Workest Weekly: November SMB + HR Calendar, How to Prepare for Open Enrollment 2022, 6 Scary Issues Still Haunting Your HR in 2022

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Happy almost-Halloween! This week, we take a look at some spooky issues and how to prevent them. Check out 6 scary issues still haunting your HR in 2022 and 4 common cyber threats every business owner needs protection against. As we step into November, take a look at our free November small business and HR compliance calendar. It’s packed with dates you’ll need to know all month long. Plus, check out our guide to open enrollment 2022-23 — it’s a great way to keep track of timelines and important dates. Finally, discover 10 ways to make November a month of employee appreciation.

Small Business and HR Compliance dates this week:

October 31

Halloween: Have a costume contest and eat some sweet treats. Likely your employees will want to leave early to take their children trick-or-treating! #Halloween

Deadline to file Form 941: Employer’s quarterly tax return

November 1

Open Enrollment Season Begins: The annual open enrollment period begins today for most employers. Employees can make changes to their healthcare without penalty during this time.

Form 941: Due File Form 941 for the 3rd quarter of 2021. Deposit or pay any undeposited tax under the accuracy of deposit rules.

NYC Salary Transparency Law Takes Effect: New York City’s new pay transparency law requires most New York City employers to disclose salary ranges in their job postings.

November 2

National Stress Awareness Day: 75% of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. Offer your employees mental health benefits to combat stress.

November 6

Daylight Saving Time Ends: Get ready for more daylight in the dark autumn and winter mornings! #DaylightSavings

November Calendar
November is just a couple of days away! Stay on top of the month with this free calendar.

Free Small Business and HR Compliance Calendar: November 2022

November is just around the corner! Open enrollment, Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday, and holiday sales prep are just some of the events to have on your radar this month.

Download our November Small Business and HR Compliance Calendar, which includes plenty of holidays, compliance reminders, social media events, and other dates to know.


6 Scary Issues Still Haunting Your HR in 2022
Tackle the HR issues plaguing you this Halloween with this helpful guide.

6 Scary Issues Still Haunting Your HR in 2022

What do creatures, claws, and compliance all have in common? Usually, we don’t want to touch any of them. While we can’t do much to help you with your coulrophobia, our guide can help you face the horrors of HR. Not only will we spell out the major concerns, we’ll be the proverbial mob to your Frankenstein monster and help you tackle the issues haunting you this Halloween.


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Learn about some common cyber threats and how your business can avoid cyber attacks.

4 Common Cyber Threats Every Business Owner Needs Protection Against

Not only are more customers shopping online since the pandemic, the majority of purchasing transactions are recorded digitally. Protecting your business and customer data is now a must. Read this guide to educate yourself on common cyber threats and what you can do to avoid cyber attacks that can wreak havoc on your business.



The 2022-23 open enrollment season is here. Access important dates and a range of timelines that you and your staff can use to have a successful OE.

Open Enrollment: Prepare With These Timelines and Important Dates

Open enrollment is undergoing a major transformation — shifting sharply to the virtual arena as employers increasingly embrace remote work. Even before this seismic shift, open enrollment had a reputation for being a demanding time for employers in general. Now that open enrollment 2022-2023 has arrived, employers with remote and/or onsite workers can expect challenges in some shape or form.



November reminds us to be thankful, but we shouldn’t let gratitude be a once-a-year event. Here are 10 ways to show appreciation to your staff.

10 Ways to Make November a Month of Employee Appreciation

When people feel underappreciated at work it translates to low performance, poor engagement, and churn. Employees are the lifeblood of every organization, and they need to be seen and valued. If you’re not reminding them every day how critically important they are (and you should), try these techniques to make November a month of appreciation.



Communication problems in the workplace are as common as they are avoidable. Use these 7 suggestions to improve an essential part of your business.

7 Tips for Communication Problems in the Workplace

Research indicates that businesses lose as much as $37 billion annually from poor communication. Breaking down communication barriers is one of the most important things you can do for productivity and employee engagement. Discover some of the most common workplace communication problems and tips to remedy them.


POPS The People Podcast

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

How Do I Know I’m Hiring Best-fit Candidates?

The hiring process can be overwhelming, and it can often feel like a guessing game trying to find that perfect candidate for your company and the role you’re trying to fill.

Lora Patterson, a People Operations Advisor at TriNet Zenefits, joins the show to go over the steps your company can take to find those great employees.



From one-man shops to 500-person enterprises, our payroll is built to address your unique situation.

Join Our Payroll Webinar

We designed payroll to be so easy you might actually enjoy doing it. Don’t believe us? Experience a live-demo Tuesday, November 1st — when the Zenefits team will show you just how easy it is.


What better way to celebrate #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay than to share our customers’ success stories! Read about how companies faced challenges, but came out on top in the end. Check out the stories here:

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