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  • Telecommuting Employees’ Eligibility for Workers’ Compensationoat law | oat law
    varying depending on which state you re in While there haven t been a great number of telecommuting workers comp cases to date the ones that have come up have been ruled in favor of the workers These cases include Interior decorators who were examining samples whilst in their garage and tripped over their pets Professors in their home office who have fallen over papers A woman who was in her kitchen making lunch and was assaulted Does Your Injury Qualify Many afflictions that you d seek workers comp coverage for as a telecommuter are the same as ones that would come up in a more traditional office environment Some common ones are Back strains and sprains Stress Neck pain Auto accidents when the excursion is job related Falls slips and trips Issues related to repetitive motion e g carpal tunnel syndrome What Action Should Be Taken If you have a workers comp claim your first step is to communicate the impairment to your employer ideally in writing and catalog as much of the issue as possible You should receive a claims form from the company to be completed and returned in a timely manner The company will then handle the communication with the insurance organization that will prepare the workers comp benefits finance allocation If you receive word that your employer lacks the proper insurance coverage hasn t adequately filed your claim or your claim has been rejected the next step is to seek the counsel of an experienced workers comp attorney This way you can get the financial support you need in order to recuperate recover and get back to doing your job Tags Stress When Should You File A Personal Injury Claim Why one should opt for the services of a personal injury law firm Leave a

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  • How You Can Start Your Own Specialist Coffee Shopoat law | oat law
    a lot of risks surrounding opening up a new business to be sure However with the right local risk management solicitor you can account for some of the pitfalls that might have broken your business Lloyd s website has some more information on risk management and why it s so important to new companies Specialise You re not going to be just any coffee shop What else are you Could you offer a pseudo French environment with freshly baked pastries and speciality breads Or are you a healthy eating establishment Specialise yourself Know Your Audience Always have your customer in mind You may appeal to more people than you originally thought possible Tailor your service to their tastes and create yourself a loyal following Quality Above All Your highest priority is quality If you serve the best coffee in town people will come to you Always strive to offer only the best Leave the cheap swill to other coffee shops Choose A Team With The Right Atmosphere Your employees are going to be your lifeline Treat them extremely well and be selective about your staff members They need to enjoy working for you and they need to be the best at what they do Choose those who will fit your brand best as they give a personal face to your company s name Work Out of Hours When the doors are shut there is still plenty of work to do Get online Your website needs to wow people Furthermore your social media should be extremely active With the use of fantastic photography and engaging with your customers you will go much further as a business Just try not to turn it into a vanilla marketing campaign Be interesting Be yourself You Need Great Suppliers In the beginning your suppliers have

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  • Tips for Creating Your Company’s Strategic Profileoat law | oat law
    low quality products and services After developing a truly strategic personality a business owner should direct his or her efforts toward creating a competitive formal framework Establish Formal Framework A fully functional formal framework represents a very important point for the strategic profile of an organization Creating such framework is almost impossible without studying and understanding the differences among organic and mechanistic business structures An organization that focuses on organic natural growth should follow a decentralized structure that relies on informal systems which are highly adaptable in fluctuating environments Conversely a company that focuses on mechanistic growth should opt for a strategic approach which is quite inflexible and usually suitable for stable markets Choose the Right Leaders When developing a strategic profile it s critical to underline the presence or absence of transformational leaders also referred to as task oriented leaders or implementers Very important to strategic change these leaders focus on getting the work accomplished an essential aspect for potential associates and customers If a company centers its activity on transformational leadership it should mention this aspect in its profile Define Organizational Culture Since organizational culture comprises the values and rules that establish how things are done in a company most customers check this aspect before choosing the services of a certain organization A business entity with a healthy organizational culture has great chances to gain a competitive advantage over its competition The aforementioned tips assist managers in creating complex strategic profiles for different companies A great aspect about having a comprehensive profile is that it gives business owners the possibility to compare it with the strategic profiles of their competitors This means that businesspeople can use strategic profiles to develop comprehensive business strategies that not only sustain growth but also ensure competitive market positions Management teams can also

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  • How to Maximize What Motivates Your Employeesoat law | oat law
    s their job to step up and ensure that the situation is acknowledged and the correct steps are taken Be Open to Change Companies can often fall into a trap when they find the ideal way to motivate their employees They stop changing While it s great to find the best way to get employees excited about work and doing their best it s also important to recognize that a strategy that gives a boost to morale may not last forever at least not without some changes For example if a company did something simply like implement casual Fridays they could find that their employees respond with increased productivity on those days The natural reaction would be to continue having casual Fridays In and out of itself this is not a bad strategy and indeed trying to take away an earned and appreciated perk can have unfortunate results but it also doesn t mean that additional steps don t have to be taken to continue adding to morale in the future To continue with the simple casual Friday example an employer may allow for work appropriate casual wear on Fridays but also offer special promotions throughout the year Perhaps an employee of the month promotion where the winning employee gets to pick any day of that month to have a special casual dress day to themselves or perhaps a lottery system where employees can earn tickets and one winner gets an entire week of casual wear A Final Word About Keeping the Motivation Going The specific techniques a company can use to maximize their employee s motivational potential will depend largely on the type of company and the type of motivational techniques being used in the first place However one thing is true Employees who are motivated and appreciated produce

