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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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 […]

The Small Business Guide to Employer Identification Numbers

After registering your business, the next important step is getting a free employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS. Heres how.

Is Unstable Shift Scheduling Hurting Your Sales?

Study after study reveals that unstable shift scheduling takes a toll on the productivity of workers and your bottom line - find out why.

Should Your Payroll Go Paperless? Pros and Cons of Paperless Payroll

There's a lot to consider when potentially switching to a paperless payroll system. Here's the skinny on cost, accuracy, storage and more.

The Small Business Guide to Employee Records

If you’re thinking about tossing out that personnel file on the employee who quit last week, hold off. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires you to keep all employee records for a year, and that's just the beginning. Here's your comprehensive guide to employee records.