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Google, Alphabet and HR

August 11, 2015

What Growing Businesses Can Learn from Google’s Rebirth as Alphabet

Yesterday, Google announced that they’re restructuring from a single company with several products to a collection of companies called Alphabet. Under Alphabet, Google and its many other products and projects like Android, Fiber, and Wing will become separate entities that fall under Alphabet’s purview. Most small businesses and startups are a far cry from Google in […]

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August 6, 2015

Why the Netflix Parental Leave Policy is More Than a Smart HR Move

Netflix made the news on Tuesday when the company said it would provide unlimited paid parental leave for all of its 2,400+ employees. The announcement was made on the company’s blog, where they said they reached the decision after noticing that employees do better at work when they’re not worried about what’s happening at home. […]

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July 29, 2015

What We’re Watching: Big Health Insurance Company Mergers

Last week, two of the largest health insurers, Anthem, the largest health insurer in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Cigna, announced a mega-merger that, if approved, would provide health insurance to 53 million Americans. This followed the announcement three weeks earlier by two of the other big insurers, Aetna and Humana, that they […]

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HR sins

July 27, 2015

7 Deadly HR Sins To Avoid

When you’re running a small business, it can be tempting to put HR on the backburner. After all, HR doesn’t directly impact your product or business growth, right? Wrong. From hiring the best people to staying compliant with labor laws and insurance requirements, HR actually impacts your business in significant ways. And while it’s tempting […]

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July 15, 2015

Proposed Overtime Changes: How and When They’ll Affect Your Business

Last week, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Labor Department delivered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to raise the salary threshold for overtime from $23,660 to $50,440. The proposed regulation would affect over five million employees, who would become entitled to time-and-a-half pay for every hour worked beyond 40 hours per […]

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July 13, 2015

The Difference Between Contractors & Employees: A Two Minute Worker Classification Test

Several giants in the on-demand economy, including Instacart and Uber, are currently at the center of an ongoing debate around whether casual workers like crowdsourced couriers and chauffeurs are part-time employees or independent contractors. The two worker classifications differ in important ways, and the question of whether to classify workers as obligation-free contractors or full-benefits employees […]

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