For most companies, the Human Resources function evolves
out of necessity with the key decision-making information
and authority spread out among several different departments
and managers. Many companies grow into having complex Human
Resources needs but cannot afford to hire a full-time Human
Resources professional. Frequently, decisions and their implementation
are left to individuals with neither the time, inclination
nor the training to fully identify the core issues and implement
an effective solution. Advice is frequently sought from labor
attorneys but this perspective focuses on the legal answer
after a problem is discovered, as opposed to implementing
a practical solution to a situation prior to the problem developing.
At almost every company, the Human Resources function actually
encompasses three levels of need with each level requiring
a different amount of expertise.
Strategic Expertise is the knowledge companies need to deal
with critical, long term issues, problems or opportunities
that can be the difference between success and failure in
their business model. For example, we can help you evaluate
personnel for a potential merger or acquisition, help you
develop and establish your company’s labor law strategy,
develop career paths for your best workers, or help solve
your toughest labor relations issues. Unisource Services,
Inc. has been the voice of strategic Human Resources for organizations
Mergers and Acquisitions
- Due Diligence Support
We offer the understanding of competitive industry landscapes,
the customer market place, operations, financial aspects,
business development, strategy, and business analysis that
will allow your organization make key decisions for a profitable
merger or acquisition. In our experience, the effectiveness
and structure of the Human Resources function is an excellent
and oft overlooked barometer of a potential acquisition’s
success. We can effectively evaluate a potential acquisition’s
culture, reporting relationships, management depth, labor
relations strategy, HR systems and practices.
- Post Merger Integration
A detailed integration plan supported by senior management
and those affected by change, is key to an effective merger
or acquisition transition. Our strategic management support
includes clear employee communication in relating the implementation
procedures and the new corporate culture and environment;
preventing alienation with those responsible for integration
execution; and Implementation support of policies and systems.
- Labor Relations for Unionized Organizations
We are experts at developing and implementing strategies
for dealing with your newly acquired unionized workforce.
- Employee Terminations and Layoffs
Coordinating employee terminations and layoffs are a necessary
part of effective business operations. These sensitive actions
must take into consideration various legal consequences
along with the overall impact of morale on existing staff.
Our approach is to coordinate employee transitions that
positively affect company practices and minimize adverse
Organizations are faced with outplacement needs as a result
of downsizings, layoffs, mergers, acquisitions and plant closings.
By providing tailored outplacement programs designed to meet
the unique requirements of your company’s situation,
we are able to help your former employees succeed in their
career transition with minimal cost to the reorganization
Our experience will guide you through negotiation and implementation
of Collective Bargaining Agreements, non-competes, benefits
contracts, and other employment related agreements.
The need for defined business strategies develops within every
organization. We will work with your management team to create
and implement Human Resource measures that will positively
affect the success of your company as a whole. Such initiatives
- Risk Management Assessments
- Development of Corporate Culture
- Decision Making Processes
- Minimize Risks
We have long-term relationships with several major national
law firms specializing in labor and employment law that are
available to assist you with legal needs.
A well designed Organizational Structure is a necessary component
of business growth. We will analyze your current organizational
structure in order to make recommendations that will eliminate
communication barriers and to place the correct personnel
into the appropriate positions.
Professional Services are the non-strategic, repetitive
or semi-repetitive day to day “blocking and tackling”
of a traditional Human Resources department such as hiring,
discipline, and policy administration. Many organizations develop
needs or generate liability from this area of Human Resources
without even knowing it. Frequently, needs in this area outpace
the skill, knowledge, or inclination of management and problems
develop. Unisource Services, Inc. can provide your organization
value by providing a part-time, on-site HR professional with
the knowledge and expertise to solve your problems and identify
issues before they create liability.
Retaining valuable human capital can be a struggle is today’s
competitive market. We will use a variety of methods to focus
on developing career paths for those employees that match
your organization’s needs.
