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October 15, 2018

Even as Labor Market Tightens, Experts Say Ageism Holding Small Businesses Back

Russell Sinclair says he knows what ageism looks like. The 46-year-old has worked at several tech startups, and when he interviewed for a senior-level role at a New York City startup, he noticed that “everyone there was young, in their twenties.” The age of the interviewers didn’t faze him until he heard several people use […]

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October 8, 2018

More Businesses Make Election Day a Holiday. Can Small Businesses Keep Up?

Dan Golden is closing the doors of his digital marketing firm on election day. The CEO isn’t required by law to give his employees the day to vote on November 6. He’s doing it out of a sense of civic duty. “For me, it’s always about walking the walk,” Golden, the CEO of the Chicago-based […]

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October 1, 2018

Debris, Damages, and Jobs in Limbo: Hidden Costs for Small Businesses After Hurricane Florence

Although the Goat & Compass didn’t open until 2007, the cinderblock building has been around for decades and survived other hurricanes with minimal damage. Hurricane Florence was not just another storm. “When we started preparing for the hurricane, it was a [Category] 4,” recalls bar owner Scott Wagner. “We boarded up the windows and doors, […]

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September 20, 2018

Small Businesses Find Fine Line to Walk When Workers Tweet

Social media might provide a bullhorn for sharing opinions, whether from celebrities, presidents or everyday people. But Earl White knows what can happen when an employee’s social media presence becomes a business challenge. White, co-founder and vice president of Miami-based real estate company House Heroes, LLC, was in the middle of a deal last summer […]

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September 7, 2018

The Payroll Setup Checklist: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Between browsing different platforms, managing your employee data, and conducting the appropriate research, the process of switching payroll services or starting a new one has a lot of moving parts. What do I need to know to stay compliant? What information is absolutely necessary for me to provide? Is this what’s best for my employees? We’re […]

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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 […]

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July 16, 2018

Rural Economies Have a Labor Problem. Are Remote Workers the Solution?

Vermont sparked plenty of buzz when it announced it would give $10,000 to organizations who hire remote workers stationed in the state (or are willing to move there). The move grabbed headlines — including here — and online chatter. But it will take time to see if it nets the desired result: young, working residents. […]

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July 11, 2018

7 Big Statistics About the State of Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible scheduling. Compressed work weeks. Remote work. Unlimited paid time off. The way we work is changing. Smartphones in our pockets mean there’s pressure to always be on. Meanwhile, a tightening labor market has employers, especially small businesses, finding creative ways to attract and keep talent. Enter flexible work arrangements. More workers are asking for […]

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June 27, 2018

More Businesses are Instituting Minimum Pay Thresholds. Is It About Good Policy or Publicity?

On a plane ride from a conference in Orlando to Boston, Megan Driscoll was mulling over the future of her workforce — and her company. Driscoll, CEO of PharmaLogics Recruiting outside of Boston, was returning from the Inc. 5000 conference in 2015. One of the speakers was Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments, which […]

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December 5, 2017

The Most Wonderful Time of Year…for Time Off Requests?

With the holidays approaching, companies can expect to see an increase in their employees’ time off requests, and the question on everyone’s minds is can these requests be accommodated? While being able to use time off during the holidays is essential to employee satisfaction, companies may struggle to find fair ways to approve these requests […]

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