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Tax
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QBI Deduction Flowchart

Is your business eligible for the QBI deduction?

The qualified business income deduction is a valuable opportunity for businesses that operate as pass-through entities.

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Alert
TCJA pass-through entities provisions

Pass-through provisions of the TCJA

The devil is in the details.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains valuable opportunities for businesses that operate as pass-through entities.

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Alert
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TCJA: Depreciation and Sec. 179 Expensing

An outline of the changes under the TCJA

Provisions related to depreciation and expensing of fixed assets have been modified under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Government
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Governments: Preparing for a Successful Audit

Open communication and advanced preparation are key.

While preparing for an audit can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, these management tips can help you plan ahead and execute successfully.

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Leadership
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Managing Disruption

How CFOs can manage risk in a disruptive world.

As our environment continues to change, the CFO’s role in managing risk has become more than just the numbers.

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Alert
Texas tax amnesty

Texas Tax Amnesty – Get a Fresh Start

Texas’ tax amnesty program runs May 1 to June 29, 2018

Those with underreported tax liabilities in the “Lone Star State” now have an opportunity to participate in Texas’ tax amnesty program.

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Family Business
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Next Generation of Family Business

How can you prepare the next generation?

There’s a lot that goes into developing your family business’ next generation of leadership. Don’t wait to start.

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Tax
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Good News for Home Equity Borrowers

The IRS issues clarification on what remains deductible

In an effort to address confusion over certain changes to deductions on home equity loans, the IRS has issued a statement.

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Manufacturing
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Finding Skilled Labor in Manufacturing

Where building a talent pipeline fits into your growth strategy

The need to build a strong talent pipeline grows as manufacturing organizations continue to see a lack of skilled labor to fill jobs in their organizations.

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Manufacturing
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Manufacturing and the TCJA

What you need to know about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Good economic times can be made even better by taking advantage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Risk Management
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5 Questions for Leaders

Are you managing your information security risk?

If something as small as a smart phone has the potential to put your entire business in jeopardy, why do business leaders avoid analyzing and managing their information security risks? These questions can get you started.

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Banking
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Banking and the TCJA

What financial institutions need to know about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains a number of provisions all businesses should be aware of. Here are some significant sections that affect the banking industry.

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Construction
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Finding Skilled Labor in Construction

Where building a talent pipeline fits into your growth strategy

The need to build a strong talent pipeline grows as construction companies continue to see a lack of skilled labor to fill jobs in their organizations.

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Construction
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Construction and the TCJA

What you need to know about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The construction industry can make good economic times even better by taking advantage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Alert
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Tax Changes for Meals and Entertainment

Reduced or eliminated deductions for meals and entertainment

The Tax Cuts and Jobs act has changed the deductibility of business-related meals and entertainment.

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Alert
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New Federal Budget Agreement

New budget agreement brings additional tax changes

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 contains tax provisions that could impact what some taxpayers owe for the 2017 tax year.

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Alert
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2018 Withholding Tables

The IRS has issued updated withholding tables.

One of the first steps to institute the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the updated withholding tables provide a number of indications that both employers and employees should be aware of.

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Finance
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DIY v. AGH Business Valuations

What are the differences?

Understand the risks and benefits of DIY business valuation compared to business valuation from a highly trained and accredited professional.

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Alert
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Highlights of the New Tax Reform Law

Recap of changes for individuals and businesses

The new tax reform law, commonly called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA), is the biggest federal tax law overhaul in 31 years, and it has both good and bad news for taxpayers.

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Alert
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2017 Year-End Employee Benefit Plans

What Plan Administrators Need to Know

There are rising risks and complexities for plan administration as the year ends. Here are some key areas plan administrators need to focus on.

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Management
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Invest in Yourself

It's the best investment you can make

Personal development is more than formalized education. Learn how you can max out your potential with these tips.

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Construction
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Communication in Construction

Clear employee communication is more than just talk.

As construction companies struggle to find and retain qualified workers, they are often overlooking an essential tool for employers: communication.

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Construction
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Kansas Tax Changes Affect Construction

Kansas companies can expect a significant tax bill.

With the non-wage business income exemption repealed, it’s time for construction companies to reexamine their tax strategy.

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Accounting
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New Lease Accounting Standard

Ready for FASB’s changes?

A high-level overview of major changes coming to FASB’s lease accounting standard.

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Manufacturing
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Should you prepay taxes before 2018?

Review your state tax payment timing by 12/31

Due to changes in Kansas tax laws, taxpayers need to consider whether they should pre-pay 2017 state income taxes before Dec. 31.

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Manufacturing
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High Performance Incentive Program

What HPIP means for manufacturers

Kansas manufacturers can earn significant tax breaks through the High Performance Incentive Program.

