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Tech support scams are global threat

It’s not a matter of if you will become a target of computer technical support scammers, but when these scammers will try to victimize you. Thieves, many of whom are located in India, are using sophisticated advertising and carefully crafted sales techniques to scare consumers into buying phony fixes for their home and business computers. BBB warns consumers to be on the look-out for these scams so they can combat fraudsters.

A portrait of Gen X retirement saving

How would you guess Gen X is faring when it comes to retirement saving? Americans born between 1965 and 1980 are approaching what should be their peak income years, and many of them have actively contributed to workplace retirement plans, IRAs, and investment accounts. At the same time, Gen X is becoming the new “sandwich generation” — spending time and money to care for kids and aging parents at once.

Time to throw out the carrot and stick

Many leaders struggle with how to effectively motivate their team. Why can’t they be more like me? Where can I find motivated people?

Here’s what the Legislature’s Hirst fix means

A long-awaited fix to the 2016 Washington State Supreme Court decision, Whatcom County v. Hirst, et al, (“the Hirst decision”), Senate Bill 6091 was signed by Governor Inslee on Jan. 20. The Hirst fix is a result of a bipartisan compromise by the state Legislature to secure water rights for rural development while investing $300 million on water conservation projects throughout the state.

You are being your best when you delegate

Are you the bottleneck in your organization? As a leader, do you find yourself doing everything and delegating little to anyone because you want it done right (which means your way and to your standards)?

Ten things to know about identity theft and your taxes

Learning you are a victim of identity theft can be a stressful event. Identity theft is also a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security Number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.

At-will employment: Write your policies carefully

As many of you know, the general rule in Washington is that employment is “at-will,” which means an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason (as long as it is not discriminatory) and an employee can quit at any time for any reason.

Four-year balanced budget law is doing its job

Washington made history in 2012 when it became the first state in the country to adopt a four-year balanced budget requirement. In short, the law requires lawmakers to pass state budgets that balance based on revenue that’s expected to come into state coffers over the next four years.

Don’t reel it back

I’ve never been much of a fisherman; I walk right past the rivers and lakes on my way to climb the mountains. But on several occasions I have given fishing a try.

Charitable giving gives back to businesses in many ways

Giving back not only feels good, but it can also be good business. Many companies and business leaders see charitable giving as a benchmark of success when they have the resources to give back to the community.

Knowing your diurnal rhythms

A common trait of a successful businessperson is their ability to play to their strengths. Yes, they are constantly trying to improve their weaknesses as well, but the focus is on leveraging strengths.

Employers should take steps to prevent sexual harassment

Since Anita Hill brought the issue of sexual harassment to our national attention during her testimony regarding allegations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, many a powerful person has been accused of using position and power to harass others in the workplace. Decades after Hill’s testimony and Bill Clinton’s re-defining of the word “is,” sexual harassment allegations are surging.

Cyber security tips for businesses

Data breaches are a common occurrence with even the most secure companies being infiltrated and we have to hope these places are protecting our personal information.