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Leadership

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.
Click to read the full article.

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Alert

2012 KS tax cuts on the block

Legislators gut Brownback tax cuts

Bill repeals non-wage biz income exemption, increases top individual tax rate
Click to read more.

White Paper
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Alert

Employers: Tax Credits for Hires

Tax credits for hiring those w/ employment barriers

File for Work Opportunity Tax Credit w/in 28 days of hiring eligible employees to potentially earn tax credits
Click to read more.

White Paper
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Tax

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
Click to read the full white paper.

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Leadership

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.
Click to view the infographic.

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Leadership

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.
Click to learn more.

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Alert

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
Click to read the full alert.

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Construction

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 key processes and policies. What systems help protect you and your data from IT security risks to your people, data, and facilities?
Click to read this issue.

2016
May
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Alert

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 the authority to make the final rule as well as whether the final rule is constitutionally valid.
Click to read the full alert.

2016
Feb
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

Mini-Presentation
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Banking

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.
Click to learn more.

2016
Feb
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Alert

Trump: Tax cuts on the horizon?

Will a Trump win lower your tax liability?

Trump supports dropping corporate and individual tax rates, repeal of estate tax, gift tax, AMT, net investment income tax.
Click to read the full alert.

2016
Feb
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the FAQ.

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Government

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.
Click to view the infographic.

2016
May
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Alert

Ready for 12-1 overtime deadline?

Prepare now for FLSA overtime implementation

Legislative and state efforts to block implementation are unlikely to succeed in delaying the deadline
Click to read the full alert.

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Payroll

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.
Click to learn more.

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Human Resources

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.
Click to learn more.

Article
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Human Resources

Employee Background Checks

5 tips about employee background checks

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

2016
May
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

White Paper
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Government

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?
Click to read the full white paper.

Article
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Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Leadership

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.
Click to read the full article.

2016
Feb
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Alert

Gifting Your Business?

Act now to lock in the tax benefits

Company owners planning to transfer business ownership to family members should act now to protect maximum tax benefit of gifting.
Click to read the full alert.

White Paper
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Tax

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.
Click to read the full white paper.

Article
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Risk Management

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...
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Leadership

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Technology

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 minor inconvenience to catastrophic business interruption.
Click to view the toolkit.

Article
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Technology

How to Prevent Phishing Attacks

Don't let your employees get hooked

Use these tips to help stop phishing emails from harming your organization.
Click to read the full article.

eNewsletter
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Manufacturing

Mfg. 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 konw.
Click to read this issue.

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Construction

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 konw.
Click to read this issue.

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Banking

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 konw.
Click to read this issue.

eNewsletter
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Government

Gov't 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 konw.
Click to read this issue.

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Human Resources

Does Your Comp Stack Up?

Take a look at compensation and benefits trends

The following infographic summarizes employees’ priorities and market changes for compensation.
Click to view the infographic.

2016
Apr
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

Mini-Presentation
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Government

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.
Click to learn more.

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Management

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.
Click to view the infographic.

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Tax

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.
Click to view the infographic.

2016
Feb
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

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Risk Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

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Payroll

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.
Click to view the infographic.

2016
May
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Alert

DOL Finalizes Overtime Changes

Almost all employers will be affected by new rules

The new rule changes the salary threshold for executive, administrative and professional exemptions dramatically from its current level of $23,660 to $47,476.
Click to read the full alert.

2016
May
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Risk Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Risk Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Tax

Top IRS Audit Reasons

Top 5 reasons for an IRS audit

Everyone hopes to avoid an IRS audit, but they do happen. The IRS website offers very clear information about what types of activities are likely to draw attention.
Click to read the full article.

eNewsletter
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Government

Public Sector Survey Results

Industry outlook & cybersecurity tips

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

Article
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Leadership

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.
Click to read the full article.

2016
Apr
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

eNewsletter
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Manufacturing

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.
Click to read this issue.

Article
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Family Business

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.
Click to read the full article.

eNewsletter
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Construction

Industry Survey Results

Labor recruitment & cybersecurity

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

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Risk Management

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.
Click to view the infographic.

Article
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Tax

Top 10 Tax
Mistakes

Don't make these common errors

This tax season, take a quick look at the list before you prepare your own return or work with your tax preparer to make sure you’re not making these frequent mistakes.
Click to read the full article.

Quiz
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Government

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.
Click to learn more.

Quiz
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Banking

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.
Click to learn more.

Video
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Manufacturing

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.
Click to watch the video.

2016
Feb
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Alert

New Tax Opportunities

2016 good time to renovate/remodel

Last December’s “tax-extender” bill created new tax-minimization opportunities for businesses which have renovations or remodeling planned for 2016.
Click to read the full alert.

Video
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Banking

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.
Click to watch the video.

Article
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Banking

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.
Click to read the full article.

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Banking

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.
Click to view the infographic.

eNewsletter
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Banking

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.
Click to read this issue.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

Video
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Construction

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 and retention, and Brian Johnson will give cybersecurity tips.
Click to watch the video.

Video
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Public Sector

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.
Click to watch the video.

2016
Jan
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Payroll

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.
Click to read the full article.

2016
Jan
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

2015
Dec
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Alert

PATH Act Passed
By Congress

Some tax incentives permanent

This tax bill is called the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 and retroactively extends many tax provisions for 2015 as well as making others permanent.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Risk Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

2015
Dec
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

eNewsletter
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Government

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.
Click to read this issue.

2015
Dec
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

eNewsletter
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Manufacturing

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.
Click to read this issue.

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Tax

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.
Click to view the infographic.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Family Business

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Payroll

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.
Click to read the full article.

eBook
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read more.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

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Human Resources

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.
Click to view the infographic.

