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Where’s Bill … Sally? | Employee Absenteeism and Its Effect on Workplace Productivity

For many individuals, coming to work every day is not an easy task. There may even be days when you find it hard to come to work, too. But did you know that employee absenteeism is one of the main contributing factors to a company’s lost productivity? Yes, when Bill and Sally don’t show up … Continued
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Five Questions To Ask Before Handing Out Pay Raise Increases

As the U.S. economy appears to be improving, Ohio employers are seeing an increase in pay raise requests from their employees. A recent survey conducted by the Employers Resource Council of mid-sized companies (between 51 and 200 employees) in Northeast Ohio showed that annual wage increases peaked at an average of 3.6 percent in 2004. … Continued
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Check Fraud in Medical Practices

Check fraud is a growing problem in our business environment. Technology-savvy individuals can produce realistic counterfeit checks easily. All it takes is the right office banking account information and access to computers and other devises. Put controls in place to protect your practice from bank fraud – both externally and internally. Although it is impossible … Continued
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Don’t “Terminate” Your Business’s Data Security

A lot goes on when someone leaves a company. Sometimes you have the ability to prepare for the departure. Other times, you don’t. Amidst the flurry of activity, one thing you shouldn’t forget is data security. As the use of personal electronic devices such as smart phones, laptops and tablets continues to increase, the protection … Continued
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Tips for Home Office Organization

Good organizing habits shouldn’t end when you leave the workplace. As more people continue to work at home, at least part of the time, there is an increasing need to organize and secure your home office. Take control over the piles of paperwork that comes across your desk. Home Office Organization Tips Here are some … Continued
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Overlooked Medical Deductions

As most taxpayers know, they may deduct qualified medical expenses for themselves and their dependent children. Other opportunities to deduct medical expenses are not so widely know. Here are some commonly overlooked deductions to keep in mind when gathering information for your 2007 tax preparation. Non-elective cosmetic surgery — if it promotes proper function of … Continued
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Reporting Wagers

As popularity grows for casinos, lotteries and other types of legal gambling, many taxpayers are in the position of having to report winnings on their income tax returns. Here are a few key points to remember. Winnings and Losses are Reported Differently Report “gross” winnings (not reduced by losses or expenses) as “other income” on … Continued
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Succession Planning Tips

As the first wave of baby boomers heads toward retirement age, an increasing number of family-owned businesses are experiencing a change in top leadership. Unrelated owners of owner-managed businesses face similar challenges. Continuity of family and owner-managed firms requires an orderly transition of management and ownership. Succession planning is a multidisciplinary process that assists closely … Continued