Valerie Bolden-Barrett

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Valerie Bolden-Barrett

Valerie Bolden-Barrett is a business writer and content specialist, covering best business practices, human resources and management, public policy, employment law, and workplace issues and trends. She’s a former editor of national business publications at Simon & Schuster and a senior editor at Aspen Publishers. She’s a Temple University alumna, living in Central Connecticut. She started her career as a graphic designer, who discovered that she worked better with words than pictures.

what goes into a paystub?

April 1, 2019

What Goes Into a Paystub?

Employees might not think much of their paycheck stubs, but these receipts can be more valuable than they know. A paystub is the best proof of income, which lenders, creditors, government agencies, and other entities often require for loans, public assistance, and credit card applications.   But more importantly, a paystub holds a record of hours […]

exempt vs. nonexempt employees: which do you employe?

March 21, 2019

Exempt vs. Nonexempt Employees: The Definitions Might Be Changing

Misclassifying exempt vs. nonexempt employees, workers, or independent contractors is one of the most common reasons small businesses are fined– sometimes with amounts of up to millions of dollars. While workers might not be aware of why they are either salaried or hourly, Employers need to understand these regulations and abide by wage and hour […]

pay secrecy vs pay transparency

February 13, 2019

Pay Secrecy is Illegal. Pay Transparency is On the Rise

Remember when it was a taboo to speak openly about one’s salary? Discussions about pay the workplace were discouraged — and sometimes outright forbidden — by many employers. But keeping silent about wage rates is no longer the norm, and employers who forbid discussions about pay are violating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The […]

What will the implications be of the new HRA proposal?

December 11, 2018

What the New HRA Proposal Could Mean for Small Businesses

Small businesses and their employees who have been shut out of the health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) market because of increases in healthcare costs and burdensome administrative tasks could find a way in under Trump’s new HRA proposal, which looks somewhat similar to past President Obama’s Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) with a few […]

what the affordable care act means for small businesses

November 5, 2018

What is the State of the Affordable Care Act for Small Businesses?

Most of the news once surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, was about Republican lawmakers looking to repeal the law and Democratic lawmakers holding firm to preserve it. The law’s constitutionality is expected to be challenged again at some time in the not-so-distant future. But for now, much […]

how to classify different types of employment

August 20, 2018

The Types of Employment: A Quick Reference Guide

In a labor market that’s become more complex, employers could have as many as six or seven classifications of workers onboard at any given time. Working alongside full-time, part-time and temporary workers are seasonal and contingent workers. By hiring different types of workers, organizations can adjust their staffing needs according to economic fluctuations and peak […]

employer identification number

August 13, 2018

The Small Business Guide to Employer Identification Numbers

Your dream of opening a small business requires all the usual first steps: choosing a name for your business, registering the business with your state, deciding how you want your business structured for filing taxes, opening a business bank account and, finally, “hanging up your shingle.” But after registering your business, the next important step […]

irregular shift schedules hurt both your team and sales

July 27, 2018

Is Unstable Shift Scheduling Hurting Your Sales?

Few things are predictable in business. Shop owners and proprietors can’t be sure whether a shipment of goods will arrive on time before a big sale, whether revenues will meet the projected goal by year’s end, or if employees will be available to work on a moment’s notice due to a last-minute scheduling change. For […]

paperless payroll

July 18, 2018

Should Your Payroll Go Paperless? Pros and Cons of Paperless Payroll

The first known payroll records were carved out on tablets – clay, not electronic – as far back as 7000 AD. And clerks and treasurers from 5th century Greece kept chiseled accounts of payment entries and financial records, much like HRIS and payroll record-keeping systems do today. Fast-forward to the 1950s, when computerization entered the […]

stacks of employee records

July 2, 2018

The Small Business Guide to Employee Records

If you’re thinking about tossing out that personnel file on the employee who quit last week, hold off. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires you to keep all employee records for a year. And if you terminate someone, you must keep the employee’s personnel records for a year from the termination date.  Companies […]