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Government
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GASB Statement No. 77 Implementation

When is a tax abatement not a tax abatement?

As most governments finish implementing GASB 77, defining tax abatements remains a stumbling block.

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Alert
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FTC: Consider Freezing Credit

Equifax breach raises major security concerns

Following the Equifax data breach, the Federal Trade Commission recommends consumers consider a freeze with credit reporting agencies.

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Alert
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Judge blocks overtime rule

No overtime eligibility for 4 million.

The earlier stay on additional overtime eligibility has become a permanent block. Also, pay reporting on EEO-1 is suspended.

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Banking
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CECL's Effect on Purchase Accounting Methods

CECL represents the biggest change to bank accounting ever

Expect CECL's effect to be felt when the standard becomes effective in 2020 for publicly traded banks and 2021 for all other banks.

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Risk Management
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3 Cyber-Attacks to Learn From

What we can learn from past cyber-attacks

Avoid becoming a victim of devastating cyber-attacks by learning from these three incidents.

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Alert
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New Form I-9; use by Sept. 18

Few changes, but use is mandatory.

USCIS issued a slightly revised Form I-9 which employers must implement by Sept. 18 or face potential penalties.

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Business Transition
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Business Sale Price Factors

5 overlooked selling price influencers

Learn about 5 critical areas of a business often overlooked when selling a business.

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Leadership
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How Does Your Strategy Stack Up?

Does your organization have a clear strategy?

Three questions to help gauge your organization’s strategic alignment.

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Alert
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Land Conservation with Tax Benefits

Conservation easements allow donor use

Property donation to a qualified entity delivers tax deduction while allowing continued use of the land via conservation easement.

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Management
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How to Manage Remote Employees

Connect with your workers from miles away.

Use these four tips to get the best results when managing remote employees.

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Human Resources
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The Value of Human Resources

How is HR adding value to your organization?

HR pros affect the bottom line through your key assets – your talent.

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Business Transition
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Selling Your Business?

Set Goals and Maximize Profits

For a successful transition of your business’ ownership, remember these tips.

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Management
Setting your agenda

Prioritize & Learn to Say No

Setting your own agenda at work

How learning to say no can open up time and resources for your top priorities as a leader.

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Alert
Kansas tax increases

Kansas Payroll Tax Changes Issued

Employers must update payroll tax rates

Kansas individual income tax rates require employers to change payroll tax rates; employees’ take-home to decrease.

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Family Business
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Passing the Baton

How to Choose Your Organization's Successors

Your organization’s key positions need successors in place. Here are some factors to keep in mind when finding and preparing them.

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Alert
Kansas tax increases

Kansas Legislature passes tax increase

Legislators override Brownback veto of tax bill

Bill repeals state income tax exemption for many businesses, increases individual state income tax rates.

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Family Business
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Obstacles for Family Businesses

4 stumbling blocks and how to grow past them

As family businesses grow, they’ll need to overcome new hurdles surrounding management and succession planning.

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Management
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Provide Effective Feedback

Learn how to best utilize this valuable resource.

Increase employees’ professional growth by providing both positive and negative feedback effectively.

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Accounting
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Making Sense of Your Balance Sheet

What is your balance sheet actually saying?

Here’s a practical reference tool featuring key terms and performance indicators for your balance sheet.

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Alert
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Watch out for these email scams

New fraud schemes target businesses with phishing

Awareness of email scams and social engineering is your best bet to protect your company from new fraud schemes.

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Management
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4 Steps to Bridging Differences

Don’t let work differences prevent collaboration.

Use these steps to move past workplace differences and start connecting with co-workers.

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Government
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GASB Statement 45 vs 75

What’s changed from GASB statement 45 to 75?

This infographic covers four of the major changes the Governmental Accounting Standards Board has made from statement 45 to 75.

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Leadership
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Myths About Boards of Directors

7 board myths that you should ignore.

Don’t let these myths keep you from assembling a board of directors.

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Leadership
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Purpose as a Recruitment Tool

Another weapon in the talent wars

One of your organization’s most effective recruitment tools comes from what make seem like an unlikely source.

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Alert
Work opportunity tax credit

Employers: Tax Credits for Hires

Tax credits for hiring those with employment barriers

File for Work Opportunity Tax Credit within 28 days of hiring eligible employees to potentially earn tax credits.

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Work opportunity tax credit

How to Apply for WOTC Credits

What you need to know to seek WOTC

Reference for employers seeking Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring employees in targeted groups – forms and deadlines

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Leadership
Swap out your bad habits

Improve Your Habits

Have bad habits become part of your daily routine?

A few simple changes in habit can go a long way toward improving your professional and personal performance.

