The news today is that charges have been dropped against the last three defendants in the political prosecution of six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray.
I write this on Friday morning following the surprise vote by the British electorate to leave the European Union (EU). Most markets and polling believed the United Kingdom would stay put, and so priced them “remaining” into global market values. This “leave” vote was a surprise and this is why we’ve already seen a huge amount of market volatility in the aftermath of the vote.
When Mark Tyler thinks about the future of Wisconsin’s economy, he worries there won’t be enough workers to keep it humming.
I recently did a weekend retreat for a professional services firm. Prior to the event there was a considerable amount of pre-work with the organizers to make sure that we hit the targets that needed to be addressed. In addition, I made the extra effort to go on their website and look at the bios and pictures of those who would be in attendance. By the time of the event, I knew each person’s name and a little bit about him or her. Needless to say, the ability to connect on a personal level with each individual in attendance got us off and running in a very positive way.
I marvel at old trees. Especially the giant oaks we have around the Madison area. I’m lucky because I get to see them in the country when I’m out biking and also when I’m walking around town.
After much anticipation and speculation, the final regulations changing the salary basis test for determining exemption status have arrived. Among other changes, the final regulations have more than doubled the amount that employees must minimally be paid in order to be considered exempt. This is no small matter, as it is anticipated that millions of currently exempt employees will be affected.
Contrary to popular belief, a probationary status has no bearing on whether an employer has to pay. Whether an employer plans on having its employee work for a week, a month, or long-term, the employer is required to pay unemployment insurance on that employee and may be liable for benefits that employee later draws if he or she becomes unemployed. Aside from a very few special exceptions, employers with one or more employees (part-time or full-time) are subject to unemployment insurance laws.
“What should my company share on social media?” is the second most common question I hear when giving presentations (the first being “What is a hashtag?” an article you can read at IBMadison.com).
Here’s a little survival tip for consultants. Do NOT suggest that a middle market company adopt a new procedure. No one likes new procedures. By extension they do not like consultants who bring up new procedures.
For any entrepreneur, owning your own business is something you’ve always dreamed of. And to have the opportunity to achieve that goal with your best friend (and in this case, brother) is the cherry on top of the sundae. What you don’t plan for is to watch that sundae melt away on the sidewalk outside your office.
A new report by the Industrial Research Institute in Washington, D.C. forecasts that global research and development (R&D) spending will increase by 3.5% in 2016 and reach nearly $2 trillion in value. About one quarter of the spend ($514 billion) will occur in the United States, with the remainder primarily in Asia and Europe.
Never before has there been an app, game, or piece of technology that does the work for you of getting people to your local business, at little to no cost, in such an easy and fun way — until now. It’s called Pokémon Go. Perhaps you’ve heard of the phenomenon?
A small business owner recently wrote me asking for advice on how to create engagement with his team members, hoping that it would lead to better bottom line results.
Over the past several weeks, the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin hosted community discussions about local transportation concerns. We held sessions in La Crosse, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Janesville, and Wausau.