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  • New Law Simplifies Healthcare Reimbursements -- for Now

    The new 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama recently signed, contains a provision that gives a much-desired tax break to small companies. Click through to learn how this can save your business a bundle.

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  • How to Improve Company Culture

    What makes the "culture" of a company can be hard to define, but it can make a big difference in the success of the company. Click through to learn how to improve the culture of your company.

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  • Legislators Give Boost to Status of Freelancers

    Everyone talks about the "gig" economy, where workers are all essentially freelancers. But one city is reining in this "Wild West" system, and this may be a trend. Click through to learn about some new rules that affect the way companies and freelancers work together.

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  • Noncompete Agreements: Should You Insist on One?

    A noncompete agreement can help minimize loss if a competitor tries to lure one of your employees away. But there are limits to how these work. Click through to become aware of all the implications before you ask your staff to sign one.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

    You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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  • Evaluating a 401(k) Plan for Your Business

    Gone are the days of pensions and gold watches upon retirement. Today’s savvy employees look for firms with retirement planning options like 401(k) plans. Click through for help evaluating 401(k) options for your firm. 

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  • Learn the Secrets of Key Performance Indicators

    How do you know if you're doing well? It's a more complicated question than you may realize. Click through to learn about the different ways to measure your company's performance, and which ones are right for you.

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  • What to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act

    The Americans with Disabilities Act contains a wide variety of provisions to protect disabled employees from discrimination. Is your business in compliance? Click Full Article below to learn about the details.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Deciding if Flex Accounts Are Right for You

    Employees and companies take note: A flexible spending account can be an essential part of the benefits package. Click through to learn about how these plans can save employees money.

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  • What's an Employee Performance Improvement Plan?

    This is a term that's thrown around a lot, but not everyone knows what it really means. Nevertheless, these plans are essential whether you have one employee or 1,000. Click through to learn what they are and how to use them.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Making a Decision About Health Savings Accounts

    Health savings accounts can be win-win for a company, allowing it to offer benefits that virtually all employees can take advantage of. Click through to learn how they work.

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  • Should You Create a Formal PTO Policy?

    For happy staff and management, be sure to produce a formal time-off policy. You have lots of options, but get it down in writing. Click through to learn how these policies protect both your business and your employees.

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  • The Ups and Downs of Working with Family

    Can parents and children, or brothers and sisters, work together at a business? There's a long tradition of this, but it has to be done carefully. Click through for some insights on what happens when family members run a business together.

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  • It's Time to Celebrate National Payroll Week!

    It's probably the most important department most employees never think about -- their company's payroll department -- the division that makes sure those paychecks get out week after week. Click through to learn how to give payroll professionals their day in the sun.

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  • What to Say About Fired Employees?

    What do you say about an employee you fired when you get a call for a reference? You have to face the important legal and practical implications. Click Full Article below to learn the right and wrong things to mention.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Finding Out Workers' Comp Basics

    Workers' compensation insurance was designed to ensure that employees have some financial protection if they're hurt on the job. Click through to see how workers' comp affects you as an employer.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Moving Beyond Paychecks for Employees

    As employers move beyond paper checks, anxious employees still need help and reassurance regarding direct deposit. Click through for some ways to communicate payday systems to your staff.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Trying to Gain Benefits From Outsourcing Payroll

    Even at the most basic level, payroll is tedious, time-consuming and frustrating. Click through for a glimpse at four ways your business benefits from outsourcing payroll.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Deciding Whether Someone Is an Employee or a Contractor

    What is in a name? The IRS knows the answer, even though the reasoning can be subtle. Click through to learn the differences between an employee and an independent contractor before you make an expensive error.

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  • Can the Myers-Briggs Test Help With Your Business?

    Managers are always looking for a new edge to help them hire and manage employees. The well-established Myers-Briggs test can help in HR, but only if it's properly used. Click through for some details on this potentially useful profiling tool.

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  • Leadership Skills Are Key, Says SHRM Leadership Study

    Do you want to be a leader? Do you want to foster leaders in your organization? These are today's major challenges. Click Full Article below to learn what a recent study has to say about leadership.

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  • Get to Know the EEOC Rules

    There's a wide range of laws overseen by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and it's a good idea for both employers and employees to know at least the basics. Click through for an introduction to the key equal opportunity laws.

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  • The Best and Most Unusual Employee Benefits

    Employee benefits are sometimes even more important than salary in attracting and retaining the best people. Click through for a list and examination of some items you may not even have heard of.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Learning Your Poster Requirements

    Are you following your poster rules? The federal government requires many of them for all kinds of businesses. Click through for an introduction to poster requirements.

