Here are this week’s links to a few good stories that we found and selected because we feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to medium size businesses.

• Is your Employee Handbook outdated? If it isn’t, chances are it might be someday soon if you’re not paying attention to ever-changing state and federal regulations. Lisa Sherman of Sherman Law Corporation and writer for JDSupra speaks to some key issues that every business owner should be aware of. In Got an Outdated Employee Handbook? Update Now!, attention is directed to many issues such as Leaves of Absence, Violence in the Workplace, Benefits and many more.

• Does any business start-up have the dream of always being small? Perhaps some do, but we contend that most entrepreneurs think about shooting for the stars and if they miss and hit the moon instead, well that’s OK too. In an article posted by Matthew May on Open Forum, he reports that about “a third of the U.S. GDP and a third of all U.S. jobs” comes from the midsized market, which by May’s definition are those companies with revenues between$10 million and $1 billion. Read Midsize Me: How to Grow Your Small Business to the Next Level to learn more.

• If an employee reports any incident that deserves an employer’s attention, it makes sense not to be lackadaisical about it. Just ask the defendant employer in the Stewart v. Jeld-Wen, Inc. case. You know it’s going to be a long day when the court refers to your “investigation” in quotes. Eric Meyer provides more details in The One Thing HR Can’t Do If An Employee Reports a Noose.

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