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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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.

The Essential Components of an Onboarding Checklist

Creating a new employee onboarding checklist? This article details what goes into a new hire onboarding checklist from day one and beyond.

Kansas City Passes Salary History Ban: What Employers Need to Know

Kansas City, Missouri is enacting a salary history ban. This article covers who is exempt, who isn't and what you need to know as a small business.

How to Build a New Employee Onboarding Process from Scratch

An effective onboarding process can boost retention and productivity. This article details how to create one, recommended steps, potential costs and more.

The HR Challenges Shaping the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the US. This article outlines the biggest current and future HR challenges in healtcare.

The Small Business Guide to Hiring Without Asking for a Salary History

More states and cities are putting in bans on asking for a salary history. Here's why this can be good for small business and how to work within the rules.

What is a Work Opportunity Tax Credit?

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit or WOTC is aimed at helping vets get back on the job by helping business large and small.

Do You Know About these 13 Small Business Hiring and Tax Credits?

Tax credits provided by the federal government are a great incentive for small and medium business to hire and retain talent. For businesses interested in helping workers who have faced challenges getting back on the payroll, there are a variety of tax credits and incentives available to help. The best place to start is with […]

A New Way of Looking at Organizational Learning

The secret to business success is often lying deep in the inner workings of your company. Here's why you should encourage organizational learning.