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Volunteer Background Check Best Practices: Background Screening - Free

February 12, 2020

Name-Based Searches vs. Fingerprinting Nonprofit organizations that conduct background checks on prospective volunteers should be in compliance with federal and state laws that govern obtaining and using such information. By listening to and reading the news, one might think that a fingerprint database is out there for organizations to use when doing background searches, such as the FBI database. However, organizations must remember the original reason behind that database was for the use of law enforcement, not for use as a tool for background screening. While using the fingerprint database results can be a valuable part of an extensive background check; this this white paper reviews why it’s crucial to recognize the imperfections in the system and why name-based searches should continue to be an essential part of any background check.

Understanding Your City's Energy Resources - Free

February 5, 2020

Does your city incorporate energy planning into local policies? In order to devote effort to local energy issues, local governments have to understand community energy use and prepare for energy resources, markets, and technologies evolving over time. This white paper reviews the importance of planning for a community’s energy future by understanding the current conditions of local energy use and identifying the valuable local energy resources for which there are, or could soon be, development opportunities.

Software and Software Support Contracts - Free

January 29, 2020

Are your software projects completed on-time and on-budget? According to a 2015 study, only 29% of software projects were completed on-time and on-budget; and for larger companies only 18% of projects were on-time and on-budget. So who is responsible? The description of services included in the software contract is perhaps the most important term of the contract. On the other hand, the description of services, and ambiguity with it, is the most common source of litigation as well. This white paper reviews the importance is defining what should be included in your next software contract.

Impact of Final Regulations & Proposed Regulations for Additional First Year Depreciation Deduction - Free

January 22, 2020

These regulations provided taxpayers with some clarity but questions remain. The IRS and Treasury Department issued the final regulations specifying guidance in regard to additional first year bonus depreciation deductions under section 168(k) of the Internal Revenue Code. As much as these regulations, issued in September 2019, cleared up some questions and provided clarity; some concerns remain. This white paper reviews some of those concerns and discusses some of the topics that the regulations provided clarity on and how taxpayers may apply the regulations.

Sharing Data Between Microsoft® Office Programs - Free

January 22, 2020

What are the advantages and disadvantages from program to program? Choosing one Microsoft® program over another can be one of the most important decisions you make in the process of creating a document. Each program has unique strengths and advantages for different types of documents. Planning out in advance what you will do with the information and how you will use it will help you to choose the most appropriate method. This white paper reviews questions to ask yourself to make sure you are using the program best for your project and offer insight on Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

WSIB’s Rate Framework Reform - $7.00 Free for Silver Members Free for Gold Members 

January 22, 2020

The countdown continues. There are two new policies that give effect to the RF changes and replace policies that will become redundant in the new system. The first is Policy 14-02-01 Employer Level Premium Rate Setting and the second is Policy 14-02-06 Employer Premium Adjustments. The WSIB made these policies available in advance to assist employers in understanding and preparing for the RF. This white paper is the second part in the series of updates and insights to assist Schedule 1 employers with the transition to the new WSIB Rate Framework.

The Importance of Graphics in Commercial Litigation - Free

January 15, 2020

Visual aids could help open the door to juror persuasion. Research shows that the old saying of seeing is believing is true when it comes to visual aids. Visuals can lessen learning time, enhance comprehension, and boost retention; and studies indicate that individuals only recall about 10% of information that is presented aurally in a 12-hour period. This white paper reviews how the use of visual aids can help retention rates for jurors who have decisions to make days, weeks and sometimes longer after evidence has been given to them.

The Ethics of Hold Harmless and Indemnification - Free

January 1, 2020

What, me worry? In 1952, Americans were introduced to the fictional character Alfred E. Neuman in Mad magazine. Since that time, the carefree, and often reckless attitude of Mr. Neuman is characterized by the phrase, “What, Me Worry?” To some extent, this slaphappy attitude persists in our legal landscape today as attorneys attempt to deal with the scan-dalon known as the Medicare Secondary Payer Act. In order to avoid these issues, it has become common practice to place hold harmless/indemnification clauses in settlement agreements in an attempt to expedite the settlement process. As a result, state and local bar associations have taken note along with lawyer professional responsibility boards. This white paper reviews recent ethics decisions regarding these matters and highlights efforts in West Virginia to limit the use of such agreements.

U.S. Forest Service Proposes to Revise NEPA Regulations - Free

December 4, 2019

Draft guidance could be available as early as 2020. A proposed rule was issued by the U.S. Forest Service to revise it’s regulations implementing NEPA. This was released in June 2019, more than 10 years since the regulations had been updated last. This white paper reviews the proposed rule which is part of a recent federal effort to increase the efficiency of environmental analyses.

Alignment of Title Reports and Land Surveys - Survey Review - Free

November 27, 2019

Review important features of the survey. The value of a survey, if complete and accurate and obtained sufficiently in advance of the closing of the sale or financing transaction, is that it enhances the practical capacity of the parties to make an objective analysis of the risk of the existence of encroachments and of conflicts in boundary lines. In appropriate cases, the survey may also make it possible for the parties to obtain more specific or expanded title insurance coverage than would otherwise be possible. This white paper reviews how a survey can help to spot issue and addresses building setback lines and restrictions.