- Performance Evaluations
Timely and detailed Performance Evaluations influence an
organization’s ability to retain successful employees
and develop career growth plans for emerging talent. Our
method of Evaluation focuses on maximizing workforce skills
and ensures that they are being applied to produce high
- Incentive Plans
In today’s competitive environment Incentive Plans
can be utilized as a force that creates company loyalty
and employee invested interest in profitable business operations.
Once reserved for sales teams and executives, our Incentive
Plans can be tailored to capitalize on performance abilities
of every employee in all facets of your organization.
- Succession Planning
An employee growth strategy called succession planning allows
us to identify, develop, and track key employees for executive
positions. We will coach and coordinate training for these
individuals to become valuable components of your management
The management of Workers' Compensation claims can be a time
consuming process consisting of investigation, documentation
and insurance filing. We will manage an on-the-job injury
or accident by evaluating the policies and procedures established
by the company, determining the legitimacy of the claim, overseeing
the employee's medical treatment, and ultimately ensuring
the resolution of the claim.
- Sexual Harassment Investigations, Policies and
Our development of a formal Sexual Harassment Training Program
and Policy can be a key factor in promoting positive employee
behavior and be essential in the event of a Sexual Harassment
accusation. Successful internal programs can preclude an
external investigation and can be used as an affirmative
defense in the event of litigation.
- Supervisor Training
Direct supervisors are essentially a company’s most
effective source of maintaining positive employee relations
and high productivity. We can provide customized training
that will allow your supervisors to maximize employee’s
skills and abilities while gaining valuable knowledge in
key resource management areas such as conflict resolution
and safety compliance.
- Diversity Training
In our global economy and diverse workplaces, it is important
to update training on developing diversity trends. We will
customize valuable training sessions for all levels of your
employee population that could someday save thousands of
dollars in time and legal expenses during a harassment investigation.
Safety is an integral part of every aspect of business operations.
Often it is associated with manufacturing; however an accident
resulting in a workers’ compensation claim can occur
anywhere. In order to effectively handle safety issues,
formal plans and federal compliance measures must be in
Benefit Plan Design
We can customize a benefit plan to match the specific needs
of your organization. Whether you have 10 employees or 1000,
we will utilize our relationships with vendors and brokers
to obtain the most cost effective plans available in today’s
- Retirement Plans
Plans include 401K, 4013(B), Profit Sharing, and SEPs
- Health Insurance
We can design a variety of health plans including self insurance
options and Health Savings Accounts that will fit the needs
of your employee population. Health Savings Accounts are
the new trend in healthcare that allows employees to utilize
funds for medical expenses from a tax deferred account.
- General Liability Insurance
- Wellness Programs
The growing trend to implement employee Wellness Programs
has proved to be a successful proactive approach in decreasing
healthcare costs. Our approach is to develop programs that
align with the employee culture to promote active participation
of a healthy physical and social lifestyle.
A positive and productive work environment can result from
successful communication of a variety of human resource issues
including policies and procedures
, grievances, and benefit
plans. We offer professional interpersonal skills and
the ability to relate to all levels of personnel.
Consistent and fair wage administration affects bottom line
dollars and promotes employee retention. We offer a full life
cycle wage administration process including coordinating employee
reviews and analyzing wage history, employment trends and
production growth to determine increases and employment
offers. In addition, our extensive union experience allows
us to affectively apply administration methods to contract
Establishing policy standards creates:
- Affirmative Action Plans
Affirmative Action Plans include procedures, methods, and
programs for the identification, positive recruitment, training,
and motivation of present and potential minority and female
employees. Our plans successfully establish goals and timetables
that maximize workforce potential while maintaining compliance
with mandated regulations.
- Policy and Procedure Review
Policies and Procedures create an accountability that is
vital to the effective management of any organization. Our
goal is to review your existing Policies and Procedures
and ensure that they accurately address all points of business
operations. Written Policies and Procedures may save an
organization from accusations of unfair practices and litigation,
particularly from disgruntled employees.
