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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10 Workplace Lessons Learned from COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed everything about the workplace. Here’s how businesses can plan for the future with information they learn from this crisis.

EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidelines

The guidance comes as many employers wonder how or if they can reinstate laid off, furloughed, or even newly-hired employees as the virus continues to spread

IRS Allows Changes to Health Plans and Flex Accounts as Pandemic Takes Financial Toll

As business owners and workers adapt to the devastating effects of COVID-19, IRS relaxes rules on flexible spending accounts and medical plan enrollment

Employees Returning from Furlough: A Guide and Checklist

All you need to know about reinstating employees, communicating new protocols and changes, prioritizing safety, and restructuring your workplace.

What is People Enablement?

People enablement helps employees grow individually, in their teams, and within your organization. Here’s how it can help your company reach strategic goals.

Building Employee Trust After Layoffs

Here’s how to boost employee morale and provide support to your staff as you begin to reopen your business.

Remote Work: Is it Working for Your Company?

If remote work is feasible for your business, it may be worthwhile to continue it even after COVID-19 has passed.

Should I Rehire My Employees?

SMB owners across the country face a challenge on whether to bring workers back or allow them to reap short-term unemployment insurance benefits.

What is a PPP Forgivable Loan, and How Can I get my Loan Forgiven?

The PPP loans are forgivable under certain conditions only. If you have received (or hope to receive) a Paycheck Protection Program loan and want loan forgiveness, understand the requirements and how to apply.

COVID-19: Return To Work Guidelines and Requirements for Employers

What are the laws, employer and employee rights, and instructions on returning staffers to work? Read our answers to some of the questions you may have.