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Hiring Outside The Box

Hiring Outside The Box

The other week, a large C2 client asked our HR staff to review its employment application.  As a federal contractor, the client has employees in multiple states and for consistency prefers to utilize a single employment application for all its locations.  When we revised... read more
How to Handle the Passing of an Employee

How to Handle the Passing of an Employee

MANAGING THE UNEXPECTED One of C2’s government contractor clients recently called seeking guidance because an employee on leave for a family vacation did not return to work when expected.  The client phoned the employee’s emergency contact, only to discover the employee unexpectedly passed away... read more
Volunteers, Interns and Avoiding Potential Pitfalls

Volunteers, Interns and Avoiding Potential Pitfalls

Volunteer programs and unpaid internship are useful tools — not only for companies, but also for young people seeking valuable experience. Plus, many organizations rely on volunteers to help carry out their missions. With Americans living longer, retirement does not necessarily mean that that... read more
Washington D.C.’s Evolving Wage & Hour Law

Washington D.C.’s Evolving Wage & Hour Law

C2 recently onboarded a small government contracting client with primary operations located in Washington, D.C. The client came to C2, in part, because they wanted to create more internal structure and support for their workforce now that they are growing at a fairly rapid... read more
The Trump Administration: What HR Changes Lay Ahead?

The Trump Administration: What HR Changes Lay Ahead?

Now that Donald Trump has been elected President, what HR-related changes are in store for employers? The short answer is that a lot of uncertainty still exists. While the President-elect’s priorities and polices will assuredly be more “employer friendly” than those of the Obama administration,... read more
Do U.S. Employment Laws Apply To Employees Overseas?

Do U.S. Employment Laws Apply To Employees Overseas?

Recently, one of our government contracting clients called to discuss a harassment complaint they had received from an employee working overseas.  Employee relations issues can be tricky enough. Add an overseas work location into the mix and the normal communication and investigation process can... read more
Navigating the Murky Waters of Worker Misclassification

Navigating the Murky Waters of Worker Misclassification

Many employers are moving work towards independent contractors, rather than hiring traditional employees.  This arrangement is particularly attractive for federal government contractors who often need to staff projects of short or indeterminate duration….and on short notice. One common circumstance that C2 addresses with its... read more
Recruiting Essentials For Federal Contractors

Recruiting Essentials For Federal Contractors

Effective recruiting is important for any business.  But recruiting is even more essential for federal contractors, whose ability to find and hire the right candidate directly affects the company’s ability to win contracts and earn revenue.  If that weren’t enough pressure, the U.S. Department... read more



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John Z. Dillon II

Executive Vice President


Mr. Dillon leads C2’s Business Development and Sales. Mr. Dillon works with our clients to help them develop optimal workforce strategies and solutions, with one simple goal in mind – improve operational execution. Mr. Dillon came to C2 after serving more than 30 years as an US Army intelligence officer and as a Vice President of Operations at a large Government contractor. He is an operations executive with a history of developing, building and sustaining business teams and strategic partnerships and growing business. Mr. Dillon possesses an innate ability to transfer long-term corporate vision into operational plans and successful, revenue producing business opportunities.

Mr. Dillon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University and his MBA from Touro University. He is also a graduate of the US Army War College (Senior Service College Fellow at the CIA). He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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  • Employers Must Use New Version of Form I-9 by September 2017
    by admin on 07/17/2017 at 8:54 pm

    On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of and instructions for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new Form I-9 will feature a revision date of July 17, 2017 (07/17/17 N). While employers may continue using a Form I-9 with a […]

  • OSHA Proposes to Postpone Electronic Recordkeeping Submission Deadline
    by admin on 07/07/2017 at 3:56 pm

    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a proposed rule seeking to defer the date by which certain employers are required to electronically submit the information from their completed 2016 Forms 300A. The proposed rule would move the initial submission date […]

  • Minimum Wages Increase in Maryland, Oregon, DC, and Several Large Cities in California
    by admin on 07/07/2017 at 3:07 pm

    As of July 1, 2017, the minimum wage has increased in the following states and localities: Maryland: $9.25 per hour; Oregon: $10.25 per hour ($11.25 per hour in the Portland metropolitan area; $10.00 per hour in nonurban counties); District of Columbia (DC): $12.50 per hour ($3.33 per hour for […]

