It’s impossible to keep up with all the new advice on how to hire the best people and run your business more efficiently. That’s why, each week, Snagajob compiles 5 of the most relevant, helpful and buzz-worthy content specific to small business operators that we’ve read over the last 7 days and puts them together for you in one “Weekly Web Roundup” quick read.

Here are the most important stories you might have missed this week.


 

Get the gift of better sales numbers

This holiday season is shaping up to be promising for businesses. But the competition for holiday traffic is fierce. Effectively using Facebook ads can help you get an edge on the competition. Here are eight tricks to maximize holiday sales with Facebook ads.


 

Don’t be antisocial

Want better candidates? You’ll need to meet them where they hang out—which, in many cases, means brushing up your social media recruiting chops. Here are some tips to help you make the most of social recruiting.


 

Break-ing the rules

In a recent court case, the court struck down one company’s rule about bathroom breaks and pay. The company mandated that any break (including bathroom breaks) needed to be under 90 seconds or else the break was unpaid. The court deemed that employees would need a portkey (yes, from Harry Potter) to comply.


 

Older, wiser and less certain?

Age-related discrimination is becoming more prevalent. In Silicon Valley, for example, your chances of employment plummet after age 48. In a rapidly changing world, it’s no wonder why older workers in every industry are feeling less certain about their job prospects. Here are two trends that are plaguing older workers.


 

Keep your holidays headache-free

What will customer demand be like? How can you handle staffing challenges? Is someone supposed to get overtime? What do you do now that someone called in sick? The holidays are full of opportunities, but also a whole slew of questions. Here are some tips for avoiding holiday season employment headaches. 


Driving up some huge penalties

Despite saying that they conduct “thorough” background checks on their employees, 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers failed a Massachusetts background check earlier this year. It doesn’t look like much has changed, since Colorado is charging Uber for allowing 57 people with criminal records to drive for the company. The penalties are a good chunk of change.