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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Essential Business Sample Letter and Memo to Employees

As the nation continues to work during the COVID-19 outbreak, assuring staff understands why they’re being asked to work and that they’re able to report to work is necessary

Furloughed vs Laid Off: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Differences

More and more companies are furloughing or laying off employees due to the coronavirus. Know the differences of each.

US Stimulus Package Breakdown: What The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Means for SMBs

The historic $2.2 trillion economic stimulus plan was signed into law March 27

Confidentiality and COVID-19: Balancing Privacy and Protection

Here’s how to balance protecting the private medical information of employees who may have COVID-19 while also caring for the rest of your staff.

What SMBs Need to Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Trump signed an emergency coronavirus bill expanding FMLA and granting paid leave. Here's what it means for your SMB.

Reviewing Sick Leave Policies During Coronavirus Pandemic

Most SMBs probably don't include information about communicable disease when they wrote their leave policy

Will Workers’ Compensation Insurance Cover Coronavirus?

Workers who don't work in health care may have difficult time claiming workers' compensation

Is Coronavirus Covered by Business Interruption Insurance?

As businesses suffer due to the coronavirus, there will likely be increased insurance claims. But whether these claims will be covered depends on several factors

Coronavirus Small Business Loans: How to Apply and Qualify

Details on how to apply and qualify for the SBA coronavirus relief loan

NLRB Issues Final Rule on Joint-Employer Relationships

The NLRB's new definition of joint-employer liability requires a company exercise “substantial" direct and immediate control over a worker's job