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August 2013

08/26/13

Employers may need to make religious accommodations for vegans

When a workplace practice conflicts with an employee’s religious beliefs, the employer must consider whether a religious accommodation is available. Often, such scenarios arise in the form of scheduling conflicts when an employee’s religion compels worship on a particular day. Common examples of religious accommodations in such situations include changing an employee’s regular working schedule or allowing him or her to switch shifts with a co-worker.

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08/19/13

Segregation of duties for the small organization

It can be difficult and challenging for a small organization to maintain appropriate segregation of duties over account areas such as cash, receivables, and payables; however, the benefits are worth pursuing. These benefits include increased internal control, reducing the opportunity for theft, and limiting the potential for intentional or unintentional errors that could be made and not detected.

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08/12/13

WWBIC’s business advisor feeling busy at fitness boot camp

Nearly 30 top-level professionals are competing in the second annual Fittest Executive Challenge, presented by In Business magazine. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 23. This week, Michelle Anich, business advisor for the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp., shares her experience participating in the “Most Improved Woman” challenge.

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08/12/13

Friendly rivalry keeps Fittest Exec contestant Gunderson motivated

Nearly 30 top-level professionals are competing in the second annual Fittest Executive Challenge, presented by In Business magazine. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 23. This week, Peggy Gunderson, president and CEO of Strategic Brand Marketing, shares her experience participating in the “Most Improved Woman” challenge.

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08/12/13

Cost-effective recruiting: Letting technology do it for free

Are your recruiting costs ranging from $200 to $1,800 per position? As a small business owner, the decision whether or not to expand your business is an important one. Some key indicators that your business is ready to grow are: your high performers are falling behind, your clients are noticing delays, and there are increased errors.

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08/05/13

Social media protections under the NLRA are not unlimited

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) activity over the past few years has made many employers wary of disciplining employees for work-related social media posts. Still, it’s important to remember that employee activity must be of a specific variety to be protected. Employee activity must be in relation to terms and conditions of employment, and it must be what’s called “concerted activity” to be protected, which means that it’s conducted with — or on behalf of — other employees.

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08/05/13

5 credit score misconceptions that hurt borrowers even as ‘credit gap’ disappears

After years of caution, lenders are increasingly in growth mode. Data from a new survey issued this July by FICO and the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association show that lenders expect consumer credit levels to grow during the second half of 2013, for two different but related reasons. First, lenders are more optimistic that consumers will be able to repay new debt and avoid delinquencies on existing debt. Second, lenders see consumers as increasingly optimistic and ready to take on more credit obligations.

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08/05/13

For Madison retailer, fitness is a personal and professional pursuit

Nearly 30 top-level professionals are competing in the second annual Fittest Executive Challenge, presented by In Business magazine. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 23. This week, Jessica Lynn Anderson, owner of Fleet Feet Sports Madison, shares her experience participating in the “Fittest Women Under 50” challenge.

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08/05/13

Kim Sponem strives for the fitness summit

Nearly 30 top-level professionals are competing in the second annual Fittest Executive Challenge, presented by In Business magazine. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 23. This week, Kim Sponem, CEO of Summit Credit Union, shares her experience participating in the “Fittest Women Under 50” challenge.

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