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Is pet insurance in Fluffy’s future?

They may not qualify under an ERISA plan as an actual dependent, but millions of Americans view their four-legged friends as more than just furry companions – they’re actual family members. And, Americans are spending a fortune to keep them ...

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Do your investments love you back?

Stocks and mutual funds are investments, not friends. They have nothing to do with a dearly departed relative who willed them to you. They harbor no warm feelings about how young you were when you purchased them or whether you once worked ...

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Dispelling common misconceptions about staffing services

What is a staffing service? When there is a need for qualified personnel to fill a position immediately, a staffing service is a great resource for just about any type of company. Essentially, a staffing service is a service that matches ...

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I-9 Employer Audits on the Rise

Illegal immigration has been in the news a lot lately. It is at the forefront of American minds and your business should be no different. A recent report showed that the latest wave of I-9 inspection notices sent to employers ...

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Exploring the roots of employee commitment to excellence

What conditions must exist so your employees are committed to excellence? If you are familiar with gardening, you know that the health of any plant depends on the conditions of its roots. Similarly, if you want committed employees, it’s best ...

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The greatest challenge – employee morale

A recent survey of WorldatWork Conference participants shows employee morale and engagement continues to be the greatest work force challenge. Buck Consultants surveyed attendees at WorldatWork’s Annual Conference in San Diego May 23-25. More than 200 attendees responded to share ...

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Find these scenarios scary? You might need a business agreement

In my experience, two elements are ever-present in most business start-ups: Wide-eyed enthusiasm and optimism.  While I do appreciate the passion of today’s entrepreneurs, most do not fully appreciate the risks involved with joining the self-employed club or becoming tomorrow’s ...

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Start small, but carry a full-size business plan

Blake Lingle was sitting in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., when he started thinking about French fries. “I was enjoying a meal and thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be interesting if you could order different types of French fries,” said ...

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Share your story with someone who is just starting out

When Dave Self, the vice president of PacificSource, graduated from high school in 1977, his football coach wrote some advice in his annual that Self never forgot: “Put school before money.” He never forgot, but he didn’t take the advice. ...

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