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Tax changes suggest check of pre- or antenuptial agreement terms

One of the most significant changes in U.S. law occurred late last year. As one of our earlier posts noted, Congress passed a new tax law in December. A provision in that massive law that caught the attention of many is the one that ends the deduction on federal taxes for payers of spousal maintenance in divorce.

3 tips for maintaining an effective employee handbook

Every employee handbook has room for improvement and keeping your company's up-to-date is imperative. Failure to update your policies regularly could easily put you in violation of labor laws and your business in hot water. Your staff may also suffer if you are not clear about the expectations and policies that are in place.

Does your family business need a 'chief learning officer'?

If you own a successful family business, you are aware of the importance of succession planning. It can ensure that the enterprise will be in good hands if you or another top executive needs to make a sudden exit. A transparent succession plan also helps prevent disputes between family members involved in the company.

End-of-life decisions must be made well in advance of dementia

Just over a third of Americans have put a living will, healthcare power of attorney or similar document in place to protect their end-of-life choices. These documents help ensure that you receive only those medical treatments you want when you reach the end of your life. For example, they can spell out whether you want all possible care to extend your life, or if you prefer only palliative care after a certain point.

Are your supervisors trained to spot employment law issues?

With such a wide variety of potential employment law issues, it can be tempting simply to advise supervisors to notify human resources whenever one arises. That may be a smart policy, as HR professionals generally have a broad understanding of how labor and employment issues are regulated. However, a misstatement or misunderstanding by a supervisor could result in unnecessary liability for your company.

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