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Human Resources

Entrepreneurs who look forward to being their own boss may quickly find that they have become someone else's boss. Hiring some help (such as clerical, accounting, or secretarial employees, manual labor for heavy work, or skilled technicians for special jobs) may entail unfamiliar responsibilities for the small-business owner who now has to provide benefits, to be in compliance with state and federal regulations, and to develop incentives to attract and hold valuable employees. References in the following section will help new employers find the answers to vexing personnel questions.


Beam Jr., Burton T. and John J. McFadden. Employee benefits. 8th edition. Chicago : Dearborn Real Estate Education, 2007. 778 p. 
LC Call Number: HD4928.N62 U623 2007
LC Catalog Record: 2007279807

Beik, Janet I. Health insurance today : a practical approach. 2nd edition. St. Louis, Mo. : Saunders/Elsevier, 2009. 494 p.
LC Call Number: HG9386.5 .B45 2009
LC Catalog Record: 2008012937
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Binns, David, Martin Staubus and Ron Bernstein, . The entrepreneur’s guide to equity compensation.  4th edition. La Jolla, CA : Beyster Institute at the Rady School, University of California, San Diego, 2006. 166 p.
LC Call Number: HD5660.U5 B49 2006
LC Catalog Record: 2006922320
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The Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information

4th Edition

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Employee compensation : employer spending on benefits has grown faster than wages, due largely to rising costs for health insurance and retirement benefits : report to congressional requesters. Washington, D.C. : GAO, 2006. 54 p.
LC Call Number: HD4928.N6 U54 2006
LC Catalog Record: 2006360472
Online version: [PDF Format: 1.57 MB / 61 p.]

Fundamentals of employee benefit programs. 6th edition. Washington, DC : Employee Benefit Research Institute Education and Research Fund, 2009. 527 p.
LC Call Number: HD4928.N62 U634 2009
LC Catalog Record: 2008046536

Gives an overview of available retirement, health, and other benefit programs.

Guerin, Lisa and Amy DelPo. Create your own employee handbook :a legal and practical guide. 3rd  edition. Berkley, Calif. : Nolo, 2007. 393 p.
LC Call Number: HF5549.5.I53 G84 2007 FT MEADE
LC Catalog Record: /2006039250

Hicks, Kimberley. How to communicate with your Spanish & Asian employees : a translation guide for small business owners, with companion CD-ROM.  Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Publishing Group, 2005. 286 p.
LC Call Number: HD62.7 .H53 2005
LC Catalog Record: 2004013985
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Martocchio, Joseph J. Employee benefits : a primer for human resource professionals.  3rd edition.  Boston : McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2008. 381 p.
LC Call Number: HD4928.N62 U637 2008
LC Catalog Record: 2007037281
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Murphy, Thomas E. Benefits and beyond : a comprehensive and strategic approach to retirement, health care, and more. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, 2010. 521 p.
LC Call Number: HD4928.N62 U6524 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2008037598
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Occupational outlook handbook. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Washington : The Bureau. U.S. Govt. Print. Off., [1949]-
LC Call Number: HD8051 .A62
LC Catalog Record: sn88040069
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Offers the following information about hundreds of occupations:
  • the training and education needed
  • earnings
  • expected job prospects
  • what workers do on the job
  • working conditions
The publication also offers job search tips, and information about the job market in each state.

Pinson, Linda. Keeping the books: basic recordkeeping and accounting for the successful small business. 7th edition. Chicago : Kaplan Pub., 2007. 210 p.
LC Call Number: HF5635 .P649 2007
LC Catalog Record: 2006036384
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Reddick, Christopher G. and Jerrell D. Coggburn (eds.). Handbook of employee benefits and administration. Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2008. 426 p.
LC Call Number: HD4928.N62 U63529 2008
LC Catalog Record: 2008007019
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Solomon, Todd A. Domestic partner benefits: an employer’s guide. Washington, D.C. : Thompson Pub. Group, 2008. (various pagings)
LC Call Number: HD4928.N62 U6215 2008
LC Catalog Record: 2010459050

Explores benefits for same-sex partnerships and marriages, relevant laws, plan design and administration, and tax treatment. Includes relevant statutes, administrative rulings, court decisions, and a glossary of terms.

Yang, John C., chair. Understanding insurance law, 2008. New York : Practising Law Institute, 2008. 544 p.
LC Call Number: KF1164 .U53 2008
LC Catalog Record: 2008274412
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