Making HR Simple.

Human Resources Consulting: The realistic and reasonable alternative to traditional HR practices.

Alternative HR is a human resources consulting and outsourcing organization dedicated to providing small business owners with an affordable alternative to hiring a full time certified Human Resource professional. It’s never been so easy for employers to remain compliant with local, state, and federal laws while running their business without the employee headaches.

Why Companies Rely On Us

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HR Audits

This overview of the HR functions will tell you if you are in compliance, gives you employee handbook feedback, and shares some best practices.

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HR Retainer Program

This program includes unlimited phone and email consultation on HR topics for only $10 per employee, per month.

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Onsite Services

Alternative HR offers HR assistance at your facility on a weekly, bi-weekly, or as needed basis to help with any HR related tasks. 

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Recruiting Services

Alternative HR will help you find employees that not only have the skill set you require, but more importantly, are a good fit for your company.

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Handbooks & Manuals

 We can recommend important HR policies for nearly every type of business, and what should be included in employee handbooks and/or procedure manuals.

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Employee Relations

No time for updating job descriptions, creating performance improvement plans, terminating employees, managing FMLA or handling the benefits renewal? Let us help!

Tired of traditional HR methods?

There is an easier way: Alternative HR makes Human Resource compliance simple.

Alternative HR Values

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We value providing reasonable, realistic solutions to companies based on their size and industry. We prefer to keep it as simple as possible, while protecting your company and employees. A company of 20 employees does not need a 75 page handbook! We can guide you on what you could put into place, and let you make the decision on what works for you and your team.

AHR Handbook Template

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Alternative HR has created our own employee handbook that focuses on keeping it simple. It includes only policies we strongly recommend and focuses on keeping them positive. Instead of listing what employees can’t do, we share with them what the expectations of a team member are.

Alternative HR Solutions

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Have a creative idea in mind for managing your workforce? Not sure how to implement it in a compliant way? Let Alternative HR help you determine a realistic way to implement an untraditional HR practice!

There is an easier way: Alternative HR makes Human Resource compliance simple.

Alternative HR Values

We value providing reasonable, realistic solutions to companies based on their size and industry. We prefer to keep it as simple as possible, while protecting your company and employees. A company of 20 employees does not need a 75 page handbook! We can guide you on what you could put into place, and let you make the decision on what works for you and your team.

AHR Handbook Template

Alternative HR has created our own employee handbook that focuses on keeping it simple. It includes only policies we strongly recommend and focuses on keeping them positive. Instead of listing what employees can’t do, we share with them what the expectations of a team member are.

Alternative HR Solutions

Have a creative idea in mind for managing your workforce? Not sure how to implement it in a compliant way? Let Alternative HR help you determine a realistic way to implement an untraditional HR practice!

Stay Informed

The Alternative HR Blog

Keeping our visitors up to date on the latest employment news, human resource laws, EEOC info, and much more.

Is this job candidate lying?

Is this job candidate lying? It’s trying when your business has vacancies in key positions, to the point that sometimes you might feel tempted to fill the slot with the first available candidate. But you’ve learned (perhaps the hard way) that bad hires are more expensive than no hires. You’re worried that you might be missing clues that this person in front of you right now isn’t the superstar that his resume claims he is.

Hot days call for safety measures

If you employ Summer seasonal workers, and/or if you are adding to your employee complement right now, pay extra attention to this. The next few days are expected to reach temperatures in the 90’s, and hot days call for heat-related safety measures. OSHA reports that the highest incidences of heat-related worker deaths occur in their first three days at work, and 1/3 occur on the very first day. It takes approximately 14 days to acclimate to hot weather, so when the temperatures are variable at the beginning of the season (and few are truly acclimated yet) extra caution should be taken.

The Alternative HR Blog

Keeping our visitors up to date on the latest employment news, human resource laws, EEOC info, and much more.

Measure employee satisfaction with the eNPS

Studies say that 70-80% of employees are disengaged at work. if you want employees to work harder, stay with your company longer, and make the workplace a more pleasant place to be, ask this question. Scoring your company’s eNPS performance is a good first step to take.

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Is this job candidate lying?

Is this job candidate lying? It’s trying when your business has vacancies in key positions, to the point that sometimes you might feel tempted to fill the slot with the first available candidate. But you’ve learned (perhaps the hard way) that bad hires are more expensive than no hires. You’re worried that you might be missing clues that this person in front of you right now isn’t the superstar that his resume claims he is.

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Hot days call for safety measures

If you employ Summer seasonal workers, and/or if you are adding to your employee complement right now, pay extra attention to this. The next few days are expected to reach temperatures in the 90’s, and hot days call for heat-related safety measures. OSHA reports that the highest incidences of heat-related worker deaths occur in their first three days at work, and 1/3 occur on the very first day. It takes approximately 14 days to acclimate to hot weather, so when the temperatures are variable at the beginning of the season (and few are truly acclimated yet) extra caution should be taken.

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Prevent “surprise” terminations, avoid lawsuits

If you have to terminate an employee for poor performance, and it's a surprise to the employee, you could wind up on the wrong end of a verdict in a lawsuit. Your best prevention (or winning strategy) is to communicate...
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Diversity could become your strategic advantage

When you decide that for your business greater diversity is a priority, when you look at two applicants of equal credentials and comparable work experience you choose FOR diversity. You take a look at the rituals in your company’s culture that could exclude, and you modify them to be more inclusive. You invite “new and different” folks into the informal groups where they would not presume that they are welcome. You do not tolerate behavior that is demeaning or rude based upon differences. And you talk about the inevitable bumps in the emerging relationships as they occur, before misunderstandings have the opportunity to grow.

