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Small business, meet your newest productivity tools (access required)

For most small businesses – especially startups, fast-growing firms and others facing the fiercest competition – operating at peak efficiency is vital. That includes finding and using the latest technological tools and solutions to make the lives of business owners, ...

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Same-sex marriage decisions have an impact on health plans and other employee benefits

Federal and local court decisions that require same-sex marriages to be recognized just like opposite-sex marriages have a profound impact on an employer’s employee benefits. Health, 401(k), pension, cafeteria, 403(b), 457, and other plans are directly impacted by these court ...

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Markets continue their volatile ways (access required)

In my previous column, I predicted that September and October would be volatile months. In October, the S&P 500 slid to a low of 1,820, temporarily erasing all of this year’s gains. The market volatility index soared 51 percent in ...

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New lawyers need a good financial plan (access required)

Graduating from law school with significant student debt is nothing new for young attorneys. But according to the National Association of Law Placement, starting salaries in the legal profession have fallen 13 percent over the past six years. At the ...

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Smart financial planning for entrepreneurs (access required)

As the U.S. economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, many Americans see starting their own business as a unique growth opportunity. In fact, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s 2013 U.S. report, last year an estimated 25 million ...

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New ACA compliance rules put pressure on HR (access required)

The Internal Revenue Service is adding new reporting responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act and will require employers to submit new forms in early 2016. Draft versions of Form 1095-C and the 1094-C Transmittal Form require large employers to demonstrate ...

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Infrastructure is not keeping pace with the economy (access required)

Recently there have been several eye-catching headlines related to the movement of raw materials and finished goods. One says that ships are waiting 10 to 15 days at Southern California ports to unload due to a lack of trucks and ...

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Handling rogue access by ex-employees (access required)

For law firms, the next big IT threat is likely to hit close to home: ex-employees and former associates who are still accessing a firm’s documents. A recent survey by cloud IT provider Intermedia and survey firm Osterman Research found ...

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Protect your work, be it a novel or a Tumblr post (access required)

Copyrights are an author’s stock in trade, whether the author has written a book or a blog post. Anyone who writes, photographs, sculpts or otherwise places a creative idea into some type of tangible medium creates a copyright. The resulting ...

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Use tax and the Marketplace Fairness Act (access required)

While almost everyone has heard of sales tax, many business owners are unaware that most states have a “use tax.”  State laws treat sales and use tax as two separate taxes, but in reality they complement each other.  Think of ...

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