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Reflect on the Past, Look to the Future

Can it really be the end of 2012 already? Typically this is when planning for the upcoming year begins, whether it is as an individual, a manager or an organization.  Future planning is a very important activity as is setting goals, gathering resources and making determinations on the best way to get where you want … Continue reading

Tax Changes for 2013

  As 2012 comes to a close, we here at MMC annually review the changes in tax rates that are in store for the next year. Employees will be seeing a slight decrease to their pay checks in 2013, due to the following:   The government added a special Medicare tax to employees. They now … Continue reading

Diligence as a Leader

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word diligent is defined as “characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort.” This is the type of worker every company, manager or supervisor wants to hire. There are countless resources devoted to discussing how to get the best out of workers, motivation and diligence of employees, the term employees usually referring to … Continue reading

Gossip, the Workplace “Energy Vampire”

Office gossip, rumors and innuendo suck the energy out of a workplace faster than anything. These culprits have long been a thorn in the side of employers. A study by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) reported an increase in the level of inter-office rumors, gossip, and eavesdropping as a result of the recent … Continue reading

Maintaining Energy with Work Life Balance

By the time Friday rolls around, are you exhausted?  Do you ever find yourself dreading weekend plans, because you’re afraid you won’t have enough time to relax?  We have all been there, but if you feel that way week after week, then it may be time to examine your work/life balance so that you have … Continue reading

Worker Classification Investigations Gain Momentum

Currently, one of the fastest growing areas of litigation, including class action suits, is in the proper classification of workers as either employees or Independent Contractors. The dictionary defines an Independent Contractor as: a person who contracts to do work for another person according to his or her own processes and methods; the contractor is … Continue reading

Navigating the Applicant Jungle

Every business owner or manager has been faced with the dilemma of needing to hire a new employee. The process alone might fill one with dread, as it can be quite daunting at times to figure out where to place the job ad, screen the resumes/applications submitted, narrow down the pool of qualified candidates and … Continue reading

Ideas from Adventure

At some point or another, all of us wish to have an adventure.  Different people have different ways of seeking the excitement and thrilling uncertainty that an adventure might bring.  Backpacking in foreign countries, road trips across America, and planned vacations are common ways in which human beings set aside routine and responsibility, while throwing … Continue reading

SCOTUS Gives the Affordable Care Act The Nod To Proceed

  In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States approved the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, on June 28, 2012.  While provisions mandating Medicaid expansion for all less than 65 years of age and identified as falling 133% below federal poverty lines were found to be “unconstitutional,” the … Continue reading

Summer Attendance

In a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and Kronos, Inc., a whopping 39% of full time employees have owned up to calling in sick to enjoy a day off during the summer months. As I am sure we can all guess, the most common days for one to be afflicted with these absences are Fridays … Continue reading