15 01, 2018

1099 Contractor or Employee? Misclassify and Lose Big

There has been an increased amount of attention on the misclassification of the employees as independent 1099 contractors, particularly over the past few years, and particularly in the construction industry. That is now amplified for all employers in the state of North Carolina with the new Employee Fair [...]

11 01, 2018

HR Q and A: How to Structure a Vacation Policy?

Question from a Small Business Owner: We are reconsidering our “use it or lose it” vacation policy and I’m reaching out to you to see what you recommend. Currently, our accrued vacation wipes to zero on December 31, which makes it impossible to take paid vacation days in the month of January. My [...]

5 01, 2018

Employee Records Retention: What to Keep and For How Long?

There are several Federal Government laws that force you to keep all sorts of employee records and documents for different periods of time, including but not limited to Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, FLSA, FMLA, ERISA, the Equal Pay Act (EPA) as well as OSHA. Your job as a Records Manager [...]

26 12, 2017

HR Q and A: How to Let Employees Go?

Question from a Member of a Management Team: "Our CEO will be letting four people go later this week. Laying off someone is new to him and I wanted to know if you have any 'cheat sheets' on what to say and not to say. He's offering a fair severance of 2-weeks of pay, stock vesting, and the jobs are being [...]

20 12, 2017

Workplace Harassment: Creating a Culture of Support

Workplace harassment needs to stop. The unfortunate truth, however, is that it won’t ever completely stop. There will always be harassment & discrimination and there will always be someone that thinks it’s ok to treat someone else in a way that they don’t want to be treated. With that, business owners and [...]

14 12, 2017

A Small Business HR Cleanup Checklist for the New Year

With a new year comes new employment laws, so it’s a good time for small businesses to tackle an HR cleanup of all employee files and make sure your compliance is in line. Not only is it smart to keep your employee records straight for your company’s own use and benefit, but also to avoid penalties for not [...]

21 11, 2017

Employee Recognition: 40 Great Ways to Say Thank You

Good employees thrive at work when they know their contributions have meaning. Letting your employees know the ways in which their work matters to you, the company or even to their fellow colleagues, helps keep your employees engaged and excited about their work. It is especially meaningful when the [...]

8 11, 2017

How to Address and Manage Poor Performance in the Workplace

Performance management is one of the most significant duties of a manager or small business owner, and addressing poor performance is essential to operating a successful business. While managers often view this as one of their least favorite job responsibilities, the ability to motivate and mentor employees [...]

16 10, 2017

The Power and Potential of a Job Description

When it comes to your human resource needs, we offer what you need, when you need it: whether that’s help with a sticky situation or a seemingly simple task. For example, writing job descriptions. That sounds easy enough. Just recycle what your company has used in the past or a quick Google search, some [...]

10 10, 2017

Small Business Liability and How To Mitigate It

As a business owner, it's your responsibility to do everything within your means to limit risk and to keep the business running smoothly. But a lot of small business owners don’t realize how liable they are while running their companies. Doctors, sky diving companies, and daycare centers are just a few [...]