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Leadership
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Why Strategic Plans Can Fail

Has your strategic plan fallen victim to these traps?

Whether it’s thinking too big, too fuzzily, or too rigidly, strategic plans can fail for a variety of reasons – here are 6 to be wary of.

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Alert
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New Form I-9 required Jan. 22

USCIS revises I-9 to help prevent errors

Employers required to use new employment verification Form I-9 as of Jan. 22, some changes made

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Construction
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OSHA Regulations Update

Injury notifications and electronic reporting

OSHA reporting enforcement went into effect December 1, 2016; electronic reporting goes into effect January 1, 2016.

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Construction
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Accounting Methods for Contractors

Is yours offering the most benefit?

What are the optimum accounting methods construction contractors should be using for their construction contracts?

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Construction
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Risk Management is More Than Safety

What risks is your company missing?

Risk management encompasses identifying and managing or mitigating risks to help keep them from disrupting your business.

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Construction
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Construction Insights Newsletter

Winter 2016: Year-end considerations and reminders

As the year comes to a close, it’s timely to review some of your processes. What systems help protect you and your data from IT security risks?

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Alert
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Judge Puts OT Pay Regs on Hold

December 1 deadline not in effect

A preliminary injunction preserves the law as is, while the court determines whether the Department of Labor (DOL) has authority as well as whether the final rule is constitutionally valid.

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Alert
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IRS Filing Deadlines Changed for 2017

W-2 & 1099 MISC due earlier; other new deadlines

Here are the dates you need to know – and be prepared to meet.

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Banking
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Banks Need to Prep for CECL

Changes go into effect in 2020

Financial institutions must prepare now for big changes in how they calculate loan and lease losses. CECL becomes effective in 2020 for SEC filers and 2021 for all others.

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Alert
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Watch for these new tax scams

Request for personal info, payment? Check into it.

Taxpayers receiving requests for personal info or tax/fee payment should make sure they’re legitimate before responding.

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Human Resources
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FLSA Overtime Rule FAQ

Your overtime questions answered

The new overtime pay rules may seem overwhelming, but we can help. Here are answers to the most frequent questions we’ve received.

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Government
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Know Your GASB Updates

GASB has issued a flurry of pronouncements

This brief infographic offers a snapshot of key GASBs coming up and the issues most likely to cause concern or catch an entity unprepared during implementation.

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Alert
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Ready for December 1 overtime deadline?

Prepare now for FLSA overtime implementation

Legislative and state efforts to block implementation are unlikely to succeed in delaying the deadline.

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Payroll
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9 Questions to Ask Yourself

Before you start on the new year's payroll

A relatively stress free new-year payroll begins with preparation. Start preparing by asking these 9 questions first.

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Human Resources
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Is It A Fringe Benefit?

Determining a fringe benefit isn't as easy as you think

To attract and retain employees, many employers offer fringe benefits. Many employers don’t realize additional perks may be taxable to their employees.

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Human Resources
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Employee Background Checks

5 tips about employee background checks

Like most aspects of business, the handling of background checks is subject to government rules.

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Alert
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OSHA Nov. 1 Deadline

New employer reporting, employee info requirements

By November 1st, tell employees of “right to report” workplace injury/illness; addl. electronic reporting for some employers.

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Human Resources
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Employee Information Hacking

7 tips to help prevent employee information theft

Keeping your employees' information safe starts with accepting that your company's IT security is only as strong as its weakest employee's understanding of information security.

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Government
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Long Term Planning for Governments

Learn the 4 phases of long-term financial planning

Who should be involved in long-term financial planning in what roles during mobilization, analysis, decisions and implementation?

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Management
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Writing Employee Warnings

10 guidelines to get you started

A written warning can be useful in getting an employee to realize the severity of his or her behavior. It also can provide legal protection from a wrongful termination lawsuit.

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Leadership
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Strategic Plan Failures

Reasons why the plan isn't working

This article sheds light on why strategic plans fail and what organizations can do to get back on track.

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Tax
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Treating Partners as Employees

The costs outweigh the benefits

A common question among partnerships with service partners is whether those service partners may be treated as employees of the partnership.

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Risk Management
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What Injuries Aren't Covered?

Workers' compensation doesn't cover all injuries

Workers' comp insurance covers most, but not all, on-the-job injuries. However, it does not cover the following...

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Human Resources
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DOL Issues Update to FMLA Poster

Learn more and get the poster

Under the FMLA, an FMLA-covered employer must post a copy of the General FMLA Notice in each location where it has any employees.

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Leadership
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Understand Your Organization's Why

The key to finding and keeping employees

Organizations must recognize why they exist before they can truly succeed in how they carry out their mission.

