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December 2014


Money, drugs, and marriage: The year in employment law

As 2014 comes to a close, a look back on the year reveals a provocative collection of employment law changes, with some interesting developments likely yet to come. It sounds like the plot for a summer blockbuster, but corporate managers should be ready to deal with the age-old themes of money, marriage, and drugs as the workplace is affected by adjustments to the minimum wage, developments in the redefinition of what constitutes a spouse, and the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

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Employers need to keep track of criminal records laws

A growing number of states and cities are passing laws restricting employers from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s criminal history during the beginning stages of the hiring process. These are widely known as “ban-the-box” laws because they prohibit employers from requiring an applicant to check a box on a job application indicating that he or she has a criminal record.

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Market and economic report: Falling oil prices capture markets’ attention

The decline in oil prices has captured the markets’ attention, leaving key economic data in the background. The 40% decline in oil prices will typically lift U.S. economic activity by about 1% over the next couple of years. The benefits will take some time to be reflected in the economic data, likely later in 2015.

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Why you need to use your website to teach your customers

What expectations do you have for your website? Should it be a digital business card? Should it be a lengthier version of your advertising brochure? Or could it be much, much more?

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Market and economic update: U.S. economy remains on solid footing

The U.S. economy remains on solid footing, with a 321,000 gain in nonfarm payrolls in November, bringing the measure to its highest 12-month gain since 1999. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8%, but the U-6 unemployment rate, considered to be a broader measure of the unemployment situation, improved to 11.4%.

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The season of taking: Avoiding occupational business fraud over the holidays

It’s commonly referred to as the “season of giving,” but business owners should beware of winter’s notorious reputation as the “season of taking.” According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), fraud increases an estimated 20% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and it does not discriminate between large and small businesses.

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Market and economic update: November ends with flurry of economic data

Despite the Thanksgiving holiday, the end of November came with a flurry of economic data. Stronger third-quarter GDP growth, revised up to 3.9% from 3.5%, was met by weakening data for October and slipping consumer confidence in November.

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Commercial terms and conditions are boring and confusing; why bother to read them?

Boilerplate T&Cs in commercial sales documents are often larded with legalese: tedious, unnecessarily complicated, and often confusing jargon. Does anybody read them or pay any attention to them before something goes wrong with the contract? And even if you read them, and even if you think you understand them, if there are terms you don’t like, they are probably not negotiable. So why read them?

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Trash your cash register: 3 mobile payment options for your small business

Have you noticed the Apple Store doesn’t have a single cash register on the premises? And that all payment transactions are conducted by employees using mobile devices? If you run a business that sells things, you might consider going in the same direction.

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