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February 2015


Market and economic update: The markets watch Greece as it attempts to tackle its debt

Politics and monetary policies remain important regarding the path of global economic activity. Last week, Greece reached an agreement with European ministers to delay the implementation of new austerity measures for four months. Greek government officials are attempting to reduce austerity measures, as per their election promises.

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Answers to frequently asked questions on workers’ compensation

In nearly all states, employers with one or more employees must provide workers’ compensation. When an employee gets injured at work, a number of questions may arise, including whether the injury is covered by workers’ compensation, whether the injury must be reported to the insurer, whether the employee can use vacation during injury leave, and whether a denial of workers’ comp coverage affects the recording obligation on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300 Log.

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Market and economic update: U.S. consumer provides backbone of economic growth

Last week’s U.S. economic data put a softer spin on current activity than the strong employment report did to start the month. Retail sales slipped 0.8% in January and confidence indicators eased from their high levels. The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Survey slipped to 97.9, and the preliminary University of Michigan Sentiment Index for February slipped 4.5 points to 93.6.

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How to protect yourself against identify theft

Recent electronic security breaches at Sony Pictures and large retailers such as Home Depot and Target demonstrate the vulnerability of our personal data. Tech-savvy criminals are committing identity theft at record-breaking rates.

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Answers to workplace questions on off-hours events, age discrimination, and severance

Running a business — or managing a single unit, department, or team within a business — is not easy. Questions that have legal and/or regulatory implications pop up on a regular basis. Answers to some of those questions aren’t always straightforward and can require insight into various statutes as well as case law. This article shares several common scenarios and some interpretive guidance.

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Market and economic update: Improving job market is encouraging people to search for work again

Last week was headlined by a robust U.S. employment report, with January nonfarm payrolls growing by 257,000 jobs. Including the 147,000 jobs added to the months of November and December, nonfarm payrolls added the most jobs over the past year (3.2 million) since May 2000.

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Will SEO actually help your business?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a great way to help drive traffic to your website, but it’s also a very misunderstood term. “If my business were ranked first on Google searches, then we’d really start doing well” is not an uncommon statement from a business owner.

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5 things small business owners should know about access to capital

Access to capital has been a persistent problem for entrepreneurs, particularly since the recession. While some parts of the business community have found it easier to secure capital, there are significant gaps in critical areas, such as minority and rural communities, as well as for groups of entrepreneurs like women and veterans.

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Market and economic update: U.S. economic data softened in fourth quarter

U.S. economic data has softened from the robust activity levels in the second and third quarters of 2014. Gross domestic product grew just 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Consumer spending and investment activity remained solid, but government spending slowed after providing strong contributions in the middle of 2014.

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Tapping ideas, talent, and passion to grow business in Wisconsin

From raising capital for innovation to financing workforce training to expanding global markets, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) understands business needs and works with partners across the state to structure customized solutions to help businesses succeed in Wisconsin.

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12 tips for building trust in the workplace

According to the American Psychological Association’s 2014 Work and Well-Being Survey, 25% of American workers say they don’t trust their employer and only half say their employer is open and upfront with them. Not only does this hurt the morale and motivation of the employee, it is incredibly damaging to the profitability of the organization.

Posted at 02:34 PM | Permalink | Comments: 2

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