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Important Updates about PPP Loan Forgiveness and Deadlines
In mid-October, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released two (2) important updates for businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.  The PPP provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses. First,  is October 31, 2020, the deadline for borrowers to apply for PPP loan forgiveness? No. ...
Workplace Preparation for “Smart, Safe and Step by Step” Return to Work
On April 29, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 called Safe, Smart, Step by Step Plan for Florida’s recovery.  The plan involves individual responsibility (limiting personal interactions and avoiding large groups), senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions are still encouraged to stay hom...
HR Fitness for 2020 – Needed HR Actions for the New Year
NEW YEAR?  BRING IT!   Put some of that post-holiday energy into your HR process … you can make it easier to get out of the office in time to hit the gym!  Here is a 7 step checklist to make sure HR is prepared for an efficient, organized, successful new year: Step One: Review your......
Dealing with Your Problem Employee
Nobody likes disciplining employees.  Well, … perhaps that’s not true.  But to be honest, I’m not sure I’d want to employ too many supervisors who LOVE engaging in disciplinary actions.  But, like it or not, it’s critical to the success of your company that progressive disciplinary procedures are understood, followed, and applied in a ...
New Overtime Rule: Exempt Threshold To Increase from $23,660 to $35,568 January 1, 2020
WHAT HAPPENED? This Tuesday (September 24, 2019), the Department of Labor announced the following changes to the FLSA’s white-collar overtime exemptions, to become effective January 1, 2020: The minimum salary threshold for exempt status will be $684 per week, annualized to $35,568 per year. The highly compensated employee exemption’s total...
How to Write a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)
Hiring and training new employees (if you can find them) is expensive and time-consuming. Due to this dilemma, we are often contacted by Florida small business owners to discuss ways to positively address employee performance problems, in hopes of saving a productive employee.  So, before firing an employee, what can be done to save the......
Hops and HR: Florida Craft Breweries Have Options
  Whether your brewery is a start-up, or well-established and growing, how you handle human resources is a key aspect of business success.  Your workforce supports your brand.  Craft breweries are popping up all over Florida, and enjoying great success.  Each brewpub and product has its own unique value proposition and niche to squeeze into...
Keeping a Remote Workforce Connected
How can you improve your company’s employment experience when your employees are not located in a shared centralized environment? Whether your workers are out on construction sites, dispatched on a daily schedule of customer visits, working from home, or staffing client locations, the challenge is the same: how to create a unified and satisfy...
Employee Engagement for Small Business
There are some occupations  — astronaut, surgeon, or prima ballerina, for example —  in which people rarely succeed without being rocket-fueled by commitment and passion … and it is unlikely that their employers spend much time worrying about their level of “engagement.”  But I think it is probably safe to say that most...
Exit Interviews and Why You Should Be Doing Them
A Google search of “exit interviews” will yield no shortage of articles questioning their value … not to mention some hard core detractors advocating that employees refuse to participate in them, such as this blog from tech industry commentator Alex Holderness.  While it is true that the concept of the exit interview carries some...
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