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Most Recent Questions in Human Resources

Question added to topic Human ResourcesDecember 28, 2007

How do I start hiring my first employees?

You will need to define the kinds of jobs you need to fill, hours that the people you will want the people to work, and then determine what the market (pay) rates are for such workers. I recommend... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesNovember 27, 2007

What do you do when an employee demands more money?

It depends to a great degree on what basis you are paying the employee. That is, do you have a rational compensation system whereby accurate jobs descriptions exist for all positions and jobs are... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesNovember 15, 2007

What is the average cost for bringing on a new employee including the interview process, hiring and training?

This is a very important subject as we inch closer to 2010--which is predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to be when we encounter the most severe shortage of skilled workers in the... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesOctober 16, 2007

What do I do when I find out a key employee is looking for another job?

A lot depends on your situation and industry.  Is "client stealing" an issue?  If it is, you need to immediately find measures to protect yourself and your data. In our current... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesOctober 16, 2007

What do I do when I find out a key employee is looking for another job?

A lot depends on your situation and industry.  Is "client stealing" an issue?  If it is, you need to immediately find measures to protect yourself and your data. In our current... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 13, 2007

Can you get benefits for maternity leave even if you are part-time?

A major company would certainly have an employee policy manual that explains eligibility for medical benefits. Most companies have specific rules about employees having to work over 25 hours per... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 13, 2007

Can you get benefits for maternity leave even if you are part-time?

A major company would certainly have an employee policy manual that explains eligibility for medical benefits. Most companies have specific rules about employees having to work over 25 hours per... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 13, 2007

Should I still pay an employee for holidays after he's used all his paid time off?

The vast majority of companies have a policy for paid time off that is for vacation, sick, and/ or personal use plus a policy regarding pay for declared "company holidays"---ranging from 6 to 9 or... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 13, 2007

If I hire people that aren't U.S. citizens, can they get a green card if they pay their taxes?

There is a great deal more involved in getting a “green card” than paying taxes! If hiring immigrants makes the best sense for your business, follow some good advice from SCORE: --Understand... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 11, 2007

How do I get health insurance that covers multiple states?

There are really only a few carriers that write health care coverage in all of the states.  The best thing to do is deal with a knowledgeable employee benefits broker who will gather the... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 11, 2007

What are my wife's health care options if I end up growing my lawn care business in to a full time job?

There are many health care options for small businesses and for individuals as well.  Most kinds of health insurance that larger companies purchase for their employees can be obtained for companies... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 11, 2007

Are there self-administered career tests I can give to potential hires before interviewing them?

Yes.  There are hundreds of online tests that are inexpensive and easy to administer.  Kenexa “ProveIt” offers over 800 online tests ranging from different levels of accounting to technical... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 11, 2007

Do businesses normally reimburse employees if they decline their health insurance premium?

It is not usual and customary, but some companies do it.  Most companies simply charge the employees enough of a portion of the premium to discourage anyone who does not need the coverage from... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 11, 2007

What are some ways to avoid incompetence when hiring a new manager?

First of all, be certain that you have accurate job specifications.  Outdated or otherwise inaccurate job specifications can result in honest misunderstandings regarding what the job entails and... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 7, 2007

How do I determine what type of personnel I need to hire for my small business?

It really depends on what kind of business you want to start. If you're running a home-based service business where you're making the sales and doing the work, you may not need any staff at all... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 22, 2007

How do you build a sales team paid on commission with very little money to spend?

The standard approach is to hire manufacturers' reps who service your audience.  But, be warned: Even if you hire manufacturers' reps, you must find some way to motivate them to sell your product... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 16, 2007

How do I deal with clients who are concerned with my age and not experience?

There's no way around it, people will always initially judge you by their first impression of you.  So, make that first impression as polished and professional as possible. This will give you the... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 7, 2007

What's the best resource to find a bookkeeper?

I don't know the best resource but I'd go to the local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and ask them. Also banks, chamber of commerce, other local business groups, plus the social clubs... (more)
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