Human Resources

The Growing Independent Worker Trend

An enormous number of people around the world are working on a freelance or contract basis, with some studies suggesting it could be as many as 50 percent of workers worldwide by 2020. Is your company adapting to this trend by using more independent workers? In this article, we’ll discuss some of the factors that…

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Planning for the End of 2019, and the Coming of 2020

Can you believe it? 2019 is almost over, and that means you need to plan for any reporting and compliance requirements for the end of the year, and preparation for 2020. There are several changes coming to be aware of, including a new Federal Form W-4, many states changing their W-2 reporting deadlines, new gig…

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The Value of Generational Diversity

How diverse is your team? One of the aspects of diversity that is often overlooked is generational diversity, but all kinds of businesses can benefit from building a team of people at different stages of their lives and careers. Avoiding age discrimination and unintentional bias is one of the first steps to building a more…

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Reaching Non-Desk Employees

Non-desk employees are a major part of the workforce, and yet they can be disconnected from the most common communication outlet used today: email. If you are sending all your important messages over email, but you have workers who spend all day away from computers, as in retail, manufacturing, and many other industries, it can…

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Small Business Mythbusters: Working Interviews

Myth: A business is not required to pay prospective candidates for working interviews. Working interviews can be beneficial to both prospective employees and employers. When interviewees spend a few hours or days embedded in a workplace environment, they get a real-world glimpse of what it might be like to report there every day, while interviewers…

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Consultant’s Corner: Employer Protection Considerations

Q: What do I need to do to protect myself from any wrongful termination claims or unemployment claims against my company? From a general business perspective, the basic ways to protect a business and owner (and management staff) from employee claims and other labor law issues are identification of the applicable federal and state laws, effective recruiting procedures, written company personnel…

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Should You Outsource Recruiting?

Do you handle all your recruitment yourself? Looking for the best talent is an important task, but also a time-consuming and potentially expensive one. Many companies are finding that outsourcing recruitment is a more effective, cost-effective approach than handling it internally, especially in a low-unemployment environment. If you’re looking for ways to improve recruiting, we…

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Policies for Boosting Mobile Security

When your employees bring their own devices into the workplace, it can open up security risks for your business. So what kinds of procedures can you implement to counter those risks while still enjoying the benefits of a BYOD policy? Our latest looks at five steps, including from a mobile management policy to education programs…

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Small Business Mythbusters: The Final Paycheck

Myth: All employers must provide final pay to employees on their last day on the job. Some business owners are required to provide a final paycheck on an employee’s last day with the company. Whether that is true depends on the state in which your employee is working. Under federal law, a final paycheck must…

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Small Biz Mythbusters: Unpaid Internships

Myth: As a small business owner, I don’t have to pay interns who receive credit from their school. Some business owners believe college students seeking summer internships can provide free labor in exchange for school credit. It’s become something of a tradition. After all, these businesses are often helping students gain valuable career experience. That…

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