Now that spring has sprung are you considering hiring an Intern for the summer? Should your Intern be paid?

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Some employers think it’s not necessary, reasoning that Interns are still in school, live with their parents, receive valuable experience and may even drive their own new cars to work. These employers believe using unpaid Interns is a smart financial move that allows their companies to save money on wages. However, this line of thinking has become risky based on recent court decisions and the filing of new lawsuits.

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Google Reviews—How To Get Them and How Many Is Too Many?

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Google has been the go-to search engine for many years. Now, it has become a top resource for individuals who do their research before buying a product or service. Through Google’s social media component, Google My Business, consumers can rate and review businesses that will appear on the search engine. Though this platform is consumer-driven, business owners should not feel helpless over what is posted. Instead, direct your consumers to Google as a public display of customer satisfaction.

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Four Things Your Business Needs to Know Now

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Change is in the air, at least when it comes to taxes.  There is both good and bad within the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was signed into law in late 2017; however, for most businesses a positive impact is expected.  You have probably heard a lot about tax reform in the past month, but what are the things your business should know about right now to proactively plan for your 2018 tax return? 

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Are breaks legally necessary?

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If you don’t know the rules of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) then it’s time to refresh yourself with the law.  In the state of Iowa, breaks are not legally required, employers must pay employees for time they spend working and for shorter breaks (less than 20 minutes) during the day. An employer that chooses to provide a longer meal break, during which the employee is relieved of all job duties, does not have to pay the employee for that time. 

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Series on Supplemental Benefits

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As the new year started, I watched the AFLAC duck attempt yoga on a tv commercial.  AFLAC has done a great job at marketing with the duck.  But I wondered, do people REALLY know how supplemental benefits work.  The next couple months I will do a series of articles on the different carriers, defining the types of benefits available on a voluntary basis, how the plans are implemented and how benefits are paid. This first month, will focus on supplemental benefit basics. 

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