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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 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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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar: Including Virtual Events

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Make Employees Smile with Dental Benefits

    No one looks forward to a visit to the dentist, but everyone knows it's necessary. Companies can make a difficult task easier by covering the visits. Click through for some thoughts on why you should offer dental benefits.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 5 Steps to the Successful Multi-Office Business

    Your company is expanding -- and that's great! You've grown from one office to two, three, or even more. But you need to be able to manage all of them to continue to grow. Click through for some help in multi-office management.

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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: 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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  • 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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  • Making a Success of Online Recruiting

    Is online recruiting the future of hiring? Knowing how to effectively do this can save time and help you get the best people for your business. Click through to learn more about online recruiting, its benefits and how you can make it work for you.

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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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  • How to Develop Your Staff

    You want to grow your company, and the best way to do that is to grow your staff. If your employees learn leadership skills, you'll reap the rewards. Click through for some insights into how best to help your employees.

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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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  • 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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  • Health Savings Account Limits Change for 2017

    Early this year, the IRS increased the health savings account contribution amount for 2017. And there are other changes as well. Click through to see how these modifications may affect you.

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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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  • Biggest Errors Managers Can Make

    Some people are born to be great managers. Others are forced to learn through trial and error. Click through for a list of the chief mistakes new managers make, and tips on how to avoid them.

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  • What to Do About Holiday Office Parties

    Every office is different, and budgets and rules vary. Some holiday office party ideas will work for your office and some won't. Click through to get others' tips on what worked for their successful holiday office parties.

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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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  • 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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  • Should You Offer Outplacement?

    You don't want to lay off employees, but when you have to, you can soften the blow, and boost your reputation, by offering outplacement services. Click through to learn how this valuable benefit works.

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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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  • 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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  • OSHA Regulations and Why They Matter

    Do you have a complete understanding of how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration protects workers at your company? Click through to see some of the ways OSHA regulations affect the workplace.

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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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  • 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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  • When an Employee Faces a Wage Garnishment

    It's not your fault, but you're stuck in the middle: a court has ordered you to withhold wages from an employee's paycheck. Click through to learn how to keep this from getting messy.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What Does ERISA Mean for Employers?

    The Employment Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, is an important consideration for employers. As an HR professional or company manager, you need to know at least the basics. Click through to learn more about this important topic.

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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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  • The 6 Toughest HR Problems

    No one said managing employees was an easy proposition, but what are the most common problems and how can you avoid them? Click Full Article below to learn about the toughest HR problems and how to find the right solutions.

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  • Giving Your Employees All the Vacation They Want

    Although only a few companies are actually doing this, the idea of giving your employees unlimited vacation time is getting a lot of attention. Is it right for your business? Click through for some discussion on this controversial benefit.

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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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  • Should You Have a Company Dress Code?

    Some think a company dress code is still essential to setting standards, while others believe that dress codes are a thing of the past. Click through for some thoughts on this controversial topic.

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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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  • Offering Flexible Schedules at a Business You Run

    It's a tricky thing: Employees love flexible schedules, but you have to make sure the business runs smoothly. Click through for some tips on offering flexible schedules, and why you should strongly consider it.

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  • Starting Early? Tips For Building Retirement Savings Over The Long Haul

    Saving for retirement in your 20s is one of the smartest things you can do. Click through to see how it maximizes your retirement wealth.

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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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  • The Ins and Outs of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    It's one of the most potent tax breaks a company can get, encouraging it to hire people who typically have trouble getting work. Click through for an introduction to the complex rules.

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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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  • 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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  • What Are Some Advantages of Lateral Moves?

    Why would anyone accept a lateral move -- taking an equivalent role with a similar salary range and job title at the same level? Click through to see how changing job responsibilities affords employees new opportunities.

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  • How to Deploy a SEP IRA at Your Company

    Even a small company can offer a retirement plan, and the SEP IRA may be just the ticket. Click through for a description of how this kind of plan can help you and your employees.

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  • What Must You Disclose About Your Retirement Plan?

    Do you have a pension plan for your staff? If so, do you know what you must disclose to them? Click through to learn more about the regulations that govern retirement plan disclosures to make sure you're following the complex rules.

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  • Social Security Taxes: The Basics Heading into 2017

    Social Security may be universal, but not every employer knows the details or is aware of its essential responsibilities. Click through for an introduction to key facts on Social Security and what you must do for your employees.

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  • How Do 125 Plans and HSAs Work Together?

    You want to choose employee benefit offerings so you can help your workers save money while at the same time you strengthen their loyalty to your business. Click through to see how Section 125 plans can work with HSAs.

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  • How to Organize Vacation and Sick Time

    Vacation and sick time are among the most popular and common benefits you can offer your workers. But you do have a system for offering these days off? Click through to learn how to set up a fair and logical time-off system.

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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 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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  • Offering Continuing Education to Your Staff

    One creative way to keep your staff loyal to your company and your business on the cutting edge? Continuing education. Click through to learn how it can improve your competitiveness by providing a great perk.

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  • How to Manage a Virtual Office

    The virtual office model is becoming increasingly popular with both businesses and employees, but it presents special challenges. Click Full Article below to learn how to manage staff inside this model.

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  • Day Care: A Winning Benefit for Employees

    Day care could be one of the most popular benefits you offer your staff, and it pays you back with a more committed workforce. Click through to learn how employer-provided day care can work.

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  • What Employers Need to Know About Disability Coverage

    What is disability coverage and how does it work? This is an important insurance topic you need to know about whether you have a few employees or hundreds. Click through for disability basics.

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  • Do Millennials and Baby Boomers Differ?

    Generational differences can be important in the workplace, as different groups have different attitudes. Click through to learn what these differences are, so everyone can understand each other better.

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  • What Should Employers Not Ask During a Job Interview?

    When interviewing prospects for a position, you want to get all the information you can. But asking certain questions could get you in hot water. Click through for advice on what you should NOT ask job candidates.

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  • Reap the Benefits of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    The Work Opportunity Tax Credit gives employers tax benefits for hiring people who fall within certain qualifying categories. This can be a big boon to companies and employers! Click through to learn the ins and outs.

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  • What's Up With the 'Cadillac Tax' Provision of the ACA?

    It's an oft-quoted provision of the ACA: the so-called Cadillac Tax. But what exactly does it mean? Click through to learn what the deal is, to separate the facts from the rumors.

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  • Deciding How and Whether to Pay Bonuses

    Additional remuneration in the form of performance bonuses or incentive payments can help retain good staff. Click through to get details on choosing how and whether the incentive or bonus should be paid.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Learning the FLSA Poster Rules

    Are you putting up the right posters for your employees? The government requires the FLSA minimum wage poster for virtually every employer. Click through to make sure you're in compliance.

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  • Top Concerns of Payroll Professionals

    As the year draws to a close, what are the major payroll concerns you should know about? Click through to see how to deal with minimum wage, shortfalls, direct vs. indirect tips, underreporting tips, and tax and compliance issues.

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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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  • Handling Employees Across State Lines

    When you have employees who live in one state and work in another, things can get a bit tricky. Click through to learn the basic rule -- you generally pay taxes in the state where your team works, but it can get complicated.

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