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Legal complaints filed by employees against their employers have risen dramatically over the past decade. How well do you know the law? Take this quick quiz:

Like it or not, people judge you by how you write. Strong writing skills will help you get noticed, earn your colleagues’ trust and move you up in your career, says author and writing coach Roger C. Parker. Five suggestions to help you improve your writing:

When companies need to cut corners, one of the first things executives slash is the training budget. When that happens, it’s time for HR to get creative. Here are seven practical cost-cutting tips.
A few hours after you hear a presentation, ask yourself, “What do I remember?” If you recall anything, it will probably be a story. No matter how well a speaker serves up data, few listeners will remember it. But succinct stories lodge themselves in listeners’ brains.

Most of us have room to improve our productivity and avoid time vampires lurking around every corner, says Dawn Rasmussen, Path­­finder Writing and Career Ser­­vices. She lists the nine worst time-­suckers threatening your productivity.

Networking is at the heart of any job search and vital to advancing your career. If you aren’t seeing the results you hoped for, don’t give up yet. Here are five ways you may be getting it all wrong and suggestions on how to get it right.

The reviews are in on the first search engine app optimized for tablets. Izik, a free app by Blekko, might just have you clicking something besides Google. Instead of a list of links with text explanations, Izik is a visual search-result provider.

Entrepreneurs tend to be “ready, fire, aim” people. “We often don’t make the best planners. We are action-oriented people,” says Bill McBean, author of The Facts of Business Life. That’s why it’s vital to step off the day-to-day treadmill and plan for your company’s growth.
The choices you make on your 2012 federal tax return can have a major impact on your overall tax liability. In fact, your tax return elections could make the difference between a sizable refund and paying more money to Uncle Sam. Here are five prime considerations.

For some people, a computer will never replace a pen and paper for note-taking during meetings. But for others, electronic notes may make more sense, especially if they have to share them electronically anyway. Here are three questions to determine which way is best.