3 Changing Labor Policies

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Jun 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The election of a new administration has made the fate of many regulations uncertain. TECHPol has been following the status of and debate surrounding a number of proposed regulations that impose new requirements on small businesses. Developments in recent days related to overtime, retirement planning and employee definitions warrant an update.

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Topics: regulations, small business, labor, human resources

A Modern Workplace for More Millennials

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

May 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM

It's graduation time, and we are witnessing the tail end of the millennial generation (depending on whose definition you adopt) complete college and enter the workforce. Regardless of the year you use to mark the end of this Gen Y cohort, millennials now comprise a greater portion of the workforce than any other generation, and their presence will continue to grow for a few more years. By 2025, they will make up 75% of all employees. If you want to recruit and retain a young and talented workforce, you need to ensure your workplace meets modern expectations.

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Topics: labor, human resources

Can Small Businesses Benefit from New HR Technology?

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Apr 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Many business leaders agree that their companies' most valuable assets are their people. Training, engaging and retaining good workers offers a great ROI. Research shows that the top 5 percent of a company's performers are responsible for 26% of business output. Moreover, there is a significant cost to losing and replacing good employees. The average cost per hire is $4,129, and it takes an average of 42 days to fill a position, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. For small businesses, attracting top talent can be challenging and the hiring process particularly consuming given the distraction it can create for the company's leadership. Vacant (or poorly filled) positions in a small company can take a significant toll on productivity as well. Human resources (HR) technology may provide solutions for small firms looking to build stronger teams and solve other business problems.

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Topics: small business, labor, human resources

Saying Goodbye: Exit Interviews As a Tool for Small Business

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Feb 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

A company's employees are arguably its most important assets. That's why recruiting and retaining good workers is a priority of every business. Hiring practices, employee satisfaction, and company culture are all key components of a strategy to build a competent, loyal team. But, even when those bases are covered, inevitably some employees will move on. However painful those departures may be, they present an opportunity. Conducting effective exit interviews with employees who are on their way out can provide valuable information to improve an organization, including its human resources.

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Topics: small business, labor, human resources

Six Tips for Small Business Hiring

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Oct 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM


You're ready to add to your team and hire a new employee! It's a great opportunity to find new talent to help your company, so why does it seem like such a chore? Whether you are hiring because your company is growing or because you're replacing an employee, the prospect can be daunting. The hiring process often feels urgent, but it is rarely speedy. The time, money and energy that it takes to recruit, interview, hire and train a new employee is significant and distracts from other priorities. But, it's worth the extra effort. A bad hire is a costly mistake that further drains scarce company resources and hampers productivity. We've reviewed advice from the experts and have some great tips on how to get the best results from your hiring process.

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Topics: labor, human resources

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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