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  • Special Video Report: Personal Branding

    What is personal branding? It's about who you are, and the value you bring to all your interactions. Click Full Article below for a video that explains this important, cutting-edge concept.

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  • How to Create a Mission Statement for Your Company

    It's wonderful when you read a firm's mission statement and it defines the business so well that it feels like strategy. How do you do it? Click through to read the five steps to creating a mission statement that's not generic, stale and completely useless.

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  • Do It Right: Legal HR and Payroll Practices

    You could fill a bookshelf with all the rules and guidance on payroll and HR generally, and employers have to be vigilant. Click through for some advice on how to get started and remain on the right path.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Sorting Out Exempt vs. Nonexempt Employees

    Some employees have to be paid their hourly wage, or even more, if they put in extra time. Others are expected just to put in the extra time anyway. Click through for an introduction to the complex world of exempt vs. nonexempt employees.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Are You Wondering About Payroll Cards?

    Employers of all sizes are trying to get away from paychecks, an expensive way to pay employees. Click through to learn about payroll cards, an economical solution.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Deciding if HSAs and FSAs Are Right for You

    Health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts are two helpful ways to pay for medical expenses. Which should companies provide for their employees, and can they offer both? Click through to learn the pros and cons of each.

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  • Must-Have Items for an Employee Handbook

    Companies of all sizes need an employee handbook. Established policies help ensure smooth relationships with your staff. Click through for a discussion of employee handbook essentials.

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  • When Do You Need an HR Staff?

    When a business has only a few employees, it's easy to manage staff. But at a certain point, you need an HR manager in-house. Click through for some insights into when you'll reach that place.

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  • Know the Rules on Legal Pay and HR Practices

    Employers need to be fair when it comes to employee relations, and they would do well to familiarize themselves with several key rules. Click through for some guidelines on pay and HR practices.

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  • Benefits You May Not Have Thought About

    Companies are always struggling to figure out ways to keep current employees and recruit new ones. Money is important, but it's not the only thing that attracts and keeps employees. Click through for a rundown of some great benefits you should consider.

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  • The 401(k): Just the Beginning of Retirement Benefits

    Retirement plans are one of the most popular benefits companies can offer, and even small businesses can get in on the game. Click through for an introduction to retirement plans that are perfect for small businesses.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering if a Nonprofit as well as a For Profit can take advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Program

    Many business managers know about the work opportunity tax credit, but few realize how wide-ranging it can be. Click through for some insights into how the WOTC works for all businesses, even nonprofits.

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  • Employee Wellness Programs: The Win-Win Benefit

    Have you thought about offering a wellness program in your company? It not only helps your staff, but your company as well, as it can lead to fewer sick days. Click through to learn more about the benefits of a wellness program.

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  • Service Dogs in the Workplace

    As employers, what are the accommodations we need to make in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding service dogs? Click through to learn about how you can accommodate service dogs and all your employees.

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  • How to Create a Salary Budget

    This is not a task you can just "wing." Managers across all departments must work together for an overall salary plan. Click through for an introduction to taking charge of salaries, for the benefit of your business and your employees.

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  • Does Your Company Need Key Person Insurance?

    In business, it's hard to find time to consider something that isn't really urgent but that can be incredibly important. Click through to learn how to protect yourself against the loss of a top employee.

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  • Travel and Entertainment Costs: What Are the Rules?

    Yes, you get to deduct business-related travel and entertainment expenses, but as with so many tax provisions, the devil is in the details. Click through to learn how to properly deduct these expenses.

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  • Is There a Drug and Alcohol Policy in Your Office?

    It's not something you'd like to contemplate -- drugs and alcohol in your office. But you do have to think about the consequences. Click Full Article below for some thoughts on creating a company policy.

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  • How Often Should You Pay Employees?

    One a week? Once a month? You need to decide how often you'll be signing paychecks. Click Full Article below to learn about the rules and best practices for timing paychecks.

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  • Should You Hire Ex-Convicts?

    It's not an easy question. Although an automatic "no" seems like the right answer, there are reasons to consider hiring former felons. Click Full Article below to get the facts before making a decision.

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  • Maternity Benefits: Employer Responsibilities

    What are your responsibilities in the workplace when it comes to offering maternity leave? Click Full Article below to see what you need to know about providing leave to new moms and dads.

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