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  • Advantages of Good Communication for Workplace Security & Safetyoat law | oat law
    every employee that has access to a radio A multi channel radio allows you to assign certain channels to specific people or departments as well Alert Others to Potential Safety Issues In addition to communicating with your employees they can also get in touch with you This is particularly important when potential safety issues arise Whether the issue is related to a spill malfunctioning equipment or a security breach communicating via radio communication allows you to deal with the situation quickly and efficiently Seek and Receive Clarification Workers that are busy in their departments won t always have the opportunity to leave the area to ask questions But if they need information to do their jobs you certainly want them to have it Providing radio communication in each department allows employees to reach you if you re not in your office or get help from another department Promote Efficient Use of Time An employee that has to walk around to look for a supervisor can t oversee what s going on in his or her department Leaving an area unattended can lead to a compromise in security or safety To promote thorough communication without having workers waste time looking for whomever they need to speak to provide radio devices for easy communication Security and safety should be at the top of your business priority list but it doesn t have to be your number one money drainer Start by increasing your communication to keep staff members informed so everyone can work together in a proactive manner that reduces safety and security issues Get everyone on the same page by discussing guidelines for safety and security and make sure these guidelines are part of your new employee orientation process Something as simple as a two way radio can be profoundly effective

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  • How Do Dinosaurs Make Millions? Add Spielberg and 3D Technologyoat law | oat law
    Earlier this year producer Kathleen Kennedy was telling journalists that continuing and revitalizing the franchise will necessitate a lot of work an impeccable script and an overall logic as the fans not to be disappointed and the story to be thrilling enough to fill up cinemas The latest news tell us that Kathleen left the team as she will be busy with Star Wars Episode VII but that the dinosaurs are still on very good hands For history s sake we have to remember that in 1993 when master of mass disaster Steven Spielberg released the first Jurassic Park movie a book adaptation after Michael Crichton s novel the movie was not only a box office hit but it became a cult movie for an entire generation broke the barriers in special effects use in filming and twenty years later it is still considered one of the 250 best movies in the world according to IMDB listings With three Oscar Awards in its closet and revenues reaching almost a billion dollars worldwide the Jurassic Park franchise represents a turning point in the history of cinema Without a doubt it terrorized humanity and if you get the chance to catch one or all of the three movies on TV or online with a Time Warner triple play package it s a pity to miss them out If not for the story or the special effects at least for the memory and a preparatory mood for what s about to come in 2015 If you want to wait a little bit more then you should be happy to know that Universal has announced a re release of the 1993 original movie in 3D technology If this sells how they believe it will it will become the first billionaire Spielberg s movie even

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  • The Best And Worst: Business Names Present And Futureoat law | oat law
    be With the right word that told potential customers and partners exactly what the up and coming business was all about and easy advertising success was inevitable Here are some examples Google Under Armour Accenture PayPal Twitter Yammer JiffyLube Can you see how these names are both catchy and memorable When you think of each one of them you immediately know exactly what they do who they are and how they have become a household name just by their name alone It really is just that simple But What About The Worst There are some that have unfortunately strived to make a splash only to make a plop If you create a name that is too narrow or abstruse and you just might end up spending much more money that you really want to or can just to remind your customers what you do While it may be limiting choosing a more descriptive name it can provide a great benefit for start up companies One executive vice president has been quoted to say Bad names on the other hand rely on an unintended meaning unpronounceability and meaningless initials Here are some examples of business names not to choose Dimdim Administaff BearingPoint NXP Semiconductors Amedisys ArcelorMittal Fifth Third Bank AmericInn Hotel A play on words is not the best idea nor does it help you be the success this is also true for names that may appear to be catchy when reality it clearly shows that your business will only leave a legacy of confusion and failure Do you really want that Final Thoughts When you choose your business name remember that this name will be the name that will be remembered for a long time to come for better or worse A picture is worth a thousand words a name

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  • Divorce: 4 Questions to Ponder Before Filingoat law | oat law
    issues 2 Is there someone elsse involved An affair or potential affair is often just a symptom of deep seated unhappiness Often it has little to do with the marriage and is an indication of unhappiness within ourselves Up to 75 of extra marital affairs don t last no matter how good they make you feel or how real the emotions seem Try to take a step back and look for the source of the unhappiness in your life not a quick temporary fix 3 Has the spark really gone out Sometimes just going through the process of daily living causes couples to disconnect an it s easy to take the presence of the other person for granted in a long term committed relationship Try to remember the reason you first fell in love with your spouse Even if there is still a little warmth left in the embers it s worth trying to reignite the flame 4 Am I being realistic about my part Are my expectations too high It take two to tango and nothing is all one person s fault or the other Try to be objective and take an honest look at your own part in the disintegration of your marriage Compromise is key If you and your spouse have tried everything but divorce seems to be the only sane and humane decision make sure to get the advice of an attorney who specializes in family issues Cordell and Cordell is an example of a niche firm that represents the interests of fathers and men in family courts Letting compassionate professionals take care o f the legal details will help ensure that your interests and the interests of your children are protected throughout the process That will give you the opportunity heal and look forward to

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