HR Apps and Tools
This section provides online HR tools such as an efficient and convenient Job Description Builder and Salary Benchmarking tool to help you recruit new employees and maximize the productivity of your current employees.
The COBRA Advisor can help you review your compliance with key requirements related to continuation of coverage for group health plans with 20 or more employees, including requirements related to:
- Qualifying events
- COBRA election procedures
- Duration of continuation coverage
- Paying for COBRA
With this dynamic interactive tool, you receive immediate, one-on-one guidance so you can better understand your responsibilities when it comes to this important federal law.
Employee Cost Calculator
With the Employee Cost Calculator, you can get a more complete picture of the true cost of hiring a new employee. From compensation and benefits to recruiting, training, office equipment and other costs, this easy-to-use calculator accounts for those typical expenses you may not necessarily think about when hiring a new employee. Simply use the default values provided or enter your own numbers to come up with an effective hourly rate for your prospective employee.
Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Advisor
This interactive tool is designed to help you identify those workers who may be exempt from the federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under one of the more commonly used exemptions: bona fide executive, administrative, professional and outside sales employees, as well as certain computer employees.
Workers covered by the FLSA are entitled to the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of not less than one and one-half times their regular rate of pay after 40 hours of work in a workweek. With the help of the Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Advisor, you can make sure your employees are properly classified to reduce the risk of potential fines and employee lawsuits alleging misclassification.
Federal Poster Advisor
Whether your company is small or large, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires that you display a number of different posters in your workplace where employees can easily observe them. The Poster Advisor can help you identify required federal posters for your company, including:
- Fair Labor Standards and Minimum Wage
- Equal Employment Opportunity
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- OSHA Job Safety and Health Protection
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
Based on the information you provide in response to various questions, the Poster Advisor generates a list of federal laws administered by the DOL which have poster requirements that likely apply to your business, along with links to download printable posters at no charge. It's a great time-saver for your business!
The FMLA Advisor is designed to help employers understand their rights and responsibilities under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the law, eligible employees of covered employers are entitled to take unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons. The FMLA Advisor can assist you in understanding:
- Which employers are required to provide FMLA leave;
- Which employees are eligible to take FMLA leave;
- Valid reasons for leave;
- Employer and employee notice requirements; and
- Other responsibilities under the law.
Our interactive HR Self-Assessment tool helps you evaluate your company's existing HR practices and policies by leading you through a series of multiple choice questions in key compliance areas such as recruitment and hiring, compensation and benefits, employee relations and safety. Detailed responses are provided for each answer you select, along with assigned ratings so that specific areas for improvement may be easily identified.
Taking the time to examine your company's HR processes is integral to effective business management, and with the help of our HR Self-Assessment modules, it doesn't have to be overwhelming.
Interview Question Builder
An effective interview is key to evaluating whether a candidate has the knowledge, skills, and qualities necessary to become a successful employee. With our step-by-step Interview Question Builder, simply enter some basic information about the position you're interviewing for, and choose from over 400 pre-developed behavioral interview questions among a wide range of performance and skill categories, including:
- Analytical Thinking
- Interpersonal Skills
- Problem Solving
Based on your selections, the Interview Question Builder generates a complete interview guide specific to each applicant featuring the list of questions you've selected for the position, along with guidelines for preparing for and conducting the interview. You can even add your own questions and customize the guide to further meet your individual needs. It doesn't get any easier than this!
Job Description Builder
A well-developed job description will help you review employee performance, and hire the best candidates. Our online Job Description Builder is so simple to use. With our efficient tool, you can transform a blank page into a professionally-developed job description in minutes. Just follow these simple steps:
- Choose from our comprehensive library of job descriptions
- Check off tasks and activities as well as skills associated with the job
- Select from the list of physical demands or the job/ work environment or add your own.
- Print out a complete job description in Word or in an Excel Spreadsheet—it’s that easy!
Salary Benchmarking Tool
With our Salary Benchmarking tool, you can get a compensation report either annually or by the hour in every state relating to over 800 positions. It’s so simple to use:
- Select from our comprehensive library of positions or use the convenient search engine to find the position that requires a salary range
- Choose a state
- Get a salary range for the position you selected by high, median and low as well as hourly compensation—it’s that simple!
Steps to Success Interactive Guides
The Steps to Success section provides a series of “how-to” interactive guides that will help you implement key human resource processes and responsibilities. Steps to Success is designed to help simplify and streamline such key areas as COBRA, FMLA and performance reviews. Each HR and benefits task has its own easy-to-use interactive guide that will simplify each process and give you a clear picture of the action steps involved. The following is a summary of the interactive guides available in this section: