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Company culture and employer branding go hand in hand. But which is which? Are they the same? Company culture can be defined as the shared beliefs, values and practices of an organization. Employer brand is how a company is perceived as an employer and what value it provides to attract and retain employees.

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From autonomous vehicles to smart refrigerators, technology seems to be transforming nearly every aspect of our lives. It’s playing a bigger role in almost everything we do, including how we source our food. The agriculture industry has experienced a significant tech boom and, as a result, produce is reaching consumers quicker, safer and more efficiently than ever before.

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When it comes to healthcare, we understand that you often get what you pay for, but there is a thin line between accepting price hikes and being a diligent consumer. Fighting the rising costs associated with group medical plans often feels like an uphill battle.

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What makes your company stand out from its competitors? Twenty years ago you might have said that technology gave your team a competitive edge, but in today’s environment, technology is a common (and typically necessary) commodity that simply helps maintain the status quo. So where are companies regaining that lost advantage? The answer can be found in an organization’s human capital.

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High seas, salty air and sword fights. It may be hard to believe, but the first historical accounts of workers’ compensation are linked to pirates. As motivation to participate in this dangerous trade, they were often rewarded in gold if they sustained significant injuries. The bigger the sacrifice, the bigger the reward.

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It's been said that "a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there." Perhaps Wayne Simmonds knew this when he began selling dust mop services for an up-and-coming franchise business known as Dust-Tex in the late 1950s. Fresh from active duty in the U.S. Navy, Wayne returned to Omaha, Nebraska with his young family and worked for the business until it was eventually acquired by American Uniform Company.

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We won! SilverStone Group was recognized as one of America’s healthiest companies by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) with the esteemed Platinum Award. WELCOA is among the nation’s most-respected resources for building high-performing, healthy workplaces.

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Last month, President Trump signed landmark tax reform legislation. Throughout the legislative process, House and Senate bills contained various changes to employee benefit plans. Many of the proposed changes were removed, and the resulting final version has a somewhat minimal impact to employer-provided benefits.

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The IRS issued Notice 2018-06 and extended the deadline to furnish individuals with 2017 Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C. The automatic 30-day extension pushes the due date from January 31, 2018, to March 2, 2018.

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Chief financial officers and other company leaders have a heavy burden when it comes to managing an organization’s financial risk. From strategic initiatives to outside investments, it can be a full-time job keeping it all in check.

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