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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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

HR Headaches Series: Training Employees to Ask Less Questions

In this week’s HR Headaches post, we examine how to give employees the help they need to answer questions themselves.

Filing Federal, State, and Local Taxes: What SMBs Need to Know

File your taxes correctly and on time with these organization and submission tips.

Biden Announces Tax Credit for Small Businesses Offering Paid Leave for Vaccinations

The new tax credit can help employers offset the cost of providing paid time off for employees to get vaccinated and recover.

What Is Sick Leave? Plus 3 Things Every Sick Leave Policy Needs

Learn how important a sick leave policy is for your business, and how to create one