- Employee Handbooks
A properly drafted Employee Handbook is an important management
tool. Handbooks improve the efficiency and morale of employees
by establishing guidelines for employee performance and
providing information regarding employee benefits. They
also reinforce decisions made by managers and supervisors,
comply with legal requirements, and are consistent with
your policies and procedures. We offer Employee Handbook
review and creation that specifically outlines your organizational
structure, employee policies and procedures, and ensures
Well developed Recruitment Processes secure the best employee
for open positions and do not adversely affect daily business
operations. Employee turnover can be one of the most costly
aspects of human resource management in relation to time and
money spent on recruitment and training. Our process involves
streamlining selection to guarantee that an organization is
gaining a qualified employee that will fit into your company’s
Performance Measurement is a proactive approach to business
management that allows the objective collection of data to
evaluate your company’s activities against established
organizational goals. We can determine the efficiency and
effectiveness of your operations by applying measures that
- Maintaining a Union-Free Company
Maintaining a union-free workforce requires planning and
programs that educate about the facts of unionization, how
to recognize signs that a union may be forming, and how
unions affect employee relations. Preventive training and
constant communication are proven methods to keep a work
force union-free. Employers must actively take interest
in employee issues before employees start looking for outside
representation. Our vast experience in this area allows
us to prepare a successful defense to unionization threats
in any environment.
- Facilitate Union Collective Bargaining Agreements
The written practices of how your organization functions
with a labor union are a vital part of business operations.
Our goal is to obtain an Agreement that will allow you to
retain the most flexible and competitive workforce possible.
- Administer Union Grievances Procedures
A grievance by an employee or group of employees about an
alleged violation, misinterpretation, or unfair application
within a union contract is typically handled through a formal
Grievance Procedure. Companies that do not have experienced
representatives can suffer loss of time and settlement dollars.
Our goal is to obtain a fair and amicable resolution with
a minimal amount of adverse affects on business operations.
Ideally, we strive to establish programs to identify and
resolve issues prior to grievances being filed.
- Coordinate Union Layoffs and WARN Act Compliance
If your business has more than 100 employees and is anticipating
mass layoffs or a plant closing then compliance may be required
under The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification
Act. Failure to comply with the WARN Act can result in months
of back pay and benefits to former workers.
Administrative Support Functions are non-strategic,
repetitive task oriented processes that are generally handled
through paper processes and manual data entry systems and/or
outsourced to outside vendors. Payroll processing and COBRA
compliance are common Administrative Support Functions. Unisource
Services, Inc. can help streamline or evaluate the effectiveness
of your Administrative Support functions to ensure your establishment
is running efficiently and cost effectively.Payroll
Accurate administration of payroll is an essential part of
successful human resource operations. We can manage your existing
program or offer implementation of a program operated by our
preferred vendor who has served thousands of clients in the
past ten years. They have built a reputation with a variety
of industries based upon secure and reliable process administration.
All company managers would like hiring to be a fast and efficient
process that produces high quality recruits and low turnover.
However, most organizations do not achieve this because they
are using antiquated systems and poor planning methods. We
develop innovative Hiring Strategies that proactively search
and retain the best talent in your industry. Successful Strategies
- Comprehensive Staffing Plans
- Effective Employee Profiling Schemes
- Applicant Tracking
- Contingent and Retained Searches
- Management Interview Training
- Detailed Offer Plans
- Employment Agreements
- New Employee Orientation Programs
- Benefit Plans
Keeping your employees informed and up to date through group
Benefit Plan orientations saves
quality time and solves many communication issues.
- New Hires
Successful New Hire orientations will
address your company’s culture, policies and procedures
in a manner which increases employee retention. We offer
detailed presentations that positively reinforce your organization’s
The legal obligations that accompany unemployment benefits
must be managed in a time efficient manner to avoid state
penalties. We will coordinate the appeals process for all
terminated employees including court presentations.
