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Buying a house is a very personal matter for both the buyer and the seller. Parties often rely on the expert help of a real estate professional in order to navigate the often confusing ins and outs of the process. What happens when that relationship turns s...

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Older Drivers Unlikely To Face Age Restrictions
By 2030, more than 60 million older adults could be driving on the nation's roadways. But don't expect many more states to put added restrictions on their ability to get behind the wheel. Legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to restrict driver's ...

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Gift Yourself These Insurance Coverages for the Holidays - Why Extra Insurance Coverage May Be Useful This Season – and Beyond
The holiday season gets busy. With so many professional and personal obligations to attend to, it can be hard to not let the stress of the season seep in. While you are busy ensuring your shopping list is complete and making arrangements to spend time with ...

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Replacing Employees Costs Big Dollars
T he cost of employee turnover is alarming for many businesses.  The latest statistic available from the  Employment Policy Foundation suggests the average cost of turnover to employers is $13,355 per full-time private-sector employee replaced. Keep in mind...

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New Version of Form I-9 Issued
T he U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS) has issued a new version of Form I-9, "Employment Eligibility Verification," that is dated November 14, 2016 and has an August 31, 2019 expiration date. Employers must use the new form beginning on Jan...

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Overtime Rules Are Scheduled to Change in December
T he U.S.  Department of Labor's (DOL) higher income requirement for the "white collar exemption" from overtime is scheduled to kick in December 1. Paying a "nondiscretionary" bonus to employees at least on a quarterly basis can, in effect, lower the minimu...

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More Drivers Losing Their Cars By Leaving Their Keys
Last year, a vehicle was reported stolen once every 45 seconds in the United States.  And one out of every eight thefts was a freebie for the thief.  There was a theft every six and one-half minutes where the driver left the keys or FOB inside. It's a growi...

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Arlo Guthrie, Tesla, and Hotel Signage
Sometimes you need a trivia to start your day. So, what do folk artist Arlo Guthrie and the rock-band Tesla have in common? You guessed it. Hit songs. And now for the bonus points…hit songs that mention signs. Physical, posted-for-all-to-read signs, like th...

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Are Your Community Association’s Crime Policy Limits Really Enough?
In a blog post we touched upon Employee Dishonesty insurance – “protection for your money when it’s stolen by an employee.” Now we’ll take a closer look at the impact of employee theft on community associations, and how the limits on a Crime policy for many...

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The Very Real Costs of Sexual Harassment
It’s not something that only happens in other industries. If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely prevalent in yours. Mild or severe, sexual harassment in the workplace happens, and companies are paying the price. In 2015, $46 million was paid to victims i...
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