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Many employers (and the consultants who encourage them) aren’t doing a good job of managing the legal risk and cost associated with wellness programs that ignore the law. Federal, state and sometimes local laws can affect wellness programs. Employers need to understand them.

The latest technology trend? Going low-tech and “un­­plug­­ging” to get our most meaningful work done. Many are realizing we may need to take drastic mea­­sures to “switch off.” Here are some low-tech suggestions:
It’s your IRA, so you’ll use the funds in your account however you like ... right? Wrong. The tax law imposes a number of restrictions on IRA owners. You can’t simply do whatever you want. Failing to observe these rules can turn into an unmitigated tax disaster.
Human resources departments with small budgets can turn to a growing variety of free and low-cost mobile and web-based applications to increase efficiency and cut costs. The apps are available in several areas of HR, including hiring, benefits, attendance and performance reviews.
Chicago-based Groupon has spawned an industry of deeply discounted coupons. If its model catches your business's fancy, try it, with precautions. Make sure you’re solid on Yelp. If you’re afraid of a customer deluge, cap the number of coupons. And never take your eye off quality.

Good ideas aren’t hard to find. As long as you’ve got smart and creative people, there should be plenty of ideas. What’s hard is follow-through. Two examples: making the Rolling Stones album “Sticky Fingers” and Mick Jagger writing “Brown Sugar.”

For everything else that contributes to employee satisfaction, most people wouldn’t do their jobs free. Compensation is a critical tenet of the employment contract. If you're committed to attracting and retaining excellent employees, you had better be prepared to answer these questions about your compensation practices.
Many small and large businesses have used ­creative and engaging ways to connect with their clients and customers through Twitter. Check out these three common ways to use Twitter to engage customers and increase your branding.
Practice. That’s the best way to get comfortable with speaking in front of others. Although the idea of pub­­lic speaking may sound ter­­ri­­fy­­ing, your confidence will get a major boost from stepping out of your comfort zone and into the spot­­light.
Make faster work of plucking out the most critical messages queuing up in your Outlook inbox. The simple trick is to make messages appear differently, de­­pending on who they’re from or whom they’re sent to. It’s called conditional formatting.
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