  • Arizona Earned Paid Sick Time
    by admin on 06/07/2017 at 7:24 pm

    Effective July 1, 2017, employees in Arizona are entitled to earned paid sick time and accrue a minimum of one hour of earned paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, subject to the following limitations: Employees whose employers have less than 15 employees may only accrue or use 24 hours of […]

  • Workplace Harassment Guide for California Employers
    by admin on 06/07/2017 at 7:20 pm

    The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has released a “Workplace Harrassment Guide for Cailfornia Employers” to accompany the recent changes to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which clarifies employers’ obligation to correct and prevent wrongful behavior […]

  • Hiring Outside The Box
    by admin on 06/07/2017 at 1:37 pm

    The other week, a large C2 client asked our HR staff to review its employment application.  As a federal contractor, the client has employees in multiple states and for consistency prefers to utilize a single employment application for all its locations.  When we revised the application to remove […]

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Kevin McCoy

General Counsel


Mr. McCoy serves as C2’s General Counsel, managing the overall legal needs of the company. Mr. McCoy also works closely with the company’s HR teams who provide strategic advice to clients on a myriad of human resources related matters. Mr. McCoy came to C2 as an experienced labor and employment attorney, having served as a Partner in two different D.C. area law firms that specialize exclusively in management-side labor and employment law. Mr. McCoy likes to problem solve, and enjoys helping his clients work through the legal challenges of operating a large multi-jurisdictional HR outsourcing company.

After graduating with a degree in Philosophy from Emory & Henry College in Southern Virginia, Mr. McCoy earned his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. Mr. McCoy began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to judges on two different intermediate courts of appeal before settling in the D.C. region.


Gertie Fields

Director of Payroll & Administration


Ms. Fields manages C2’s Payroll Services team, charged with ensuring that all client payroll processing is timely and accurate. She is responsible for all aspects of client payroll accounting and financial reporting functions, including preparation of payroll audits. She manages the processing of multi-state payrolls, new hire reporting, and transmission of ACH files, and ensures that payrolls are accurate and fully compliant.

More importantly, Ms. Fields and her team pride themselves on proactively identifying potential payroll issues for clients before they become a problem. She has been with C2 since 1998, and has directed all aspects of Payroll Services. She holds a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Acquisition and Contract Management.


Sharon Liotta

Chief Financial Officer


Ms. Liotta brought her 20-years of accounting management experience to C2 when she joined the company in 2000. As CFO, she directs and oversees all financial activities of the corporation including preparation of financial reports as well as summaries and forecasts for future business growth and general economic outlook. She is responsible for business and financial strategy and planning, monitoring, and management and reporting, including management and development of policies, systems, processes and personnel involved. Ms. Liotta directs the accounting staff to ensure that exceptional internal auditing and financial controls are maintained.

Ms. Liotta earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from George Mason University with undergraduate studies at Clemson University.


Jackie Asencio

President & CEO 


Ms. Asencio is President and CEO of C2 Essentials, Inc., one of the region’s leading human capital management service providers. With more than 30 years’ experience, Ms. Asencio has been a major influence in helping small to mid-size government contractors grow and compete in the federal marketplace. C2 Essentials has successfully provided clients with a competitive edge through cost-effective HR outsourcing. Ms. Asencio recognizes that federal contractors are increasingly forced to reduce their costs due to pricing pressure. C2 Essentials becomes a strategic partner to its clients to help reduce their overhead and fringe dollars, while providing a robust HR expertise that enables clients to achieve HR compliance in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. HR outsourcing solutions are focused on the client’s mission, both CONUS and OCONUS.

As a seasoned trainer and coach, Ms. Asencio works closely with business owners ensuring their human capital management strategies are aligned to their business goals. Ms. Asencio has extensive experience in full life cycle recruiting, talent management, succession planning, career development, reward and recognition strategies, performance management, regulatory compliance, compensation, benefits, risk management, and outplacement services. Prior to founding C2 Essentials, Ms. Asencio provided human capital management support to Department of Defense and various civilian agencies.

Ms. Asencio believes in giving back to the community, her philanthropic activities have included supporting Operation Homefront, Wounded Warriors, Boulder Crest Retreat, The National Veterans Institute for Procurement, and local families in need. Ms. Asencio has received the Sister Eymard Gallagher Award for Corporate Social Responsibility and was a finalist for The Dr. J.P. London Award for Promoting Ethical Behavior for the Human Resources Leadership Awards (HRLA) of Greater Washington.


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