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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 143 IDEA: Perform a Personnel Checkup

You get regular medical and dental checkups, right? So how about giving your business a personnel checkup? The reason: Every year, thousands of unhappily terminated employees sue their former employers. Their complaints, justified or not, cost small business owners millions of dollars in legal fees, emotional distress, and lost productivity.

There are so many complex regulations on the books that it's tough to keep up.

As her fast-growing public relations firm approached 50 employees, Ellen LaNicca, former president and cofounder of Patrice Tanaka & Co., felt she needed expert help. Many state and federal employee regulations kick in at the 50-employee level, and she wanted to be sure she was in full ...

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