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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:00:00 -0600

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:00:00 -0600

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:45:00 -0600

The shipping company cuts its profit forecast, blaming the cost of extra measures it took to ensure deliveries were on time during the 2014 holiday season, and hinted it would start charging retailers more.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:30:00 -0600

Kevin O'Leary sees interest rate rising and China's economy rising. He advises companies to get more productive.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:15:00 -0600

Running a startup can resemble playing a game of blackjack. Be savvy and strategic yet willing to take risks at the right moment.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:00:00 -0600

Twitter is a great marketing platform, but simply firing off tweets isn't going to necessarily translate into leads and sales.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:30:00 -0600

Failures of trust and communication can be tricky to navigate. The Ethics Coach can help.

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The idea is to give people an alternative to pricier data plans from the big cellular companies.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:13:00 -0600

For $15 a week, Vida delivers live, one-on-one personalized medical advice from health-care pros.

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The sharing economy increasingly looks like the quickest route to your own business for most people.

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The Creatrs Network would give marketers access to the kind of content that is already resonating among Tumblr's 420 million total users.

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Simplifying the challenge of managing a growing workforce is better for the company and appreciated by employees.

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Instead of a chicken sandwich, this woman was given $2,631.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:05:00 -0600

A rising stock market helped put a damper on securities fraud, if the number of lawsuits filed is any indication.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:40:00 -0600

Facebook is working on an app called Facebook Lite, which is optimized for low-end Android devices in emerging markets. Facebook Lite launched in a limited number of countries across Asia and Africa over the weekend, according to TechCrunch. Depending on the app’s feedback, Facebook Lite may expand to other countries. The Facebook [...]

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:21:00 -0600

This past Friday on CNBC, billionaire energy mogul T. Boone Pickens predicted that oil prices would be near $80 by the fourth quarter of this year. His oil prediction is based on the thesis that U.S. energy companies will drastically cut back on production. That would decrease the supply of [...]

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:10:00 -0600

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Don't know what IMbp is? If not, then it'll cost you, starting today.

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A lot of problems could be prevented by reminding ourselves that we have two ears and only one mouth.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:04:00 -0600

In the first installment of this interview series with Doors drummer John Densmore, we covered Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, Densmore’s late former band mates, and what it was like from the drummer’s throne playing to wild-eyed fans. Here, Densmore discusses how to make it in the music business, the [...]

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:00:00 -0600

I’ve been hearing since before Christmas about Project Chrome, the code name for what has been touted to me as the biggest reorganization in IBM history. Well, Project Chrome is finally upon us, triggered I suppose by this week’s announcement of an 11th consecutive quarter of declining revenue for IBM. [...]

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:50:00 -0600

As a hyper-aggressive 23-year-old, I trained in full contact fighting with Grover, a tall Marvin Hagler looking former middleweight champion, at a rundown gym behind a rock quarry in Northern, Ca. After one of our training sessions, I heard a voice on the other side of the quarry as I [...]

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In the first half of the 20th century, blacks fled the South for economic opportunity. Now they're being drawn back -- 13 out of the top 15 metro areas on our list are in Dixie.

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 13478 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

California, USA - Chaldeans are fast learning the importance of legislation and politics and how the two can impact their business bottom line.  The Chaldean Caucus has long banged the drums of needing business savvy politicians from local to federal positions.  In Michigan, the Caucus moved forward in promoting and supporting three Chaldean political hopefuls.  Two of which have extensive business backgrounds. 

The Chaldean Caucus also monitors the judicial bench and the rulings they make that impact business.  The Supreme Court's 2006–2007 term was particularly kind to the small business community. The Chaldean Caucus estimate that at least half of the docket included cases with a substantial business interest. Here's a review of some major decisions for Chaldean small-business owners:

Court Limits Pay Discrimination Claims
A landmark 5–4 decision by the Supreme Court enforced the 180-day time limit for filing a discrimination charge. The case that spurred the decision was Ledbetter v. Goodyear.  The basic question was how many salary reviews a plaintiff could contest within the 180 day window of a discrimination charge after the alleged unlawful employment practice may have occurred.

A number of small business groups and legal foundations filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief supporting Goodyear and warning the court that an employer's ability to tell their story dissipates sharply as time passes. Memories fade; managers quit, retire or die.

The court's determination that there is a limit as to how far back a plaintiff can reach for damages represented an important victory for small businesses.

Limits on Union Dues Are Upheld
Another key constitutional victory was upheld when the court ruled that a Washington state law that requires unions to obtain nonmembers' consent before using union fees for political purposes does not violate the First Amendment. Small business groups have long worked to defend limitations that protect nonunion employees from unwittingly or unwillingly financially supporting political causes with which they do not agree.  Examples include issues like abortion, same sex marriages, and one party support. 

Business groups argued that there's a long judicial history of prohibiting organizations from forcing nonmembers to support a union's political activities.

Tort Reform Prevails
Trial attorneys fought to have juries impose damages suffered by people who were not parties to a case.  Tort-reform advocates felt it unfair that defendants can be punished for harm to non-parties.  The Supreme Court agreed.   The case of Phillip Morris USA v. Williams sent a clear message that punitive damage litigation has gone astray. 

The precedent established by the court arises in a number of other types of cases, including product liability and environmental litigation.

"Punitive damages have unreasonably exploded in both frequency and size.  This is partially because of the celebrity tabloid attention to big awards, the broad brush stroke that all business is bad, and other unfair stereotypes and prejudices.  Unfortunately this has led to an out-of-control spiral of the legal system.  The backbone of America is business, innovation, and the ability to earn what you merit," says Karen Halibu, director of business and government affairs office for the Chaldean Caucus. "The Supreme Court made the right decision. Punishing defendants for harms that have not been tried in court is simply unfair and should be ruled unconstitutional."

Chaldean small businesses are likely to see more opportunities whereby the courts advocate for entrepreneurs says Halibu. “Given the Roberts' court propensity for defending the core of American freedom and innovation, we are likely to have a number of opportunities to advocate for small business in the upcoming term.”