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January 12, 2012

The Check’s in the Mail — for Two More Days

Delivery by letter carriers seems so old-fashioned that it’s been called “snail mail” for years. Yet, as it turns out, most of Corporate America’s invoices still get delivered that way. And the U.S. Postal Service’s December 5 decision to move first-class mail to a two-to-three-day standard seems sure to slow down bill collection for companies large and small.
January 11, 2012

In Presentations, Learn to Say Less

Imagine that you had 30 seconds instead of 30 minutes at the next executive staff meeting to get your message across. Would you be able to focus your energy on the most compelling way to convey your most important thought? The ability to sharpen an idea so it can be communicated quickly and effectively is becoming critical.
January 10, 2012

NLRB Postpones Rule Requiring Union Posters in the Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has postponed the date by which employers will be required to hang a poster informing workers of their union rights. A federal court that is hearing a challenge to the legality of the union poster rule requested that the NLRB delay it. The rule, which would require employers to notify their employees of their rights to start a union, will take effect on April 30, rather than Jan. 31, as the NLRB had proposed.
January 9, 2012

6 Filmmakers Talk About Documentary Films in the Digital Age

Lower costs in pro-consumer digital equipment, the crowdfunding phenomenon, and new online and mobile distribution models have opened the door the past few years to many first-time documentary filmmakers in the United States. Independent filmmaking is on the rise, and with that, a trend for more personalized storytelling. How do their lower costs and increased output impact your bottom line?
January 9, 2012

DIY Technology Projects: Threat or Menace?

Smart people can make stupid decisions. Case in point: business executives who decide they can address their technology needs without involving IT, responding to the IT supply-and-demand crunch that afflicts so many enterprises today.
January 7, 2012

PBMA Toolkit on Overcoming Generational Friction

Join PBMA members for a PBMA Toolkit on December 15 to discuss how to work through generational differences.  J.C. Patrick, a public media marketing and fundraising consultant, will discuss the work ethics, communication styles, and professional aspirations of the different generations during this interactive phone seminar.  This PBMA Toolkit will include an overview of the generations, including what to consider when working for a younger supervisor, how to recruit and retain Millennials, and ideas for expanding the workforce with volunteers.  We’ll compare notes about challenges we’ve faced and get tips on calming the workplace waters.
January 4, 2012

Your Problem Isn't Motivation

To help you keep your resolutions, you need a comprehensive follow-through system. Which is important to realize, because as long as you think you are trying to solve a motivation problem, you will be looking for the wrong solution. Motivation is in the mind; follow-through is in the practice.
January 4, 2012

Kerger Calls for Views to Oppose Mitt Romney's Stance Towards TV Funding

PBS President Paula Kerger wants viewers to oppose Mitt Romney's call to end funding of public broadcasting. Kerger said Wednesday that she recognizes the United States has to make tough budget decisions but defended PBS as an effective public-private partnership. Romney has criticized public funding for PBS while campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. He has said he doesn't intend to "kill Big Bird" of "Sesame Street" but that public TV shows will have to become ad-supported.
January 4, 2012

IRS Extends Tax-Filing Deadline to April 17

Taxpayers will have until Tuesday, April 17 to file their 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due, because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Monday, April 16. According to federal law, District of Columbia holidays affect tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do, giving all taxpayers two extra days to file this year.
January 2, 2012

New Tax Provisions for 2012

With the ringing in of the new year, several new tax provisions took effect. While the list of new items does not compare with the number of tax provisions that expired at the end of 2011, practitioners should be aware of what has changed.