Business Management

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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When Workers’ Comp, ADA, and FMLA Intersect, the Complexity Increases

Employers Should Brace for Three Times the Headache

Taken separately, workers’ compensation laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) represent complicated laws that are often difficult to figure out. When workers must be absent from the workplace under two or three of these laws, the situation becomes even more complex.


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The Importance of Putting a ‘Smile’ in Your Voice

On the Telephone, Your Voice Accounts for 84 Percent of Your Effectiveness

Don’t assume your customers cannot see you when you talk to them on the telephone. Okay, they can’t physically see you, but they can see your attitude. They can see how important you think they are.


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Balancing Legal Marijuana, Safe Workplaces, and Drug Testing Policies

What Employers Need to Know

More states are legalizing medical marijuana, and recreational use is legal in two others. A tangle of federal laws adds to the confusion. Being aware of the legal issues involved and the changing legal landscape is important for employers to ensure that their drug testing policies are legal and enforceable.


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Building Your Brand: Go Big or Go Home

Book Explains How to Build Your Brand into a Major Asset

Many small businesses have plain, nondescript logos, and have built a plain, nondescript brand. In his book, Building a Big Small Business Brand, Dan Antonelli notes that it doesn’t have to be that way. Building a big brand can make a big difference for the small business owner.


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