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.

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HR’s Role in Building an Ethical Company

Human resource departments play a significant role in enforcing ethical policies at companies, but it comes with challenges.

Should I Conduct a Background Check?

Background checks can shed light on a candidate’s skills, knowledge, experience, and trustworthiness. Here’s what you should know about conducting them.

How Small Businesses Can Handle the Coronavirus

Companies should understand how to protect their employees and customers, and also be aware of new government action related to COVID-19.

What Does it Mean to be Self-Employed?

Are you thinking about making the leap into self-employment?

What Goes Into a Paystub?

Employees might not think much of a paystub, but these paycheck records are more valuable than they know. Here's what goes into a paystub.

Exempt vs. Nonexempt Employees: The Definitions Might Be Changing

One of the most common reasons businesses are fined is due to employee misclassification. So, what's the difference between exempt vs. nonexempt employees?

Pay Secrecy is Illegal. Pay Transparency is On the Rise

Discouraging employees from discussing pay is no longer just bad practice-- it can lead to legal trouble. Why transparency is replacing pay secrecy.

What the New HRA Proposal Could Mean for Small Businesses

The White House has introduced a new HRA proposal, which offers cost-savings to SMBs, but negative impacts on employees with preexisting conditions.

What is the State of the Affordable Care Act for Small Businesses?

For now, the Affordable Care Act is securely in place, and it doesnt look like thats changing soon. heres what the ACA means for small businesses.

The Types of Employment: A Quick Reference Guide

In a labor market that’s become more complex, employers could have as many as six or seven classifications of workers onboard at any given time. Working alongside full-time, part-time and temporary workers are seasonal and contingent workers. By hiring different types of workers, organizations can adjust their staffing needs according to economic fluctuations and peak […]