Category: Professional & Legal Advice
Base your decision on job-related factors, and ask questions carefully.
For employers, hiring quality employees has always been of critical importance. Various laws require employers to be more focused in this effort.
For example, it was not that long ago that employers asked any questions they wanted: how old are you, do you have any illnesses, are you involved in any church activities, etc.?
The …Read Full Article
Should you sell on a secured or unsecured basis?
Successful businesses must prepare for potential problems and possible solutions related to selling to and buying from companies that are insolvent, or may become so. Here are some considerations in that regard.
An important business decision is whether to sell to customers on a secured or unsecured basis. If you are secured, you are more likely …Read Full Article
Seven steps that could save your company millions.
by J. Brian Hittinger and Carrie L. Flores
Would a $39 million settlement of a gender discrimination claim or a $160 million settlement of a race discrimination claim create an immediate need to shore up your company’s anti-discrimination program? It probably would if you were Bank of America or Merrill Lynch, both of which agreed to settle …Read Full Article
Are you really prepared for all of the possible scenarios?
I coach softball and before every game I make sure that I’m prepared for anything that may happen. I have all of the softball gear that the team should need. I have drinks and a parent bringing snacks after the game. I have a first aid kit.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, our team has …Read Full Article
It’s not just about rules, but about listening and empathizing.
An elder law attorney is a lawyer whose practice focuses on the needs of seniors. Thanks to medical advances, preventive health measures, improved diet and exercise, Americans are living longer lives. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, there are more than 40 million citizens age 65 or older. As the Baby Boom generation continues to …Read Full Article
Reduce costs and boost productivity, retention and morale.
Test. Just the word may make your palms a little sweaty. But employers have no need to sweat over pre-employment tests. This is a test you want as a strategic part of your hiring process.
Employers face a number of human-resource challenges, a number of reasons to sweat, and recruiting the right employee is one of the …Read Full Article
Tax law changes have made it a moving target.
When President Barack Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 last December, it changed the federal estate tax.
The estate tax dates back 1916, when it was imposed at a rate of 10 percent on the portion of estates above $50,000. Unfortunately, it has been a moving target for …Read Full Article
Do your due-diligence, then be generous in your support.
Most of us are involved at some level with a non-profit organization. Perhaps you donate money to support their cause or volunteer your time. Maybe you serve on their board of directors. There are many worthy causes to support. Is your favorite non-profit worthy?
The Internal Revenue Service has long known that some organizations abuse their …Read Full Article
Insights from some of the area’s leading business attorneys.
by Michael Puente
How can a small business handle delinquent customers?
What are the pitfalls of obtaining legal advice online?
What issues are overlooked by entrepreneurs when starting a new business?
These are some of these questions on the minds of Northwest Indiana business owners.
Each year, Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly turns to the experts for …
Don’t assume good service will just happen; it takes training.
So many exciting things are happening in Northwest Indiana, with new bike trails connecting our communities, the addition of sports arenas, pavilions and great parks, along with the many improvements happening along our lakeshore.
Those organizations working to assure that we are considered a destination community should be supported and commended. But one question remains: …Read Full Article