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.

17 articles

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.

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.