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SWBC's BusinessHub blog is a one-stop resource for business owners and company decision makers.

 

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A Handy Guide to Successful Employment Screening

Finding a qualified candidate can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. So, when you finally come across that perfect candidate, you want to get them all settled in ASAP. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly how it works. Hiring is a complex task with many moving parts—background checks, drug tests, information verification. Talk about exhausting! But luckily, for most of us, this long process pays off in the end, resulting with quality employees and a safer work environment.

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4 Lawsuits Your Business Should Avoid (And How to Avoid Them)

It’s not uncommon for employers to operate under the notion that they are complying with the law when it comes to workplace policies and procedures. Nowadays, a greater number of businesses are out of compliance, unbeknownst to them. With an increasing number of discrimination and harassment lawsuits, employers everywhere need to take action to protect themselves and their business.

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Money Smart Week: 3 Ways Your Small Business Could Save Money

As the invoices roll in, it can feel like your business' money rolls right out. Since this week is Money Smart Week, we wanted to give you some tips to save your small business money in three key areas: office space, payroll, and supplies/equipment.

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How to Create an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business

No matter where your business is located, there's always a possibility that inclement weather or some other catastrophic event could disrupt your business operations. Is your company prepared for this with an effective disaster recovery plan in place?

So, how does one plan for an unexpected occurrence? Easy; plan as if it is expected to happen. You can start by identifying one major component—potential risks. 

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3 Ways Workers’ Compensation Insurance Protects Your Business

As a business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to protect your company against potential personal injury awards and associated litigation costs arising from claims filed by employees alleging that you or an employee hired by your company negligently injured them while they worked within the scope of employment with your company. 

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The Benefits of OSHA Compliance for Small Businesses

When you own or run a business, of course ensuring the safety of your workplace and employees is a top priority. Luckily, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provide regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of all U.S. businesses.

While at first glance these rules might seem overwhelming, businesses receive great benefits from compliance. And, OSHA offers helpful and useful ways to minimize injuries and lost workdays. Here’s some key information to keep in mind.

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7 Must-Haves For Your Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is a vital part of your business, but it can also be overwhelming to develop when you consider all of the information that should be included.

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Is Your Business ADA Compliant?

As you probably already know, running a business is not as simple as producing products or providing services. There are numerous laws and government Acts to which companies must comply if they employ individuals to work for them; the American with Disabilities Acts (ADA) is one of those laws.

The ADA is an act of Congress that gives certain civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. It guarantees that Americans with a disability receive equal opportunity in regard to transportation, telecommunications, employment, public accommodations, and state and local government services. According to the ADA, more than 50 million Americans have disabilities, and should someone with a disability apply to work at your company, and/or get hired, there are a few things that you should know so that you can be prepared.   

So, how can you ensure that your business is compliant with the ADA?

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Payroll Processing 101: Why Direct Deposit is a No-Brainer

Direct deposit is almost a no-brainer when it comes to paying employees. The benefits to both the employee and the employer are numerous. That's probably why more than 60% of U.S. workers utilize it to receive their paychecks. While that number makes it clear that the majority of the U.S. workforce is taking advantage of the benefits of direct deposit, it also makes it glaringly clear that a good portion, at least 40%, are not. If your business has not taken the steps to initiate direct deposit, or if you have, and you still have some employees that are hesitant to deboard the "paper check train," check out these three benefits of direct deposit.

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What Every Employer Needs to Know About Criminal Background Checks

Hiring the right people for your company is crucial to the success of your business; however, it isn't always easy when you consider the consequences of hiring the wrong person. There are obviously the business continuity consequences, but also monetary costs. According to a study by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), a bad hire can cost up to five times their annual salary. When background checks are properly conducted, it can help you avoid exposure to negligent hiring.

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