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The IRS and structured settlements (access required)

How many times have we heard that we live in a litigious age? People are suing each other for just about everything. Some cases are sensationalized and ridiculous, but most are genuine cases where someone was physically, emotionally, or financially ...

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Opportunities and obstacles in international trade (access required)

Changes in international trade have been rapid and unrelenting. Broadly speaking, two major changes in U.S. trade policy have been implemented under the Trump administration. First, the United States now imposes a 25 percent tariff on global steel imports and ...

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Middle market business owners can capitalize on tax savings (access required)

Each quarter, KeyBank surveys owners and executives of middle market businesses – businesses with revenue between $10 million and $4 billion – for insight about the issues and challenges they are facing. A recent middle market business survey shows that reduced ...

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Exceptional safety performance can be worth big bucks

Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter (AGC) and the SAIF Corporation have been partners for 26 years. This partnership is made up of a group of AGC member contractors who receive their workers’ compensation coverage through SAIF. This group represents contractors ...

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A good employee handbook helps set workplace culture (access required)

A well-written employee handbook plays a few important roles in the workplace. These include: Creating a workplace culture The employee handbook can play a role in defining the culture of your workplace. For example, it can reinforce commitments to innovation, ...

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Fraudsters target professional athletes (access required)

Affinity fraud refers to investment scams that prey upon members of identifiable groups such as religious or ethnic communities, the elderly or professional groups. The fraudsters who promote affinity scams frequently are, or pretend to be, members of the group. ...

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Pitfalls for design businesses amid promotion on the internet (access required)

The internet has been both a blessing and a curse to architects and engineers. Design businesses’ websites have evolved from clunky, text-heavy pages in the early days into visual artistic expressions of their own. For a potential client, a firm’s ...

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Who is the ‘glue’ in your organization?

In any organization, employees take on different roles, some of which are perceived as core to the organization’s goals. For instance, the work of surgeons in hospitals and pilots in airlines is recognized as critically important, and is usually compensated ...

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Improve your capacity to innovate (access required)

I recently read that one-third of lawyers in firms of at least 50 attorneys were pessimistic about adapting to the challenges and changes facing them. Lawyers face problems generating sufficient revenue and operating efficiently, and those are difficult problems to ...

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