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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New H-1B Visas Halted Through 2020

President Trump suspends H-1B and other visas until the end of the year

Should Your Business Have Gender-Neutral Bathrooms?

Having gender-neutral bathrooms provides a welcoming environment to workers and clients, and demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity.

SBA Announces New, ‘Borrower-friendly’ PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications

The Small Business Administration announced they had posted a 5-page forgiveness application after complaints the original, 11-page application was too complex to navigate.

Updated Paycheck Protection Program FAQs

The deadline to apply for a loan under the new PPPFA is June 30, 2020. Here’s what SMBs need to know before applying.

SBA Reopens Economic Injury Disaster Loans to Small Businesses, Independent Contractors

The SBA is reopening its EIDL program to allow for a broader range of businesses to apply

Supreme Court Rules LGBTQ Employees Are Protected From Discrimination

Workers cannot be fired for being gay, bisexual, or transgender

Rethinking Perks for Remote Workers

Rewarding remote employees is important — even if they work off-site. Here are perks you can offer them that fit your budget and show you value their contributions.

Rehiring Tips: 4 Ways to Bring Reluctant Employees Back to Work

Your employees may be receiving unemployment benefits and feeling conflicted about returning to work. How do you motivate them to come back?

Guidance: What if My Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19?

How employers should respond if an employee tests positive for COVID-19

HSA Contribution Increases Announced for 2021

The IRS recently announced changes for HDHPs for 2021, along with more flexibility for other employee saving accounts.