When Contesting Unemployment Claims Makes Sense (And When it Doesn’t)

When Contesting Unemployment Claims Makes Sense (And When it Doesn’t)

Contesting unemployment claims is an important thing to understand as a small business owner. In certain situations, former employees are absolutely entitled to claim unemployment. Other times, however, these claims are worth contesting. When should you contest an unemployment claim, then? What circumstances do you need to look at in order to make this decision? […]

OSHA Indefinitely Postpones the Electronic Reporting Rule

OSHA Indefinitely Postpones Electronic Reporting Rule

With their Electronic Reporting Rule, OSHA intended to require certain employers to begin filing their OSHA 300A Injury Summaries electronically beginning July 1, 2017. As of Wednesday, May 24th however, OSHA has postponed the filing requirement for an indefinite period of time. It is unclear at this time whether OSHA intends other changes to either […]

What Are FICA and FUTA?

What are FICA and FUTA?

As a small business owner, there are countles rules, regulations, and taxes that you have to keep track of. Not only that, but frequently explanations only serve to further complicate things with confusingly technical language. Two incredibly important ones that can be confusing for some are FICA and FUTA taxes. So, what are FICA and […]

The State of the Revised FLSA Overtime Rule and How It Impacts Your Small Business

The State of the Revised FLSA Overtime Rule and How It Impacts Your Small Business

Change can be an incredibly stressful thing, especially in business. If the change is one you can anticipate and properly plan for, then this stress can be reduced. However, whenever there is any level of uncertainty around big changes, then this stress is compounded. One of the biggest points of stress and uncertainty for businesses […]

The 10 Most Common OSHA Violations in 2016

Our friends at OSHA released their top ten list of 2016’s most common OSHA violations. This list has changed very little in the last ten years, which shows how important it is to understand OSHA compliance and how to prevent these violations for your business before they become a problem. Same Story, Different Year Unfortunately, […]

Your OSHA 300 Log and Compliance Just Got More Complicated Thanks to this New Recordkeeping Rule

Your OSHA 300 Log and Compliance Just Got More Complicated Thanks to this New Recordkeeping Rule

In 2013, OSHA proposed an electronic recordkeeping rule which would require large employers to report recordable workplace injuries online—directly to OSHA. The new proposed rule was the subject of much debate as well as a couple of federal lawsuits brought against OSHA by employer groups. As a result of legal activity, implementation of the new […]

Being Your Own HR Department is a Big Problem

As your company grows, you are suddenly faced with issues you have never experienced previously. Among these, one of the most difficult to navigate is HR needs. While it may seem doable at first, many small business owners quickly realize that being your own HR department is no simple task. Before you had any employees, things […]

What is FMLA?

What is FMLA and How Could it Affect My Business?

FMLA is something that every small business owner needs to know about. They need to know whether their business is subject to it, if their employees qualify for it, what they need to do to remain compliant, and what impact FMLA could have on them. So, what is FMLA, then? FMLA stands for the Family and […]

10 questions to ask before hiring a peo

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a PEO Company

Ready to radically reduce the complexity of running your business and having employees? Looking to free up your time and your HR staff’s time to focus on the more important business initiatives? Do you wish you had more time to work on things like: Hiring and Recruitment Engagement and Retention Culture Growth Initiatives It might […]

8 Common HR Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Part 2)

Last week, we covered the first four of the most common HR mistakes we see small business owners make, how to avoid them, and how to correct any that you have already made. This week, we are back with the next four mistakes we see being commonly made. Just like it was with Part 1, […]