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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Unemployment FAQs: Tips for Businesses During COVID-19

The CARES Act is providing additional funds for states to expand unemployment benefits to previously eligible workers and sectors of the workforce that were not covered before.

Employee Return to Work Memo: 9 Things to Make Sure You Include

Here’s what to include in your memo to employees about workplace safety and cleanliness after COVID-19.

COVID-19: A Checklist for Returning to Work

When can my staff return to work and do so as safely as possible?

What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Employee Retention Tax Credit

Employers who have been impacted by the coronavirus may qualify for a new tax credit that can help with continuing to pay employees, even if their business has been closed.

Have You Considered These Small Business Tax Deductions for 2020?

There are some lesser-known expenses you can deduct to minimize your tax burden or receive a larger refund check.

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.