October 14, 2022

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Recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and showcase inclusive employment practices and policies. This year’s NDEAM theme—“Disability: Part of the Equity Equation”—explores how organizations and employers can create more equitable work opportunities and more inclusive workplace experiences for people with disabilities. 

As part of NDEAM, we interviewed Gusto employment attorney Kevin Fritz. Kevin opens up about his experiences as someone with muscular dystrophy, discusses how he built his impressive law career, and shares his thoughts on how employers can better accommodate and support workers with disabilities. Read the full interview here

Want to improve your business? Focus on employee retention

In an ever-changing labor market—where job openings are plentiful and employee quits are at historic levels—employee retention is more important than ever. Keeping talented workers engaged and happy is crucial to achieving greater workplace productivity and raking in greater profits. 

Recently, Gusto surveyed more than 800 HR practitioners and 700 employees from growing companies to find out how employee longevity and engagement translate to corporate impact. Here are just a couple key findings:

  • Retention yields returns: 73% of HR professionals said that an employee who had been with the firm for three years versus six months was between 25–200% more productive. 
  • Employee engagement affects output: 85% of employees say they’re at least 50% more productive when they’re excited about their work than if they feel neutral about it.

Keep reading the full article to learn more about how disengagement affects workers’ attitudes, why tenure matters, and what you can do to improve your business’s retention rate.

CA ramps reporting requirements

Heads up, California business owners: The laws around pay transparency and employee data reporting are changing. On September 27, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 1162, a bill that expands the state’s existing pay transparency and employee data reporting laws. Here are some of the main updates, taking effect on January 1, 2023:

  • All employers—upon request—must provide a current employee with the pay scale for the position they’re employed in. 
  • All employers have to maintain records of a job title and wage rate history for each employee for a specified timeframe. 
  • Employers with 15 or more employees must include the pay scale for a position in a job posting. 
  • All California private employers with 100 or more employees must submit a pay data report on or by the second Wednesday of May 2023. The report has to include data on the number of employees, their median and mean hourly rate, and their hours worked for each combination of race, ethnicity, and sex within in a handful of different job categories. 

To learn more about the new bill—and how your business can comply with the changes—read our full article here

Fresh From Gusto


ON-DEMAND: ​​Interim Employment Delivers Post-Pandemic Hiring Solution

Employment trends have shifted dramatically since the start of the pandemic. The latest trend: interim work, where employees are choosing roles with limited contracts. In this webinar, you’ll learn more about how interim work can help fill staffing gaps in your operation and what interim workers are looking for in a job. Gather tips on how to hire interim employees and set them up for success. Watch now.

OCT 19: Worry Less About Quiet Quitting and More About Actual Quitting

Practically overnight, the term “quiet quitting” has clogged up our LinkedIn feeds. In fact, half of U.S. workers say they’re quiet quitting. But is quiet quitting something to truly be afraid of? Join our partners at Bonusly for an interactive webinar on what quiet quitting really is, and its impact both on employees and employers. You’ll also get useful strategies for managers and people ops teams looking to re-engage their teams. Register here

OCT 27: Be Confident with Compliance: How HR Technology Aligns with the Future of Compliance

Compliance is an essential—and often complicated—part of your business’s HR work. Compliance doesn’t just come into play with employee pay and benefits; it also affects your business’s job descriptions, application requirements, candidate screenings, interview protocols, onboarding policies, performance reviews, and employee development plans. Hosted by JazzHR and Gusto, this webinar covers the ways technology can facilitate HR compliance, the importance of automations, and how to simplify payroll and tax filings. Register here.

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Mohini Kundu Mohini Kundu is a news editor on the Gusto content team. She studied journalism at Northwestern University and started her career at The Huffington Post before embracing the #startuplife.
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