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Michelle Peña

As employers begin to embrace on-demand pay, it’s time to take a closer look at the benefits, the issues and if it’s right for your organization.

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Six hallmarks of a resilient team that understands how to manage stress, solve problems and bounce back from adversity.

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Hot to the touch and rapidly reddening, the condition of my skin was a dead giveaway to my feelings of anxiety and embarrassment. I was about to face one of my silliest fears. “Hurry mom, we’re running late!” My oldest son quickly fired off the words, but they were ominously muted. My subconscious had shifted into denial. The roles were oddly reversed that morning; I was always the one hustling after the kids to get them out the door on time. …

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Driving through the back roads on my way home from work, the check engine light illuminated on the dash again. The mechanic had repeatedly assured me everything was fine, but I worried about his comedic accusations that I’d lost my mind to some form of hypochondria. The mischievous light enjoyed mocking me and defiantly turned itself off when I made it back to the shop each time to complain. Feeling tense, I pressed the center of my glasses to nudge them closer to my eyes, turned up the music and tightened my grip on the steering wheel.

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Begrudgingly, I opened my eyes and emerged treading water in a sea of dizzy confusion. Disoriented and light-headed, I focused on slow, deep breaths to alleviate the pain. My vision was blurry, but the room came slowly back into focus as I scanned the sterile hospital walls for the loud-ticking clock. It was 2:30 a.m.

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The fall holidays are often a special time for gathering with loved ones, focusing on our blessings and expressing appreciation for all of the people and opportunities in our lives. But the true spirit of gratitude is anchored by more than cozy celebrations and superficial generalizations. It’s an intentional way of living that persists 365 days a year.

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Think about buying a new computer and related gear for business use: A little-noticed provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could really pay off.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act shuts down write-offs for corporate employees, but what about home office deductions for the unincorporated?

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Picture a young couple about to board the only ship that can take them and their newborn son to a life of freedom. They have just said goodbye to everything they loved and the only home they’d ever known. More than 50 years later, I proudly share this inspiring story.

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If the program is prescribed by a physician to combat a specific illness or disease like obesity, the cost qualifies for the deduction.

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More SALT in high-tax states … 1.4% tax for prestigious colleges … Tax-free rental income … Mercy for tax debtors … Don’t fear the CP2000

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More tax on Social Security benefits … No change for business casualty losses … A home sale divided still stands … Not too old for an IRA

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In a new decision, a taxpayer deducted the cost of charitable travel in her automobile, but she didn’t have the necessary records to back up her claims.

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It was my first day on the job as the director of publishing for a small family-run business. I was greeted enthusiastically by the team, except for one curious member. She was quiet … her smile quickly replaced with concern. A few hours later, she approached me privately. Speaking in barely more than a whisper, she said …

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Whether you’re blogging to support a cause, share a hobby, market a business, or other reasons, reader engagement is an important part of that landscape. To grow a lasting audience, plant these ten seeds in your mind garden …

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To the tune of Pitbull’s “Fireball” or whatever gets you grooving, consider a time you stepped away from a negative and freestyled into problem-solving.

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As I stand in awe of the cherry blossoms at Washington, DC’s Tidal Basin, my thoughts give way to the transience of time. If you could live your life over again, would you do anything differently? I describe my personal journey in this video. I’d really love to hear yours, too.

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Watch Michelle Pena, senior editor at Business Management Daily, as she bravely endures the loss of the much-coveted Top Banana award. Will this silly video make you rethink how you approach acknowledging star employees?

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While attending a recent networking event, I heard that “Sitting is the new smoking.” This triggered a dramatic visualization of my chair going up in flames, fire alarms and office evacuations. I quickly shook off the delusion, but the mental mini-movie still compelled me to investigate the health benefits of standing desks.

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If the weight of your work suddenly feels like you’ve been hard-tackled by ill-tempered teammates and you’re seeing stars, it’s time for an intervention. Remember these tips when struggling to recover from the hits and emerge steady on your feet.

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