How to spot a dishonest purchasing manager

  • July 01, 2004

Issue: Employees handling your organization's purse strings could be pulling them in the wrong way. Risk: Lax controls leave your organization wide open to invoice...

Know the COBRA notice deadlines

  • June 28, 2004

Q: My wife was just laid off from her job. She was told she'd receive a package in the mail about COBRA health insurance. It's been more than a week, and it hasn't...

Ben Franklin’s 4 rules of conduct

  • June 01, 2004

After being burned a few times early in life by “rogues of dubious character,” Benjamin Franklin started finding himself more attracted to practical,...

Give employees advance notice of pay changes

  • June 01, 2004

Issue: Should you provide notice about commission-formula changes that could alter employees' pay? Risk: If you rework pay formulas behind employees' backs, you could...

Bada bing! Leadership, Tony Soprano-style

  • June 01, 2004

It may strike you as odd that someone could see fictional TV mobster Tony Soprano as a leader, even though his character is quite literally a “boss.”

Roth conversion after 70 1/2?

  • May 31, 2004

Q: I still do some work as a consultant, but I must start taking distributions from my IRA before April 1 of next year. If I convert to a Roth IRA this year, can I avoid...

Accidental death benefits are taxable

  • May 03, 2004

Q: My husband died in an accident, and we received an accidental death benefit from his company's insurance plan. Is this benefit subject to estate tax? I'm receiving...

Critical negotiation factors

  • May 01, 2004

Don’t overlook this critical factor when you’re negotiating: how the other person feels about the issue at hand.