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Universities in the hot seat over health care

Michelle Hicks WEB

Across the country, university administrators are feeling the heat about a health care reform requirement that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. On that day, or the next plan year after the deadline, any employee who works 30 hours or ...

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A first-time homebuyer takes the plunge

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Holy cow, I just bought a house. I’ve always wanted to buy a home, to have a place where I don’t have to worry about the rent going up or sharing a wall with too-loud neighbors, where I can plant ...

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HR needs a seat at the merger table

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A Society for Human Resources study shows the greatest obstacles for success following a merger and acquisition are HR-related. They include a loss of productivity, a loss of key talent and aligning incompatible cultures. Despite this fact, dealmakers continue to ...

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Do your research when hiring a tax preparer (access required)

Q: I have always prepared my own tax return, but this year I am pretty confused. My return seems to get more complicated every year. I am thinking I need to use a professional preparer this year. How do I ...

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Talent management is a critical strategy

Talent management continues to be a top concern for organizational success. In previous columns I’ve explained why retiring baby boomers and an unskilled workforce are putting pressures on businesses to become more sophisticated in how they not only attract, but ...

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Tax software is OK, but only if your taxes are simple (access required)

Q: I have been preparing my tax return for the past few years using tax software I found online. Do you think the low-cost tax return preparation packages do a decent job, or am I asking for trouble? I really ...

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What will employers do with the insurance exchange?

When President Barack Obama laid out his agenda for the next four years during his State of the Union address, he barely mentioned the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his legacy legislation from his first term. But it is ...

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Frequently asked real estate tax questions – answered (access required)

My friend Darrin Jaszkowiak, real estate agent with RE/MAX West, called me the other day asking questions I hear often. Here is an edited version of our conversation. Darrin: First, the Mortgage Debt Relief Act: My understanding is it was ...

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Disclosing the cost of health care

Many American employees are in for an eye opener when they get their W-2 forms this year. For the first time, as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the health care reform law, ...

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Avoid your own personal ‘Nannygate’ scandal

Q: We have a lady come into our home twice a month to help clean. She has now asked us for a Form W-2 saying she needs it to fill out her tax return. Is this something we really need ...

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