Riia O'Donnell

Riia O’Donnell is a Human Resource professional with over 15 years of hands-on experience in every discipline of the field. A subject matter expert, she has written for the online HR market for over 8 years. Her first job, at age 15, was working the early morning shift at a local bakery on weekends.

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California Approves a New Set of COVID-19 Emergency Workplace Standards

If you conduct business in California, you need to pay attention to Cal/OSHA's new set of workplace standards.

Hiring Unemployed Workers: What Are the Risks and Benefits?

If you’re hiring at your company, and are looking at unemployed workers as candidates, consider both the risks and benefits.

IRS Announces Enhanced Child Care Tax Credits for 2021

The enhanced credit is a part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, and it increases the existing tax benefit eligible families can receive.

What Is the Difference Between People Ops and HR?

Find out why People Operations focuses so much on people — and how it can impact success for your employees and entire company.

HR Headaches: Mentally Preparing Employees to Return to Workplaces

Here’s how to address employees’ top concerns when it comes to returning to offices post-COVID-19.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Remote Firing

Firing a remote employee is never easy for the business or the worker. Here’s how to do so correctly and professionally.

Guide to Revising Your Company’s Mask Policy [Free Sample Memo]

Here’s how to adapt to new CDC guidance and ensure your company’s mask policies and procedures are updated.

How to Create a Post-COVID Addendum to Your Employee Handbook

Update your employee handbook with post-COVID addendums that include things that worked for your company — and make sure to plan for any future contingencies.

Why Your Employees Aren’t Using Your HR Tech — and How to Encourage Them to

Here's how to convince employees that HR tech will ultimately make their jobs easier, faster, and better.

Biden Administration Proposes 12 Weeks of Paid Family Leave

Biden proposes a federal plan offering paid leave for all employees