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Technology
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Our Phishing Prevention Toolkit

Useful resources to help your organization

Phishing is a top cybersecurity threat for every organization. It can cause problems ranging from inconvenience to catastrophic interruption.

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Technology
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How to Prevent Phishing Attacks

Don't let your employees get hooked

Use these tips to help stop phishing emails from harming your organization.

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Manufacturing
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Manufacturing Insights Summer 2016 Issue

Don't miss these important HR compliance notices

In recent months, employers have been bombarded with a number of critical HR compliance and regulatory matters. Find out what you need to know.

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Construction
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Construction Insights Newsletter

Summer 2016: Important HR compliance notices

In recent months, employers have been bombarded with a number of critical HR compliance and regulatory matters. Find out what you need to know.

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Banking
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Banking Insights: Summer 2016 Issue

Don't miss these important HR compliance notices

In recent months, employers have been bombarded with a number of critical HR compliance and regulatory matters. Find out what you need to know.

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Government
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Government Insights Summer 2016

Governments, don't miss these regulation changes

In recent months, employers have been bombarded with a number of critical HR compliance and regulatory matters. Find out what you need to know.

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Human Resources
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Does Your Comp Stack Up?

Take a look at compensation and benefits trends

The following infographic summarizes employees’ priorities and market changes for compensation.

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Alert
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Prepare for ACA Subsidy Appeals

Affected employers have 90 days to appeal

You may receive a notification from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will require your immediate attention.

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Government
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Financial Planning for Governments

What it is and why you need to start

Long-term financial planning is a step-by-step process to help government leaders (both elected and staff) look ahead.

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Management
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Motivate Your Employees

The power of positive reinforcement

Unlike traditional employee recognition programs, positive reinforcement helps develop employees who not only do their jobs well but also look for opportunities to consistently go above and beyond.

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Tax
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Hidden Business Tax Strategies

Learn new ways to save on business taxes

Could significant tax savings be in your business’s future? See if any of these highly beneficial tax strategies apply to you.

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Alert
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Don't Treat Partners as Employees

IRS reaffirms partners can't be treated as employees

The IRS issued temporary regulations in May clarifying that partners in a partnership entity cannot be treated as employees of the partnership.

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Risk Management
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8 Tips to Prevent Payroll Fraud

Small organizations are more likely victims

From fraudulent expense reimbursement claims, to claiming overtime for hours not worked, to adding "ghost employees" to the system, there are myriad ways in which fraud can infiltrate your payroll.

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Human Resources
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7 Guidelines for Drug Testing

Don't violate your employees' rights

The following steps should help you ensure a safe, healthy and productive work environment.

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Management
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Struggling With Employees?

Check your performance management system

Too often, performance management can become a paperwork exercise completed more to meet deadlines than to yield results.

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Payroll
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DOL Overtime Pay Changes Infographic

What the new overtime rule could mean for you

In May 2016, the DOL raised the salary threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. Learn what you must do to comply.

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DOL Finalizes Overtime Changes

Affected employers have 90 days to appeal

You may receive a notification from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will require your immediate attention.

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Overtime Pay Changes Imminent

Employers should evaluate applicability

The US Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to finalize changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will affect which employees are eligible for overtime pay.

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Management
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More Effective Employee Meetings

Use this checklist to get more from meetings

What is the right way to conduct effective meetings between managers and direct reports? Use this checklist to get the most from one-on-one meetings.

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Risk Management
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Active Shooter in the Workplace

How prepared is your company?

There is no one-size-fits-all plan, but here are three steps you and your staff should take to increase your chance of survival.

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Risk Management
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Checklist For Managing Fraud

There are many actions you can take to mitigate fraud

No checklist can protect an organization from the possibility of fraud, but there are many preventive actions that can reduce a potential fraudster’s opportunities to do harm.

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Government
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Public Sector Survey Results

Industry outlook & cybersecurity tips

This issue looks at industry concerns for 2016 and critical cybersecurity questions leaders need to address.

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Leadership
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The CFO of the Future

What's changed for today's CFO?

The requirements for a top CFO have evolved quickly from a transactional, data-reporting role to one now responsible for strategic management of the organization’s assets.

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Alert
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DOL Audits to Increase?

Targeting employee benefit plans

The Department of Labor appears to be sending plan sponsors two parallel messages based on its hiring trends and a 2015 DOL study of employee benefit plan audit quality.

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Manufacturing
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Industry Outlook

Cybersecurity & recruitment tips

This issue looks at our industry survey results, how to recruit/retain skilled labor, and cybersecurity questions for company leaders.

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Family Business
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Family and Business

Dealing with family business conflict

Strike while the iron is cool. The right preparation can prevent destructive outcomes and create positive resolutions, strengthening both the family and the organization.

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Construction
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Industry Survey Results

Labor recruitment & cybersecurity

This issue looks at our industry survey results, improving skilled labor recruitment, and cybersecurity questions for leaders.

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Risk Management
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Cybersecurity Questions

Issues executives can't ignore

Leadership – including boards, top-level executives, and others – must be constantly aware of and asking questions about their organization's cybersecurity.

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Government
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DIY or Find A Partner?

You'll want to ask these questions first

While every organization’s situation is unique, this interactive quiz is designed to help you sort through some of the factors that go into the outsourcing decision.

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Banking
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FFIEC Risk Profile Quiz

What's your bank's risk profile?

These 10 questions modified from the FFIEC cybersecurity assessment should help you gain an idea of what your bank's risk profile may be.

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Manufacturing
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Manufacturing Outlook

The industry's top concerns and tips to tackle them

Our industry team will shed light on the results of our 2016 manufacturing survey, and Carrie Wiegand will give suggestions specific to skilled labor recruitment and retention.

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Banking
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2016 Banking Outlook

The industry's top concerns and how to mitigate them

AGH’s Mark Schmelzle will shed light on top industry concerns, and Brian Johnson will give cybersecurity tips including using the FFIEC cybersecurity assessment tool.

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Banking
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Banks & Cybersecurity

What you need to know about cybersecurity

What do banks need to know about managing cybersecurity risk to help protect themselves against cyber attacks? Brian Johnson puts the threats into context for banking leaders.

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Banking
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FFIEC Assessment Basics

What it is and how it helps your bank

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) created a risk assessment tool to help financial institutions manage their cybersecurity risks.

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Banking
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Banking Survey Results

Cybersecurity tips to address concern

This issue looks at industry survey results and tips to protect your bank and conduct your FFIEC cybersecurity assessment.

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Human Resources
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Skilled Labor Gap & How To Fix It

Improve recruitment and retention

Employers must continue to put solid efforts into looking for ways to recruit and retain their current workforce as well as plan for future employment needs.

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Construction
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Construction Outlook

The industry's top concerns and tips to address them

AGH’s Eric Thummel will shed light on top industry concerns, Carrie Wiegand will give suggestions specific to skilled labor recruitment/retention, and Brian Johnson will give cybersecurity tips.

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Public Sector
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Public Sector Outlook

The public sector's top concerns for 2016

AGH’s Mike Lowry will offer some of the top areas of concern for the public sector in 2016, and Brian Johnson will give tips on how you can help improve your organization’s cybersecurity.

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Alert
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Nevada Adds New Tax

Are you doing business in Nevada?

Nevada enacted a new annual non-income-based gross receipts commerce tax for the period July 1 - June 30 which affects every business entity engaged in business in the state.

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Payroll
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Minimum Wage Updates

Make sure you're in compliance

It is time to review the pay rates of your employees to ensure compliance with the new minimum wage rates.

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Alert
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SPDs to All Employees

Only posting online deemed unacceptable

A recent court case demonstrates that using intranets/internal websites or common-area postings (such as a break room posting) isn't enough to ensure all employees receive SPD.

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Risk Management
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IRS Helps You Avoid Identity Theft

10 things the IRS wants you to know

Criminals have a variety of methods to steal your private data. The IRS wants you to understand how they operate so you can avoid becoming the victim of a scam artist.

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Alert
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IRS Raises Safe-Harbor

Expensing up to $2500 for some

The IRS increased the de minimis safe-harbor amount for expensing certain costs instead of capitalizing them from the current $500 to $2,500 for certain taxpayers.

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Government
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Improve Your Organization

GASB Updates, Soft Skills, & More

This issue looks at recent GASB changes, improving employee soft skills, and 3 ways employees can help you avoid cyber attacks.

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Alert
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Timely Deposits Scrutinized

More aggressive DOL enforcement

DOL is cracking down on employers who are late depositing employee earmarked funds withheld from their paychecks into their retirement plan.

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Manufacturing
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Year-End Tax Strategies

Manufacturers may reduce their tax bite

This issue looks at year-end tax strategies available to manufacturers like timing of expenses, tax-loss harvesting, and others.

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Tax
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Year-End Tax Tips You Can Use

3 tips for year-end tax planning

Whether for your business or individual tax planning, looking ahead before year-end can pay major benefits in tax savings with the right strategies. This infographic captures some of the key areas to review.

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Human Resources
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2016 ACA Reporting Deadlines

What information do you report?

If you are a health insurance issuer, self-insured employer, government agency, or other entity providing minimum essential coverage, you must report certain information to the IRS.