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Calling “Time’s up!” on Bad Behavior

Are you unintentionally rewarding bad or substandard behavior? If so, it’s time to call “Time’s up.” When there is no feedback and no correction, employees’ behavioral habits start to form. And once they are ingrained they are very difficult to change. You need to nip this behavior before it grows to full flower. Arrange to sit down face to face with the individual and have a disciplinary interview.

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Attendance policies that fit your business

You can tailor your attendance policies to your business so you can be productive and competitive as both a business and an employer. There are also choices that you make in how you manage attendance that reflect your company culture.

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Behavioral interviewing using the STAR model

Behavioral interviewing helps to reveal what the applicant achieved in his or her prior roles, but it also reveals HOW they achieved their results. If you focused solely on results you would be missing the illumination of attitudes and behaviors that will or will not be a good fit for your company culture.

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Would your employees prefer sick leave or paid time off?

Whichever policy you choose to establish, it is important to apply it consistently across your organization. You need to establish criteria for the approval of PTO days, and/or the triggers for the requirement of a doctor’s excuse. In the midst of doing business and achieving workplace goals, life happens. And you are best to be prepared for it.

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Fair Labor Standards for Student Workers

Are you contemplating hiring student workers in your business? If so, in order to be compliant with Fair Labor Standards for Student Workers you need to know this information:

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Are employees better motivated by a carrot or a stick?

Both the carrot and the stick assume that you can motivate another person. In the short term both methods above can influence behavior, but in the long term you can’t. What you can do is create a climate in which a person can become self-motivated. Intrinsic motivation is more powerful and sustainable than either the carrot or the stick.

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Setting student workers up for career success

Spring is here, and many students are already preparing to apply for seasonal and/or part time employment. You have specific legal responsibilities as an employer of a teen. In addition you as a first employer have opportunity to lay the foundation of that young employee’s work habits, workplace attitudes and behaviors. The legacy of his or her employment with you could have career-spanning impact. This means there is no such thing as “only” a summer job.

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Ban on Hiring Smokers – Is it Possible?

It's nо secret...cigarette ѕmоkіng hаѕ bееn mаkіng hеаdlіnеѕ fоr years. Thаt іѕ bесаuѕе ѕmоkіng bаns hаve bееn еnасtеd соvеrіng аll bаrѕ аnd rеѕtаurаntѕ іn еасh оf thе 60 mоѕt рорulаtеd сіtіеѕ іn thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ іn аn...
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Retaliation Suits…What Every Employer Should Know!

Companies and their management may not retaliate against an employee for taking protected actions such as those listed below… Reporting unsafe situations Refusing to perform an illegal act Taking leave under the Family and...
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The Affordable Care Act – How Does It Affect Women?

Thе Affоrdаblе Cаrе Aсt (ACA) mаkеѕ рrеvеntіvе саrе аffоrdаblе bу rеquіrіng thе соvеrаgе wіth mіnіmum рау fоr rесоmmеndеd рrеvеntіvе services. Mаnу Amеrісаn fаmіlіеѕ аrе аblе tо mаkе аnd kеер уеаrlу doctor's vіѕіtѕ wіth nо...
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When are The New ‘White Collar’ Overtime Regulations Taking Effect?

Ovеr thе lаѕt fеw mоnthѕ we've bееn аѕkеd оn аn аlmоѕt dаіlу bаѕіѕ whеn thе DOL wіll bе рublіѕhіng іtѕ аntісіраtеd whіtе соllаr еxеmрtіоn rules. Thе ѕhоrt аnѕwеr іѕ still, wе don't know. A fеw mоnthѕ ago, thе wоrd wаѕ "late...
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Intеrvіеwing Tесhnіquеѕ

Wіthіn аnу оrgаnіzаtіоn thеrе аrе mаnу dіffеrеnt kіndѕ оf іntеrvіеwѕ оссurrіng аt аnу time. Thеу іnсludе іntеrvіеwѕ tо hіrе nеw people, ѕuррlіеr interviews, іntеrnаl рrоmоtіоn interviews, аnd рrојесt tеаm ѕеlесtіоn...
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3 Wауѕ Tо Crеаtіng a Grеаt Cоmраnу Culturе

"That's nоt mу job," "The соmраnу doesn't vаluе іtѕ employees," аnd "I'm nоt dоіng that, nоbоdу cares" аrе аll еxаmрlеѕ оf ѕtаtеmеntѕ mаdе bу еmрlоуееѕ оf оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ wіth рооr cultures. Nо оrgаnіzаtіоn wаntѕ a рооr...
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A Bаѕіс Guіdеlіnе to Pre-Employment Criminal Background Checks

Pre-employment criminal background checks – What’s Included in a Background Check Fоr аnу company, hіrіng a nеw еmрlоуее саn bе a tеdіоuѕ task. Yоu wіll hаvе tо tаkе іn аррlісаtіоnѕ thаt соuld rаngе frоm thе hundrеdѕ аll...
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A Bаѕіс Guіdеlіnе Fоr Cоnduсtіng Pre-Employment Drug Sсrееnіng

Thе Nееd fоr Pre-Employment Drug Tеѕtіng Thеrе hаѕ bееn a lоt оf dеbаtе оvеr whеthеr іt іѕ еthісаl tо соnduсt a drug tеѕt оn рrоѕресtіvе аnd еxіѕtіng еmрlоуееѕ оf аn organization. Evеr ѕіnсе thе рrасtісе оf ѕсrееnіng...
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