Business Management

Payroll Issues, Personal Liability: Employers Paying the Penalty for Wage and Hour Violations

January 23, 2012
In prosecution of wage and hour violations, the stakes are getting personal. In several recent cases, the government has penalized company owners and officers for failing to pay overtime, imposing stiff fines and even imprisonment.


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When Cautious Thinkers Need You to Take Charge

January 9, 2012
A cautious thinker is a person who agonizes over a buying decision, especially if there is a significant dollar amount at stake. One of the most challenging situations for a cautious thinker is when they are forced to make a decision prior to completing their psychological process. I encountered one of these situations recently.


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What Employers Can Learn From the Hertz Controversy Over Prayer at Work

December 19, 2011

Religion in the workplace can present a difficult balancing act for employers. Failing to strike the right balance can lead to clashes with workers and unions, potential lawsuits, trouble with federal regulators, and a negative public image.


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Getting Naked With Homeowners

December 5, 2011
Sometimes you may have to play mediator and ask tough questions to get homeowners communicating with each other about a furnace, an air conditioner, or a necessary plumbing repair when they can’t even agree on what’s for dinner. That’s allowing yourself to get naked with homeowners.


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What the Boeing-NLRB Case Means for You

November 21, 2011
Boeing Co. is trying to expand production and add manufacturing capacity, something most other companies can only dream about doing in this economy. Unfortunately, Boeing has hit a snag. But it is not the economy that is hampering the company. It’s the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).


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A Look at Payment and Performance Bonds

November 7, 2011
Payment and performance bonds, which fall under the general umbrella of contractors bonds, are typically required on many major construction projects. In fact, most large-scale building projects cannot begin until the bonds are acquired and displayed. Although they are often issued together, payment bonds and performance bonds differ in service.


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Unions Thrown a Life Preserver: NLRB Breathes New Life Into Declining Union Membership

October 24, 2011
Union membership in the private sector stands today at a mere 6.9 percent, down drastically from its high of 35 percent during the mid-1950s. However, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made recent moves likely to pave the way for unionizing attempts in the workforce.


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The Worst Bad Business Assumption

October 10, 2011
What is the worst bad business assumption? Assuming word-of-mouth advertising is the best form of marketing.


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Is It Legal to Only Hire the Already-Employed?

The Problems With Must-Be-Employed Rules
September 19, 2011
While the “must be employed to apply” philosophy may make sense, federal regulators are examining these types of policies, and at least one state has made it illegal.


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Social Media’s Impact: How Contractors Can Use Social Media to Connect With the Consumer

September 5, 2011
Can a solid presence on social media benefit you as an HVACR contractor? You bet it can.


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