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13 08, 2019

How to Attract Stellar Employees for Your Small Business

By |2019-08-13T16:55:04-08:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The economy is booming, which is excellent news for small businesses, right? In general, it is great news for all businesses. However, it also presents some challenges, particularly for small businesses. According to the June 2019 National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Jobs Report, small business owners identified the [...]

7 08, 2019

Summer is Here: Should Your Small Business Have a Vacation Policy?

By |2019-08-06T16:51:33-08:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment|Tags: , , |0 Comments

There is no legal requirement for businesses to offer paid or unpaid vacation time to employees, but it is common knowledge (and common sense) that employees who occasionally take time off are more productive and engaged when they return to work. If you offer vacation time to your employees, [...]

6 08, 2019

What You Need to Know About Non-Compete Agreements for Your Employees

By |2019-08-06T15:59:29-08:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment, Financial|Tags: , |0 Comments

A small business that has invested substantial resources in developing a product or a customer base could be devastated if its employees then go to work for a competitor down the street or set up their own competing business.  A non-competition agreement is an important tool that could protect [...]

18 06, 2019

Legally Terminating Employees

By |2019-06-17T22:14:48-08:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment|Tags: , |0 Comments

Most small business owners will occasionally have to face the unpleasant task of firing an employee. Small businesses rely heavily on each employee. An underperforming employee may not only lower the morale of other employees who have to pick up the slack, but may also jeopardize the success of [...]

18 06, 2019

Does Your Small Business Need a Social Media Policy?

By |2019-06-17T21:33:10-08:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Contracts, Employment|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

According to 2018 data provided by SCORE, the largest provider of volunteer business mentors in the United States, 77% of U.S. small businesses use social media for their sales, marketing, and customer service. If you plan to usesocial media to promote your business, a social media policy is essential [...]

11 06, 2019

What Counts as “Hours Worked” Under the Fair Labor Standards Act?

By |2019-06-11T12:33:31-08:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

If your small business has non-exempt employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you must pay those employees under its minimum wage and overtime requirements for all “hours worked.” This may seem like a simple requirement, but figuring out what is considered “hours worked” may be more [...]

11 05, 2019

Independent Contractor or Employee: It’s Very Easy to Cross the Line

By |2019-05-05T20:41:22-08:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment, Governments|Tags: , |0 Comments

Many businesses prefer to hire independent contractors because there’s often less overhead and fewer expenses (i.e. taxes). However, classify an employee as an independent contractor and you’re in big trouble. Here’s how to legally differentiate between the two. Who Controls the Worker?  This question is not always easy to [...]