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EEOC Equal Pay Task Force and EEO-1 Data Collection Changes

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Feb 1, 2016

If only the Federal government could collect private employer’s employee census data, including annual salary information, then they could use that information to look for violations of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Of course the EEOC is just here to help by offering their wonderful services to “assist employers in promoting equal pay in…

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So, I’ve been thinking about ending the show for several weeks now, and I’ve finally decided that it's time to turn my attention toward executing the business plan I’ve been working on for the past 12 months. 

150: Thank You and Goodbye

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Aug 22, 2017 |

It’s time to turn my attention toward executing the business plan I’ve been working on for the past 12 months. Hey everybody, welcome to the FINAL episode of SmallBiz Brainiac! Yes… I’m ending this podcast. That’s hard for me to say, actually. This has been a labor of love for me and I’ve learned so…

it's important that your managers are well trained in these areas so you’re not putting the company at risk, especially if it could be avoided.

149: Managers or HR, Who Should Handle Hiring and Firing?

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Aug 17, 2017 |

Empower your Managers to make their own hiring and firing decisions.  Who in your organization should be responsible for recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates? Who should be responsible for carrying out the unenviable task of letting employees go, regardless of whether it is for performance, behavior, or just downsizing? I’m a firm believer in tasking…

EPLI will pay defense and settlement/judgment costs which could save you from going out of business.

148: Should I Buy EPLI?

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Aug 15, 2017 |

It doesn’t matter if you are guilty or not, an employment discrimination claim is going to cost you. EPLI stands for Employment Practices Liability Insurance. The free report available on our website,, called “8 Steps to Lowering Your Employer Liability”, is all about buying EPLI insurance. The very process of preparing the complete the application…

Total compensation statements show employees how much you’re actually investing in them.

147: Understanding Total Compensation

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Aug 10, 2017 |

Total compensation statements show employees how much you’re actually investing in them. Today I want to talk to you about your employees total compensation. No, total compensation is not simply the employees annual salary. It is more than that. It refers to the total cost of employing an individual. Why is this important? I believe…

New Minneapolis City Ordinance increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022

146: Minimum Wage Madness in Minneapolis

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Aug 8, 2017 |

The city of Minneapolis has bought into the voodoo economic theory that they can regulate the labor market and bend it to their will. Even if you don’t have employees in Minneapolis, you need to stay on top of all the local HR laws because they are a sign of things to come. Especially if you…

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