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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Firing vs. Layoff: Know the Difference 

How you release a staff member from service can have financial implications for your business. Learn the difference in this quick guide.

A Small Business Guide to Sick Leave 

It’s a fact of running a business — employees get sick, either for the short or long-term. Learn what you need to know about sick leave for your small business.

How Maternity Leave Works: The Employer’s Guide

All your questions about maternity leave answered, plus learn how a supportive policy boosts productivity, helps retention and increases company loyalty.

What is Paid Safe Leave?

Trending on the East Coast and spreading across the country are new Safe Leave laws. Learn what paid safe leave is and what it's used for.

The Employer’s Guide to Boosting Employee Retention with Recognition

One of the keys to improving employee retentjon is providing recognition at work. This article dives deep into employee recognition programs.

What is a Paternity Leave Policy? (And Should My Business Have One?)

What is paternity leave? How does it work? And do I need to offer it? This article covers the details of paternity leave policy for employers.

Inside the Colorado Salary History Ban

More states are putting limits on inquiring about a potential employee's salary history. This article details the Colorado salary history ban.

An Explainer Guide to the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Learn about the major changes regarding paid family and medical leave in Connecticut

The Business Guide to Bereavement Leave Policies

Being prepared when an employee loses a loved one is crucial. This article details requirements, definitions and expectations for bereavement leave.

What’s In the Nevada Marijuana Drug Employment Law?

Nevada is the first state to prohibit employers from denying employment to a new hire based on a failed marijuana drug test. Here's what in the law.