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March 2013

Keep your company safe from scammers

03/25/13

Keep your company safe from scammers

Shut the doors, pull the curtains, hide the valuables. These are the thoughts that flood to mind when we think about scammers and con artists. However, what we should be thinking is, “Run the virus scan, turn on the caller ID, and check every piece of mail heading toward accounts payable.” Businesses are not exempt from scam attempts. In fact, they are increasingly becoming targets. And to stay ahead of the game, you as a business owner need to be on your toes. Start by learning about some of the more common scams directed at businesses.

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Local programs make healthy eating easier

03/25/13

Local programs make healthy eating easier

Between fast food, sugary sodas, candy bars, and all the other easy-to-get temptations available to satisfy our passing hunger pangs, eating right is not always the easiest option. The folks at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics remind us that March is National Nutrition Month and point out that there’s no one-size-fits-all way to eat.

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The Dow hits a new record: Now what?

03/20/13

The Dow hits a new record: Now what?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently hit a new record, reaching heights not seen since October 2007. Should that affect your investment decisions? Depending on how you’re wired, your emotions might go in one of two directions. You might think you’re missing out on the action and better invest more in the market before it goes even higher. Or you might think the opposite: At this lofty level, it can’t last much longer. Better bail before that happens.

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How will the American Taxpayer Relief Act affect you?

03/18/13

How will the American Taxpayer Relief Act affect you?

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which was signed into law on Jan. 2, includes new tax rates, restrictions on itemized deductions and exemptions, and extensions of certain deductions and credits. Some changes will influence your 2013 federal income tax planning, and others can affect your 2012 tax return. Here are highlights.

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Educated consumers top defense against identity theft


03/11/13

Educated consumers top defense against identity theft


Identity theft complaints rose one spot to become the fourth most cited type of consumer complaint in 2012. According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the 508 reported complaints in 2012 more than doubled the previous year’s number. A study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission found that more than 250,000 Americans had their identity stolen in 2010, almost 3,000 of them in Wisconsin.

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B-Corps: How businesses can do well and do good

03/11/13

B-Corps: How businesses can do well and do good

You purchase free-range eggs and carry them home in a cloth grocery bag. You will not invest in companies that exploit workers. You could make more money if you worked elsewhere, but you like your employer’s commitment to the community. As a stereotypical Madisonian, you try to make a positive impact by supporting “good companies.” However, it is not just Madison consumers who use their purchasing power to punish bad actors or reward companies that address social or environmental issues. But who is making the green grade, and who is just greenwashing?

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You’ve been asked to sign a contract … now what?

03/04/13

You’ve been asked to sign a contract … now what?

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” However, there’s one thing just as certain that Franklin may have missed: contracts. If you’re buying a car, signing up for a new cell phone plan, hiring a contractor, or even sending your child to a private school, you’re sure to encounter them. But fear not, unlike death and taxes, contracts can be a good thing.

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Employment Law Update: EEOC priorities, workplace romance, vegetarianism as a religion

03/04/13

Employment Law Update: EEOC priorities, workplace romance, vegetarianism as a religion

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its three-year Strategic Enforcement Plan (2013 to 2016). It plans to devote additional attention to the issues of identifying and eliminating discriminatory recruiting and hiring barriers; enforcing equal pay laws; protecting immigrant, migrant, and other vulnerable workers; preventing harassment; preserving access to the legal system; and addressing “emerging issues.”

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