Here’s What to do if You Think You’ve Misclassified a Worker 150 150 Alicia East

Here’s What to do if You Think You’ve Misclassified a Worker

You already know that W2 employees and independent contractors are entitled to different benefits and typically, independent contractors cost companies a lot less than employees. For this reason, some companies have bent the rules and classified workers incorrectly on purpose. Others have taken advantage of gray areas in the law to save money. And believe…

What Record-Breaking Heat Waves Mean For Your Business 2560 1707 Alicia East

What Record-Breaking Heat Waves Mean For Your Business

Yesterday, I drove by a young man directing construction traffic from the side of a freshly-tarred road. We are in the middle of a heat wave in my area and even by 9 AM, we were well into the 90’s. If it had been a cartoon, I would’ve been able to see the heat waves rising…

Gig Worker ≠ Independent Contractor ≠ Employee 2560 1707 Alicia East

Gig Worker ≠ Independent Contractor ≠ Employee

Employee classifications identify how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)  apply to workers and what benefits they are legally entitled to or not. Because of this, the language we use around it matters! The terms we use to define workers can get thrown around interchangeably even though they’re actually different. Let’s define the language around independent contractor, gig…

You Have Better Things to do With Your Time Than an Audit 150 150 Alicia East

You Have Better Things to do With Your Time Than an Audit

The court battle over which workers can be classified as independent contractors versus employees does affect your business whether you want to think about it or not. Whatever the IRS makes a priority  of a topic will soon be the focus of audits, too. In short: that means anyone with workers must be well-versed on…

Cybersecurity And The Responsibility to Protect Your Company And Clients 2560 1707 Alicia East

Cybersecurity And The Responsibility to Protect Your Company And Clients

The interconnectedness of today’s digital world makes it increasingly important to be vigilant on the cybersecurity front. Digital information cannot be locked up in a safe and unlike a physical object, you may never even know it’s been obtained by a malicious agent. We learn early to keep our valuables under close watch but digitally, you’re…

Here’s How to Keep Your Payroll Compliant When Laws Change 2560 1707 Alicia East

Here’s How to Keep Your Payroll Compliant When Laws Change

Keeping on top of the ins and outs of compliance is hard, time-consuming, high-stakes work. It’s worth it to make sure you have an in-house team or a partner dedicated to keeping your payroll services running smoothly and accurately. Legal Considerations It’s hard to think of a higher-stakes aspect of business than where the money goes…

Cyberattacks Are Coming: The Time to Protect Your Business is Now 2560 1709 Alicia East

Cyberattacks Are Coming: The Time to Protect Your Business is Now

President Biden’s warning to businesses was clear: Russian cyberattacks are coming.  Tensions amid sanctions and Russia’s war in Ukraine are high and Putin’s playbook for countering such measures includes cyberattacks on essential aspects of American life. Consumers will remember last May’s cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline, which cut off nearly 50% of the fuel capacity for…

How to be a Hero to Your Freelancers and Employees 150 150 Alicia East

How to be a Hero to Your Freelancers and Employees

According to this report, more than half of freelancers have over 50K in unpaid/late invoices. If you’re one of the clients whose invoice is showing up in the red, you are going to lose favor with your workers. To a big company, that amount may seem like small potatoes, but to smaller businesses, it can…

The Fundamentals for a Solid Team in a Changing Workplace 2560 2048 Alicia East

The Fundamentals for a Solid Team in a Changing Workplace

In the movie Miracle, a ragtag group of individuals from rival schools transforms into a well-functioning team and the unlikely winners of the Olympic gold. During tryouts, many of the United States’ top hockey players made a show of their fancy skating skills. Still, Coach Herb Brooks had something more basic in mind. He knew this…

Strategies to Help You Through The Changing Workplace 2560 1700 Alicia East

Strategies to Help You Through The Changing Workplace

Like a lot of you, we’ve been reading about how to adjust to the changing workplace. We hope you find this curated list of the Harvard Business Review’s resources to help you through the changing workplace. The Great Resignation 6 Strategies to Boost Retention Through the Great Resignation (Harvard Business Review) How to Hang On to…