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.

small businesses introduced to benefit pools

February 13, 2019

The Prospect of Benefit Pools Excites Small Businesses

According to recent insurance industry data, only 56% of companies with 200 employees or less provide some healthcare benefits to staff members. For small businesses, with 3 to 9 staff members, healthcare is provided for less than half. Compared to large companies, 98% of whom offer the benefit, small to mid-sized businesses are challenged to […]

How much PTO should you offer?

February 6, 2019

How Much PTO Should You Offer? It May Vary by Industry

Paid time off is one of the most popular benefits a business can offer. Whether you’re a large employer or a small mom-and-pop shop, employees appreciate being valued with compensated days off. When it comes to how much time off you can offer on a paid basis, the number of days can vary greatly. But […]

questions to ask when outsourcing payroll

February 4, 2019

12 Questions to Ask when Outsourcing Payroll

As a small business, there are many questions to ask when outsourcing payroll processes. For most companies, outsourcing payroll represents freeing up valuable time for professionals to perform more impactful functions at the company. So it’s important to find a vendor that saves time, rather than wasting it. Finding the right payroll company begins with […]

2019 tax cuts and breaks for small businesses

January 28, 2019

5 Tax Breaks & Benefits for Small Business in 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the corporate tax rate for business starting in 2019. The new flat rate for C-corporations is now 21% representing large savings. For smaller businesses that aren’t C-corporations, there are still differences in the new tax code that can save you money. Here are five 2019 tax breaks and […]

ways to embrace AI in the workplace

January 22, 2019

The Growing Presence of AI in the Workplace

Artificial intelligence is coming to your workplace, whether you’re planning to incorporate it or not. Many small businesses can’t foresee justification for the cost of the technology, or the benefit of its use. But AI is in its infancy: business and entrepreneurs are looking for ways to adopt machine learning to enhance the working world. […]

legalities of wage garnishments

January 14, 2019

The Legalities of Wage Garnishments

Wage garnishments are court orders that require a business to deduct, or garnish, an employee’s wages in order to pay a debt. When a judgment has been entered by a court or government agency, business is notified and must comply. Money is deducted from the employee’s wages and paid it directly to the debtor. Today, […]

pay transparency policies

January 10, 2019

How to Build a Company Around Pay Transparency

You’ve heard the buzz about companies large and small that publish employee’s wages in an effort to be transparent and validate wage equity. There are success stories and failures amidst the practice. Some research suggests wage transparency sparks productivity and drives employees to work harder and attain more goals. Determining whether pay transparency is right […]

Measuring HR: bringing people analytics to human resources

January 7, 2019

Measuring HR: Bringing People Analytics to Human Resources

A wealth of data has been at the fingertips of HR professionals itching to delve into it for valuable insight. Today’s HR professional is beginning to reap the benefits of the data collected from every step of the employee experience, from recruitment to retirement. Using big data and AI, professionals are measuring HR efficiencies, project […]

legislative changes lead to new marijuana laws in these states

December 17, 2018

What Do the New Marijuana Laws Mean for Small Businesses in Michigan, Utah, and Missouri?

State by state, the use of cannabis for medical and recreational use is popping up on ballots, and one by one, marijuana laws are changing. Although still illegal at the Federal level, marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes is now legal in about half of US states. This past November, voters added three more […]

sick employee missed open enrollment

November 27, 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 […]

how do small business owners get paid?

November 15, 2018

How Do Small Business Owners Get Paid?

Small business owners juggle a lot of responsibilities and wear a lot of different hats. Getting your company off the ground, and making sure it stays there, requires a lot of decisions. One of which should be how you are compensated– how do small business owners get paid? Although it’s often the last thing people […]

owner's draw in a small flower shop

November 8, 2018

The Skinny on Owner’s Draw for Small Business

What’s an “owner’s draw” and how does it work to benefit the business and the owner? Owner’s draw, or simply draw, is money taken out of the business to pay or repay the owner – either for work performed or for funds provided to get the business started or keep it going. Most small businesses […]