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If Adopted, Overtime Pay Rules May Expand to More Employees

Today (and since 2004) salaried employees who earn at least $455 per week aren’t eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, if their job duties are executive, administrative or professional (EAP) in nature. That’s true no matter how many hours these employees work in a week. Under proposed regulations, the limit would…

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5 Last-Minute Ideas to Lower Your 2018 Taxes

It’s almost Tax Day! But don’t despair; there still may be time to make some moves that will save taxes for your 2018 tax year. Here are five tax-saving ideas to consider. 1. Choose to Deduct State and Local Sales Taxes If you live in a jurisdiction with low or no personal income tax or…

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Develop a Strong Hand to Negotiate Loan Covenants

If you are about to ask for a business loan, expect to deal with the issue of covenants — constraints lenders impose on your company to keep it operating within specified financial ratios and to prevent it from taking certain actions. These clauses are meant to help the lender mitigate risk and get its money…

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Two Important Laws: Does a Contractor Have to Follow Them?

Regulations are unquestionably mandatory. There are two important laws that federal contractors and subcontractors must be aware of: The Davis-Bacon Act applies to U.S. Government contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works in the United States. (40 U.S.C. – 3141 et…

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Cut Workers’ Comp Costs: 9 Tips

Workers’ Compensation: It’s always a potential threat for large losses. And when Workers’ Comp costs get out of control, it can become a challenge to reduce them. Accept the challenge to reduce Workers’ Comp costs, or to hold down already low Workers’ Comp costs. How? Here are some strategies to help you and your business…

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Dirty DozenTax Scams to Watch For

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service releases its list of tax scams, spotlighting the myriad ways that people try to separate you from your money.1 The 2018 “Dirty Dozen” Identity Theft Using your personal information, an identity thief can file a fraudulent tax return and claim for a refund. If you’ve been a victim of…

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What Is Your Investment IQ?

Investing in the financial markets is now part of everyday life. Yet, many Americans remain in the dark about investment products and how they work. Interested in testing your knowledge? When a company goes bankrupt, who gets paid first?¹,² Preferred stockholders Bond owners Secured creditors Suppliers and contractors Which of the below is one difference…

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Age 50 or Older? Consider Extra Retirement Contributions

2019 Contribution Limits Traditional and Roth IRAs $6,000   (up from $5,500 in 2018) 401(k), SARSEP, 403(b) Plan Deferrals & 457 Plan deferrals $19,000(up from $18,500 from 2018) SIMPLE deferrals $13,000 (up from $12,500 in 2018) Here’s an important reminder for those who want to max out before-tax contributions to employer-sponsored  salary retirement plans, which…

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Is it Time to Rebid Your Vendor Contracts?

While it’s great to have a good rapport with your vendors, it’s important to ensure the relationship remains businesslike. Vendors who know there is a threat that they could lose your contract are more likely to focus on staying competitive. And when the vendor is, for example, a retirement plan third-party administrator or recordkeeper, you’ve…

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Getting Employees Back in the Loop

Employees returning to their jobs after a long absence can face a series of challenges that require good management. The Problem During a temporary transfer, maternity leave or sabbatical, employees lose touch with changes in the office and in fellow employees’ lives. New relationships and work dynamics have been formed. The successful manager needs to…

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