Human Resources

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With obesity having established itself as public health enemy No. 1, it's no wonder that employers are putting themselves on the scales and weighing their own responsibilities.
Experts note that the meth boom is different in important respects from other substance-abuse issues in the workplace, and employ­ers need to be aware of the facts. Here's what you need to know:
In one of the first cases to deal with the viewing of child pornography in the workplace, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a company could be liable for damages suffered by innocent third parties — which can be anyone, not just a child — where the company failed to investigate reports that an employee was viewing pornography online at work.
We have one word for you: plastic.
In the waning days of last year, the president inked the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005. This new legislation, following close on the heels of the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act (KETRA), includes various tax measures benefiting victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
Sadly, the bonus depreciation rules have expired. That means you’re stuck with regular depreciation deductions under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), which requires you to write off business equipment over several years. Don’t despair.
Each year, Congress and the IRS throw a few new ingredients into the tax-return stew. Here are some key tax-law changes that will affect your 2005 business returns.

The romance and excitement of the Valentine's Day holiday is all well and good...at home. The last thing employers want to do is play matchmaker for their employees. Dating restrictions have long been put into place to avoid the risk of sexual harassment claims, complaints of favoritism, and distracted workers. Legal opposition to romance policies is pretty low. In 2005, one employer took this concept a step further and created a policy that prohibited employees from fraternizing on duty or off duty, dating, or becoming overly friendly with client employees or co-employees.

As a small business owner, you want to reward your top performers. But there’s a drawback to doling out stock to highly valued employees: You’re diluting your ownership interest.
Say you want to open another office or relocate to a more modern space, but you can’t afford to lease or buy a new location. One possible solution: Contract for a “virtual” office.