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Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Be Sure to Comply With All Applicable Federal and State Laws
May 20, 2013
Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.


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NREL and Stanford Team up on Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Cells Could Power Portable Devices and Sensors
May 20, 2013
It may be possible soon to power products with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells, thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Split System That’s Still Sitting Dead

May 6, 2013
In this month’s troubleshooting problem we have a homeowner who has attempted to repair his own equipment, and he has replaced two components. The original symptom of the split system sitting dead still exists.


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Service Manager Course Leads to New HVAC Service Shop

Rick Martinez Opened Home Environment Solutions LLC on March 1
May 6, 2013
Husband and wife team Rick and Kelly Martinez had been kicking around the idea of opening their own HVAC service shop for a few years but could never gather enough information to feel comfortable making the leap. The International Training Institute’s (ITI) Service Manager Course, however, made the difference.


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The Big Three: Direct Mail Marketing Fundamentals to Get Results Fast

How to Get Ultimate Postcard Marketing Results for Your Small Business
May 6, 2013
Marketing can be a complicated process, and postcard marketing is no different. It takes a lot of trial and error to get the hang of it. Luckily for you, I have 20 years of firsthand trial and error marketing experience. That means I can tell you the proven ways to get results, so you can avoid the pitfalls most marketers go through.


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George W. Bush Presidential Center Certified LEED Platinum

May 6, 2013
The new George W. Bush Presidential Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, its highest level of certification. It is the first presidential library to earn LEED Platinum certification for new construction.


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Btu Buddy 121: Heat Pump No Heat Call - Part 2

April 22, 2013
Bob and Tim had left this residence a few days ago when they discovered that the four-way valve on the home’s heat pump was stuck in the cooling mode. They tried several things to get the valve to do its normal changeover to the heating mode and couldn’t get it to function. The valve would need to be replaced.


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Seasonal Start-ups: They're Not as Simple as You Think

April 22, 2013
The cooling season is upon us. Are your customers’ commercial HVAC systems up to the task? Now’s the time to conduct a seasonal start-up, to make sure you’re able to provide reliable, efficient cooling throughout the warmest months of the year.


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Minimizing the Risk of Background Checks

April 22, 2013
Hiring is an expensive, time-consuming process — employers want to make sure they get it right the first time. For many employers, background checks represent a key tool in ensuring the people they hire are trustworthy and have the skills, experience, and education they claim to possess.


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Net Zero Energy Bullitt Center Celebrates Grand Opening

April 22, 2013
Seattle's Bullitt Center, designed to become the world’s largest functioning, commercial Living Building — a facility certified to an international sustainable performance standard — is inviting the community to celebrate Earth Day with an grand opening event on April 22, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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