Business Management

Big Changes Ahead for Joint Employer and Independent Contractors

Employers Need to Understand the Current Landscape and Update Their Policies and Procedures

NLRB actions and court decisions have taken the issue of joint employers, independent contractors, and leased employees far beyond a single industry. These changes could profoundly impact the liability and responsibility companies have regarding contractors and contingent employees.


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Building Your HVAC Business: Put Your Website to Work

Four Steps to a Hardworking Website

As an HVAC contractor, your focus is likely on everything but your website. This is completely understandable, especially when the phones are ringing. Here are some easy tips to get your website working for you, building your business every day of the year.


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NLRB McDonald’s Ruling Could Have Wide-Ranging Impact

Both Franchisees and the Franchisor Could Be Potentially Liable Together

With the recent decision that McDonald’s and its franchisees could be joint employers, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) general counsel has continued a series of far-reaching actions that could upend how many American companies conduct business.


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10 Things Any Emergency Preparedness Plan Should Include

One in Five Organizations Lacks an Emergency Preparedness Plan

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and RLE Technologies have released a report providing perspectives on emergency preparedness and business continuity in North America, called “High Stakes Business: People, Property and Services.”


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A ‘Year of Action’ Leads to Years of Regulation

Another Executive Order Increases Compliance Headaches for Federal Contractors

In keeping with his promise of a “year of action” during this year’s State of the Union address, on July 31, President Obama signed an executive order — entitled Fair and Safe Workplaces — that vastly extends the federal government’s enforcement reach over private federal contractors’ employment policies.


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Top 3 Reasons Small Businesses Should Stop Paying Rent

By Purchasing a Building, Business Owners Can Be Paying Themselves

Small business owners who are tired of paying rent and have a lease renewal on the horizon, should know there’s an alternative to renting — building ownership via a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program called SBA-504.


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Talking the Talk: Developing Communication Policies for the Digital Age

Employers Need to Stay On Top of the Latest Legal and Regulatory Developments

Positive workplace policies have long been uncontroversial. Typically, these policies set the expectation for employees that they will represent their employer in a positive light, and won’t make negative comments or engage in gossip. This seems common sense — what could go wrong?


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Earn More Profit by Recovering Your Environmental Costs

Thermostat Recycling Corp. Explains Ideas for Profit Using Recycling

What would you do with extra profit? This article explains how to upsell to homeowners the value that you provide as an expert in retrofitting homes that have products needing special disposal, such as refrigerant and mercury thermostats.


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Obesity as a Disability: Complying with the Latest in ADA Rulings

Employers Need to Understand How the ADA Affects Their Workplace

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and now some courts are considering obesity a disability, and employees who are severely overweight may qualify for protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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Is It Really All About Price?

If You Think the Majority of Customers/Prospects Leave Looking for a Lower Price, You Are Wrong

It’s all about price, isn't it? That's why every company that sells high-end items is going out of business. But wait a second; they are not going out of business. In fact they are profiting like never before.


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