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Human Resources
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Most Of Your ACA Questions Answered

Answers and useful links in one place

We address frequently asked questions about the ACA and include useful links to further explain our answers.

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Leadership
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Build A Strong Board

Do you have a board of directors?

Developing a board that truly adds value is not an easy task; it takes keen self-examination and planning on the part of senior leadership.

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Payroll
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Payroll Compliance

6 tips for managing your payroll taxes

All too often, businesses get in trouble with the IRS because they do not understand the intricacy of payroll tax laws.

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Human Resources
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Affordable Care Act 101

Understand the basics of the ACA

AGH’s human resource and payroll professionals have put together this guide to give you some of the basics of ACA reporting.

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Human Resources
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Employer Mandates Are Here

What you need to know for 2015 and beyond

Employers with 100 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees who do not offer affordable health insurance that provides minimum value may be required to pay a penalty.

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ACA Reporting Flowchart

Know what to file and when with this visual

This flowchart will help you determine what forms you are required to file based on two key criteria – number of employees and whether you’re self-funded.

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Government
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GASB 72 Update

What you should know about the new update

GASB 72 improves the comparability and transparency of governmental entities’ financial statements by providing updated guidance on assets and liabilities required to be measured.

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Human Resources
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Retirement Plan "Sins"

Don't pay the price for these mistakes

Even the smallest mistakes must be corrected or a plan is subject to IRS disqualification, leaving plan sponsors and employees potentially subject to increased taxes on funds in the plan.

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Government
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Managing Government Debt

A checklist of factors to ensure a good decision

Before issuing debt for major capital projects, it’s often helpful to rely on a checklist of factors to consider for the best results in a bond issuance.

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Determining Your ALE Status

Are you an ALE per the ACA?

One of the complexities of ACA compliance is simply understanding what organizations must follow which directives – and when. This infographic walks through how to determine whether your organization is an ALE.

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Improving Employee Soft Skills

Are these 6 skills restricting your profitability?

The term “soft skills” has more to do with how employees act than what they know – skills such as collaboration, problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication.

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2016 ACA Reporting Checklist

Is your organization ready for reporting?

Use this checklist to know if your organization is ready for Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting in 2016.

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Construction
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ACA Reporting & Overtime Pay

New regs affecting your employees

This issue looks at ACA reporting for 2016 and how the new overtime pay rule could affect your business.

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Accounting
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Finance 101

Finance basics for business owners

Many business owners excel in the day-to-day operations of working with customers and delivering services or products. But they may not grasp the insight their financial statements can provide.

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Management
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Do You Have Soft Skills?

Use this quiz to see if you need to improve

You need more than technical skills to be successful in the workplace. Find out if you have the important and necessary soft skills that can help you thrive in your career.

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Manufacturing
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Compliance Challenges Ahead

ACA Reporting & Overtime Pay Compliance

This issue looks at upcoming changes to the overtime pay rule, preparing for 2016 ACA reporting, and using appreciation to retain employees.

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Human Resources
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Retirement Plan Risks

What plan sponsors need to know

The Department of Labor appears to be sending plan sponsors two parallel messages based on its hiring trends and a 2015 DOL study of employee benefit plan audit quality.

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ACA Data Gathering Needs To Start

Applicable large employers should be gathering data

If your organization's an "applicable large employer" and hasn't started gathering the long list of IRS-required information, you should begin now.

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What's Your Absence Policy?

Learn why you need an absence policy

Employees need time to recharge their batteries and recuperate from sickness or stress. To that end, many employers give their employees paid leave as part of their benefits package.

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Management
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Tough Conversations

6 steps to help you tackle them

We assembled the following six steps to help you with a difficult discussion (although we suggest getting an HR professional's advice when dealing with critical HR issues).

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Avoiding Job Burnout

5 ways employees can avoid job burnout

Many people suffer from job burnout, particularly in today's challenging economic conditions. But burnout can often be alleviated.

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Business Transition
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30 Questions You Need To Answer

Before you begin the process of selling your business

If you’re considering selling the business, get a head-start with these questions you’ll want to have or find answers for if you decide to sell.

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Banking
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Banking M&A Trends

M&A activity is still sizzling in 2015

This issue looks at M&A trends in 2015, increasing your bank's value, and attracting buyers.

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Why You Need An Employee Handbook

7 ways a handbook helps your employees

An employee handbook serves as the bible of a company, providing the answers to some of the most basic employment questions.

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Business Transition
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Build Your Talent Bench

Find your next crop of leaders

This worksheet can help guide you through the process of selecting potential candidates based on the needs of each role and determining what will be necessary to ready them for the transition.

