Employees or Contractors? A Discussion on Worker Classification for Texas Startups

Many startups do not have employees. They have contractors. Benefits of hiring contractors over employees include saving time and paperwork. Another benefit is significantly lower operating costs. According to an evaluation report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor, State of Minnesota, “mandatory costs, including federal employment taxes, workers’ compensation insurance premiums, and state unemployment

Texas Employee Separation: Proceed With Caution

Employee separation is usually implemented by an employee resigning, or by the employer firing or laying off an employee. There are other separation situations such as constructive discharge and retaliatory discharge. In each setting, you want to proceed with caution. In this article, I will explain the differences in these terms and offer some tips

Interviewing: Methods and Avoiding Liability in Texas

interviewing is a primary step in the hiring process and should not be done carelessly. This article describes different methods for interviewing and offers information on avoiding liability. Before the Interview Before you hold an in-person interview, make sure you pre-screen the candidate to maximize hiring efficiency. Interviewing Methods There are a few types of

Navigating a Texas Workforce Shortage or Surplus

Workforce shortage is probably one of the biggest concerns for a new business. Having a shortage of labor can result in lost business, missed deadlines, and unhappy customers. A few internal methods to circumvent a shortage include: Offering overtime wages Authorizing job sharing Retraining employees Internal solutions are the most cost-effective because you utilize the

HR for Texas Startups: Performing a Job Analysis

Creating efficient work systems starts with breaking down the tasks performed by each person in the work unit. This process is called job analysis. Job analyses optimize the hiring process by ensuring new personnel are absolutely necessary, trained correctly, and given appropriate career opportunities. In addition, job analyses can clear up organizational confusion by detailing

Checking References for Potential New Texas Employees

Professional references offer valuable insight into the character and quality of a job candidate. They also verify whether the potential employee is honest, works well with others, and maintains professional relationships. This article explains how to check a professional reference for a new candidate. Reference Checking Etiquette Require the candidate to provide you with a

4 Real Perks of Working for a Texas Startup

Startups are full of nap pods, catered lunches, and beer on tap, right? Hollywood captured the inside of Google through the comedic duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the movie The Internship, a story about two old-school salesmen looking for a career change.  As they stumble through the internship program, the world is given a