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How promotions are handled can make or break company culture (access required)

A promotion presents a public reward and affirmation for the person promoted, of course—and it’s a powerful opportunity to promote workplace values and culture. When done right and granted to deserving team members, promotions can motivate your entire team and ...

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Report: Law firms should invest in business development, technology (access required)

Since the economic downturn in 2008, law firms of all sizes have struggled — and most have failed — to maintain profits at levels existing prior to the market’s near-collapse. During that same timeframe, technology has advanced at unprecedented rates, ...

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Another business day, another government mandate in Oregon (access required)

Paid family leave. It’s yet another hot-button issue at the intersection of business and state and federal government that will yet again change the employer-employee relationship. The issue has made national headlines as President Trump, in last month’s State of ...

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How equipment leasing is affected by the new tax laws (access required)

According to the Equipment Leasing and Financing Association, in 2018 businesses are expected to make their largest capital investments since 2012. Driving this activity is an increase in business confidence, a strong global economy and, yes, the first tax overhaul ...

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Employers can take action to halt harassment (access required)

Although many of the accused harassers and victims who have come forward so far are high-profile Hollywood stars, business executives and politicians, these very public reports are creating a ripple effect that shows no sign of slowing. As a result, ...

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A lawyer’s checklist for starting a project in a strong position (access required)

The start of construction is the culmination of significant effort on the part of the owner, designers, contractors and others. It is an exciting – and often hectic – time. However, in the rush to get started, important management tasks ...

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The limited right to use your own name (access required)

What do barbecue sauce, wine and law firms have in common? Each frequently ends up at the center of legal disputes over the right to use and/or register one’s family name (or “surname”) as a trademark. See The Taylor Wine ...

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U.S. Supreme Court will address ‘service fees’ for union costs (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear a case that has the potential to rock the world of unions that represent public sector employees throughout the country. The court will decide whether state government workers who do not wish to ...

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The art of saying no (access required)

The capital projects business requires a lot of communication and interaction. There’s a continuing interaction between all parties in a project, from the initial phases of the design, in construction and all the way through commissioning. There are many contacts ...

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‘And/or’ persists because writers love it (access required)

A chief pleasure of this column lies in exploring grammar’s schools of thought. To serial-comma or not to serial-comma; to purge that from our sentences or let it flourish; to place two spaces after a period or only one. But ...

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