Karen Golden, Principal of Hollis HR, LLC, has over twenty years’ experience in Human Resources and is Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (S.P.H.R.).
Karen has expanded her skills and knowledge into the cannabis industry since its legalization in Massachusetts and understands the synergies between Cannabis Control Commission compliance and Human Resources. She will navigate you through the complexity of hiring, background checks and agent registrations.
Hollis HR will create job descriptions, policies and procedures and guides to safeguard your company and set expectations for employees.
In addition, we will ensure your company is in compliance with all State and Federal laws in regard to employee onboarding, required postings, hiring, disciplinary procedures and termination practices.
Hiring, training and retention plans are key to the success of your business. Your people are your most important asset. We will work with you and your team to make certain you have the documents and tools you need to grow your people and your business.
Karen is a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This valuable credential assists her clients in expediting the agent registration process.
Karen holds her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
The purpose of a Human Resources Consultant
An HR Consultant can ease the burden and step in when no HR expertise exists to handle your continually needed HR functions. Your business will benefit from the expertise and experience of a Part time Human Resource Consultant without the cost of paying a full-time salary. This salary runs from $130K to $220K plus benefits for an HR Director in Massachusetts as of November 2020.
Will hit-the-ground running.
There is no learning curve as there is with a new employee.
Can offer solutions they gained through experience, laws, and best practices.
Can offer flexible, customized services, as there is no one-size fits all model.
As a business approaches critical numbers 11, 15, 50+ employees, an HR Consultant can increase compliance, reduce cost and minimize risk.
This alone is worth calling in an expert!
Our mission is to partner with
small to mid-size business
owners who don't have the time or expertise to handle the day-to-day HR responsibilities to take care of their much-needed HR functions.
We provide an integrated and cost-effective approach to the management and administration of human resources.
We can take on your day-to-day HR needs such as job descriptions, employee handbooks, creation of policies & procedures, interviewing and offer letters, background checks, agent registrations, on-boarding, employee records management, and more.
We are a highly organized and detail-oriented team with years of proven success.
Have questions about health care or federal/state law summaries?
Call us today at 617-360-1290.
Our core principles shape our efforts. We are dedicated to our clients, and they benefit from our success. We thrive on knowledge and sharing our knowledge with our clients! We pride ourselves on trustworthiness and integrity.
After all, Human Resources should be your most confidential person in your building and your confidante.
We are relentless! We will not give up until the job is done. We will dot all of our i's and cross all of our t's for you and ensure all your documents are compliant.
Find out for yourself!
We can create or enhance your current policies, procedures and company HR structure including:
• Recruiting & On-boarding
• Employee Relations
• Creation of Job Descriptions
• Coaching and Leadership Development
• Agent Registrations and Notarization
• Specialized Training
NEW-Unconscious Bias and Sensitivity Training
I worked with Karen at a startup cannabis company where she was working HR for the group. Karen was nothing short of impressing and an absolute delight to work with. Karen brings years of experience and professionalism to a field that needs it desperately. She has a way of connecting with each and every employee while also holding everyone accountable to the high standards she sets for herself and the organization she works with. If your considering Karen for your HR needs, I would recommend her hands down!
Karen is extremely knowledgeable as well as responsive to the needs of her clients. I have seen her work very well with owners of cannabis companies . Karen quickly deciphers their complex HR needs. In addition, she has a great ability to explain the rules and regulations & suggest best practices in a way that makes things easy for them to understand, and implement quickly and efficiently. In addition, Karen has worked with the challenges of navigating the tricky HR aspects of COVID-19 for her clients. This is critical for small businesses. Most importantly, clients find she is patient and cares highly about their success. We have had mutual clients together and they really like the support and attention that Karen provides. If you are considering an HR professional, I certainly recommend her highly.
If you are looking for someone with integrity, insight, succession planning experience, human resources expertise, coupled with a calm, professional, supportive, team-building characteristics then you need to call Karen. Her ability to listen, evaluate situations and devise and implement plans is superb. She is the real deal - you will not be disappointed when you work with Karen.
Karen is a world class leader in the HR function, a master in organizational excellence and change management. Karen's strength and passion is rendering unwavering support to her teams and those closest to her. She is always able to assist business professionals in their venture for self-development, while continually focusing on employee advocacy. I had the distinct pleasure to work with Karen over the last 5 years and I am happy to give her my highest recommendation.
New: Unconscious Bias or, Implicit Bias and Sensitivity Training
Implicit Bias training is designed to expose people to their hidden biases, provide tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking and ultimately eliminate discriminatory behaviors.
Sensitivity Training - Sensitivity training in the workplace is one of the most integral components of an organization's overall training strategy. Your diverse team is comprised of people of different backgrounds, beliefs and personalities, It is vital everyone is respected and treated appropriately,
Harassment Training- It is great to put a Harassment policy in your handbook and have your employees sign off on it but harassment training is vital to ensuring all of your employees understand what is and isn't harassment, their responsibilities as an employee and appropriate workplace behavior.
In June of 2020, the minimum fine per individual, per error, for I-9 paperwork or technical violations increased from $230 to $234, while the maximum fine increased from $2,292 to $2,332.
Fines for knowingly hiring or continuing to employ unauthorized workers went up as well.
The range for a first offense went from $573-$4,586 to $583-$4,667.
Did you know?
It is highly suggested you run a National Criminal Locator background check on all of your new hires?
The CCC regulations states, 935CMR; "An application for registration of marijuana establishment agent shall include"... (f) background information, including, as applicable:
1. a description and the relevant dates of any criminal action under the laws of the Commonwealth, or any other Jurisdiction (other jurisdictions means all other States).
You must run background checks on all of your registered agents annually.
If an employee is working in two departments you must get them agent registration cards for each department.
For a link to required Covid19 postings in the workplace on Mass.gov, copy and paste the link below:
For a list of Mandatory workplace standards for retail businesses in Massachusetts and the Protocol summary for retail businesses in Massachusetts, effective 10/5,copy and paste the link below:
Employers in Mass will be reimbursed for Covid Pay until April 2022 or until funds run out. For more information log onto, Mass.gov
To save you and your candidates time we are notaries. We can notarize your agent attestations onsite, one at a time or in a group setting to expedite the registration process.
This will save your candidates, and you, a lot of time!
Massachusetts Sick Time Law
All employers must provide earned sick time, but only employers of 11 or more employees must provide earned sick time that is paid. Smaller employers must also provide earned sick time, but it may be unpaid.
For more information on how sick time is accrued and how much time may be used and accrued each year, go to The Attorney General’s website at, www.mass.gov/ago/earnedsicktime
Hourly employees receive 1x5 pay for hours worked over 40.
Sunday pay for retail employees.
Effective 1/1/2022 retail employees will receive 1x1 their pay rate on Sundays.
By January, 2023, Sunday and premium pay will be eliminated.
Go to: https://www.mass.gov/guides/working-on-sundays-and-holidays-blue-laws#-sundays---retail-establishments to find out specific pay for each holiday.