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June 2013


Want to succeed in business? Try these 5 personal lifestyle makeover tips

Do you aspire to be a successful entrepreneur? Are you a business owner experiencing challenges managing your business? Would you like to sustain the growth your business is currently experiencing? Or perhaps you have run a venture or two in the past that did not quite turn out the way you planned and you are wondering what you did wrong or could do better next time around. If any of these situations apply to you, you may benefit from one or more of the following lifestyle makeover tips.

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Businesses are embracing fixed-rate financing

From my vantage point as a banker working with commercial clients in Wisconsin, the current economic recovery is uneven. Some industries are faring much better than others. In this uncertain environment, we’re seeing many businesses putting in place long-term financing for their operations and anticipated growth.

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Personal liability in employment cases: Are executives in the legal crosshairs? (Part II)

Though the federal discrimination laws – Title VII, ADA, and ADEA – do not allow a plaintiff to sue an individual, some employers have tried to implead the manager who caused all the trouble. The employer seeks “contribution,” meaning if the company had to pay damages, it wants to get the money back from the individual who committed the discrimination. Some employers have been successful.

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Summer highway construction – a role model for your business

Jeff Havens here, somehow. To be honest, I’m surprised I was able to sit down at my computer to write this, since by all accounts I should still be stuck on the interstate. I drove across the great state of Indiana yesterday and found myself enjoying the ritual of endless construction zones that is played out every summer in every state in America. And I’ll admit, I was initially tempted to scream at all those stupid orange barrels while they silently, knowingly mocked me.

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Personal liability in employment cases: Are executives in the legal crosshairs? (Part I)

Two supervisors were held personally responsible to pay $450,000 each as part of a $12 million award to a fired employee. The jury found that the plaintiff had been discharged in violation of FMLA rights. In addition, the jury decided there had been an intentional violation by both supervisors who had made statements that they “intended to find grounds for dismissing the employee.” Schultz v. Health & Hospice Corp. (N.D. Ill., 2002). The U.S. courts have held that managers can be personally liable for wrongs committed in the scope of their employment. Discrimination cases against employers are increasingly accompanied by personal tort actions against individual co-workers or managers. Third parties harmed by employees are also suing managers for negligent supervision.

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