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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What Are Fringe Benefits? A Small Business Explainer Guide

Offering employees fringe benefits plays a key role in attracting and maintaining top talent. Discover what perks you can offer your team.

The Most Important Dates for Open Enrollment 2018

Open enrollment 2018 is quickly approaching! Review upcoming dates you need to remember to be fully prepared for your 2019 healthcare coverage.

20 Low to No Cost Fringe Benefits that Engage and Retain

When it comes to attracting top talent, offering a variety of fringe benefits will set you apart. Discover 21 no-cost ideas to start for your team today!

What is a Lookback Period?

Taxes. For many small businesses, keeping up with the laws and regulations surrounding taxes – especially employer payroll taxes – is an ongoing challenge. Navigating applicable tax codes can be nearly a full-time job. As you strive to stay current with evolving legislation and payments that need to be made, there’s yet another aspect of tax […]

How to Get Reimbursing Employee Expenses Right

Employee expense reimbursements can have significant tax implications for the company and employee, so building a comprehensive plan is important.

What You Need to Know Before Sending A Termination Letter

Terminating an employee is never easy. Find out what to include in an employee termination letter and how to conduct a professional separation meeting.

When Creating the Perfect Compensation Plan Salary is Just the Beginning

To attract and retain talent, it’s crucial to create a structured and competitive compensation plan, or update an existing one.

What is the ERISA Law?

ERISA was established in 1974, putting a stop to many harmful practices and ensuring any contributions made by an employer are secure. ERISA is one of the most important protections most employees don’t even know they have. Here's how it's affecting you.

A Reference Guide to Employer Payroll Taxes for Small Businesses

For business, payroll taxes are a constant, regardless of how revenue ebbs and flows. For everyone receiving a paycheck, you need to properly calculate and pay employee/employer deductions in a timely manner to stay ahead of the IRS. Here are our pro tips.

Does Radical Transparency Belong in Your Workplace?

In a time when businesses are facing ever-increasing scrutiny, transparency is becoming more prevalent and attainable for organizations everywhere. Employees want to work for a company they can trust. So, to attract the right people, radical transparency right for your company? Here are some things to consider.