Valerie Bolden-Barrett

Valerie Bolden-Barrett is a business writer and content specialist, covering best business practices, human resources and management, public policy, employment law, and workplace issues and trends. She’s a former editor of national business publications at Simon & Schuster and a senior editor at Aspen Publishers. She’s a Temple University alumna, living in Central Connecticut. She started her career as a graphic designer, who discovered that she worked better with words than pictures.

25 articles

Employee Perks: Which Will Stay or Go After COVID?

As the pandemic continues, businesses must prioritize which perks they will continue to offer employees.

Lifestyle Benefits for Competitive Small Businesses

Lifestyle benefits can help employers improve recruiting, retention, and employee engagement — and help workers feel more satisfied with their jobs.

Time Theft: How SMBs Can Detect and Control it

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay hourly workers for every hour worked, yet many employees take advantage of the system — costing companies billions of dollars in lost productivity.

Employee or Contractor? DOL’s New Proposal May Ease Classification Process in 2021

The DOL has released a proposed rule that adopts an “economic reality” test to make it easier for employers to classify workers as independent contractors.

Federal Benefits Changes to Watch for in 2021

Congress has adjusted federal laws and regulations throughout 2020, which will affect the way SMBs plan and administer a few benefits next year.

Helping Your Employees Pick the Best Healthcare Benefits

Your employees may not know how to choose the best benefits for their needs. Here’s how to improve the process for them.

Full-time vs. Part-time Employee Benefits: How to Offer Both

If you have both full-time and part-time employees, learn how to compare benefits options for them.

Dental, Medical, Vision: Choosing the Best Medical Benefits Combination

Not sure how to provide your staff with the medical coverage they want? Here’s how to pick the best healthcare benefits bundle for your company.

Should Employers Rethink Their PTO Policies Under COVID-19?

The spread of COVID-19 has left businesses to worry about their PTO policies, and if they can afford to keep unused vacation time on the books

Addressing Social Issues and Racism in the Workplace

Racial disparities are still prevalent in workplaces across the country. Here’s what companies are doing to understand, address, discuss, and take action on the issue.