Danny Speros

Danny Speros is Senior Manager of HR Products and Services at Zenefits, where he enjoys advising clients on their human resources questions and needs. After working for more than 17 years in HR and small business leadership, Danny draws on his experience to help in a wide variety of situations and loves constantly learning new things.

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Should Your Company Have a Marijuana in the Workplace Policy?

Many small business owners and HR professionals are grappling with how to proceed with marijuana in the workplace. This map can help.

Compensation, how much and is it fair

Compensation can be a tricky and very sensitive topic. While employees what to be paid what they feel they’re worth—that doesn’t usually match up with market rates. Danny shares the in’s and outs of evaluating pay rates based location and industry as well as skill and experience. Ultimately, it’s important to be fair for both […]

Developing action plans and avoiding surprise

The best way to avoid a surprise termination is by developing an action plan or Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). A PIP will keep an employee informed of their progress of improvement or lack thereof. In many cases a PIP can turn a poor performer around but if not you have documentation for the impending termination. […]

Reductions in workforce, performance management, and terminations

Just like in gardening we will all face the need to remove weeds from our organization. Whether it’s because you have too many staff or certain members of the team are underperforming. Danny Speros, Director of HR Advisor Services and SPHR at Zenefits will share during this episode of 12 Minute Tuesdays how to properly […]

How can I perform an unofficial reference check?

Short Answer Unofficial, or “backdoor references,” i.e., those gathered from sources that the candidate does not explicitly provide, can sometimes yield a more honest perspective on the candidate. While technically not illegal, the very same freedom that allows an unofficial reference to be totally honest about your candidate may backfire on you. In general, the […]

Can I hire an employee of a direct competitor?

While there may be advantages to hiring employees with experience working for other employers in your industry, the process to hire them can be tricky. The answer hinges on: whether the candidate has signed a non-compete agreement or other restrictive covenant with a current or former employer, the enforceability of the agreement or covenant, whether […]