You don't want to play den mother to your employees, but a new trend gaining publicity may put you in that role. So-called "workplace bullying" is no longer something you can shrug off. If you see it, you'd better try to stop it.
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If you operate businesses in Mexico or Canada, check out a new Web site that discusses the workplace safety rules of each country.
If your employees work long hours and odd shifts, expect more scrutiny into your efforts to keep those workers healthy and safe.
If you work at a central location—say, a company office downtown—and you take work home on nights and weekends, you typically won't qualify for home-office deductions. Reason: Your home office is not your "principal place of business." The downtown office is.
Don't accept your 401(k) vendor's fees lying down: Renegotiate those fees at least once a year.
Big companies employ "customer relationship management" (CRM) software to track and categorize service and sales records.