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How Employers Can Ensure I-9 Forms Are Correct

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

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

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

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
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

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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Tips to Avoid a Post-Holiday Party Sexual Harassment Charge

For many companies this time of year means planning the annual holiday party. This is not as simple as it seems. When employees cut loose at company-sponsored functions, the results can lead to sexual harassment charges and other liability issues.


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The Top Mistakes Businesses Make During Emergency Planning

According to a 2012 study of more than 1,300 U.S. workers, 75 percent of employees believe their company is not well-prepared for a natural disaster. Cintas Corp., a leader in first-aid and safety products, identifies seven mistakes businesses make in emergency planning to encourage better preparation.


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Employers Should Prepare for More OHSA Whistleblower Investigations

As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) beefs up its whistleblower program, employers should brace themselves for more claims and investigations. Over the last year, OSHA has been developing a “multifaceted plan for strengthening the enforcement of 21 whistleblower laws under its jurisdiction.”


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Overcoming Bad Reviews: How to Protect Your Small Business Online

Tech Experts Offer Four-Step ‘Reputation Marketing’ Solution
It happens all the time: The hard-working crew at a small business loses customers thanks to the sour grapes of one person. It could be a disgruntled employee, an angry customer, or even a competitor. But as damaging as a bad review can be, positive reviews can be equally constructive.


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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