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voters increase arkansas minimum wage

December 10, 2018

Voters Pass Bill to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage

Arkansas businesses could be handing out larger checks to minimum wage workers come Jan. 1, 2019. On November 11, voters approved a bill to increase the Arkansas minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $9.25 starting Jan. 1, 2019. The wage will increase to $10 on Jan. 1, 2020 and again to $11 on Jan. […]

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why consumer confidence should be a top priority

December 7, 2018

Why Consumer Confidence Should Be a Priority for Your Small Business

You may have heard some chatter about consumer confidence. Not surprising, since it’s an important topic for small business owners, economists, and politicians. Why should you care about it? Read on to find out. What is consumer confidence? Consumer confidence is a statistical measurement that captures the consumer’s outlook on current and future economic conditions. […]

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Can I offer cash in lieu of benefits?

December 6, 2018

Can Employers Offer Cash in Lieu of Benefits?

Offering health insurance to employees is a great way to provide value and retain a skilled workforce. But since offering high-quality health insurance can be extremely expensive, some employers may consider offering cash in lieu of benefits– that is, instead of offering traditional health insurance packages. But is this really the easier route? Here’s what […]

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main causes for absenteeism and what to do about it

December 6, 2018

The Main Causes of Employee Absenteeism (and What to Do About It)

Many small business owners, particularly newer ones, might think that the hardest thing about employees is managing them– but what about managing the absence of them? Employee absence is a growing problem and one that can’t be fixed without first examining the root causes. Separate from legitimate days away from work because of illness, vacation, or […]

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office holiday party ideas

December 5, 2018

3 Fun Office Holiday Party Ideas

The holidays are largely a time of giving: giving back to the community as well as giving to your employees. Holiday bonuses might be on the top of their lists, but there’s something magical about hosting a hit holiday office party, especially when it brings coworkers closer together. Are you looking for a few fun office […]

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how to determine the right compensation for employees

December 5, 2018

How to Determine the Right Employee Compensation

There are several strategies on how to determine the right employee compensation structure and packages for small and mid-size businesses. How much should you offer? What’s fair? Here’s the breakdown. New Hires In a small to medium-size business new hire compensation is usually determined on a case-by-case basis. Start by taking a look at the […]

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new trends in data regarding sexual harassment in the workplace

December 5, 2018

Data Show New Trends in Workplace Sexual Harassment Reports

Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. If you allow your employees to work in a hostile environment where they experience or witness aggressive, unwanted sexual advances, or they have to endure sexually suggestive jokes and behaviors, you are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. […]

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5 new employee wellness programs to try in 2019

December 4, 2018

5 Employee Wellness Programs to Consider for 2019

Businesses of all sizes are thinking of ways to make 2019 healthier and happier for everyone. What better time than the New Year to add or improve employee wellness programs? Numerous studies indicate that healthy employees are happy employees—and vice versa. When your employees aren’t feeling 100 percent, they and the company suffer. Plus, healthy […]

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small business guide to holiday bonuses

December 4, 2018

Your Employer Guide to Holiday Bonuses

‘Tis the season for Grandma’s plum pudding, eggnog, and driving your Uncle home after he’s consumed a little too much of both. Here’s something else that a lot of employees look forward to this time of year: holiday bonuses. If you’re an employer, you might be wrestling with your decision to give a holiday bonus […]

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best hr conferences in 2019

December 4, 2018

The Best HR Conferences in 2019

When you’re running a small business, you tend to end up wearing multiple hats. Especially at the beginning, when you’ve employed just a few people, chances are one of the hats you’ll wear is an HR hat– and that’s an important one. While many new and small businesses tend to opt for DIY HR options, […]

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what does pregnancy discrimination look like in the workplace

December 3, 2018

What Business Owners Should Know about Pregnancy Discrimination

A police chief relegates all pregnant officers to “desk duty” during their third trimesters. A supervisor repeatedly teases his pregnant employee about the size of her belly. A business owner won’t hire young women for jobs that require extensive travel because they might soon have children and become unable to fulfill those responsibilities. All of […]

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What is casdi?

December 3, 2018

California Business Owners Need to Know: What is CASDI?

Paperwork seems to magically pile up when you’re a small business owner, especially when it comes to taxes (and then even further compounded if you live in California). One tricky thing that tends to trip up small businesses in California is CASDI, sometimes spelled CA-SDI, which stands for California State Disability Insurance. Whether you’ve got employees […]

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