Ben Reiland

  • What is Crude Oil and Who Are the Top Producers? To kick off our first Oil Check post, we’re going to give a bit of background information on what goes into the price of gas and the top crude oil producers. We’ll start with the cost. Supply and demand are major factors. If the global…

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  • Illinois’ New Labor Law and Business Mileage Reimbursement Illinois recently passed an amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA). This amendment requires employers to reimburse their workers for “necessary” costs “directly related to services performed for [their] employer[s].” While this new law does not go into effect until January 1st of 2019,…

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  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and Your Reimbursement Looking forward to the holiday season fast approaching? In the next four months we’ll be celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Tax Season. You probably don’t have your candy, turkey, gifts, champagne and migraine medication yet. But there’s plenty of reason to prepare for…

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  • Distracted Driving and Your Company Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Wind on the back of your neck can break your attention, though not as violently as a giant pitcher of flavored drink mix smashing through your wall. Regardless of how they arrive, distractions have the same affect, pulling your attention away from where…

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  • Look at as much data as you want, visit as many fortune tellers as you can afford, the fact remains: no industry is immune to market fluctuation. Even if you aren’t particularly good at dancing, you know the steps. When the market booms, your company grows. When it busts, your company tightens its belt. What…

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  • In the last post in this series, we covered the recent news regarding commodities and tariffs. More specifically, we looked at the commodities targeted by the Trump administration, and the retaliatory tariffs other countries imposed on goods from the United States. We also highlighted negative tariff impacts on three key industries including auto parts manufacturers,…

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  • You don’t have to read the news to know that tariffs have been imposed on several products and resources. Speculation regarding the impact these tariffs will have on the American and global economies abound. Whatever your political leanings, they are happening, and they will impact many businesses. Interested to know if that’s for better or…

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  • How does your mobile workforce stack up? The future is many things. Predictable is not one of them. Maybe the Patriots will make it to the Super Bowl next year, and maybe you’ll find five dollars on the ground today. The fact remains, those are just maybes. And because it doesn’t pay to sink money…

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  • How Does Depreciation Impact Your Company’s Fleet Vehicles? In a recent study of over 4.1 million car sales, vehicle research site iSeeCars has recognized the 10 cars sure to depreciate the most in a three-year time span. Spoiler alert: it does not look good for owners of American and German made vehicles. The highest depreciator,…

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  • Creating Savings With Your Retail Company’s Vehicle Program It’s hard to call any line of work easy. Selling ice cream on a hot day even comes with inevitable wrist and elbow pain. No one is about to say that working in the retail industry is easy. And with the rise of online purchasing, competition has…

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