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Mastering the Art of Recruiting on LinkedIn – Infographic

With a colossal user base and uniquely advanced search features, LinkedIn provides a range of useful tools perfectly suited to the recruiters of the digital age. The platform offers a great range of functionalities for recruiters of all types – whether they’re a major multinational or a small, local business – meaning that whatever your budget, LinkedIn has the right tools to help you get results.

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Why Good Leadership Equals Good Time Management

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Contributed by Julianna Bevan

An employee’s time management skills have a direct impact on business outcomes and so managers should put more emphasis on helping them improve at it. For some, time management is a skill learned early in life, which they can draw on at work to be productive. For others to manage their time effectively, they need external encouragement, maybe some training, a conducive environment, and the use of organizational tools. Good leadership can be the instrument of productivity for employees that lack motivation from within. With help, these employees can learn to manage their time more efficiently and excel at work.

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Accruals By Hours Worked Got an Upgrade!

The By Hours Worked accrual rate is one that some employers must use to satisfy state and local sick time requirements. The laws that require employers to offer sick time also mandate the way in which that time accrues. By hours worked is the fairest accrual rate for all types of employees and the one that employees must use to be compliant.

It is also a useful accrual rate for part time or temporary hourly employees because it helps keep employees from earning too much time off at times when they may not be working a regular schedule.

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5 Reasons to Start an Employee Wellness Program

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Contributed by Abby Drexler

Without the distractions of illness, fatigue, and low mood, employees can do their best work. This, however, is not reality for many American employees who struggle with sleep and mood problems, get sick often, and are generally sluggish. While people do need to take responsibility for their own health, employee wellness programs can offer employees a nudge in the right direction.

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The ABC Test for Independent Contractors Is Not a Federal Rule

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The California Supreme Court recently ruled on a change to the test that a hiring entity must use in order to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or not. It’s a much stricter and, as a result, clearer test than what existed before or which exists now with the Department of Labor. Worker classification is notoriously nebulous. Now in California, the definition is much easier to interpret.

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Content Marketing Resources for Small Business Owners

Content is king imageContributed by Sophia Conti

You’ve probably heard that “content is king,” and maybe you’ve even started a blog in the hopes of grabbing a piece of the content marketing pie. As consumers become more immune to traditional sales pitches and advertising methods, companies must provide original content that is valuable to their target audience on its own merit – not just as a sales tool.

Creating content that is useful or entertaining to your target audience draws organic traffic and social media shares, increasing leads and conversions. Establishing and implementing a content marketing strategy takes time and thought, but there are ways to reap the benefits even with limited resources. This post will go through some key elements of content marketing and provide tools and resources for getting started on your content marketing journey.

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How to Handle Negative Reviews About About Your Company

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Negative reviews are always pretty horrifying for a small business owner or head of marketing when they find one in their inbox. There’s this heart stopping feeling like your reputation is ruined and the business will cease to grow.

While negative reviews can indeed make your product or service look bad, these days, negative reviews are just a part of doing business. It’s best to keep calm and deal with them methodically, rather than freak out and make a rash rebuttal.

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DOL Opinion Letter On Travel Time Compensability

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The FLSA is a set of federal laws regarding minimum wage, overtime, and other important workplace practices. The rules aren’t always easy to understand, however, and sometimes they get misinterpreted by business owners and even by the courts. (As an example, the supreme court recently had to step in and give the final word on a type of overtime exemption.) This is why the Department of Labor has provided opinion letters to help clarify some of the more confusing scenarios.

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Small Business Tools for Social Media Management

Contributed by Sophia Conti

Businesses always feel pressure to do more with social media, whether it’s getting on a new platform, increasing followers, or developing new content. This is for good reason: the majority of consumers are on some form of social media, and it serves as a primary way for them to gather information. Social media marketing has been proven to increase sales and brand exposure.

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