New Rules for HR Certifications

If you have a PHR, SPHR or similar designation through HRCI, then you know what it's like having to stay on top of your continuing education credits so that you can renew every three years. But if you're like me, remembering a deadling three years from now is a recipe for disaster. So "Happy Birthday!", HRCI is changing the renewal of your certification to coincide with your birth month. That means, you just need to remember to have your credits in order every three birthdays. This change will occur next year in February, so make sure you read up on the specifics in this letter from HRCI.

Affordable HR Help

Great news for business owners who need help, but don't have the budget for a comprehensive HR solution yet! CPEhr, a leading California human resources firm and PEO, has unveiled it's $99 one-on-one phone support to help businesses get the answers they need without breaking the bank. All you do is click the "Get HR Help" button, pay the $99 fee and an HR specialist will call you that day. By comparison, even the least expensive Cal Chamber (HR California) option is $450/year and doesn't include any phone support.

The drawback to this is that you only get help with one issue, like determining whether a person should be exempt or non-exempt, an employee or 1099 contractor, etc. If you need things like handbooks, written policies and the like, you would need a more complete solution in place. In that case, the Cal Chamber mid-level option at $600/year might be best from a budget standpoint. That will get you access to templates and their help line. Of course, it's still a limited platform because the templates are really just a starting point, so you will have some work to do in order to build them up into final versions.

Here are the links to both and if you need help deciding or want to hear more about your options, just shoot me an email and I'll be happy to help!

CPEhr HR Help

HR California