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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:00:00 -0600

The reversible thumb and the capacity to laugh at situations you'd prefer you weren't mired in are two attributes unique to humans.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:30:00 -0600

Dame Stephanie Shirley founded a female-run software development company in 1962 -- but she still had to sign her name as a man to be taken seriously.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:30:00 -0600

Are you passionate about the product? And will you have fun, learn and build wealth? Then you've found the right fit.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:00:00 -0600

Superstar status belongs to those who, for starters, focus on completion of a task rather than blind adherence to a work process.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:30:00 -0600

The first impression is everything -- even via email. Here are tips to get it right.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0600

Draw the line that you should never cross: You just don't lie in business.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:30:00 -0600

Successful leaders could learn a lot from great salespeople.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:00:00 -0600

Richard Branson, Tim Westergren and James Dyson all refused to be part of the 'failure culture.'

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:30:00 -0600

We're in a cycle that celebrates and rewards growth at almost any cost, but that doesn't mean it's the right approach.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:00:00 -0600

Start a new tradition of 'career letters,' to express gratitude for what's good your work life.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:30:00 -0600

This entrepreneur predicts a shift from the craziness of Black Friday to the digital shopping extravaganza after the weekend.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:00:00 -0600

To keep customers from abandoning the sale do everything to make the process smooth.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:30:00 -0600

According to a new study, our offices may be chipping years off our lives.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:15:00 -0600

Inexpensive microphones and lighting techniques will make a world of difference -- and boost your views and sales.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:00:00 -0600

Just as a great novel needs a readership in order to be successful, your business needs a stellar marketing plan.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:12:00 -0600

VideoPicture Courtesy of Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi, the Foundation responsible for the creation of the original Pi set of single board computers has announced the release of a new model - the Raspberry Pi Zero. Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in [...]

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:29:00 -0600

You've probably heard the term "fear-based manager," but what does it mean -- and how can you spot a fear-based manager before you end up working for one? Liz Ryan explains!

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:02:00 -0600

The Patriots’ superstar quarterback has no shortage of fans lining up to spend the most money for a an autograph that I can recall in recent memory.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:41:00 -0600

If you're considering buying a PS4 this Black Friday, you're not alone. Sony just announced 30.2 million sales for its indomitable console, continuing an impressive streak-- outpacing even the PS2 for total sales. The company slashed the base price to $349.99 a little while ago, but there are even better [...]

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:19:00 -0600

By Ramanan Krishnamoorti, UH Chief Energy Officer & William S. Epling, Cullen College of Engineering The controversy over Volkswagen’s admission that it rigged pollution tests in the United States – causing the tests to show fewer emissions than the company’s highly efficient diesel vehicles produced during normal operations – has raised [...]

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:08:00 -0600

By shooting down a Russian plane Turkey has declared itself to be an ally of the Islamic State rather than the West. Washington should drop its dangerous frenemy in Ankara.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:36:00 -0600

In a recent article, small business expert Gene Marks shared the unconventional argument that Small Business Saturday is unimportant at best, and insulting at worst. I respect his position and can certainly understand the underlying argument he was trying to make. Unfortunately, I believe his approach is overly cynical and misses the mark. As the CEO of a company whose sole mission is to educate, encourage, and support small businesses, I must take this opportunity to present a counter-argument.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:36:00 -0600

The company expects a low double digit annual average growth rate from emerging economies in the next five years with Greater China growth in mid-teens. The company's "Integrated Marketplace" will be another growth driver in the future where revenues are primarily expected to be driven by e-commerce sales which are projected to grow to $7 billion in the next five years. The women's business is expected to be another key growth driver for the company, with revenues from this category expected to reach $11 billion by 2020.

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:49:00 -0600

Who run the world? Girls. Women. Melinda Gates is exerting her influence over the richest charitable foundation in history. In doing so, she's quickly become the most powerful advocate for women and girls in the world.

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:11:00 -0600

I’ve developed an obsession with some of history’s most creative minds in the hope that I might learn some tricks to expand my own creative productivity. Some of the things I’ve learned are more useful than others, and some are simply too weird to try. Steve Jobs, for example, routinely sat [...]

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:51:00 -0600

The 60-some interns in Evercore’s summer program work shoulder to shoulder with analysts at the New York-based investment banking firm. “This is not by any means a shadowing program,” says Randi Brown, head of recruiting and training. While interns work on actual deals, they also get plenty of mentoring and [...]

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 21168 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.”