Business Management

What the Boeing-NLRB Case Means for You

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

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

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

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
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

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


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Bona Fide Meal Periods: Are Your Practices Creating Overtime Liability?

Taking workers off the clock for their meal periods can lead to litigation and government investigations if not done with care.


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How to Close a One-Legger

First, what is a one-legger?


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A Social Life: When Employees and Applicants Take to Facebook

Imagine one of your employees bashes your company or their coworkers on Facebook. You might think that you could fire that employee. But you would probably be wrong. Or consider whether you should Google job applicants. It may seem like a no-brainer, but if you don’t do it correctly, you could end up in the midst of a lawsuit.
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Miracle Closing Technique

This article should really be titled “Miracle Closing Technique for the Estimate-Getting Researcher.” As you will read, it’s really not a miracle at all. It’s more common sense. There are many kinds of customers, but the most classic might be the we’re-getting-estimates customer.
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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

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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