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Wrapping your health insurance marketplace notice

By Oct. 1, employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to provide a health insurance marketplace notice to employees. This is a requirement under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The notice contains important ...

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Business acquisitions have long-term accounting effects

Q: I recently purchased a small lawn maintenance business. I paid cash and purchased some equipment and the routes from a guy who is retiring. I am now trying to set up my books, but I am confused. I know ...

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Measuring communication effectiveness

It’s often tough for communicators to demonstrate their value to an organization, because a lot of us do not understand how to measure the effectiveness of our work and, ironically, communicate it to the top brass. For example, the cause ...

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Even simple capital accounts can get complicated

These questions came in rapid-fire succession! This is a complicated subject and very misunderstood, but I am asked these questions frequently. I hope this very basic discussion will help. Q: We want to buy a building and plan on forming ...

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Building relationships is key to advancement, collaboration

I just returned from an inspiring summit in Atlanta, hosted by the Black Women’s Leadership Council. The council started as an employee-driven organization within the Xerox Corporation back in the mid-1980s. It has since expanded to include membership to all ...

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Mortgage interest deductions do have some restrictions

Q: We are in the process of financing a new home and have heard that we may not be able to deduct all the mortgage interest we will be paying. Is this true? We did not think there was any limitation on deducting the interest paid on a mortgage.

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Cubicle cops become bad guys without context

A friend of mine recently shared a story about a trend in some of the emails coming from her office manager. For the last nine months, Frankie, whom she describes as one of the most likable, friendly and helpful office managers you could hope to work with, has started to sound kind of militant about tidiness.

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Plan ahead to keep business running in disasters (access required)

Q: With all the recent natural disasters – fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes – we have begun to think about developing a disaster recovery plan for our company. Do you have any thoughts as to what we should consider? ...

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Property management as a litmus test for the economy

Tammy Cox, of Cushman & Wakefield Commerce in Boise, Idaho

Whenever I see a frog, I can’t help but smile. Frogs are considered to be “nature’s litmus,” a test of a healthy, well-balanced ecosystem. Sitting right in the middle of the food chain, frogs are quite sensitive to the environment and can ...

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