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Managing Personnel Files

Their importance and why they need to be updated

Every employee's personnel file should contain his or her complete employment history. This should include the job application, resume and employment agreements and exit interview.

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Construction
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Employee Development

Cybersecurity and soft skills training

This issue looks at how employees can help avoid cyber attacks and improve their soft skills.

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Human Resources
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HR Audit: Don't Delay

It could save you a lot of money

HR audits examine employee processes and procedures for compliance with federal employment laws, alignment with the organization’s business strategy, and HR best practices.

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Business Transition
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Business Value Drivers

What determines a business' worth?

Value drivers for closely held companies either reduce risk or increase growth/return. Learn more about the four critical value drivers that can influence your business' worth.

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Alert
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IRS Seeing Rise In Scams

Beware of contact from the "IRS"

We recommend you educate employees on how to help protect the organization and themselves from scams. These 5 simple steps are a good start.

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Payroll
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Top Payroll Tax Mistakes

Make sure you avoid these 7 slip-ups

Payroll tax payments are federally mandated and you must withhold the tax amount from employees' paychecks. Despite your willingness to adhere to the law, mistakes can still happen.

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Before An Employee Leaves

7 steps to take before an employee goes

Whether an employee leaves your company amicably on his or her own terms or after being fired, there are a number of steps businesses should take to ensure their security.

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Do You Need An HR Audit?

4 opportune times to conduct an HR audit

The results of a human resources audit help organizations reduce risk, increase productivity, enhance profits, and become an employer of choice.

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Human Resources
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401(k) Plan Statistics Trends

Is your retirement plan design up to date?

Employers can optimize their 401(k) plans so employees contribute to their plans. Several key trends may affect a plan's ability to attract an employee's hard-earned savings.

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Eligible For ACA Tax Credit?

Determine if your organization is eligible

Small businesses and tax-exempt orgs. with 25 or fewer employees are eligible for a health care tax credit. If you meet these requirements, it will be a welcome relief at tax time.

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Risk Management
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IT Risk: Whose Risk Is It?

Cybersecurity is a board issue

In an era of constant potential cyber-breaches and attacks, who is ultimately responsible for making sure that sensitive information is secure?

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Risk Management
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Preventing Fraud At Your Organization

How you can help mitigate fraud risks

Although small or medium-sized entities likely don’t have the resources for sophisticated fraud-prevention strategies, this eBook outlines ways to mitigate the most important fraud risks.

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Risk Management
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Prevent Payroll Fraud

How to stop fraud and money theft

Payroll and money theft begins with a person(s) giving signs of stealing. There are common signs you should be cognizant of as a business executive.

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New Accounting Updates

Updates about the Uniform Grant Guidance & GASB 68

This issue looks at recent changes made to the Uniform Grant Guidance and GASB 68.

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How You Can Prevent Cash Fraud

5 ways you can stop cash fraud at your organization

What steps can you take, if they're not already employed, to protect your org. against cash fraud? For the short answer, look at our brief presentation.

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Banking
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Develop Your Employees

With these soft skills and technology tips

Learn how employee soft skills and technology training can grow your bottom line and protect your institution.

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Business Transition
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Valuing Your Business

Do you know how to calculate its worth?

Business valuations can help determine the fair market value of a business and are essential when contemplating a change in ownership.

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Government Fiscal Policies

Why governments need them and how to get started

Having well-thought-out fiscal policies in place can help governmental entities mitigate risk, increase fiscal soundness, and serve as good stewards of taxpayer funds.

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Manufacturing
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What is the IC-DISC?

The exporter's guide to tax savings

For many companies with export sales, setting up an IC-DISC, or Interest-Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation, can deliver significant tax savings.

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Human Resources
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Comply With Labor Law

2015 minimum wages and posters

There are a number of minimum wage and labor law poster updates for 2015. To ensure you're compliant, we have listed these updates for your review.

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Construction
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Construction Industry Updates

Accounting and tax changes affecting the industry

This issue looks at revenue recognition standard changes and Congress' extension of dozens of tax incentives.

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Tax
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2014 Gift Deduction Information

Rules from the IRS you need to know

If you would like to claim a tax deduction for your donations and/or gifts, there are several tax rules that you should know about before taking that tax deduction.

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New 2015 Fringe Benefit Limits

Information direct from the IRS

IRS recently came out with limits on Social Security wage base, funding retirement plans, health savings account contributions, and more.

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Human Resources
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Terminating An Employee

Heed these 6 precautions before firing someone

Terminations have an effect on company morale, but more importantly, if you're not careful you can open yourself up to legal action in the form of a wrongful termination lawsuit.

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Payroll
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Understanding Overtime

Sort through the details and compliance issues here

As is the case with most laws, overtime laws have some exceptions. Not all employees are entitled to overtime. And not all employers are required to pay it.

