• Change in US Tax Treatment of Alimony & Its Impact on Divorce Negotiation

    Change in US Tax Treatment of Alimony & Its Impact on Divorce Negotiation

    If you have been through a divorce, you have an idea of the processes you have to go through to get it finalized. Well, if you have no clue, divorce legally requires one spouse or ex-spouse to make payments to the other party. Since these payments are often considerable, locking in tax deductions for the paying party has often been a significant matter.Well, with recent adjustments to specific laws, you may have heard that alimony payments under the newly implemented divorce provisions are no longer deductible for federal income tax purposes. The long-time deduction, which had been in place for nearly 75 years, was eradicated via one of... Read More

  • Tax – Equity Market Eagerly Waiting Carbon Sequestration Guidance

    Tax – Equity Market Eagerly Waiting Carbon Sequestration Guidance

    Carbonsequestration is the process of capturing andstoring atmospheric carbon dioxide. It’s one of the most promising methodsinvented in efforts to curb global warming.Well, this process occurs both naturally and because ofanthropogenicactivities. The United Nations Environment Programme andother environmental organizations, in response to worldwide concernsaboutclimate changeresulting from augmentedcarbondioxideconcentrations in theatmosphere, have drawn considerableinterest to the probability of snowballing the rate of carbon sequestrationthrough changes in land use andforestryand via reengineeringtechniques like carbon capture... Read More

  • Legislative Highlights for Oregon Employees in 2020

    Legislative Highlights for Oregon Employees in 2020

    As we ushered in the New Year, Oregon’s active 2019 legislative session impelled the need for working on several policies and handbook updates for proprietors doing business in Oregon. Here is an overview of the most outstanding employment law developments:The Oregon Workplace Fairness ActAs of June 11th, 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed into law the Senate Bill (“Workplace Fairness Act”). The Workplace Fairness Act has a substantive effect on what employers should and must do concerning harassment and discrimination claims.As part of workplace misconduct settlements, employees should not be required to consent to disclose the... Read More

  • Why Auditing and Monitoring are Essential for Business Systems

    Why Auditing and Monitoring are Essential for Business Systems

    Spendingextra finances on monitoring and auditing doesn’t sit in well with mostbusiness organizations. Most people running businesses do not see the need tomonitor and audit their business. On an already strained budget it is logicalthat some business do away with the whole audit and monitoring process. For thesmooth running of an organization or a business audits and constant monitoringneeds to be incorporated into the business. Anaudit is a means of evaluating the internal controls of a business. It is aimedat evaluating the business in terms of how it is run and the efficacy ofvarious business systems. There are numerous... Read More

  • Effectiveness of Positive and Negative Feedback for Employees and Employers

    Effectiveness of Positive and Negative Feedback for Employees and Employers

    Mostemployees and employers value positive feedback over negative feedback. This isan understandable factor in the business industry, but the two types offeedback can both be beneficial. Positivefeedback informs an employee or employer that they are in the right track.Negative feedback in most cases is taken negatively because of how it isinterpreted. The customer is always right is a saying that is famous inbusiness and that should be highly adapted by employees and employers. Followingthe saying that the customer is always right negative feedback should be takenas an indication of a problem within the organization. Both... Read More

  • Work Enjoyment Helps Employee Retention

    Work Enjoyment Helps Employee Retention

    The focus of most modern dayorganization has been to reach beyond the normal provision of employeesatisfaction. Most of them are after an employeewho is more than satisfied within theirwork environment to increase the rates of performance within the organization.As is the case within most scenarios, this has led to an increased rate ofproduction, but in order to reach evenfurther height, organizations are after what people have come to refer to aswork enjoyment. Work enjoyment may be consideredas a form of job satisfaction that incorporates both formal job satisfaction and social job satisfaction. Companies havebeen after the... Read More