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The Fair Labor Standards Act is generally a fairly straightforward law—for most of the year. But winter weather—and the delays and closures that sometimes accompany it—can make wage-and-hour compliance more difficult.

Before you address an audience of one or 100, know your goal and prepare an outline to stay on track. Start with simple ideas and add complex points (evidence, details, case studies) gradually. Consider the pros and cons of four formats:

If you think your customers exist solely to “buy your stuff,” you’re missing a huge part of the picture. Instead of using your company’s profits to promote your company, wouldn’t it be more effective if you let the customers themselves drive your sales and marketing efforts and fuel your growth?

It’s a different story this year-end for investors in securities. Due to potential changes in tax rates for 2013, the usual emphasis on harvesting capital losses has shifted to realizing capital gains. Strategy: Don’t forget how the “netting rules” work.
Speaking in public can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. But you can learn to manage your nerves, says Darlene Price, speaking coach and author of Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results. “Fear is what drives nervousness,” she says.

Outlook 2010, the tool you probably “live in” for a good part of each business day, also gives you the ability to keep up with social media updates. These are called Social Connectors, and you'll find them in the People Pane.

Don’t confuse Uncle Sam with Santa Claus. When it comes to violating pay laws around the holidays, the feds won’t be generous if your organization is on the naughty list. Here are four rules to make sure holiday pay complies with the FLSA and IRS rules.
Effective leaders often say they prefer to earn employees’ respect than to befriend them. The test comes when these bosses need to dish out criticism. To express criticism that sinks in, take these three steps.
Need to hire new talent but only have a bare-bones recruiting budget? Here is a checklist of low- and no-cost recruiting ideas that work in a strong economy, but are especially appropriate when money is tight.
Usually, tax pros advise high-income tax­­payers to push taxable income from the current year into the following year in order to delay taxes. But there’s a major tax storm brewing on the horizon. Crazy as it sounds, this year you might want to do the exact opposite of what you normally do at year-end.