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Ten Ways You Can Become More Valuable

By Terri Levine
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We can’t make other people be more considerate, helpful, honest, etc., in our personal and business lives, but consider this: If everyone were to work on himself or herself and develop these attributes, our world would be a better place. Here are some guidelines to make it happen.
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Balancing Your Obligations Under the ADA

By Richard D. Alaniz
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A court case involving United Parcel Service (UPS) highlights the difficult situation companies face when trying to balance their need for employee and public safety with their legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Seven Tips for a Healthy Computer

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Fixing “issues” and “conflicts” on computers can add up to tens of thousands of dollars lost to decreased productivity or service/repairs. Here are seven simple tips everyone could adhere to - businesses and individual computer users alike - that will keep your computers (and wallets) in tip-top shape.
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Following Injuries, Employers Must Remember to Fill Out the Paperwork

By Richard D. Alaniz
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On-the-job injuries can be stressful for everyone who was involved or witnessed an accident. But no matter how upsetting or time-consuming the situation, employers must remember to fill out the paperwork afterwards for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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Five Costly Mistakes Employers Make With Workers' Comp Managed Care Organizations

By Frank Pennachio
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While workers’ compensation managed care is widely viewed as a means of controlling expenses, the results are sometimes quite different from what is expected. In fact, in many cases the consequences are not only unintended but also undesirable and costly to employers.
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New Law Expands Family and Medical Leave Act to Cover Members of the Military

By Richard D. Alaniz
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Under a new law, employers who are already covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (50 or more employees) may need to expand their list of employees who qualify for unpaid time off, and the amount of unpaid time that employees can take off has more than doubled in some cases.
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How to Manage Employees Who Manage

By Bruce Tulgan
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How many of the employees whom you manage are responsible for managing others? If you expect them to become as hands-on as you, you have to spend some time up front talking with each of them to prepare them.
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Take Steps to Ensure Fiduciary Duty

By Richard D. Alaniz
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For people who have even heard of it, “fiduciary duty” is usually a term reserved for bankers, chief financial officers, and members of boards of directors. However, all employees owe a duty of loyalty to the organizations they work for, even if they do not handle money or make major decisions.
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HVAC Contractor Licensing Certification Goes High Tech

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Many HVACR industry members see state-mandated certification courses as an unnecessary drudgery for renewing tradesmen/contracting licenses; however, graduates of Southeastern Building Trades Associates Inc. (SBTA) continuing education classes see the process as mind-expanding and state-of-the-art learning.
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A New Political Climate Means New Employment Issues

By Richard D. Alaniz
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Amid a faltering economy, and with primaries for the 2008 elections now in process, the political landscape grows more uncertain for businesses and employers. In the coming months, four issues currently under consideration in Congress loom particularly large because of their potential impact on companies.
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