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With many provisions of the Affordable Care Act going into effect next year, business owners are asking a lot of questions about the cost of offering a benefit program to their employees. Dollars spent on benefits are taken directly from the profits of the business. However, small business owners
Working Under the Influence? Small Businesses Face Sobriety Problem There is a good chance that not all of your employees come to work each day clean and sober. Nearly 10 percent of small businesses had employees show up for work last year while under the influence of at least one controlled substance, according to a new study by small business insurance provider
Hiring, recruiting, managing people and benefits, along with so much more all fall under the category of human resources. While many small business owners feel HR can be a taxing task, Linda Kraus of Paychex says, "HR is a process, not a luxury or something nice to have... it's a
You know that you need marketing to increase sales and get the word out. But do you need to hire a professional? Maybe you have already sunk in time and effort with ideas that flopped. How can you be sure you are getting a good return for your business?  Based on 20+ years experience in a
Workforce training has become a critical component to maintaining a competitive workforce. It can be vital to the individual employee as well as the business as a whole. Training takes place every day, in numerous ways, and can be used to serve many purposes. In its simplest form, it teaches
The processes businesses use to hire and recruit workers often consist of manual processes that result in low visibility and control, inefficiencies, lower quality candidates, and turnover. In fact, recent client research reveals that only a small percentage of businesses automate their processes
Truly, your most valuable asset is your employees.  To recruit and retain the best and the brightest in today’s competitive labor market, you must follow sound human-resource practices. You may be called upon to do everything from writing job descriptions to background checks. You may
Employer Shared Responsibility Under health care reform, employers have responsibilities to provide their employees with health insurance coverage. These responsibilities are addressed in the Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act. 
What to Include in an Employee Handbook A comprehensive employee handbook is a beneficial resource for communicating with your staff about key workplace issues. Employees with a clear understanding of policies may be less likely to waste time and energy because they know what's expected of them and what
Many small business owners get started on the path to entrepreneurship to pursue their passions and offer their own potential to the marketplace rather than to manage employees. But when a business grows, it is inevitable that other people and their needs and wants enter the mix of managing a

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