  States’ UI systems are being overwhelmed with record numbers of new and weekly claims; they have staffed up rapidly to process claims; however, there has not been time to train new or contracted employees on how to identify suspicious claims. With an urgency to pay claims quickly, states have waived their one week waiting period. The waiting period is used by states to validate and investigate claim eligibility; and with many employers working remotely, no one is there to timely respond to the UI notices that come by mail. Savio…

Instructions to Identify Theft Victim

June 22, 2020 by Savio Human Resources

MDES provided us with instructions that if a victim has received a MDES debit card, the debit card should be shredded immediately and your employee's email their name, phone number, date debit card was received and date card was destroyed.   The email address they provided is safe@mdes.ms.gov.  We are advising identify theft victims to copy/photograph (back and front) the card so they will have evidence when they file their police report.  They should also retain all mail associated with the claim to support their police report. After you report the claims as fraudulent, the employees should get an acknowledgement from…

Reporting Fraudulent Claim to MDES

June 22, 2020 by Savio Human Resources

Send an email to safe@mdes.ms.gov with the employees’ name and last four digits of their social security number. This email should contain this or similar language: “We would like to report a fraudulent identity theft claim filed against the SSN of John Smith XXX-XX-1234.  Mr. Smith is currently employed at Employer’s Name.  Mr. Smith has stated that he did not file a claim for unemployment benefits.   Please take the necessary steps to invalidate this fraudulent claim and hold Mr. Smith harmless for any benefits that may have been paid to the criminals that victimized him.  We also request that our account…

Harassment Proliferation (Me Too Movement)

August 14, 2019 by Savio HR Solutions

We are all seeing the deluge of harassment cases that are being reported in the media. There is a high probability that we may see an increase in harassment claims in our work environments. It is prudent to stay ahead of this and educate / remind managers that dealing with employees must be professional at all times. One of the most probable times for accusations to occur is in a disciplinary or termination setting. We always advise the employer to have at least two management level staff present in disciplinary/termination meetings. This may seem burdensome, unnecessary, etc. but it is…

Command of the Meeting

August 14, 2019 by Savio HR Solutions

Command of the investigation / disciplinary / termination meeting.  Do not allow employees to dictate the terms of the meeting.  At the outset, define the protocol that will be followed during the meeting and follow the protocol. Example approach:  We are here to discuss the incident that occurred on 1/1/17.  During this meeting we will all behave in a professional manner.  Any unprofessional behavior, such as raising of the voice, will result in the meeting being terminated.  I will speak first and when I conclude I will provide you an opportunity to provide a statement.  Jane Doe is sitting in…

Show the Evidence

August 14, 2019 by Savio HR Solutions

Prior to warning or discharging an employee the employee should always be given opportunity to respond to allegations of miss-doings. If the employee is denying any wrong doing and the employer has evidence (video, emails, pictures, etc.) to the contrary it is generally good practice to inform the employee of the evidence and allow the employee an opportunity to see the evidence. There may be occasions when the termination is based on other employee statements and it is not proper to disclose who provided the information or show statements made by other employees. Example Case - A nurse, who had…

Initiation of Family Medical Leave (FMLA)

August 14, 2019 by Savio HR Solutions

In many organizations employees report to their manager that they need time off from work and little if any information is shared as to the reason for the time off.   The manager may be inquisitive but in many instances the questions concern when the employee will return.   The manager generally has little to no knowledge of FMLA and may or may not have Human Resource assistance readily available. We continue to see situations where an employee, eligible for FMLA and absent due to a qualifying reason, has been off for a lengthy period and only then does senior management /…

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Disengaged -burnt out Employees got you down-Employee Recognition to the rescue!

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February 26, 2024

March 1st is National Employee Recognition Day! Did you know that employees who receive regular well thought out recognition from their supervisors/managers and peers are: 73% less likely to feel burned out. 54% less likely […]

Easy Solutions to improve Employee Retention

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February 22, 2024

Let’s talk about Retention!! The last few years have seen changes in employee turnover. In 2020 we were in the midst of COVID, and many employees were laid off due to shutdowns. In 2021 was […]

Make DE&I Initiatives a part of Black History Month

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February 12, 2024

Celebrate Black History Month Did you know that honoring the African American culture goes back to 1926. Originally it was one week in February and was known as Negro History Week. February was chosen in […]