Complexity in Human Resources Drives New Brokerage Service

The HR Shield announces outsourced human resources expertise for brokerage firms.

By Steve Murray, publisher

The challenges of managing your employees have grown hugely more complex over the past few years. Whether it is health care, overtime, minimum wage, workmen’s compensation rules or maternity/paternity issues, small- to medium-sized firms have more issues than ever before to manage as far as employees are concerned.

The fact is that the flood of new employment regulations is just beginning. The National Labor Relations Board (to name one Federal agency) has changed the level of compensation where overtime is due; the relationship between franchiser and franchisee as far as employment practices are concerned and are moving in other areas as well. And, this is just one Federal agency and doesn’t count changes at the local level with dozens of new regulations regarding employment law.

Now come two experts in this area to offer outsourced HR consulting to those firms who do not have the size to have full-time HR resources on their staffs. Ross Anthony, a 30-year veteran of the residential brokerage industry in operations and management and Patty LeClair, who has a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Psychology and nearly 20 years of practical human resource experience (much of it in the residential real estate field) have teamed up to form a new company called The HR Shield.

Both have extensive experience in human resources matters as it pertains to residential brokerage firms. Their services cover the full range of compensation, benefit programs and packages, hiring processes and all the areas that can affect small- to medium-sized firms.

Their goal is to offer outsourced expertise in these areas to brokerage firms who are not large enough to afford it. Anthony said, “Those who have done a lot of work in human resources and employment regulations know that the laws and requirements on all employers of almost any size can catch realty firms unaware, especially when they find out they were not in compliance and didn’t even know they might have a problem. That is where Penny and I think we can provide a valuable service—from auditing a firm’s employment practices, reviewing employee handbooks, and all of the areas where small businesses can be caught unawares.”

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This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of the REAL Trends Newsletter and is reprinted with permission of REAL Trends Inc. Copyright 2016


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