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Perks to Replace Raises and Bonuses

You want to pay your people more. After all, they are the ones who make your business the success it is. However, in a recession like this, with your profits dwindling, you really need more creative ways of showing your appreciation and rewarding your employees. How do you do that? You do it by remembering that while a check certainly does fulfill certain needs, there are other needs and other ways to fulfill them.  /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} Supporting the Work-Life Balance Employees are often torn between the conflicting needs of their pers... [Read Full Article]

SBA Saves Small Business $10.7 Billion Through RFA as Wall Street Execs Enjoy $18.4 Billion in Bonus

Government and Economy SBA Report: The Regulatory Flexibility Act The SBA Office of Advocacy saved small businesses $10.7 billion in foregone regulatory costs in fiscal 2008. The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires federal agencies to consider less burdensome regulatory alternatives that still reach agency goals. Obama Signs Equal Pay Law Declaring that ending pay disparity is not just a women's issue, President Obama signed legislation that gives workers more time to file their pay discrimination suits. House Passes Massiv... [Read Full Article]

House Stimulus Bill Hits $825 Billion as Unemployment Hits New Levels As Well

Government and Economy House Democrats Raise the Bailout Ante to $825 billionIn a bid to revive the economy, House Democrats have called for $825 billion in federal spending and tax cuts with strong emphasis on energy, education, health care and highway construction. Unemployment Rises More Than ExpectedThe Labor Department has reported that first-time requests for unemployment insurance jumped to a seasonally adjusted 524,000 in the week ending January 10, higher than the 500,000 new claims they had expected. Congressional Proposal: Cash for ClunkersCongress is mulling over a new proposal to pay people to get rid of all those old gas guzzling cars they... [Read Full Article]

Should SBA be Elevated to Cabinet Status? Landrieu Says “Yes!”

Government and Economy Small Business "Lost in the Equation" Because banks are refusing to make loans and the government is focusing on big-business bailouts, small businesses are "lost in the equation" and are hurting, says Raymond J. Keating, chief economist with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. Landrieu: Include SBA in the Cabinet Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., the new chair of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has called on President-elect Barack Obama to put a Small Business Administration voice in his Cabinet. [Read Full Article]

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