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Becoming a Small Business Owner


“One of the most difficult things about starting a business is trying to learn all of the state and federal laws that pertain to business owners,” said Gerald Lavarias, clinical director and co-owner of MAPSS, a local business that provides support services to children and adults with special needs. California is home to more than 850,000 small businesses (< 500 employees), according to the latest data from the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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Proactively Communicate with your Customers


Being told to “just wait until your father gets home” was a very effective method of punishment for me as a child. Any reprimand I received from Dad upon his homecoming was easy compared to the torture of waiting from him to arrive. That’s probably the reason I’m now quick to confess when I’ve made a mistake – waiting to see if my husband, boss, client, or whoever finds out about it is more torturous than whatever bad things might happen as a result of my confession.


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Why Employers Should Curtail Workplace Cursing


The summer I was 15 and working at my dad’s bait shop, he posted a sign by the cash register that said, “no cussing.” He didn’t put the sign there to remind me not to curse; it was there to let customers know that swearing was not allowed around my delicate ears. While my ears are not so delicate anymore, I encourage employers to curtail the use of cursing in the workplace by themselves, their employees, and their customers.


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Don’t appear too sexy at work


“I’m Too Sexy,” a song by the English trio Right Said Fred, topped the American music charts in early 1992. The list of things the singer says he’s too sexy for include his shirt, car, hat, cat, and the song itself. On a similar note, a former employee of a New York lingerie manufacturer said last month that she was fired because she was too sexy for her job. That begs the question: may employers legally terminate an employee for being too sexy?


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Accommodate Religious Beliefs Even When You Don’t Believe


When I was the HR manager of a local business, I suggested to management that a hand scanner be installed to track employee time and attendance. At that time, employees clocked in and out with a card that they swiped through a scanner. Some employees frequently forgot their cards, so the hand scanner was my solution to ensuring their time was recorded properly. I thought it was very James Bond-ish; the employees thought it was a yucky hotbed of germs.


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Approved Love at Work


Around Valentine's Day, I'm usually compelled to write an article about why love in the workplace is a bad idea, especially between supervisors and their subordinates. However, this year I'm encouraging employers and supervisors to take deliberate steps to create a loving workplace. Why? Because this kind of love is good for business and everyone involved.Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I still frown upon romantic relationships at work.


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