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ideas for holiday bonuses in lieu of cash

December 11, 2018

Small Business Guide to Holiday Perks (In Lieu of Holiday Bonuses)

Between buying presents, visiting family, and cooking for crowds, cash is tight for most people around the holidays, which is why holiday bonuses are highly sought-after. A 1,000 person poll conducted by Research Now SSI found that 41% of respondents ranked bonuses as their most preferred holiday perk. However, the reality for most small business owners […]

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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 […]

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401K company match limits 2019

December 10, 2018

401K Company Match Limits for 2019

A 401K is one of the most common types of employer-sponsored retirement accounts in the US, but it’s only one type of account, and not standardized across the country. Some employers give the option for employees to contribute part of their salaries to a 401K (up to a certain limit), while others entice you by also […]

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When employee absence becomes a problem, try an absence management policy

December 10, 2018

How to Create an Absence Management Policy in 6 Steps

If you run a small business, you’ve probably dealt with unexpected employee absences. Between family emergencies, injuries, doctor visits, and unpredictable circumstances you’ll have to deal with absences from time to time. However, repeat absences and staff shortages can have repercussions on the business if not managed properly. Here’s the good news: creating an absence […]

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marijuana in the workplace policy

December 8, 2018

Should Your Company Have a Marijuana in the Workplace Policy? Use this Map of New State Marijuana Laws.

Cultures change. And when cultures shift, so do laws and so do workplaces. The legalization of marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes in individual states across the country is an example of a cultural shift — one that is likely to impact workplaces. However, many small business owners and HR professionals are grappling with how […]

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office holiday party ideas

December 5, 2018

3 Fun Office Holiday Party Ideas

The holidays are largely a time of giving: giving back to the community as well as giving to your employees. Holiday bonuses might be on the top of their lists, but there’s something magical about hosting a hit holiday office party, especially when it brings coworkers closer together. Are you looking for a few fun office […]

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new trends in data regarding sexual harassment in the workplace

December 5, 2018

Data Show New Trends in Workplace Sexual Harassment Reports

Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. If you allow your employees to work in a hostile environment where they experience or witness aggressive, unwanted sexual advances, or they have to endure sexually suggestive jokes and behaviors, you are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. […]

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5 new employee wellness programs to try in 2019

December 4, 2018

5 Employee Wellness Programs to Consider for 2019

Businesses of all sizes are thinking of ways to make 2019 healthier and happier for everyone. What better time than the New Year to add or improve employee wellness programs? Numerous studies indicate that healthy employees are happy employees—and vice versa. When your employees aren’t feeling 100 percent, they and the company suffer. Plus, healthy […]

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small business guide to holiday bonuses

December 4, 2018

Your Employer Guide to Holiday Bonuses

‘Tis the season for Grandma’s plum pudding, eggnog, and driving your Uncle home after he’s consumed a little too much of both. Here’s something else that a lot of employees look forward to this time of year: holiday bonuses. If you’re an employer, you might be wrestling with your decision to give a holiday bonus […]

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best hr conferences in 2019

December 4, 2018

The Best HR Conferences in 2019

When you’re running a small business, you tend to end up wearing multiple hats. Especially at the beginning, when you’ve employed just a few people, chances are one of the hats you’ll wear is an HR hat– and that’s an important one. While many new and small businesses tend to opt for DIY HR options, […]

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what does pregnancy discrimination look like in the workplace

December 3, 2018

What Business Owners Should Know about Pregnancy Discrimination

A police chief relegates all pregnant officers to “desk duty” during their third trimesters. A supervisor repeatedly teases his pregnant employee about the size of her belly. A business owner won’t hire young women for jobs that require extensive travel because they might soon have children and become unable to fulfill those responsibilities. All of […]

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Exclusion is a form of bullying in the workplace

November 30, 2018

Workplace Bullying Exists in the Form of Exclusion

People who “feel like they belong are more productive, motivated, and engaged,” according to a study by Ernst & Young. Beyond work performance, feeling like you belong is a basic human need that’s vital to our emotional health. In fact, the study reported that a lack of belonging or “exclusion” is necessarily a form of […]

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