Managing your benefits census accurately and complying with
federal and state laws affects an organization’s bottom
line. We will manage employee issues and identify healthcare
trends. By coordinating your Benefit
Renewal Process we work with major healthcare providers
to obtain the most cost effective medical, dental and ancillary
Timely and efficient compliance with COBRA regulations can
save your company thousands of dollars each month in unnecessary
charges and fees. We guarantee accurate processing of notifications
and complete management of records and payments.
- EEO-1 Report Compliance
The EEO-1 Report is a government form requiring employers
with federal government contracts in excess of $50,000 or
who have 50 or more employees and employers who do not have
a federal government contract but have 100 or more employees
to provide a count of their employees by job category and
then by ethnicity, race and gender. The EEO-1 report must
be submitted annually to both the EEOC and the Department
of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
(OFCCP). Our goal is to provide accurate and timely compliance
to avoid corporate punsishments including fines, imprisonment
and court ordred filings by the U.S. District Court.
Organized management of personnel,
medical benefit plan documents
, investigations and grievances
, safety training, workers
compensation, and I-9 records not only makes it convenient
to obtain essential employee information when needed, but
also must follow Federal Privacy Law. We can provide:
- Implementation of a Premier HRIS program
Our preferred vendor has served thousands of clients in
the past ten years. They have built a reputation with a
variety of industries based upon secure and reliable process
- Administration of an existing HRIS program
- Establishment of Personnel Files
- Auditing of Personnel Files
Consistent and fair administration of policies and procedures
creates a productive employee environment. While enforcing
due process of policies we will actively promote company culture
Organizations of all sizes must comply with some aspects of
Labor Laws that are mandated by local, state, and federal
governments. Non-compliance with employment-related laws can
result in severe fines, injunctions and extensive litigation.
We can ensure that the laws that apply to your organization
are being adhered to in addition to addressing specific issues
as they arise.
Labor Regulation compliance that can affect your company
The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that establishes
minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping and child labor
standards. We will ensure compliance with all aspects of
this law including coordination between payroll
and the hiring process.
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 guarantees unpaid
medical leave for covered employees to care for themselves,
their spouses, parents, and children. The Act applies to
employers with 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius
and ensures that all workers are able to take extended leaves
of absence and maintain their job status for up to 12 weeks.
Documentation of the days and even hours that an employees
takes under the Act is a cumbersome task that will cost
an organization production time and money if not closely
monitored. We will guarantee accurate adminstration of all
legal aspects associated with federal compliance.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination
and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities
in employment, State and local government services, public
accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.
The regulation establishes minimum standards for ensuring
accessibility when designing and constructing a new facility
or altering an existing facility. We have experience with
a range of ADA discrimination claims and legal disputes.
Our expertise can save your company time and money when
faced with ADA compliance accommodations.
- Workplace Diversity
Successful workplace diversity applies policies and practices
that creates an equitable employment system for all employees.
Our workforce has become more diverse due to increasing
numbers of employee groups including women, the elderly,
immigrants or people who speak other languages, minority
religious and ethnic groups, sexual orientation, and unconventional
family structures including single parent family homes.
We will implement diversity tranining
and enforce policies so that your company can maintain competitive
in today’s global market.
- Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which applies
to employers with 15 or more employees, including state
and local governments, employment agencies, labor organizations,
as well as to the Federal government. Our development of
a formal Sexual Harassment Training
Program and Policy can be a key factor in promoting
positive employee behavior and be essential in the event
of a Sexual Harassment accusation. Successful internal programs
can preclude investigation and litigation by the EEOC, which
can be a lengthy and expensive process.
- Workers' Compensation
Workers’ Compensation is a system where an employer
must pay, or provide insurance to pay, the lost wages and
medical expenses of an employee who is injured on the job.
Workers' Compensation laws are governed by different regulations
in every state and can include cash or wage-loss benefits,
medical and career rehabilitation benefits, and in the case
of accidental death of an employee, benefits to dependents.
The goal of Workers' Compensation is to return the injured
employee quickly and economically to the status of productive
worker without negatively affecting the employer's business.
We will aim to resolve claims
through administrative processes before it reaches the judicial