Workest Weekly: August SMB + HR Calendar, Definitive List of City and State Leave Laws, Power Skills to Hire For

Welcome to Workest Weekly — a newsletter for small business owners, HR leaders, and their growing teams.


Happy Sunday! As we usher in a new month, take a look at our free small business and HR compliance calendar for August. Holding onto top talent is one of the top goals for employers today — find out what you can learn from the companies with the best retention rates to apply to your business. If you’re looking for new employees, check out the power skills to hire for and alternatives to posting on a job board. A great HRIS system helps you to save time and money by streamlining hiring, onboarding, payroll, and more. We’ll show you how to find the best HR software for your business.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

August 1, 2022

Black Business Month. August is Black Business Month. Support Black-owned businesses and use #NationalBlackBusinessMonth on social media.

Black Business Month, National Nonprofit Day, National Women’s Equality Day — stay on top of all that’s happening this month with our August calendar.

Free Small Business and HR Compliance Calendar: August 2022

It’s already August! Stay ahead of the game by downloading our August small business and HR compliance calendar. It’s packed with holidays, social media dates, and compliance events to have on your radar.

Download your copy of our calendar and refer to it throughout the month!


The Definitive List of City and State Leave Laws
Providing workers with time off from work to care for themselves and family members during times of illness was a high priority for many of the state legislatures before the advent of the coronavirus.

The Definitive List of City and State Leave Laws

One of the latest trends in leaves has been the passage of temporary emergency laws to provide workers with time off from work while being treated for COVID-19 or in quarantine because of the coronavirus.

Almost all jurisdictions modified their permanent leave laws to expressly require that workers be allowed to use leave when the workplace, school, or childcare provider is closed because of a public health emergency. Check out this survey of sick and family leave laws, paid and unpaid, by federal, state, and locality.


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What You Can Learn From Companies With the Best Retention Rates

It’s far more expensive to recruit, hire, and train new employees than it is to retain the talent you have. But just because everyone knows how important retention is doesn’t mean that everyone knows how to do it. We’ve uncovered what you can learn from 4 of the companies with some of the longest (and shortest) worker tenures in business, to find out what works and what doesn’t.



Many companies assume that posting on a job board is the best option when hiring, but it may not be. Try these effective alternatives to find great candidates.

8 Effective Alternatives to Posting on a Job Board

Not only has it become difficult to find good talent, but it’s also become increasingly confusing as to where to look to find candidates. Posting on a job board might not be the most effective option. If you’re looking for something more creative or just trying to find better candidates, here are several great alternatives out there today.



With the right HR software systems, you can streamline your HR administration to save time and money. What should you look for? We’ve got the answers.

What HRIS Systems Are Best for Small Businesses?

When you’re looking for HRIS software to help run your business, there’s a lot to consider. It’s an important decision because this software will touch every employee in your company. Find out how HRIS systems help you with hiring, onboarding, payroll, benefits administration, and more. We’ll show you how to find the best HR software for your organization.



What are the power skills to look for in job candidates? Use this guide as your checklist to help you hire the best employees for your business.

The Power Skills to Hire For

Once considered soft skills, power skills reflect a critical rebranding of the term that puts a proper focus on their importance. Hard skills will always be valuable, but power skills are the ones that are critical to business success on the people side of things. Here are some of the most sought-after power skills that companies are hiring for today.


POPS The People Podcast

The POPS! Podcast by Zenefits helps small business leaders build people teams and succeed in the new world of work.

Pros and Perils of Unlimited PTO

Unlimited PTO is a popular time-off policy, especially in the tech field. It can be a great benefit for your employees, but Lora Patterson, Senior People Ops Advisor at Zenefits, recommends you consider its implications to ensure the policy works well for your company.

Lora reveals the potential pitfalls of unlimited PTO and gives 5 recommendations to help make a policy like this work for your company.



Zenefits is the only solution that simplifies your benefits search and provides you with leading technology to administer and manage health plans for your business.

Join Our Benefits Webinar

Whether you already have benefits plans or are looking for them, Zenefits provides the flexibility and guidance to help you put the right plans in place for your strategy.

Join us for just 30 minutes Tuesday, August 2nd as we run through how Zenefits not only supports bringing benefits to employees with user-friendly registration (employees can even enroll right on our mobile app!), but how we’ve optimized it. Register for our benefits webinar now.


Thank you for the inclusion, @zenefits!

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