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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How to Terminate an Employee (with Sample Scripts)

Separating an employee is never easy — for the worker or the HR staff member. The challenge is to conduct the meeting in a professional way that not only protects the rights of the business, but those of the employee as well.

The Right Way to Terminate an Employee for Poor Performance

A guide on how to terminate an employee who isn't meeting performance goals.

What are the different types of employee terminations?

Voluntary, involuntary, at-will — we break down the types of separation from employment

10 Steps for Stress-free Open Enrollment Administration

Like clockwork, open enrollment is here. We have 10 steps to make the process as easy as possible for you and your employees.

The Small Business Guide to Open Enrollment

It's every HR professional's favorite time of year — open enrollment! Use this guide to navigate important dates, learn how to modify or add coverage, and learn about tax credits.

How to Create a Mentorship Program (And Why You Should)

Mentorship programs are a win-win for everyone involved. But it can be a lot of work. Learn how to design a mentorship program, and what questions you should ask yourself before you begin.

Open Enrollment FAQ: 2019 Enrollment for 2020 Coverage

As open enrollment 2020 nears, we put together some answers to commonly asked questions about the process

What is Unemployment Tax, and How Much are You Going to Pay?

Unemployment taxes can be challenging for new and small business owners to understand. Read this guide to navigate the terminology and potentially reduce your tax rate.

The Most Important Dates for Open Enrollment 2020

Open enrollment is around the corner. Don't be caught unprepared, and read this guide of important dates small businesses need to know for open enrollment 2020.

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.