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Intermittent leave is one of the trickiest areas of the FMLA. While employees with chronic health conditions may need short periods of time off when their conditions flare up, employers also know FMLA intermittent leave is prone to abuse. That’s why it’s important to immediately nail down the expected frequency and duration of intermittent leave …

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The government continues to put Band-Aids on the AMT problem. For instance, over the past few years it has bumped up the exemption amounts available to individual filers. However, as things stand now, the exemption amounts will actually decrease for 2007 to the levels that applied for 2000.

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When employees take intermittent FMLA leave, it’s your responsibility as the employer to insist employees regularly update their medical information through their physicians. That means you must be prepared to prove employees not only knew they needed to get their conditions recertified, but also received the forms …

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Unrealistic expectations about time are a hidden cause of
procrastination. Procrastination wastes time. Unfinished work can hang
over you and reduce your effectiveness as a leader. You’re falling into
this often-overlooked pattern if:

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The number of companies that utilize health savings accounts (HSAs) as a way to reduce health care costs is on the rise. According to a recent survey by Spencer Benefits Reports, HSAs were offered by 28% of employers in 2006, up from 12% in 2005; 41% said they plan to offer them this year. Unfortunately, employee interest is not keeping up. The same report put the average employee adoption rate at a paltry 3%.

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You’re probably relying more heavily on internal promotions than in the past. And as internal candidates compete more and more for coveted “inside” jobs, expect a corresponding rise in the number of failure-to-promote lawsuits when expected promotions don’t materialize. These six steps will help keep you out of court.

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The next time you’re waiting for inspiration to strike before you start a creative project, don’t. Instead, remember these quotes from highly creative people and start right away:

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