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.

unused sick leave

October 17, 2018

What Small Businesses Need to Know About Unused Sick Leave

Sick leave is one of the most common forms of employee leave offered to workers. Allowing workers to recover from an illness or injury before they return to work not only benefits the employee, it benefits the company. Paid sick time is not a requirement at the federal level: there are no nationwide laws requiring […]

are you compliant with workplace disability regulations?

October 3, 2018

Demystifying Workplace Disability: 7 FAQs

Workplace disability is a wide-ranging topic that can be intimidating for small to medium-sized businesses. The disabled and workers who become disabled on or off the job have protection under two main laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is nationwide legislation as well as state Workers’ Compensation Acts. The ADA provides protection from discrimination […]

parental leave as a type of employee leave- new parents with child

September 19, 2018

Taking Employee Leave from Work? Here’s What You Need to Know

When employees have pressing issues in their personal lives, a break from work may be the only solution. There are many types of employee leave, some mandated by law, others offered as a company benefit.  But all are seen as an important attraction and retention tool for employers. Managing employee leave requires a basic understanding […]

father and son with fsa dependent care

September 18, 2018

What is FSA Dependent Care?

With open enrollment nearing for many employees and employers, FSAs will be on the minds of workers. And when it comes to employees with kids or elderly parents to care for, information about FSA dependent care expenses is crucial. This article provides a deep dive into FSA dependent care and what’s involved. What’s an FSA […]

where are your payroll taxes going?

September 4, 2018

Where Do Your Payroll Taxes Go?

Today marks the start of National Payroll Week! To do our best to honor one of our favorite topics around, we want to dedicate this week to answering common payroll questions. To kick us off– have you ever wondered how the payroll taxes you deduct and match from employee’s salaries are allocated? Where does the […]

sunset at the office

August 30, 2018

Is the Compressed Work Week the Future of Work?  

The compressed work week isn’t new. But in an era where more employees crave flexible schedules, the concept is getting more attention. The prospect of spending fewer days on the job, while still putting in necessary hours has a wealth of benefits for business and staff members alike. The 40-hour work week became the norm […]

flamingos floating holidays

August 27, 2018

Why Don’t More Businesses Offer Floating Holidays?

Floating holidays are a new addition to the perks and benefits employers may provide to staff. They can help employees with work/life balance or just give a small reward for being a valued member of the team. Floating holidays can be an inexpensive way to boost morale and engagement, and can even be helpful in […]

sick employee missed open enrollment

August 23, 2018

Your Employee Missed Open Enrollment. Now What?

For businesses that provide health care insurance for staff, open enrollment is a hectic time of year. Collecting all the documents needed to assure employees are enrolled properly is a complex process that requires a lot of organizational ability. Whether you manage open enrollment on your own or use an outside consultant, numerous reminders are […]

Fringe benefits include free food for employees

August 8, 2018

What Are Fringe Benefits? A Small Business Explainer Guide

When the market for talent shrinks, many employers review their benefits and perks in an effort to attract talent. The range of benefits companies offer can be vast – from basics like sick and vacation pay, to more specialized like health and wellness coverage. Most employers offer two types: essential benefits such as healthcare and fringe […]

Critical dates Open Enrollment 2018

August 7, 2018

The Most Important Dates for Open Enrollment 2018

As you prepare for the upcoming Open Enrollment for reviewing your health care benefits, there are several important dates to remember and some changes to the plans you may want to consider. For many small businesses and the self-employed, healthcare options and requirements has been a quagmire of choices and penalties over the past few […]

No-cost fringe benefits

August 7, 2018

20 Low to No Cost Fringe Benefits that Engage and Retain

Offering benefits can be key to attract and retain talent in today’s tight labor market. But for small businesses, competing with the big players is tough. While on-site massages, fully stocked juice bars and nap pods may be off the table, there are a host of no-cost fringe benefits you can provide to boost employee […]

lookback period on a planner

July 26, 2018

What is a Lookback Period?

Taxes. For many small businesses, keeping up with the laws and regulations surrounding taxes – especially employer payroll taxes – is an ongoing challenge. Navigating applicable tax codes can be nearly a full-time job. As you strive to stay current with evolving legislation and payments that need to be made, there’s yet another aspect of tax […]