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Government

GASB 72
Update

What you should know about the new update

GASB 72 is designed to improve the comparability and transparency of governmental entities’ financial statements by providing updated guidance on assets and liabilities required to be measured at fair value.
Click to view the infographic.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

White Paper
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Government

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.
Click to read the full white paper.

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Human Resources

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.
Click to view the infographic.

Article
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Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

eNewsletter
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Construction

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.
Click to read this issue.

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Accounting

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.
Click to view the infographic.

Quiz
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Management

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.
Click to learn more.

eNewsletter
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Manufacturing

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.
Click to read this issue.

Article
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Human Resources

Retirement Plan Risks

What plan sponsors need to know

What are five key risk management questions plan sponsors should ask about their retirement plan?
Click to read the full article.

2015
Aug
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Alert

ACA Data Gathering Needs To Start

Applicable large employers should be gathering data

If your organization an "applicable large employer" and you have not already begun gathering the long list of IRS-required information, you should begin immediately.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Management

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.
Click to read the full article.

eBook
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Business Transition

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 on the process with these questions you’ll want to have or find answers for if you decide to sell.
Click to read more.

2015
Aug
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Alert

States Provide Tax Amnesty

KS, OK, MO enact tax amnesty for certain types

Taxpayers with specific types of overdue tax liabilities have an opportunity in three states to pay up without the typical penalties and interest levied on late payments – but the window is very short.
Click to read the full alert.

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Tax

Confusion Over Kansas Law

Retroactive taxation on certain income?

The new law makes the change on taxable income effective to tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2012. This would result in the retroactive taxation of partnership guaranteed payments.
Click to read the full article.

2015
Jul
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Alert

Partnership Agreements

Time to review
them

As part of the tax increase this year’s Kansas Legislature passed to make up for the state’s $400 million budget deficit, partnership guaranteed payments will become taxable.
Click to read the full alert.

eNewsletter
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Banking

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.
Click to read this issue.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

2015
Jun
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Alert

Kansas Tax Changes

Kansans see an increase in their tax burden

Kansas lawmakers enacted broad tax law changes to balance the state’s budget. Here’s a recap of the changes Kansas lawmakers approved to fill the state’s $400 million budget shortfall.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Business Transition

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Human Resources

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.
Click to read the full article.

eNewsletter
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Construction

Employee Development

Cybersecurity and soft skills training

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

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Human Resources

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.
Click to view the infographic.

White Paper
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Business Transition

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.
Click to read the full white paper.

2015
May
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Tax

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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Human Resources

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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Human Resources

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

401(k) Plan Statistics Trends

Is your retirement plan design up to date?

Employers can optimize their 401(k) plan designs to incentivize all employees to 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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Human Resources

Are You Eligible For The ACA Tax Credit?

Determine if your organization is eligible

Small businesses and tax-exempt organizations 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.
Click to read the full article.

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Risk Management

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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eBook
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Risk Management

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

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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Government

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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Mini-Presentation
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Risk Management

How You Can Prevent Cash Fraud

5 ways you can stop cash fraud at your organization

What steps can you take, if they are not already employed, to protect your company against cash fraud losses? For the short answer, take a look at our brief presentation.
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Banking

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

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

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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Article
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Tax

2014 Tax Credits & Deductions

10 tax breaks for 2014 you may be able to use

Before you file your 2014 tax return, you should talk with your tax professionals about the following credits/deductions.
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2015
Feb
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Alert

IRS Issues TARS Update

IRS simplifies compliance with the "repair regs"

IRS will allow some businesses to comply with the new tangible asset and repair regulations without filing Forms 3115 for 2014 tax year returns. Does your business qualify?
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Manufacturing

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.
Click to see how you can save.

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Human Resources

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

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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2015
Jan
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Alert

We Want Your Feedback

Ideas and feedback sought for Kansas tax issues

Two AGH tax professionals will serve on a Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) committee providing research, feedback and possible testimony on tax issues to the Kansas Legislature.
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Tax

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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Human Resources

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

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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2014
Dec
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Alert

Some Tax Incentives Extended

Dozens of tax incentives extended by Congress

This last-minute reinstatement would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014, but expires again on Dec. 31 without more Congressional action this year or next.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Payroll

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

Purchase Price Allocation

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

Holly Rook captures the critical assets and influencers on those assets that affect a bank's value.
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Banking

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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Article
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Human Resources

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 listed links to the U.S. Small Business Administration's website.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Management

Cyber Slacking In Your Organization

How much is unwanted internet usage costing you?

It is all too common to stroll by an employee's desk and catch him/her browsing the Internet -- obviously, for personal use rather than business-related research.
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Management

Your Employees Are Disengaged

Some tips on what matters for improving engagement

Engaged employees who are committed, putting forth that extra effort and who truly 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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Human Resources

Compensation Reviews

6 key components of a comp 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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Article
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Human Resources

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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Article
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Tax

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

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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2014
May
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Alert

Oklahoma Tax Update

Franchise tax suspension ends

The Oklahoma franchise tax suspension is over and the due date for filing Oklahoma franchise tax is July 1, 2014 for the June 30, 2015 period. Returns filed after Sept. 2, 2014 will be considered delinquent.
Click to read the full alert.

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Leadership

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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Article
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Tax

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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2014
Mar
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Alert

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."
Click to read the full alert.

2014
Feb
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

2014
Jan
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Alert

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.
Click to read the full alert.

Article
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Leadership

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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Article
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Leadership

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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Management

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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Article
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Leadership

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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Article
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Human Resources

The ACA's 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.
Click to read the full article.

Article
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Human Resources

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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Article
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Leadership

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.
Click to read the full article.

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Management

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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Management

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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Leadership

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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Management

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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