Riia O'Donnell

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Riia O'Donnell

Riia O’Donnell is a Human Resource professional with over 15 years of hands-on experience in every discipline of the field. A subject matter expert, she has written for the online HR market for over 8 years. Her first job, at age 15, was working the early morning shift at a local bakery on weekends.


June 14, 2019

What’s In the Nevada Marijuana Drug Employment Law?

New legislation in Nevada makes it the first state to prohibit employers from disqualifying candidates because of a failed drug screen for marijuana. Governor Steve Sisolak signed the new law on June 5. It will take effect on January 1, 2020. Since the state passed its recreational marijuana use laws in 2016, the Governor felt […]


June 12, 2019

The Essential Components of an Onboarding Checklist

The onboarding process isn’t just about paperwork and forms. it welcomes the new employees into the fold, immersing them in connections and culture. The result can mean getting past the initial ‘hump’ that often leads to high employee turnover. Onboarding checklists help streamline the process, while ensuring each critical stage, phase and task is completed. […]


June 4, 2019

Kansas City Passes Salary History Ban: What Employers Need to Know

Kansas City, Missouri joins a host of other cities and states to pass an ordinance prohibiting employers from inquiring about past salary history when recruiting. The ordinance, which goes into effect on October 31, 2019, will cover any business in the city with 6 or more employees. The ordinance specifies where salary history inquiries are […]


June 3, 2019

How to Build a New Employee Onboarding Process from Scratch

You find an excellent candidate for an open position. You extend an offer. They accept. Congratulations! Now what? Unfortunately, this is where many businesses — large and small — get caught flat footed. It’s easy to get so caught up in the hiring process, that what comes after (aka “joining the company”) becomes an afterthought. […]


May 28, 2019

The HR Challenges Shaping the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare providers run the gamut from mega hospital complexes to neighborhood physicians and dental facilities. The challenges for many — no matter how large or small — are similar. Staffing needs, human capital management and growth are priority for every business. For healthcare providers, the additional consideration of patient outcomes can add even more weight […]


May 6, 2019

The Small Business Guide to Hiring Without Asking for a Salary History

Recruiting talent for any size business can be a challenge in today’s marketplace. Adding to the stress in many states and localities are new laws that prohibit companies from asking candidates for their salary history. This new wave of legislation has many small companies confused: why would salary information be any more problematic than asking […]

what is a work opportunity tax credit

April 29, 2019

What is a Work Opportunity Tax Credit?

Did you know the government can help offset the cost of hiring certain types of veterans in an effort to transition them back into the workplace? The Work Opportunity Tax Credit or WOTC is aimed at helping vets get back on the job by helping business large and small. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit Helps […]

Small Business Hiring Credits

April 25, 2019

Do You Know About these 13 Small Business Hiring and Tax Credits?

Tax credits provided by the federal government are a great incentive for small and medium business to hire and retain talent. For businesses interested in helping workers who have faced challenges getting back on the payroll, there are a variety of tax credits and incentives available to help. The best place to start is with […]

A new look at organizational learning

April 23, 2019

A New Way of Looking at Organizational Learning

Organizational learning is the key to business success. The more employees know, the better they perform: the better they perform, the more a company can grow. The model for learning has traditionally been top-down. Management and HR determine what skills and competencies employees should have or aspire to, then set the learning agenda to align. […]

New Jersey Law covers pretax transit benefits

April 11, 2019

New Jersey Now Requires Employers to Offer Pretax Transit Benefits

New Jersey has become the first state to mandate employers provide pretax transit benefits to staff. With the signature of Senate Bill 1567, New Jersey Major Phillip Murphy said the Bill was aimed to help workers offset some of the costs and taxes of commuting, particularly in light of a recent 36% increase in the […]

hiring interns for your small business

April 9, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Hiring Interns for your Small Business

Does your business have the opportunity to train an intern in exchange for valuable work experience? An intern can provide temporary assistance during peak times, and a chance to give back some of the skills and knowledge you (or your employees) have acquired. Hiring interns for your small business can also offer the potential to […]

in the gig economy, how do you recruit contingent workers?

April 4, 2019

In the Midst of the Gig Economy, How Can Your Business Attract Contingent Workers?

There are almost 6 million contingent workers in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These include a variety among the workforce: temporary workers, freelancers, independent contractors and more. Gig workers help small businesses get through large projects or peak times, or become a long-term part of the team. Attracting contingent workers seems […]