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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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140: How HR Should Prepare For A Recession – Part 2

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jul 18, 2017 |

The Federal Reserve has injected over $4.5 trillion into the economy to speed up the recovery from the Great Recession of 2008. In Part 1 we learned a recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months. We also learned there isn’t a standard formula you can apply…

Whatever the reason is for the name change, there is action that needs to be taken by the Human Resources department to ensure proper documentation and maintenance of the employees personnel file.

139: Employee Name Changes

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jul 13, 2017 |

Updating employee name changes with the Social Security Administration is priority number one. Today we’re going to go over what is involved for your HR and payroll team when an employee decides to change their name. Why on earth would someone change their name? Well, there are a variety of reasons why a name change could occur.…

A recession is defined as a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months.

138: How HR Should Prepare For A Recession – Part 1

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jul 11, 2017 |

A recession is defined as a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months. Were you in the workforce back in 2008? Chances are you were. Do you remember the impact the “Great Recession” had on your business? I sure do. We lost over 30% of our clients within a few…

Can I still fire an employee for recreational marijuana use if it's now legal in my state?

137: Recreational Marijuana Legalization

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jul 6, 2017 |

How do I maintain a safe work environment now that recreational marijuana is legal in my state? Legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes is trending upward with more and more states opting to legalize the drug even though marijuana is still considered illegal at the federal level. Regardless of how you view the use of…

Have you ever thought of creating an apprenticeship or internship?

136: Apprenticeship vs Internship

By Thomas Rock Lindsay | Jul 4, 2017 |

“Furthermore, many colleges and universities fail to help students graduate with the skills necessary to secure high paying jobs in today’s workforce.”  Are you confused about the differences between an apprenticeship and an internship? An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program which includes job related instruction, typically provided in a classroom setting. Apprenticeships can last…

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