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Employer pays for injuries worker suffers at retreat

Employers who hold offsite recreational retreats for their workers, particularly retreats involving alcohol, need to be very vigilant about safety or they might end up paying more than they planned. For example, in a Missouri case the owner of a fiberoptic cable company held a retreat for workers at a Lake of the Ozarks resort, where he rented a pontoon boat for employees to enjoy. The boss spent part of the day on the lake with

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Reopening presents traps for employers

The coronavirus pandemic has created an unpredictable landscape for employers. As of right now states are in various stages of their phased reopening plans and many employers have either brought employees back to the physical workplace or are planning to do so. Wherever you currently find yourself, it is critically important to meet with an employment attorney to identify potential hazards that might result in a lawsuit. Allegations of discrimination are possibly the biggest trap. When

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Starting a Business Now Could Make a Lot of Sense

The same factors that we’ve been dealing with for the past 12 months during the pandemic can also create an opportunity if you are considering starting a small business. Problems create opportunity For one thing, fewer businesses in the marketplace can mean fewer potential competitors. For a start-up company, that can be good news. Also, a slower economy can mean cheaper prices for certain goods and services you’ll need to get up and running. As companies

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The $24,000 Tax Time Bomb

A terrible tax surprise everyone should know What follows is a true story. A story with a sad ending. But one that has a lesson for everyone. Stick with the story, with a high degree of certainty you probably know someone in this exact situation. The ingredients Back in the 1970s, U.S. Savings Bonds were a popular savings alternative. Grand parents purchased them for kid’s college. Many used them to build funds for retirement. Even better,

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Get Your Contractor or Employee Classification Right!

Tax challenges can be VERY expensive As a small business owner, you may face the issue of whether to classify workers as employees or as independent contractors. Classifying your workers as independent contractors generally saves you money. That’s because you avoid paying employment taxes and benefits on their behalf. If the IRS determines that you misclassified your employees as contractors, you could end up paying all of the employment taxes and benefits that would have been

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The New World of Bank Reconciliations

Here’s a look at the new world of bank reconciliations and some ideas to use to ensure your bank account is accurate. The bank reconciliation purpose In a nutshell, a bank reconciliation ensures your account is accurate. This is done by comparing all your activity with what the bank is reporting. The importance of timely bank reconciliations There are several reasons for conducting these account reviews on a timely basis: Catch a mistake by the bank.

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Answers to Common Tax Questions

With the April 15 tax filing deadline right around the corner, here are answers to some common tax questions. When will I get my refund? The pandemic and additional stimulus payments will, in all probability, delay refund payments. But as of now here are the old wait times to receive your refund. * E-file return with a direct deposit – 1 to 3 weeks * E-file return with a mailed check – 1 month * Paper

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Massachusetts Estate Planning: What to Do When Your Health Care Proxy Cannot Be Relied Upon

The Best-Laid Plans You did it. You did what so many of your friends and family members have not, what you yourself dragged your feet on for years longer than you should have. You made arrangements for your estate, appointed a health care proxy, and relaxed, knowing that your family and doctors will have a clear idea of your wishes even when you are no longer able to communicate those wishes. And then you hit a

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Right to ‘maintain lifestyle’ not absolute after divorce

It’s a common notion that a divorcing spouse has an unshakeable right to support which will maintain the lifestyle he or she became accustomed to during marriage. But this is not always true. A recent Massachusetts case makes this clear in the alimony context. There, a divorcing wife received custody of the children, child support and alimony. Four years later, she caused a fatal accident while driving drunk and went to prison for eight years. During

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Adultery allegations may form basis for alimony reduction

A recent Virginia case suggests that engaging in extramarital affairs can come back to hurt you later on, even if your spouse did not raise your alleged adultery as an issue in the initial filings. That’s because in some states the divorce itself and spousal support may be separate issues with different considerations. The case in question involved Julia Karabaic-Chaney and Jacob Chaney. Julia filed a complaint for divorce, seeking equitable distribution of their property (in

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