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Welcome To Studio Bumi, A Business Forum

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Administrative Court Gives OSHA Right to Enterprise-wide Abatement

administrative judgeThe Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission might now have authority to order abatement measures sought by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration beyond the specific violations OSHA identified in the citations, according to an administrative law judge. This ruling comes after OSHA cited Central Transport LLC in November of 2014 for 14 occupational safety and health violations at a shipping terminal in Billerica, Massachusetts. In the filed complaint, OSHA requested an order compelling Central Transport to comply with specific standards at all of its locations, not simply the one inspected. As a result, Central Transport filed a motion to have this claim reversed, stating OSHA does not have the authority to issue enterprise-wide abatement.

Administrative Law Judge Carol A. Baumerich upheld OSHA’s right to enterprise-wide abatement, claiming the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s provision authorizing the remedy of “other appropriate relief” gives OSHA the right to instruct enterprise-wide abatement if deemed necessary.

“Judge Baumerich’s order is significant and precedent-setting. This is the first decision by an OSHA Administrative Law Judge expressly finding that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission may have the authority under the OSH Act to order abatement measures beyond …

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Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners

retirementAn unfortunate truth of running a small business is that there is no retirement plan in place for you. There is no pension, no company 401k, and many small business owners can’t qualify for full Social Security benefits. Every penny beyond basic living expenses is often put back into the business, meaning nothing is put aside for your future retirement. And while some are able to sell their business at some point and earn enough to live comfortably in retirement, there should always be a plan in place for what happens when you are ready to retire.

The most common, and easiest, option is a Traditional or Roth IRA. So long as you are showing income, these retirement accounts allow you to contribute up to $5500 per year, with an additional $1000 per year in “catch-up” contributions after age 50. For married couples, a spousal IRA can also be established for the spouse of the business owner, even if that person is not technically earning any income. Many younger business owners opt for the Roth option, which allows you to pay taxes on the money this year, but gives you the full balance plus all accrued interest tax-free at retirement. …

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The Importance of Public Speaking Skills for Managers

Public Speaking Skills For ManagersWhether a mid-level manager for a large corporation with twenty employees, a small business owner with five employees, or the CEO of a multinational corporation, public speaking skills can be instrumental in helping you to effectively convey your message to the team, the media, or your clients. It can also be important as you try to build your career, expand, or make presentations to potential clients or investors. But, it is also a skill that is often overlooked by business owners and managers alike, as they often don’t consider staff meetings or presentations to fall in the realm of public speaking.

The most effective managers are ones who can properly communicate to their team a message. And they can do it in person before the group. Many of us have had that awkward manager who would get in front of the team, make a speech that didn’t seem to have a point, then sheepishly walk away. This manager, who could be great at what he or she does otherwise, and who should by all rights have a long career at the company, can be hamstrung by that ineffectiveness. If you have trouble in those situations with 20 or 30 employees, …

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Succession Planning for Small Business Owners

Succession Planning for Small Business OwnersYou’ve created a business from scratch. You’ve spent 20 years cultivating relationships, building revenues, streamlining your process, and building a nest egg for retirement. During this time, your primary focus has been on building the business and ensuring success. Your retirement would come as the fruits of that labor, and retirement always seemed far off. But, now you’re starting to see retirement as something tangible, something that might happen soon, and you have no idea what to do. Will you leave the business to a relative? Will you sell it? Do you have a partner to consider? What happens when you step down, and how do you use that to ensure that you can afford retirement?

This is at the heart of succession planning. It is something that most business owners don’t think about, but which should be a consideration very early on in a business. In talking with top management at Premier Factory Safety, they expressed to us that their leadership has been carefully planned for the future. Because while we all hope to make it to retirement in good health, an injury, an illness, or death can leave a business in serious trouble if there is no …

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5 Tips to Successfully Work From a Home Office

Working From HomeA growing percent of the population is working from home. Whether as a small business owner or as part of a larger company, technology is making it easier than ever to stay connected from home. And while this appeals to many people, in theory, the actual practice of working from home can be very difficult for some. Some have issues with time management, others the lack of human contact and still others feel they become invisible to their company and ultimately have trouble moving ahead. So if you are considering leaving the traditional workplace and moving to a home office, here are some suggestions to successfully work from home.

  1. Designate a Work Space. While it may seem very practical to simply hook your laptop up in the living room so you can stay with the kids or keep an eye on the news during the day, those distractions will keep you from getting your work done and will blur the lines of “work” and “home.” Instead, designate a room or some isolated space to be your office. When you’re in your office, do not watch TV, listen for the kids, surf the web, or do anything “home” related. This will