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Top 4 New Employment Laws for California Employers By James Wu

This year, the California Legislature introduced a whopping 2,495 bills – and hundreds of these had to do with labor and employment issues.  Governor Brown signed many into law on October 15, 2017. Here are the top 4 new laws for 2018:

“BAN THE BOX” – Criminal Conviction History

Los Angeles and San Francisco already had local ordinances prohibiting employers for asking about criminal histories before a job is offered to an applicant. This new law (AB 1008) applies similar requirements upon employers statewide.

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How do we protect ourselves from theft and embezzlement? by Marcy Maslov

You’ve got a stack of customer invoices to create and bills to pay, all sitting patiently on your desk waiting for your attention.  You dread this time of the month because numbers are just not your thing.  You hate how long it takes to get the paperwork taken care of, and you don’t understand the results your bookkeeper gives you.  It just looks like a list of numbers on a page that has no relation to the activities you’ve completed during the month.

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Are You Experienced? By Preston Sumner

Jimi Hendrix unknowingly posed an important business process question in 1967 as the title to a song and his debut album. An earlier article, “If It’s Not a Process, It’s a Problem,” discussed the importance of processes. This article will discuss how we go about developing good processes. Any good process begins with experiences. Experiences are an accumulation of encountered events. If, and only if, one gains skill or knowledge from those experiences can they lay claim to experience.

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Do you consider yourself trustworthy? What does being trustworthy mean? Take a quick test to find out your Trustworthy Score! By Gary Laney

Are you trustworthy? Are you someone that others can place their trust in and have confidence that their trust in you will not be betrayed? While most people may consider themselves trustworthy, others may have a different opinion. Trust or the lack of trust can have a large impact on many aspects of your life and business such as personal and business reputation, relationships, team effectiveness, customer loyalty, financial support and so on.

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Equifax Data Breach Announced....for you and your clients By Michael Neill

As many of you are aware Equifax has announced that cybercriminals have exploited a vulnerability in their website, allowing them to gain access to certain files. The information stolen includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses.

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Putting Together the Pieces of the Performance Puzzle: Skill and Will - by Preston Sumner

In an earlier article (click here) I talked about the importance of practice to develop skills. There is another dimension to performance in addition to skill and knowledge…WILL. Max Landsberg presented the Skill/Will Matrix in his book The Tao of Coaching. In a future article I will discuss the broader application of his matrix.
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#5 of the Top 10 Errors in QuickBooks

by Dida Clifton

I recently published a short e-book covering the Top 10 Errors that I've most commonly seen in QuickBooks.  I'm slowly going through each on my TOS (TheOfficeSquad) Blog.  I came across something in the office last month that made me jump ahead to #5 on my list.

We received the QuickBooks file for a new client from their previous bookkeeper.  While reviewing the Profit and Loss Statement I discovered the following accounts in the Chart of Accounts.

1. Checks written – expense

2. Credit Card Expense – expense

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Starbucks for breakfast. Catered lunch's meetings. Take out for Dinner. Sounds too familiar?

By Deziree Slusher Women's Health Coach

When I was a child, I played sports and that kept me lean. But nutrition was hit or miss.

At my grandparents, we had home cooked meals three times a day. These were nutrient dense meals with chicken, rice, veggies, eggs, Spam or hash. Junk food was a treat that had to be earned.

But when I lived with my mom, life and work got in the way of nutrition. Everything was from a box—lots of starchy, frozen meals or fast, fried food. Frozen pizza and Pringles were a nutritious dinner. And Burger King was often our breakfast of choice.

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Are you referable?

By Gary C Laney

Have you ever asked yourself, "Am I referable"? If not, it's high time to consider why people would or would not refer you.

Some obvious characteristics that you need to be referable are;

1) Expertise. Education, professional certifications/designations and experience show proof of your expertise. Ask yourself how are you communicating your expertise? You can share and demonstrate expertise on business cards, brochures, on your website, via recorded videos, customer case studies, reviews and testimonials.

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Introductions: 8 Points I Must Communicate To My Audience

By Pello Walker

I may call it an ‘elevator pitch’, ‘infomercial’, ‘self introduction’, ‘the power statement’ or ‘the corporate value proposition’.  Whatever I may refer to it as, the bottom line, it needs to grab their attention, hold their attention and provide a clear message as to my firms service or product offerings that has them want to interact with me towards an outcome that works for me and them in their, the audiences mind.

The 8 Points I Must Have:

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