Recruiting: How to Get More Job Applicants

The unemployment rate continues to hold at a record low and more and more employers are finding their job ads are producing fewer job applicants than in the past. In fact, according to Forbes, failure to attract qualified talent is the number one...

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5 Tips for Writing a Compelling Job Advertisement

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For small business owners and hiring managers, filling an empty position at your organization is a large task, especially with unemployment at a record low. If you want to be able to attract and hire top tier talent, you need to put your best...

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A Mediocre Hire Could Be Worse Than a Bad Hire

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A 2018 study by The Hartford asked small businesses owners what their biggest challenge was — finding good employees, competing with big business, tax compliance or uncertain economic times? An overwhelming 64 percent of respondents identified...

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Common Interview Questions That Are Actually Illegal


It’s only natural to want to know as much as possible when interviewing a potential candidate for a position at your business. Especially when you consider the cost of a bad hire, which the DOL estimates is at least 30 percent of the employee’s...

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6 Ways to Effectively Manage Employee Vacation Requests

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Paid time off (PTO) is a staple for most business’ employee benefits package, but let’s face it, as a small business owner, receiving multiple summer vacation requests from your employees might be one of the most dreaded moments. When you run a...

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Unraveling the FMLA in Uncommon Situations

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 The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a complicated law that allows eligible employees unpaid time off with guaranteed job protection.

As a quick reminder, employers with 50 or more employees must adhere to guidelines set forth by the FMLA...

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How To Use Employee Benefits as a Recruitment Tool

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If you’re not using benefits to attract talent to your small business, then you’re missing out. Oftentimes small businesses can’t afford a large starting salary, but there’s good news. An impressive salary may only work initially to hook a top...

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What Employers Need to Know About FMLA Intermittent Leave

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Most employers know, under the FMLA, employees may take unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks within a 12-month period. What they may not know is eligible employees don’t always have to take the approved leave period all at once. When “medically...

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Can We Talk? Avoiding Legal Land Mines with Employees on FMLA Leave

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Question: A key employee is out on FMLA leave. An issue has come up that no one else at our workplace seems able to address. We think the employee on leave could easily speak to it. Is there any problem with contacting the employee?

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Ask the HR Expert: FMLA Leave and Company Holidays

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Complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be confusing for employers because it’s a complicated law with different types of leave, each with their own set of rules. In this Ask the HR Expert, Anna Minicky, one of our experienced...

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