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Coming back to the office after time off can be challenging, especially when work has piled up in your absence. Use these strategies to get right back into productive habits.

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The summer slump doesn’t have to be inevitable. Your team can remain productive all summer long, if you follow this advice.

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Be ready for Q&As when networking … Skip the auto-signature on internal emails … Good managers finish last

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Health plans and health plan options change every plan year. That means employees will have questions every fall when open enrollment for benefits rolls around. A little employee outreach by you during open enrollment can make employees savvier about their health plan purchases, which, in turn, will lead to healthier employees.

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Most of us have at least one communication habit that is distracting to our listeners. Here are the top 10 distracting speaking behaviors and what those quirks are communicating to your listeners.

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Two questions about taxable meals and travel expenses.

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First, the good news: The economy finally looks like it is on stable footing, and employers are hiring. Now, the bad news: With the job market heating up, HR is once again getting creative with the company’s benefits offerings.

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No doubt it’s frustrating when people won’t return your emails. Follow these tips to garner a response without damaging the work relationship.

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Here are digests of some recently released official announcements from various federal government agencies.

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Federal law requires employers to verify that employees are eligible to work in the United States. It’s unlawful to knowingly hire anyone without authorization. But what happens if an employee’s ineligibility is only discovered in the course of investigating a workers’ compensation claim?

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You discovered that, inadvertently, the proper amount of income taxes wasn’t withheld from an employee’s pay last year. You’re inclined to file Form 941-X to fix the error. Not so fast: Whether you can correct this error on a 941-X depends on whether the error is administrative.

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It’s been a long year, but there’s still a ways to go. If your team is feeling worn out, follow these tips to breathe some life back into employees, and finish the year strong.

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Do you have a co-worker who drives you nuts? Don’t waste your time and energy being angry and annoyed. Instead, follow these tips.

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Employees who are fired for misconduct can’t collect unemployment compensation. Generally, any action that violates a known company policy qualifies as misconduct.

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Encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone is one way to help them to develop and grow. However, you don’t want to set them up for failure. Follow these tips to challenge people the right way.

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Under the timely mailing rule, if an item is postmarked by the Postal Service on the day it is due, the IRS or a court will consider it timely filed, even if they never receive it. The Tax Court, however, didn’t apply the rule to a postmark from a private meter. It ruled that court papers weren’t timely filed, even though the envelope bore a timely postmark from a private meter.

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Ensure that you have put forth polished, professional writing by asking yourself these questions before you share it with others.

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It’s not unusual for former employees or their prospective employers to ask for copies of personnel records. Make sure you follow a consistent policy that regulates how, when and to whom such records may be released.

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You know that coming in late, being a jerk to co-workers and botching your assignments can hurt your workplace reputation. However, you probably never thought the following actions could be making you look bad.

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Employers generally don’t have to tolerate racially hostile or otherwise offensive language at work. But under some circumstances, you may not be able to discipline a worker’s behavior if it occurred on a picket line.

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