HR Maverick

Amanda Davis

Amanda Davis

Amanda has spent over 10 years building a career in Human Resources in the non-profit sector. Her roles have included HR assistant, recruitment and onboarding coordinator, and manager of learning and professional development. Although Amanda enjoys her time as an HR consultant now, she prefers to use her experience to strengthen the field through the education and development of its practitioners.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

HR is the best job in the world! You get to show off your intelligence, tenacity, courage, and skills in all the moments that matter because someone trusts you.

Payroll Records

Every employer must maintain detailed payroll records on each employee throughout the employment relationship. These records include documentation about wages, taxes and other employment information. But what should you keep, why is it so important and what do you do when the documents are no longer relevant? These questions and more can make payroll records complicated and cumbersome.

This article serves as a guide to help you maintain an accurate payroll record for your employees. You’ll learn everything you need to know to feel confident in your recordkeeping.

Invention Assignment Agreement

The ideas, inventions, practices, and programs generated by the talented people in your company keep the doors open and the lights on. The last thing you want is for an employee to walk out the door with their invention only to turn around, patent it, and become your competition. This article will help you decide if an employee invention assignment agreement can provide your company the protection it needs, and how to craft an effective agreement.

Additional Pay

There are a lot of reasons to supplement employee wages with additional pay. You may find yourself looking for ways to correct an error, show appreciation, improve performance, encourage participation in a program or sweeten the deal for a new hire.

Whatever the reason, knowing the different types of additional pay and how they serve the employment relationship is an important part of Human Resources management. This article will show you the basics of additional pay and when to use it like a pro!

W-2 Form

It’s easy to feel weighed down by the mountain of paperwork you are responsible for in your HR role. The pressure rises when you consider the legal requirements accompanying forms and filing—especially for critical tax forms like W-2s. But before you spend hours, days, or even weeks trying to decode the W-2, we’ve got everything you need to know about the form’s basics, guidelines, and requirements.

Drug Test Consent Form

Alcohol and drug use by employees and on company property can spell trouble for your business. Many employers use testing to limit the negative impact illegal drugs and alcohol can have on their business and to ensure the safety of their employees and clients.

Before you wade into the testing waters, there is a lot to consider when it comes to testing requirements and consent. This article covers the when, why, and how of drug test consent forms.

W-4 Form

The W-4 Form is an important feature in IRS compliance for you and your employees, but compliance doesn’t have to be complicated. This article will explain the function and format of the W-4 and walk you through best practices for obtaining and retaining these forms.

Non-Disclosure Agreement

Everyone at your company puts their skills and talent to work to make the business successful. To stay competitive in your niche, you must often keep ideas, projects and products as carefully guarded secrets. Otherwise, another individual or company might leak, steal, or misuse that valuable information to damage or discredit your company. A Non-Disclosure Agreement can protect your hard-earned edge on the competition.

On the other hand, it may feel awkward to greet new employees or partner with a legal document constraining their behavior and outlining the legal consequences if they violate its tenets. This article helps explain the value of an NDA and how you can start using them to protect your business.

Internal Communication

A successful internal communication strategy can help you create a more efficient work environment full of happy, informed and productive employees. In this article, you will learn about the different types of internal communication, consider steps to creating effective strategies for your company, and become aware of tools that can make even the smallest HR department top-notch communicators.
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