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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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Remote employees create challenges for HR

145: Challenges With Remote Employees

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Aug 3, 2017 |

A Big challenge with remote employees is communication. Some managers fall victim to the “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome. Having remote employees away from your main or corporate office is nothing new. With today’s technology however, it has become increasingly more prevalent. Businesses are no longer forced to look in their local market…

Here’s how you should prepare for the next recession from an HR standpoint.

144: How HR Should Prepare For A Recession – Part 4

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Aug 1, 2017 |

Nine million people lost their jobs in the Great Recession, and over 150,000 businesses shutdown.  Create a plan for dealing with it before it happens again. I’ve spent 3 episodes teaching you what a recession is and what economic indicators you should be watching to signal danger. I’ve tried convincing you that we’re on the verge…

Serious About HR starts with the CEO

143: Be Serious About HR

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jul 27, 2017 |

If you don’t take HR seriously, no one else in your company will either. I know you are serious about your business. You’re serious about the work that you do to service your clients. Are you carrying this seriousness over to your own employees? You want, and frankly need, your employees to be your biggest…

More economic indicators showing signs of recession

142: How HR Should Prepare For A Recession – Part 3

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jul 25, 2017 |

Yahoo Finance reported in 2016 that 93% of the entire stock market move since 2008 was caused by Federal Reserve policy. In parts 1 and 2 we learned that a recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months. We also learned there’s NOT a consensus among economists…

Even though Form I-9 revisions seem insignificant, failure to comply can result in fines.

141: Form I-9 Revisions

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jul 20, 2017 |

Even though Form I-9 revisions seem insignificant, failure to comply can result in fines. Today we’re going to focus on some changes that have recently been made to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 by the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services. Overview of Form I-9: The Form I-9 has been in use since 1986 for the…

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