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I have a Masters degree in Education from the University of Florida and worked in corporate HR over 20 years; I’m accredited as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) and I write a column for the Sunday business section of The Gainesville Sun. I’m also an instructor and an expert resource for Santa Fe College’s business incubator, the Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED).

I’ve lived, worked and played in North Central Florida for the last 20+ years, have strong roots in this community and I understand the unique economic factors that affect our businesses and workforce. I bring that perspective and experience when advising my clients.

I help small businesses and start-ups use best HR practices and common-sense advice to succeed…. just like big businesses do.



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Eva Del Rio, SPHR


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Articles by Eva Del Rio, SPHR


January 25, 2016

Q:  Every year around this time, I sit down to write goals for the following year.  Because the economy is improving and more companies are hiring, for the first time in a while I’m considering leaving my job.  It’s not a bad job -good benefits, pays the bills- but it’s something I’ve held onto because there were few choices.  How do I know if it’s the right time to leave? 

December 30, 2015


Q:  I found out that one of my employees is looking for another job.  I’m disappointed and feel like I’ve lost trust in him.  Can I fire him because he is looking?

November 12, 2015

Q:  We’re considering installing security cameras in our shared work areas and were wondering if there are any legalities we should consider before we proceed.

A:  These days, security cameras are ubiquitous in public places.  We expect them inside malls, in stores and restaurants, and outside in recreational areas, parking lots and at most traffic lights.

August 24, 2015



Q:  My wife interviewed for a job recently and I was amazed that one of the questions she was asked by the interviewer was “Do you have any children?”  We do, but what does that have to do with her qualifications for the job?  Plus, I thought it was illegal to ask those questions. 

June 24, 2015


Q: I’m at a loss on how to deal with a recent hire. He’s very eager to prove himself and do well, but instead of learning his job –which involves very specific functions, procedures and deadlines– he spends time trying to find efficiencies in other areas and coming up with improvement ideas unrelated to the job. Consequently, he’s not up to speed.

May 14, 2015


Q:  My daughter is pursuing a career as a programmer and hopes to work for a company such as Google.  I’m proud of her talent and aspirations.  However, I have some concerns about the technical industry’s record regarding women. First, they’re under-represented and then women seem to leave the industry after only working an average of 10 years.  What advice would you give her?

April 13, 2015


Q: I read somewhere that the majority of identity theft originates from a source in the workplace. If this is true, what steps should my employer be taking to protect my personal information, and what can I do if they are being lax about it?

March 18, 2015