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Does your child need a job this summer? Could your business use some help in the office or warehouse? There's a way to kill two birds with one stone: It solves the child’s job search problem while the family collects a bundle of tax breaks.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, “borrow” some of these unique, low-cost benefits from employers on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, which includes several small and midsize businesses.

Many workers routinely skip vacations, handing back to employers more than $21 billion in unused vacation time each year. In fact, vacation is good for business—it lowers employee stress and prevents burnout. Consider your vacation policy an important element of your organization’s health.

Employees who survived the downturn have absorbed work left behind by laid-off co-workers. “Overwhelmed” is here to stay. As an HR pro, you might not be able to help employees embrace that sad fact, but you definitely can help them manage it. Here’s how:

It doesn’t help anyone if you say “yes” to every project while knowing you can’t possibly complete all the work. How can you set boundaries more assertively with your boss, without coming across as incapable or rude, when you're asked to take on yet another assignment? 7 tips:
When and how much to pay employees for their travel and commuting time is a tricky subject. What's considered working time when employees are traveling? How do you deal with weekends that may combine business and personal travel and with requests for reimbursements when company vehicles are used for "commuting"?

The new cost basis reporting rules for mutual fund transactions took effect Jan. 1. Under the new rules, mutual fund companies will use a default method to calculate the basis of shares acquired and sold in 2012 and beyond. Strategy: Don’t assume the default method is best for you. Analyze all your options before you sell mutual fund shares.

Only a small fraction of U.S. corporations reach the ripe age of 40, a recent study claims. Do you have what it takes to guide your business to old age? Businesses that do survive are likely to be ruthless about change and make frequent acquisitions that bring in new technologies or open up new markets.

Increased workloads … tighter deadlines … fewer resources. All of these have conspired to put a premium on employees’ ability to remain focused on the details of their jobs. Here are five free or low-cost sources of online courses, games, tests and other materials designed to measure and improve attention to detail.

Summer is still a long way off, but you can be certain employees are already eyeing the July calendar in hopes of grabbing the prime weeks to block off for their summer vacations. You’ll probably be stuck refereeing who gets which days. Here’s some help from HR pros:

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