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  • The price of giving – Tax reform’s impact on charitable donations

    May / June 2018
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 922

    Abstract: For those who make substantial donations to charity, it’s important to evaluate the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on the “price” of the gifts. Even though charitable giving is motivated primarily by compassion and generosity rather than the availability of tax incentives, the after-tax cost may affect the amount a person is willing or able to give. This article examines how the TCJA affects charitable giving. A sidebar discusses charitable IRA rollovers.

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  • You’ve got trouble – E-mail correspondence bounces ADEA case back to trial

    May / June 2015
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 922

    Abstract: This article examines a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit regarding whether an employer terminated an employee to lower its health insurance premiums, and if such a termination violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The key evidence in the case: e-mail correspondence between the employer and its health care benefits provider. A sidebar looks at an important benefits-related precursor case. Tramp v. Associated Underwriters, Inc., No. 13-2546, Oct. 7, 2014 (8th Cir.) Hazen Paper Co. v. Biggins, No. 91-1600, April 20, 1993 (Supreme Court)

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  • How PEOs can help you handle employee-related tasks

    August / September 2012
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 922

    Abstract: One way companies can reduce the employee-regulation workload is to engage a professional employer organization (PEO). A PEO can handle many employee-related tasks, such as administering payroll and employee benefits; collecting, reporting and depositing employment taxes; and developing employee handbooks. Essentially, the PEO becomes a co-employer. This article examines the legal and financial pros and cons, while a sidebar explains that it’s important to perform due diligence before hiring a PEO.

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  • Quantifying the value of customer relationships

    March / April 2011
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 922

    Abstract: Customer relationships often are a key component of a business’s value. In recent years, however, the methods used to value these relationships have become more sophisticated. And the method a valuator uses can have a significant impact on the determined value of the customer relationships. This article looks at the nuances, such as the circumstances in which customer relationships can be valued separately from goodwill; methods used to measure the future economic benefits of a customer relationship; and forecasting attrition through constant rate attrition (CRA) analysis.

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  • Preparing for battle – Strategic risk management for contractors

    January / February 2010
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 922

    Abstract: The construction business is replete with risks. Bumps in the supply chain can stall deliveries, weather can wreak havoc on project schedules and owners can go bankrupt. These realities, compounded by recent natural disasters, heavier pressure to finish projects faster and more efficiently, and a steep rise in global competition, have prompted contractors to turn to strategic risk management (SRM). Having an SRM plan can reduce the chances of unexpected risks destabilizing a business, and allow owners to gain a better perspective on what risks could actually be beneficial to their construction business. This article discusses how to set up an SRM plan, while a sidebar discusses the importance of insurance as one component.

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  • Considering some government work? Additional rules may apply

    September / October 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 922

    Abstract: When litigation involves a federal construction project, the usual rules don’t always apply. Suing the U.S. government requires a plaintiff to jump through some additional hoops. This article looks at one Idaho contractor who learned this lesson the hard way.

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