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Contractors caught in post-COVID volatility

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contractor-construction-site

Whether you are a homeowner building a deck or a commercial contractor building multimillion-dollar projects, the soaring costs of construction materials is not new news. Even as lumber prices begin to retreat, what might be surprising is the length of time it might take for prices to stabilize overall or at least become more predictable.

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The Three Little Pigs and the price of a stick house

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lumber-yard

Growing up, I loved reading the tale of “The Three Little Pigs,” never thinking much of how the story could ever relate to my adult life. As an occupational hazard, I often think now of the second little pig: “How is he going to rebuild his house of sticks that the wolf blew down?”

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Tips to protect taxpayers from identity theftduring and after the pandemic

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taxpayers-identity-protection

Taxpayers, beware of fraudsters out to trick you for your information. Tax return identity theft has reached such epidemic proportions that it tops the list of the IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams. Here are tips the IRS wants you to know about identity theft so you can avoid becoming a victim.

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Walking (and driving) in a winter wonderland

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man-scraping-car

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed many more people out and about as the coronavirus pandemic lingers. In my neighborhood, people are jogging, pushing baby carriages, chasing toddlers, walking dogs and riding bikes. On the surface, it’s good to see people getting exercise, fresh air and even socializing at safe distances. But an increase in foot traffic can create some concerns.

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The hidden effect of COVID-19 on fleet safety

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fleet-safety

If you’ve driven a motor vehicle since COVID-19 restrictions were initiated in March 2020, you’ve undoubtedly noticed fewer vehicles on the road. You might think this would result in a reduction in overall auto crash rates in general and fatality rates in particular. Unfortunately, it appears just the opposite is happening. While actual miles driven have declined, crash and fatality rates have increased.

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Consider safety before taking your restaurant outdoors

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restaurant-outdoors

Restaurants seeking new ways to stay operational during the pandemic are constructing temporary structures to extend the outdoor dining season. Use of these structures without proper safety precautions and adequate protections for customers and employees could lead to unforeseen legal and safety consequences.

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When kids come to work: 5 tips for businesses and parents

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kids-at-work

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted business owners and their employees to find new ways to keep employees and their families safe and secure. Many organizations are assisting working parents by allowing employees to bring their children to work. In areas where traditional daycare facilities may be unavailable, some employers are setting up temporary daycare services on-site.

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Reduce legionella bacteria after COVID-19 shutdown

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reopening-pool

The August edition of ClubSolutions Magazine, a publication for health club operators, features an article by Jayson Scott, national program director for Cincinnati’s fitness, sports and recreation program. He offers a reminder that Legionella bacteria, known to cause Legionnaires’ disease, can be present in water systems shut down due to COVID-19. His article provides tips for dealing with the risk.

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Strategies for reopening your fitness club

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reopening-club

The June edition of ClubSolutions Magazine, a publication for health club operators, features an article by Jayson Scott, national program director for Cincinnati’s fitness, sports and recreation program. He offers tips for health and fitness facilities as they reopen after shutdowns to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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Adapt your business continuity plan for COVID-19 conditions

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business-continuity

With hurricane season now upon us and the risks of wildfires increasing every day in the summer heat, planning for natural disasters is an inevitable and necessary part of every disaster preparation or business continuity plan. But how effective will these plans be in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic?

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