Business Management

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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Five Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level

April 8, 2013
Almost on a daily basis, news reports detail the marketplace factors that can affect businesses large and small. No matter what potentially game-changing information is coming out of Washington, D.C., though, there are winning strategies that not only endure but should be part of every workplace’s culture.


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Impact of Decision Holding President Obama’s NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional

March 18, 2013
On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) ruled that President Obama had unconstitutionally appointed three board members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Thus, the NLRB has lacked its required quorum of three members for the past year, calling all of its decisions into question.


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Time Is on Your Side: A Lesson in Time Management in Sales

March 4, 2013
As I finished up my last sales appointment of the day I looked at the time. Had it really been three hours and 45 minutes since I arrived at this house? The good news was the time put in with this customer paid off. It ended in a $25,600 closed sale.


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How Employers Can Ensure I-9 Forms Are Correct

February 18, 2013
When Abercrombie & Fitch’s Michigan stores ran into problems with properly completing I-9 forms, it turned out to be a seven-figure mistake. The $1,047,110 fine was imposed even though the clothing retailer fully cooperated with investigators and there was no proof it knowingly hired illegal workers.


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Back to the Things That Worked... Back to the Past

February 4, 2013
Are some of your best marketing and selling tools on the shelf collecting dust? Is this the right time for you to go back and use the selling tools that made you money years ago? Tools like personally contacting your customers. In person.


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Minimizing Employee Litigation Through Arbitration Agreements

January 21, 2013
Lawsuits are expensive and inconvenient, but employee litigation can be even more painful for companies, executives, and managers. Fortunately, employers can minimize many employee lawsuits and their fallout through arbitration agreements, where a neutral arbitrator hears the facts of the dispute and makes a binding ruling.


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Consumers, Manufacturers Are Focused on Quality and Safety, Says UL Study

January 7, 2013
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has released the 2012 findings of its annual global study, The Product Mindset, which examines manufacturer and consumer perceptions about how products are made, sold, bought and consumed. This year's findings show high expectations about quality and safety.


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Workplace Safety, Disabled Employees, and the ADA

How Employers Can Strike the Right Balance
December 17, 2012
In order to ensure a safe workplace while fully complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers need to understand their rights and responsibilities, as well as the rights of job applicants and employees.


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Seven Facts to Breathe Life into Your Business

December 3, 2012
According to Bill McBean, there are seven important facts about business ownership. Facts that could help you avoid the mistakes and pitfalls that trip up so many other businesses, and go on to achieve the success you’ve dreamed of. He calls them the Facts of Business Life.


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