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ABC test for contractors

June 19, 2018

What the ABC Test Means for the Gig Economy: An Interview with Alan Benson

The California Supreme Court, on April 30, issued a ruling to adopt a standard, called the “ABC test,” to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The ABC test has three requirements to prove workers are contractors The worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in […]

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June 15, 2018

Building an Employee Engagement Survey

When it comes to retaining your top performers, staying in close touch with workplace feedback makes all the difference. Key to collecting this input is running an employee engagement survey. Employers who make an effort to collect and encourage employee feedback outperform those that don’t — by as much as 21% according to Gallup. The […]

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radical transparency in the workplace

June 14, 2018

Does Radical Transparency Belong in Your Workplace?

While anything with the term “radical” may seem like something to avoid, this trend is leading many business owners and executives to ask if radical transparency is right for their team. In a time when businesses are perpetually facing ever-increasing scrutiny, transparency (radical or not) is becoming more prevalent and attainable for organizations everywhere. Employees […]

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lifeguard and other seasonal employees

June 13, 2018

A Quick Checklist for Hiring Seasonal Employees

Summer is here, and many businesses need to hire seasonal employees. As the beaches get crowded and tourist spots heat up, the seasonal workers arrive as a force, preparing meals, running registers, taking reservations, and countless other jobs. In particular, teens step in to fill these temporary positions. Based on data from the Bureau of […]

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millennials want flexible work schedules

June 12, 2018

Millennial Employees Want Flexibility & Benefits. Can They Have It All?

When Kaelin Priger, 26, interviewed for her current job as an environmental analyst in Atlanta, she was excited the company offered three weeks of vacation per year, plus overtime compensation in the form of paid time off, starting on day one.   She lived abroad for several years, and the vacation policy meant she could […]

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best payroll schedule for your business

June 7, 2018

Why Choosing a Payroll Schedule Isn’t So Simple

While many are familiar with a bi-monthly pay schedule — typically on the first and fifteenth of the month — there are actually a few ways to structure a payroll schedule. Like most decisions business owners make, the way you structure your small business payroll schedule depends most on your small business needs and the […]

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example of flexible work schedules

June 6, 2018

How Important are Flexible Work Schedules? (Perhaps More Than You Think)

The Digital Era has revolutionized our workspaces and our work schedules. We can be “on call” around the clock, which sounds great for employers—but not so much for employees. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are at an even higher risk of abusing flexible work schedules. It’s not uncommon for small business owners, startup founders, and […]

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Floating holiday pool floatie

June 4, 2018

Does a Floating Holiday Policy Make Sense for Your Business?

A floating holiday symbolizes more than just a day off for your employees. Therefore, it can be a competitive edge for businesses when trying to recruit and retain employees, especially when turnover rates are rising year after year. For many businesses, small and large alike, a floating holiday can be an attractive bonus aspect to […]

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VTO policies

June 4, 2018

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 […]

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Vermont legislation remote work

June 1, 2018

Vermont Passed Legislation to Become a Remote Work Haven. Here’s Why the Bill’s Author Says it will Work

This July, a new piece of legislation will take effect, encouraging more remote workers to remain in or move to the state of Vermont. While Vermont had the highest rate of inbound migration in 2017, they saw mostly older and wealthier families moving to the state to retire. They have had less luck attracting young […]

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7 simple activities to engage your employees

May 30, 2018

What Employee Engagement Looks Like (And How to Grow It)

As summer quickly approaches, employees have a ton on their mind (both in and out of work). As a manager, it can be challenging to keep your teams productively humming among all the distractions. Understanding the ins and outs of employee engagement activities can make all the difference for driving a successful next few months. […]

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independent contractor hats

May 30, 2018

The Employer’s Guide to Independent Contractors Vs. Employees

As businesses grow, staffing needs increase. Should an organization hire an employee or independent contractor? An independent contractor may feel like a part of the team. And their independent status doesn’t mean they can’t — or shouldn’t — be a major contributor to the company’s goals and culture. But there are important distinctions between an […]

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