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June 5, 2019

What’s in the New York City Marijuana Drug Testing Ban

The ban on pre-employment testing for marijuana recently approved by the New York City Council has become law. The ordinance forbids New York City employers from requiring prospective employees to submit to testing for the presence of any tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, as a condition of employment unless an exemption applies. The […]


May 6, 2019

The Daily Rundown: Small Business Owners Brace for Hurricane Season

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Every day, we bring you stories and trends that impact small business owners and their workforce. It’s National Small Business Week and we’re kicking things off by examining top small business trends from last year before looking at important steps SBOs can take to prepare for hurricane season. […]


April 5, 2019

The Daily Rundown: Status of Paid Sick Leave in Nevada and More

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Each day we bring you stories and trends that impact small business owners and their workforce. Today we look at the President’s choice for the new head of the SBA, one Arizona state senator’s push for association healthcare plans, and a group of small businesses in Nevada who […]

female employee

March 26, 2019

How Did We Get Here? Solving the Gender Wage Gap

In light of women’s history month, we examined 2018 data from over 1,000 employees and owners of Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMBs), defined as having 11-500 employees. The results of this nationwide survey found an alarming 34% gap in pay between men and women — about 18% greater than the national average. Women working at […]

best paid time off policies

March 21, 2019

Paid Time Off Policies: 5 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know

As a small business owner, you may wonder about your rights and obligations as well as popular trends when it comes to paid time off policies (or PTO).  Am I required to offer it? And if so, just how much paid time off are my employees entitled to? What are other companies of my size […]

VTO policies

March 18, 2019

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 […]

employee engagement survey- coworkers together

March 7, 2019

How to Ask the Right Employee Survey Questions [A Guide]

Nebulous. Impossible to measure. Hard to influence. These are a few ways some employers think about managing employee engagement. But it shouldn’t be this way. An engaged workforce is consistently linked to profit, customer satisfaction and employee retention rates. In fact, Gallup reports that subtle differences in employee engagement can result in 21% greater profitability. Understanding […]

employee mentoring in the workplace

February 7, 2019

How to Create a Program for Mentoring in the Workplace

Many companies, including 70 percent of Fortune 500 firms, have programs for mentoring in the workplace. The effectiveness of them varies widely. Given this disparity, it can be hard to determine how to design and implement a mentoring program. However, we believe that in the current work environment, it’s becoming ever more crucial to offer […]

welcoming Gen Z in the workplace

January 14, 2019

Small Businesses Are Welcoming Gen Z in the Workplace

Running a small business comes with a wide set of challenges, not the least difficult being employee retention. However, a talent opportunity is emerging on the horizon for small businesses: Gen Z. Within the next two years, Gen Z—the generation that follows millennials—will comprise a whopping 20% of the workforce. For small businesses that have been […]

are expense reimbursements taxable?

December 17, 2018

Are Expense Reimbursements Taxable?

Typically, when your company sends you on the road, there are certain amenities they will help you pay for. But are these expense reimbursements taxable? As with many HR questions, the answer is yes and no. In most cases, expense reimbursements are not taxable. However, there are exceptions. The best way to comply with the […]

what to know about third-party sick pay

November 28, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Third-Party Sick Pay

Employees who lose wages as a result of illness or a nonwork-related accident are eligible to receive disability payments, also known as third-party sick pay. This coverage is typically part of an employee’s benefits package as a way for employees who get sick, injured, or are temporarily disabled to receive compensation while out of work. […]

compressed 9/80 work week

October 29, 2018

Breaking Down the 9/80 Work Week and What It Means for Employers

The traditional 40-hour work week has been the schedule model since the 1940’s. Around that time, Ford scaled back from a 48 to a 40-hour workweek because, “too many hours were bad for workers’ productivity.” Traditional workplaces are changing in all sorts of ways,  from unique fringe benefits to working from home options. Similarly, the 40-hour work week […]