March 2010  
How To Discipline Your Employee


Are all of your employees perfect in every way?  Do they always do their best while following all of your work rules, protocols and policies?  Do you count your blessings every day for the opportunity to supervise and manage such a wonderful staff?  Hopefully, your answers to these questions are yes; more than likely, some or all of them are no.  Ultimately, every practice is confronted with the challenge of disciplining employees for not doing what they are supposed to do.  Handled properly, discipline can help an employee turn around his or her behavior or performance.  If done incorrectly, it can place you and your practice in legal "hot water". 


Determining the appropriate disciplinary action to take is an extremely important decision that should never be made in haste or anger.  Every effort must be made to ensure the decision to discipline, as well as the specific action to be taken, is made carefully and without prejudice. (click here to read entire article)

Laughter Really Is Good Medicine 


How do you actually reduce the levels of chronic stress in your body and enhance your lifespan, boost immune system function, protect your nervous system and your sanity, and give your endocrine system a much-needed rest? Fortunately there are several easy ways to do this. Let's start with the easiest one: laughter.

Laughter is a healing activity. You may have seen the movie called "Patch Adams," which is a movie about a real life doctor who still practices today and uses laughter as healing. He's quite correct in using laughter as a healing therapy, because it is one of the most healing activities in which you can engage. (click here to read article) 


Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show


The 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 15-16, 2010.  The show was a huge hit and congratulations go out to  Sadie, a nearly 5-year old Scottish Terrier,  for being selected as Best In Show  (click here to read more about the show)While most of us are very familiar with the show and routinely follow it, here are some facts and figures you may not know:


The Westminster Kennel Club was established in 1877, making it America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs and America's second-longest continuously held sporting event.  The show pre-dates the invention of the light bulb and the automobile, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument, the invention of basketball and the advent of the World Series.  Since Westminster held its first show 133 years ago, there have been 25 elected presidents and 12 states have joined the Union. A portion of the proceeds from Westminster's first show was donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to establish a home for stray and disabled animals.  Through 2009, there have been a total of 296,451 dogs entered in Westminster's 133 shows and 1,662 judges have officiated at least once, some as many as 22 times. 
Only once has the offspring of a Best In Show winner duplicated the feat (in 2000, the English Springer Spaniel Ch. Salilyn N' Erin's Shameless repeated the 1993 BIS accomplishment of her sire, Ch. Salilyn's Condor).  Two Best In Show winners, Norwich Terriers, had the same sire (1994's Ch. Chidley's Willum the Conqueror and 1998's Ch. Fairewood Frolic were offspring-half brother/sister-of Ch. Royal Rock Don of Chidley).  In 2009, Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, a Sussex Spaniel, became the oldest dog to capture Best In Show at 10 years, 2 months and 9 days of age.  The youngest winner was the Rough Collie, Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven, who captured the award in 1929 at the age of exactly 9 months.

Make Sure Your 'Tax House" Is In Order


In February 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) started a "national research project" to study (1) payroll taxes, (2) fringe benefits, (3) independent contractors, (4) expense reimbursements and (5) other related "payroll" issues.  The depth and breadth of these payroll tax audits are unlike any other audits the IRS has undertaken during the past three decades.  The IRS will unleash three separate waves of audits targeting 2,000 taxpayers per year in hopes of accomplishing two stated goals: (1) to secure statistically valid information for computing the employment tax gap, and (2) to determine compliance characteristics so the IRS can focus on the employment tax areas in which there is the greatest noncompliance.  The audits will occur in every geographic region of the country and will target both large and small taxpayers. Whether publicly traded or privately owned, large or small, in the red or in the black, for-profit or nonprofit, public sector or private sector, all are and will be potential targets.  In short, every business should have its pay pracitces reviewed to ensure they comply with the IRS rules. 

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