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With competition for customers and clients keener than ever, your product related presentations can make or break sales. Close the deal by sharpening your pitch with the methods of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs, a widely acknowledged master of presentations.

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Major railroads announced more furloughs of employees in recent days as they try to decide between getting rid of workers completely or keeping them on retainer in hope the economy will improve soon.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry last week signed a safety law long sought by unions to protect train crews who are transported by vans between job sites. The law requires contract carriers to screen van drivers for drug and alcohol use and to maintain at least $1.5 million in liability insurance.

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A federal appeals court in Washington has upheld a government rule that requires railroad and other transportation workers who have been treated for drug abuse to be observed while they urinate for drug tests. Any workers who refuse to be watched by a same-sex observer could lose their jobs.

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A wave of layoffs and other cutbacks are striking the railroad industry as the economy’s recession continues to drop freight volumes. Railroad chief executive officers say reducing their expenses is the only way to stay profitable amid the current economic upheavals.

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No evidence could be found in the latest rail volume reports of the federal government’s recent predictions that the economy would improve soon. The grim news about rail volumes follows by days a congressional hearing during which Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he saw “green shoots” indicating the economy is on the upswing.

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Swine flu is casting a shadow of concern over public transportation agencies as health departments prepare people for the risk of a pandemic. So far, health officials in the United States are saying public transportation still is safe for travelers. The lingering question: How long can public transportation agencies continue to lay claim to operating disease-free transit systems?

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The EEOC and state and local agencies have been filing more administrative charges in recent years and that trend is likely to continue. Because administrative charges can be precursors to discrimination lawsuits, it’s critical for you to handle them properly. These 10 tips will help you prepare to respond.

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Turning your back on difficult employees isn’t just a management mistake, it can also create legal trouble. That’s why, when confronted with employees who don’t do what’s asked, it’s best to devise a strategy for making the best of a potentially explosive situation. Although it may be hard to transform a difficult employee into a warm, friendly ally, you can take the following steps to make it easier for the employee to comply.

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Help your company maximize its business deductions by keeping comprehensive records of travel, entertainment and gift expenses. Keep your records organized in a diary or a statement of expenditures, supported by documentary evidence. Documentary evidence ordinarily is considered adequate if it discloses the amount, date, place and essential character of the expense.

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