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Banking
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Purchase Price Allocation

What are the key drivers of a bank's value?

Take a look at the critical assets and influencers on those assets that affect a bank's value.

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Banking
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Banking Finances

Price allocation and revenue recognition

Learn about 3 things that could sabotage your next purchase price allocation. New revenue recognition standard affects finanical institutions.

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Human Resources
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2014 Affordable Care Act Update

Learn about key provisions and useful resources

To help you learn about the key provisions of the ACA, based on the size of your business, we have links to the U.S. Small Business Admin.'s website.

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Management
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Cyber Slacking In Your Organization

How much is unwanted internet usage costing you?

It's all too common to stroll by an employee's desk and catch him/her surfing the Web -- obviously, for personal use not business-related research.

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Your Employees Are Disengaged

Some tips on improving engagement

Engaged employees who are committed, putting forth extra effort and who feel connected to the organization don’t get that way because of a “program.” See what you can do to keep them engaged.

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Compensation Reviews

6 key components of a compensation review

If you haven’t done a compensation review in the last couple of years, it’s time. This infographic captures the key points you need to know for conducting a compensation review.

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Avoiding an I-9 Audit

Compliance is tough; here are some helpful tips

I-9 compliance is tough for many businesses and it's easy for companies to be levied large fines if regulations are not followed appropriately.

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Payroll
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8 Ways to Avoid Payroll Tax Issues

Payroll tax can be confusing; these tips can help

Since the IRS expects you to manage and pay your employees' payroll taxes, it is your responsibility to make sure these are done.

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Payroll
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2014 State Minimum Wage Changes

We've compiled 2014 mid-year changes

The following states have made mid-year changes to their 2014 minimum wage guidelines.

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Leadership
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Improve Relationships

5 tips to reduce the disconnect

No matter what size company you work for, you have probably seen a disconnect between management and team members.

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Tax
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Common IRS Questions

Getting filing help from the IRS

The IRS has changed the services they can provide through their toll-free number. They are guiding taxpayers to use the Internet to find the answers to most of their tax inquiries.

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When Do You Have Nexus?

Are you doing business in multiple states?

Businesses with activities in more than one state are at risk for those states seeking to collect taxes or even levying penalties if they believe the company has established "nexus."

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IRS Increases Scrutiny

Compensation of executives in sights

Compensation for executives in S corporations, closely held C corporations and not-for-profit organizations is receiving increased IRS attention.

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Repair Regulations Benefits

Review your assets now; you could save money

The IRS’ fall 2013 release of final rules on tangible asset costs (often called the “repair regs”) was meant as the definitive word on expensing versus depreciation. See if you can save.

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Leadership
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Boost Your Performance

Get more done more effectively

The key to improving your performance is not to be overwhelmed by setbacks or problems but to control problems and improve how your work gets done.

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Leadership
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Solving Business Problems

5 steps for fixing the problems plaguing your organization

Everyone experiences problems at work, but how we approach these problems makes all the difference in how well we resolve them in an efficient manner.

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Employee Motivation

Boosting it is tough but worth it

The job of owners, directors or managers is to get things done through their employees. And to make this happen, leaders need to be able to motivate their staff.

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Leadership
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You Can Be A Better Leader

10 tips to help you hone your leadership skills

We have put together a number of tips to help you or someone you know become a better leader in the coming months.

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Human Resources
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ACA Hidden Penalty

$100 per day hidden penalty could affect you

As of October 1, 2013, any business that employs at least one employee and has $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all of its employees by letter about the ACA's exchanges.

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Improve Your HR Skills

4 ways to boost your HR and recruiting skill set

To help strengthen your HR skills, and in turn your employee recruiting skills, we have listed four tips for anyone responsible hiring and retaining key personnel.

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Leadership
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Free Word-of-Mouth Advertising

The most effective marketing channel

Word-of-mouth advertising is one of the cheapest and most effective types of advertising. In order to make this happen, you need to get out of your office and network.

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Conducting Better Employee Reviews

3 steps to get the most out of staff reviews

To get the most out of your employee reviews, we have listed crucial steps that need to be taken to ensure an effective employee performance review.

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Managing Expectations

3 principles to help you manage staff expectations

Managers should not underestimate the power of managing expectations. In fact, the reality of managing expectations revolves around three simple principles.

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Community Service

5 tips for networking

Networking through community service is a win-win situation. Your company will benefit from the exposure and you will feel good knowing that you are helping your community.

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Maintaining A Healthy Workplace

7 tips to keep you feeling healthy at work

Research has proven that the more uncomfortable a worker feels, the less productive he or she is for the company.

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