Covering HR Issues That Matter

HR Party of One is BerniePortal’s new YouTube series and podcast for HR professionals. It focuses on understanding and demystifying the Human Resources issues facing small and medium-sized employers while tackling topics like benefits, compliance, onboarding, offboarding, payroll, and more!


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Check out the latest HR Party of One episodes – in your preferred viewing or listening format – below


How to Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program

In this episode host Ryan MCostlin gives you insight into how your business can take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program included in the CARES Act. This program allows employers with fewer than 500 employees to be eligible for up ten million dollars, some or all of which could be potentially forgiven. In other words, free money from the government to maintain payroll and avoid layoffs during this difficult time! Ryan covers what you need to know to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, where to find approved banks for the Paycheck Protection Program and how lenders can help.




CARES Act Summary: How to Prepare for the Coronavirus Stimulus Package

The Senate just passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or “CARES Act.” Host Ryan McCostlin covers what you need to know about the CARES Act and how the CARES Act will help small businesses. He explains how you can take advantage of the stimulus and the important difference between the small business interruption loan and a disaster recovery loan. This episode contains important steps your business can take to receive assistance through the CARES Act.




Coronavirus: Managing a Remote Workforce

In this episode host Ryan McCostlin talks about the impact COVID-19 is having on HR parties of one. He provides tips for teams working remote, utilizing disability benefits for employees in quarantine, and what tools your employees can use to stay connected while working remotely. Ryan also covers COBRA and state continuations rules that may apply to employees being furloughed or laid off and speaks on the importance of maintaining communication with clients, coworkers and loved ones during this difficult time.




Employee Leave: Setting Your PTO Policy

In this episode host Ryan McCostlin talks about PTO policies and the history of PTO in the workplace. He covers what to consider when setting up your company’s PTO policy including best practices, what types of leave are legally required, and even how to streamline your PTO tracking and management. He also points out the warning signs that your PTO policy isn’t competitive and discusses what considerations go into approving or denying PTO requests.




Tips for Employer Taxes

In this episode host Ryan McCostlin delivers tips for employer taxes. He breaks down what an employer’s tax responsibilities are including FICA requirements, employee withholding requirements, reporting income and reporting employment taxes through the employer’s quarterly federal tax return. Ryan also covers employer obligations for independent contractors, and employer tax forms like the W-9, I-9, W-2, W-4, Form 941, and Form 940. Along with the penalties for failing to pay taxes, dealing with state taxes and the different tax obligations for LLCs vs corporations.




Improve Your Onboarding Process

In this episode host Ryan McCostlin discusses how you can improve your employee onboarding process and how a great onboarding process can improve employee retention. He dives into how an onboarding checklist can streamline your onboarding process and even gives you access to his free onboarding checklist.




How to Write Job Descriptions

In this episode host Ryan McCostlin provides tips on writing job descriptions. He covers the history of the job description and current job description best practices. You’ll learn why you should avoid terms like “rockstar” or “ninja” in job titles along with the importance of clearly listing job responsibilities and requirements. He also provides job description examples and goes over the importance of including equal opportunity and nondiscrimination language in your job descriptions.




Overtime Pay: Exempt vs. Non-Exempt

In this episode host Ryan McCostlin goes over the 2020 changes to overtime pay. He covers the history of the 40 hour work week and the foundation of overtime law. Ryan discusses the difference between exempt vs. non-exempt employees, plus the benefits of having exempt and non-exempt employees. He also divulges the “Five Stages of Overtime Grief” that come when having to restructure an organization, along with tips for transitioning to become compliant with the new overtime law.




How to Conduct an HR Audit

In this episode host Ryan McCostlin talks about the biggest HR and compliance failures of the year, and explains how to avoid similar mistakes through the power of auditing. He explains the various types of audits a company can utilize to both ensure compliance and streamline operations. He also provides a free HR Audit Checklist you can use to review your current HR practices.




HR’s Guide to 1095-C Forms

In this episode, BerniePortal’s Ryan McCostlin explores the history of the 1095-C and how employers can remain compliant with the Affordable Care Act employer mandate. He covers 1095-C deadlines, potential penalties, how to file electronically and even gives updates on the individual mandate.




How to Write a Mission Statement

In this episode host Ryan McCostlin gives a brief history of modern Human Resources, goes over why you should write a mission statement, what to consider when crafting your mission statement, and provides examples of effective mission statements.



Meet the Host

Meet BerniePortal’s own HR party of one, Ryan McCostlin. Ryan has a BS from Vanderbilt and an MBA from Yale. He has taught as an adjunct instructor of organizational development at Vanderbilt University, and has served on the health insurance advisory council for Get Covered Tennessee and as a faculty member for the Tennessee Bar Association. As a result of this work, he is a regular contributor to Financial Advisor Magazine, ThinkAdvisor, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Becker’s Hospital Review.

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