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Independent Contractor or Employee?

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Feb 13, 2017

Independent Contractor or Employee? Do you remember from episode 3 of the SmallBiz Brainiac podcast, the examples of employers who have been and are currently being sued for improper classification of their workers? Click here to listen to that episode. In this post we’ll learn about the IRS Common Law Rules and the 11 point test for determining if a…

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Demystify the Hiring Process

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Mar 25, 2016

The hiring procedure is complicated. It’s made up of several daunting processes. For me, hiring has always been one of the most difficult aspects of being an employer. There is so much to do. Everything from defining the position, to on-boarding. And, when I’ve been in a hurry, or desperate for help, I’ve been sloppy…

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10 Small Business Pitfalls to Avoid

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Feb 11, 2016

10 Small Business Pitfalls You Must Avoid Owning and running a small business is not easy. There is a lot of competition out there, and while you struggle, they seem to have it all figured out. Everyone wants your time and attention including vendors, regulators, suppliers, employees, customers and your family. You are constantly being sold…

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Latest Episodes

A joint-employer is where two or more employers are mutually responsible for labor law compliance of the same employee. There are over $10 million employees working in positions that involve two ore more companies so the re-defining of join-employer is a major big deal. 

130: Adios Obama Era Joint-Employer Definition!

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jun 13, 2017 |

There are over 10 million employees working in positions that involve two or more companies, so the re-defining the term joint-employer is a major deal. I’m super excited to bring you today’s episode because we had a win. How Laws Are Made Without Congress: But first, I want to ask and answer the question; How do…

Furthering the fight against undocumented workers, In July 2006, ICE announced the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers or IMAGE program.

129: ICE’s IMAGE Certification Program

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jun 8, 2017 |

The certification focuses on employers that have the ability to effect change in their industry or region. Undocumented Immigrants: Undocumented immigrants gaining employment in the United States has been a headache for the U.S. government for decades. In 1986 the Immigration Reform and Control Act led to the creation of the Form I-9 which required…

Even after these 3 episodes on Puerto Rico's labor laws most of the iceberg is still below the surface. I’m not sure how many episodes it would take to cover every topic, but at least we’ll have gone over almost everything, that was impacted by the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act.

128: Puerto Rico Labor Laws – Part 3

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jun 6, 2017 |

Puerto Rico’s year end “Christmas” bonus and paid breaks for nursing mothers. In episode 124 and 126 we we covered several of Puerto Rico’s labor laws including the employment contract, the probationary period, just cause terminations, mandatory severance pay, minimum wage, overtime, the statutory meal period and paid vacation and sick leave. On today’s episode we’ll…

there are some developments in the paid sick leave ordinances covering Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and also a new paid sick leave ordinance for Georgia employers.

127: More Paid Sick Leave Laws

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jun 1, 2017 |

Mandatory paid sick leave comes at the expense of paid vacation time or other wages. Last week I discussed the Washington D.C. Paid Leave Law with you. Today I wanted to continue on with the mandatory paid leave topic as it continues to be a hot item across the United States. Again, we have covered…

Puerto Rico labor laws are complex and unique compared to the rest of the U.S.

126: Puerto Rico Labor Laws – Part 2

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | May 30, 2017 |

Under Puerto Rico labor laws it’s illegal for you to terminate a grandfathered employee so you can benefit from the lower vacation accrual rates and higher qualification standards. In episode 124, part 1, we learned about the employment contract, the probationary period, just cause terminations, mandatory severance pay, and the minimum wage. On today’s episode we’ll continue…

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