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Insurance Considerations for Small Businesses

Opening a small business brings excitement as well as uncertainty. As a small business owner you face many risks, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself against them. Obtaining insurance coverage is one big way you can protect your small business and help minimize many of the risks you face. The kinds […]

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Can a Married Employee Name a 401(k) Beneficiary Other than a Spouse?

It can be very difficult for you, as an employer to manage a 401(k) retirement plan for your employees properly. Federal law is replete with mandates, including when employee funds must be remitted and statements made available to employees. One area you may not have considered is how to handle a married employee’s 401(k). Federal […]

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Can I Force My Employees to Arbitrate Our Disagreements?

Many employers ask what they can do to avoid lawsuits. One of the best ways businesses can be more proactive in avoiding legal disputes and their attendant costs is to implement arbitration clauses as part of their employment contracts. Arbitration has traditionally been viewed as less expensive than litigation. While that’s not necessarily true in […]

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Departing Employees and Trade Secrets: Minimizing the Risk

You’ve worked hard to build your business. You’ve developed products or services and the processes, policies, and strategies which drive them. So what do you do when a key employee tells you he/she will be leaving? How do you protect the business systems you’ve worked so hard to develop? Hopefully, you had your key employee […]

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How Can I Stop a Competitor from Poaching My Good Employees?

Due to the use of online marketing, business competition is fiercer than ever. This hypercompetitive environment causes many business owners to wonder how they can stop the poaching of their good employees. First and foremost, this is best accomplished by treating your employees great, paying wages on the higher end of the scale and creating […]

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Affordable Care Act’s Employer-Shared Responsibility: Its Implications for Small Business Owners

The Affordable Care Act encourages employers to provide health insurance to their employees. This encouragement comes in the form of mandated payments to the government when affordable insurance at a certain minimum level of coverage is not provided. This feature of the ACA is known as “Employer Shared Responsibility” or the “Employer Mandate.” Employers with […]

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Ways to Manage Increasing Healthcare Costs for Small Businesses

The good news about healthcare costs in the United States is that they have decreased from 6-7% per year to just around 4%. The bad news is that health care costs continue to rise faster than workers’ incomes. For small businesses, this is a recipe for disaster. They are caught between increased costs for employer-sponsored […]

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Never Underestimate the Power of an Older Employee

The inclusion of older employees in the workforce benefits companies, the economy, and the employees themselves. More people are choosing to work later in life, sometimes to delay retirement and boost their Social Security check. Often, however, mature workers choose work as a means to remain engaged and relevant. Contributions of Mature Employees Hiring, training, […]

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You Can Improve Your Work-Life Balance

A major topic of discussion in the business community is work-life balance. Business owners are concerned about this issue because they do not want quality employees to burn out; employees are concerned about this issue because they want to have meaningful personal lives, as well as purposeful jobs. The younger generations, in particular, actively pursue […]

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Why Diversity?

Most of us have been exposed over the years to discussions in the media around the issue of diversity. The concept is applied to most of the structures of our society — schools, employers, governmental bodies, and so on. For businesses, the interest in diversity stems largely from legal mandates such as the federal Civil […]

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Broaden Your Business Market Landscape: Venture Overseas!

Today, we live in a truly global economy, so much so that it is often natural to consider expanding by doing business overseas. The Internet helps make this quicker and easier than ever before. Before moving to global operations, however, it is important to consider how that decision will affect marketing, shipping and delivery, tax, […]

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