Lora Patterson

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Lora Patterson

Lora Patterson is an HR Advisor at Zenefits. As the daughter of a small town business owner, Lora is passionate about helping business owners navigate the tricky world of human resources. On her days off, she spends her time exploring used bookstores and traveling the world.

Minimum wage changes across the US

April 18, 2019

2019 Minimum Wage Changes in the United States

This year, several minimum wage increases are set to occur across the United States and your company might be affected. In total, 26 states, the District of Columbia, and 46 other localities were impacted by these changes and for many this is just the first of several increases that are scheduled to happen each following […]


October 2, 2018

The Employee Handbook, Policies to include

You’ve made the decision to create an employee handbook and you’ve begun compiling what you want to include. You’re off to a great start. Now you need to begin adding policies. Lora Patterson will share some of the most important policies to consider including in your handbook, such as sick leave, vacation, FMLA, and even […]


September 11, 2018

The Employee Handbook, Getting started

Are you thinking about creating an employee handbook but you’re not sure if it’s actually needed or where to start? Once you’ve determined to create one, now you’re not sure what to include or leave out. Lora Patterson guides you through the importance an employee handbook and the items you should start with and how […]

map of the minimum wage changes

July 17, 2018

Here are the 2018 Minimum Wage Changes for Small Businesses

On July 1st of this year, nineteen minimum wage increases occurred across the United States and your company might be affected. In total, two states, the District of Columbia, and sixteen other localities were impacted by these changes and for many, this is just the first of several increases that are scheduled to be implemented […]

paid or unpaid interns

June 21, 2018

Is Your Unpaid Internship Legal? An Employer’s Guide

With the summer approaching, companies are gearing up to invite students and recent graduates to join their ranks as interns. While internships can be valuable learning experiences for new workers, many employers are unsure if — or what — they should pay these incoming workers. Employers often assume that internships are unpaid, but this practice […]


May 22, 2018

Millennials in the workplace; reversing negative stereotypes

A stereotype is a widely held but fixed image of a particular type of person. There are stereotypes all around us. Most, if not all of us, are guilty of placing inaccurate stereotypes on team members and our colleagues on a daily basis. We may think, ‘he’s a millennial he just wants to be the […]


May 8, 2018

Millennials in the workplace: Structure, Feedback, and Keeping Score

Many characteristics have been attributed to Millennials from which have come potentially harmful stereotypes. With around 75,000,000 million millennials in the workplace including >20% in management position, it’s essential for companies to know how to engage with this generation. It’s important to note that whenever we categorize a group of people based on their age […]

Holiday Time Off Requests - Planner

December 5, 2017

The Most Wonderful Time of Year…for Time Off Requests?

With the holidays approaching, companies can expect to see an increase in their employees’ time off requests, and the question on everyone’s minds is can these requests be accommodated? While being able to use time off during the holidays is essential to employee satisfaction, companies may struggle to find fair ways to approve these requests […]