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Medicaid Expansion: Will it Help Small Businesses in Ohio?

by Andrew SzczesniakApril 16, 2013 9:15 AM

The Affordable Care Act is in full swing.

"Now what?"

I think I’ve heard that question from business owners a million times in the past few weeks.

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Old-Fashioned Ways Are New Again

by Andrew SzczesniakApril 8, 2013 11:27 AM

If my mom only knew.

When I was younger, my parents would encourage (mandate) that I help them in the family garden out back. However, that really cut into my wiffle ball playing/tree-climbing/insect-torturing summertime. I came up with every excuse in the book to get out of it. I was told it was good exercise and that the vegetables we grew were healthier and better for me than anything we bought at the grocery store. I didn’t care. I was a kid. I hated vegetables.

Now we appear to have come full circle. Not only are gardens making appearances in the suburbs, they’re also starting to dot cityscapes and in a surprising twist, corporate campuses.

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Benefits | Grab Bag | Human Resources

Solving Small Businesses' HR Problems

by Andrew SzczesniakMarch 26, 2013 10:00 AM

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Losing good employees to competitors.
  • A cranky work environment.
  • Excessive workplace injuries.
  • Out-of-control healthcare costs.
  • Ridiculously high unemployment insurance costs.

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Benefits | Human Resources | Payroll | Risk Management

A Young Guy Looks at Wellness & Aging

by Andrew SzczesniakMarch 4, 2013 9:30 AM

Recently, I turned 48. Forty years ago, the age of 48 looked and sounded ancient. When I hit my 30s, it no longer seemed so old. I’ve been seeing a lot of stories recently about people I know or know of who are dying in their 50s and 60s. As I look at my two daughters, I grow more concerned about the prospect of only being on this planet for another 10-15 years.

Every morning I curse my 4:55 a.m. alarm when it wakes me so I can meet my buddy Kurt for our 6 a.m. workout. Having a workout partner helps on those cold Cleveland mornings — and there are many! However, as I was making that trek in to work out, I thought how lucky I was to be working for a company that values employee wellness the way GMS does.

Healthy Employees are Productive Employees

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Liability Expands Under FLSA

by Andrew SzczesniakFebruary 12, 2013 9:05 AM

Virtually every company in America is bound by the Federal Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA).

This law "regulates the status of employees (versus independent contractors) and provides for a minimum wage and overtime unless the employee meets an exempt classification." However, the scope of this law is not simply limited to employees’ wages.

Protecting Whistle Blowers

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