The First 100 Days – What Changes May Affect Your Organization

When I was younger, the company my father worked for sponsored a family day at an amusement park in Des Moines.  One of the features at the park was an old fashion wooden roller coaster.  Because his company rented out … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: President Trump Issues Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act

President Trump moved swiftly after taking office on Friday, issuing an Executive Order intended to minimize the economic and regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  The order is somewhat symbolic and has no immediate effect on employers, many … Continue reading

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Trends in Performance Management – A White Paper

A few years ago, I was watching a painful process take place.  Our engineering manager, with very good intentions, was conducting his annual performance reviews.  At the same time he was also telling them what their salary increase would be. … Continue reading

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PRESS RELEASE: Group Services, Inc. Joins 23 U.S. Financial Services Firms to Create the Alera Group

Local Group Services, LLC. Joins 23 U.S. Financial Services Firms to Create the Alera Group A historical M&A deal brings national insurance and financial services resources to local clients Group Services, LLC., Bettendorf, IA (1/3/17)—Group Services, LLC. has joined 23 … Continue reading

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Group Services Performance Management

Imagine that you were running a sports organization.  We will use a football team as our example.  What would happen if the goal for the team was just to win, but little thought went into how they were going to … Continue reading

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New I-9 must be used by January 22, 2017

You can go to their website and read about the new form from the following web site,  If you are looking for the actual form use this link, ttps:// The newer form is a 3 page form.  You can also … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: Congress Passes Law Expanding use of HRAs by Small Employers

On December 7, 2016, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”), an omnibus measure that includes the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (“Relief Act”), which significantly expands small employers’ options for providing health coverage. The Cures Act passed … Continue reading

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What does the decision to delay the implementation of the new overtime rules mean?

Most people have probably read that a judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction which preserves the status quo while the court determines the department’s authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule’s validity.  What … Continue reading

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