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April 12, 2019

The Daily Rundown: Exemptions to California’s ABC Law 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. Let’s close out the week by looking at the surprising types of workers in California who want to be classified as independent contractors, women veterans with STEM companies, and coworking spaces popping […]

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new change to maryland minimum wage

April 12, 2019

Maryland Minimum Wage to Rise to $15 After Lawmakers Override Veto

In a move with a bit of legislative drama, Maryland legislators last month voted to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Maryland’s minimum wage in 2019 is $10.10 an hour. Companies with more than 15 workers will have to pay the higher entry-level wage by 2025. Companies with 14 or fewer employees […]

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April 11, 2019

The Daily Rundown: Social Media Marketing and Employee Commitment

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Each day we bring you stories and trends that impact small business owners and their workforce. On today’s agenda: the use of social media as a tool for marketing, National Small Business Week’s 2nd Annual Virtual Conference, and paid time off for voting and volunteering in New York […]

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building an employee handbook

April 11, 2019

Employee Handbook Examples You Should Steal From

If you haven’t spent time designing an employee handbook yet– you’re not alone. An employee handbook can be incredibly useful in building a positive workplace culture and employee loyalty, but it’s not an easy feat to write one. That’s why we’re breaking down the process for you and offering you six employee handbook examples. Often having […]

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New Jersey Law covers pretax transit benefits

April 11, 2019

New Jersey Now Requires Employers to Offer Pretax Transit Benefits

New Jersey has become the first state to mandate employers provide pretax transit benefits to staff. With the signature of Senate Bill 1567, New Jersey Major Phillip Murphy said the Bill was aimed to help workers offset some of the costs and taxes of commuting, particularly in light of a recent 36% increase in the […]

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April 10, 2019

The Daily Rundown: State-Sponsored Retirement Plans and a New Amazon Announcement

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Each day we bring you stories and trends that impact small business owners and their workforce. Help is on the way. Today we look at new legislation before the Senate Finance Committee aimed at helping small businesses restructure debt, state-sponsored retirement plans for SMBs, new tools from Amazon […]

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April 10, 2019

What is the Value of Employee Commitment?

Much like any relationship, commitment is at the heart of a healthy partnership. When employees are committed to their work and place of business, they are more likely to be happy and productive. Committed employees take ownership of their work and are ambassadors for their company, both inside and outside of office doors. They are […]

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2019 HR trends that are here to stay

April 10, 2019

4 Months into 2019, What are the HR Trends That are Here to Last?

There were many predictions of HR trends that would take the industry landscape by storm when 2019 started. However, just like new year resolutions, some of these trends have proven to be short-lived fads, and they have largely faded into obscurity. However, there are a few HR Trends that have stood the test of time […]

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April 9, 2019

The Daily Rundown: Small Business Loans Hit Record High

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Each day we bring you stories and trends that impact small business owners and their workforce. It’s a rollercoaster today. Small business lending is rising, job openings are falling, and the home healthcare system is facing a serious worker shortage. Small business loans from big banks hit record […]

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April 9, 2019

Five Reasons Every Mompreneur Needs A Grandmother on Her Team

In addition to being a mompreneur, I’m a nurse. The first formative years of my nursing career were spent in the emergency room of an urban hospital overflowing with sick and dying people. My schooling at a top university and work experience across a variety of settings have prepared me to walk into almost any […]

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hiring interns for your small business

April 9, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Hiring Interns for your Small Business

Does your business have the opportunity to train an intern in exchange for valuable work experience? An intern can provide temporary assistance during peak times, and a chance to give back some of the skills and knowledge you (or your employees) have acquired. Hiring interns for your small business can also offer the potential to […]

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Improve Employee Efficiency - time saving clock

April 9, 2019

Top 10 Ways to Improve Employee Efficiency

As daylight savings approaches, it’s a good time to think about different ways you can, well, save time. These days, employees are spending more and more time at the office–certainly exceeding the typical 40-hour work week. However, increasing hours worked does not necessarily translate to increased efficiency. So, how can leaders and managers improve employee […]

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