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Ensuring your company has a diverse workforce can make it a better place to work for everyone. However, you may find hiring a variety of people from different backgrounds is not easy, especially if you seem to attract the same type of applicants every time you put out a job ad.

TechRepublic explains that you may need to switch up how you advertise a job opening and seek out diverse groups to help vary the applicants you get for a job opening.

Ad placement

The first thing you can do is rethink where you place ads. Consider the audience you will reach by using certain platforms. Try to use a variety of placements that may reach different groups of people. For example, if you cannot attract older applicants, consider placing an ad on Facebook, which tends to have an older crowd.

Ad content

You should also pay attention to the content of your ads. Are you narrowing the pool of potential applicants by making your job requirements too strict? This is a common mistake. Rethink what characteristics and qualifications a person really must have to do the job. Do not ask for too much. You could be chasing off diversity by putting too many requirements in the ad.

Also, revise the language you use. Make sure it is inviting to everyone.

Ad website

Whenever you have your ad include your website, you need to be sure the website shows you welcome diversity. If your website only shows images of older white males, it may not seem very encouraging to people who are not older white males. Showcase the diversity you already have within your company to draw in a diverse applicant pool.

You have to make diversity a priority to draw in a good group of applicants. Make sure you are not placing limitations on yourself through the job advertising process.

Many California residents procrastinate with estate planning. However, estate planning is a good idea for adults of all ages since the unexpected could happen. People who write estate plans can also use them to ensure that their beneficiaries get the maximum possible amount without a portion of the estate being eaten up through taxes. Estate planning can also help to ensure that your assets will go to the people you want to receive them instead of them being passed to the wrong people. Here are a couple of ways estate planning can help your beneficiaries receive a greater portion of your assets.

Reducing income taxes

Some people assume that they only need to write estate plans if they are very wealthy so that they can avoid estate and gift taxes. However, people who receive certain types of assets might also have to pay higher income taxes. For example, if you have a 401(k), a traditional IRA, or another tax-deferred retirement account, the beneficiary of one of these types of retirement accounts will have the amounts they receive added to their incomes. This can bump them into a higher income tax bracket, and they will also have to pay income taxes on the total amount distributed to them. Converting your traditional IRA or 401(k) to a Roth IRA can help your loved ones to avoid having to pay income taxes on what they receive.

Avoiding estate and gift taxes

If your estate is worth $11.58 million or more as an individual, your estate will be subject to federal estate taxes. Careful estate planning can help you to reduce the value of your estate so that it falls below the threshold amount. This can be accomplished through carefully planned gifts during your life, charitable contributions, and creating a trust.

If you die without writing an estate plan, your assets might be distributed to people you did not intend to receive them. When people die without estate plans or wills, their assets are passed according to the state’s intestacy laws. Estate planning helps to avoid unintended consequences and can help your family to preserve your wealth.

Most Americans are familiar with the basis of the judicial process, if only because of daytime TV. It is likely that you have seen popular television shows on both civil and criminal court cases before. However, the mediation process does not seem to capture the popular imagination as well, and thus has not had a spot in the limelight.

Keep in mind that mediation can look different depending on the circumstances surrounding it. However, according to FindLaw, both parties may or may not have legal representation and the mediation will take place in a private, neutral place.

Are lawyers necessary for mediation?

Not necessarily. It is generally up to the individual parties whether or not they would like to work with personal lawyers during the mediation process. The mediator him or herself is not affiliated with either side and remains neutral.

In some mediation sessions, the parties may appreciate additional personal legal counsel to guide them through the mediation process. However, keep in mind that a mediation session is not a courtroom and the mediation is not a judge. Even with the presence of lawyers, the majority of mediation sessions are non-binding.

Where does mediation take place?

This depends upon the preferences of the disputing parties. However, usually both parties agree upon the location in advance and it is in a private area that has no spectators. However, it is also possible that further mediation processes after the initial meeting may take place over the phone, particularly in non-inflammatory situations. Mediation, in many instances, is a cost-effective, low-stress way to manage disputes.