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.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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July 26, 2018

How to Get Reimbursing Employee Expenses Right

Business expenses are often paid for by employees, then reimbursed by the company. These reimbursements have can have significant tax implications for the company and the staff member, so making sure you have a comprehensive reimbursement plan in place is important. Continue reading for how to go about reimbursing employee expenses correctly.  Creating a Reimbursement Policy […]

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July 26, 2018

What You Need to Know Before Sending A Termination Letter

Few tasks that HR professionals and hiring managers perform are more challenging than terminating an employee. On top of the emotional stress of the situation, there can be significant legal pitfalls to avoid. Whether separating the employee for cause or simply ending their career at-will, the termination meeting and subsequent documentation must be managed professionally. Continue […]

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stack of money for compenasation plan

July 12, 2018

When Creating the Perfect Compensation Plan Salary is Just the Beginning

Crafting or updating a compensation plan can be daunting for small to midsized business, but whether you have one or not, it’s important to align with prevailing conditions. To attract and retain talent in a tight applicant market, it’s crucial to create a structured compensation strategy or update your current plan to meet demand. What […]

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what is Erisa?

June 28, 2018

What is the ERISA Law?

ERISA is a popular acronym, but few know how it applies to them as employees. ERISA, which stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, became law in 1974. The law sets standards for pension and welfare plans to protect employees and their beneficiaries, safeguarding any employer-sponsored plan. If the employer/employee contributes in any fashion, […]

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stack of payroll taxes

June 18, 2018

A Reference Guide to Employer Payroll Taxes for Small Businesses

For business, payroll taxes are a constant, regardless of how your revenue ebbs and flows. For everyone receiving a paycheck, you need to properly calculate and pay employee/employer deductions in a timely manner to stay ahead of the IRS. Businesses must submit payments for withholding taxes either monthly or semi-monthly, depending on the size of […]

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radical transparency in the workplace

June 14, 2018

Does Radical Transparency Belong in Your Workplace?

While anything with the term “radical” may seem like something to avoid, this trend is leading many business owners and executives to ask if radical transparency is right for their team. In a time when businesses are perpetually facing ever-increasing scrutiny, transparency (radical or not) is becoming more prevalent and attainable for organizations everywhere. Employees […]

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VTO policies

June 4, 2018

The What, Why, and How of VTO Policies

As companies strive to create a positive presence online, in the media, and in their communities, a new trend is emerging: volunteering time off (or VTO) policies. VTO policies allow employees to put in volunteer time while still on the clock. The practice takes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the rank and file: allowing employees to […]

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