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White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2009 ______________________ The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which became law in 1993, provides qualified employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for the birth or adoption of a child, for caring for a spouse or an immediate family member with a [...]

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If you’re like most captains of small businesses, you don’t pay much attention to managing your energy costs. You probably delegate that to an office manager or someone in accounting. What you may not realize is that energy costs often comprise about a third of the average small business’s expenses.

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The U.S. government’s main survey on wages and benefits, Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, offers a good quarterly snapshot that can help you benchmark your company’s pay and perks. The latest report says employer costs for wages and benefits average $26.86 per hour.

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It’s a little-known detail within some state labor laws, but in California, for example, the issue could end up costing an employer big.

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Are you fully vested in your 401(k) after only four years?

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When it comes to productivity and employee retention, it pays to create new ways to keep your employees happy. Here are three examples of small companies that keep business humming along.

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The Small Business Administration has announced new regulations and measures intended to help small businesses secure more federal government contracts while improving transparency and accountability.

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If you want to win a negotiation, your threats to walk away have to be credible; making empty threats will only turn your whole team into losers. Here are five ways to reinforce your credibility while demanding more:

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Earlier this month, coffee giant Starbucks Corp. was forced to withdraw an employee discount for a free iced coffee at its shops in the southeastern United States after things got out of hand.

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How would you rate your employees? You can probably identify your best and worst performers in an instant. All small business owners and execs form opinions of their people, just as teachers assess their students. And those opinions tend to stick.

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