13 03, 2018

Hiring: The Best of the Bad is Not a Strategy

I was listening to a podcast and the writer/actor being interviewed was asked about the process of writing for his movies, and how he captures those ideas. He mentioned a specific movie writing software program that he uses and the interviewer asked him why he used that particular program. The response went [...]

9 03, 2018

HR Q and A: Mileage Tracking on a Weekend

Question from a Small Business Owner Regarding Mileage: Our Volunteer Coordinator periodically has to work on a Saturday to greet volunteers at our client's site, which is about 60 miles roundtrip from her home.  Would she submit mileage for this?  If it is a weekday and she has to go to our client site, she [...]

14 02, 2018

Giving Millennials a Fighting Chance in the Workplace

In a survey by Lending Tree measuring worth in the workplace, they inquired about the perceived value of three generations: Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers. Millennials earned high marks for their skills with technology, but also earned the lowest rating overall. Considered the least reliable, [...]

24 01, 2018

How to Handle Sexual Harassment Complaints: A Primer for Small Businesses

Our owner, Deanna Arnold, contributed to this article published in Insureon.com on January 9, 2018: Recent sexual harassment complaints out of Hollywood, such as allegations against Harvey Weinstein, have prompted many businesses to reevaluate how these situations should be handled in the workplace. If you [...]

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 [...]