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Hiring For The First Time – No Easy Decision Or Task

By |Mar 20, 2018|

By Sandy Cody
You’ve started a successful business that has grown to the point that you need to hire your first employee. Congratulations!

It’s exciting to grow, but hiring additional staff is one of the most important decisions a small business owner will make. Adding staff will give you additional responsibilities, obligations and expenses. Having employees also can give you big headaches if your new hire is not a good fit.

Are You Chasing Away Your Best Employees?

By |Feb 8, 2018|

By Sandy Cody

It’s good news that the unemployment rate in the U.S. has dropped to 4.1 percent, but that low rate can make it challenging to hire good people. The answer is to make a concerted effort to retain your best employees.

Employee Handbooks: Not Required but a Good Idea

By |Oct 23, 2017|

Sandy Cody, Draker-Cody, Inc.

Business owners frequently ask me: “Must I have an employee handbook? I really don’t want written policies that tie my hands. I’d rather make decisions based on issues, not a package of rules.”

While employee handbooks aren’t required, I tell my clients that there are a number of benefits.


Preparing for Hurricanes, Your Worst Business Nightmare

By |Aug 1, 2017|

Is your small- to medium-sized business prepared to survive the physical and financial devastation of a natural disaster? Hurricanes impact Texas Gulf Coast businesses of all sizes, but smaller businesses can be the most severely impacted for a number of reasons.

Little Amendments Bring Big Good Changes for Employers

By |Apr 6, 2017|

With the simple addition of a few sentences and the stroke of a pen, the NM legislature has made an amendment to the Workers Compensation, in Senate Bill 155 that clarifies workers’ rights and responsibilities when it comes to workplace injuries and disability.

This is for you, my New Mexico Colleagues—if you employ 3 or […]

Resiliency During Tough Times

By |Feb 17, 2017|

Frequently I receive a newsletter that catches my eye, I read it, learn and move on.  Yesterdays I received HRE-Online the leading article HR Leadership by Susan R Meisinger.  A ‘Super’ Lesson on Resiliency

Several of my colleagues, as well as myself, have or are experiencing some tough times and Susan’s message resonated with me.  […]

Draker Cody is Expanding!

By |Feb 10, 2017|

Just released!

February 9, 2017

Better business? A business management consulting firm has expanded its services to League City. Draker Cody Inc., more commonly known as DCI, has expanded its services to Texas with a new office in League City. DCI, founded in 1997, specializes in helping businesses improve management processes, human resources and develop best practices to […]

The Joys of Job Descriptions

By |Jan 23, 2017|

According to D. Albert Brannen, managing law partner for Fisher & Phillips, the process of crafting job descriptions is much more than a nuisance chore. In fact, the right job description can not only invite you to think about the structure and needs of your own organization, it can also prevent practical and legal […]

Keeping on the Safe Side of the New I-9

By |Jan 23, 2017|

The standard I-9 form, which defines a prospective employee’s citizenship status and is a required part of any employee hiring process, will be undergoing a change on Jan 22, 2017. The new version of the form (marked 11/14/2016) will completely replace the old form (marked 03/08/13), and the old form will no longer be […]

Overtime Rule in Timeout: What to Do Now?

By |Nov 29, 2016|

A lot of companies are (quite sensibly) concerned about the Department of Labor’s change to the federal overtime rule, which would have changed the Fair Labor Standards Act on December 1. The overtime rule has been temporarily blocked, but what do you need to know?

Right now, salaried employees who make more than $23,660 annually […]