When I talk to business owners about their H.R. issues, the conversation generally turns to a few basic topics. When it is all "boiled down" there is a push and pull for leaders and their direct reports.  Here they are in their simplest form:

  1. Money- Employees always want more, but it is not in your budget.

  2. Legal- You're afraid of lawsuits because of all the new rules/laws.

  3. Performance- You wish employees would show more initiative.

If you are struggling on how to deal with these is...

As a business leader, unknown risks can truly damage your business. Your people, your teams,  are the ones that can create those risks, or be the ones that will help you avoid them.

H.R. risk can be some of the most damaging dangers a business could face because the implications are far ranging. Those damages can include fines, fees, lawsuits, government intervention, and the biggest damage could come from how your employees and teams react.

Here are 10 areas of your business that should be assessed per...

Before we can talk about wage theft, we need to make sure we're on the same page about what this serious problem is.  According to UCLA Labor Center "Wage theft is the illegal practice of not paying workers for all of their work including; violating minimum wage laws, not paying overtime, forcing workers to work off the clock, and much more."  Obviously, there are unscrupulous individuals who may practice this distasteful practice on purpose, but often, it's due to an oversight.  

I am sure your...

Could you sustain an “economic earthquake”?

This has happened to too many businesses lately because of how they classify their employees or contractors. They are setting themselves up for shock and aftershock. Think about these items:

  1. Exempt vs. Non-Exempt

  2. Overtime- when, how much and for whom

  3. Are you sure that independent contractor is not an “employee”?

  4. How are you supposed to know all of these rules?

This is confusing and tricky. Please make sure all of this stuff is buttoned up, as...

For many business owners, the first people they hire are individuals that they love and trust the most. They may be brothers, sisters, childhood friends, or their parents.  Typically, most do this because they want to share success with their loved ones.

However, sometimes the warmth that was intended with the feeling of a family office, ends up easily creating all of the drama of an episode of “Jersey Shore”. Since many entrepreneurs hire a family member at some point, the vast majority...

I received a call the other day from the CEO of a rather large manufacturing firm. They have about 650 employees. She started to tell me about the "knock on the door" they received for an inspection of their I-9 files.The CEO's initial response was that this was no big deal, they have this covered and are happy to give any documents needed on the spot. She even commented on how friendly the request was and that it put her at ease. I am not sure if that was a tactic by the requester or just a nice friendly...

Did you know that there are over 70 individual components that go into a protective and complete Employee Handbook?

Imagine the peace that knowing your protected can bring you.  Think of the headaches you will avoid. You can put your head on the pillow at night knowing your bases are covered.

The 70 components that a protective, complete, and thorough Employee Handbook covers fall into some key categories. 

  1. Employment Policies- Ex: Equal Opportunity

  2. Wage and Salary- Ex: Overtime, Time and...

Last week we spoke to a handful of “depressed” business owners.

By the end of the week, there was a picture that these conversations painted in my mind.  It was a visual of someone sitting alone, sad, crying in a cheap motel room.  In the background a sad country song plays on the radio.  In this visual you also see a half bottle of whiskey (presumably half recently consumed), and the person is holding a pistol in one hand and a picture of their family in the other. 

Let's talk about why t...

Business owners are nearly always dealing with a crisis, or "in a crisis" of some sort.  That's a bold statement- I know.  So, let's look at what I mean.

Part of the job of a business owner is to deal with the "tough stuff".  And that includes crisis management.  In business, we often refer to "crisis" assessment as Risk Assessment. 

On a good day, the crisis that a business is facing is known.  That is to say, the risk factors are known.  Known issues that fall into the above category inc...

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