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January 2019 Archives

Breast-feeding workers often face discrimination

Many breast-feeding employees complain about the accommodations they are offered. The rooms are often not suitable and usually inconvenient. However, it gets worse. A new study finds that two-thirds of breast-feeding employees have faced some form of discrimination in the last decade that has led to losing their jobs.

Entrepreneurs ace the elder-care market

Global entrepreneurs are swarming into the ground-floor elevator of the fastest-rising business opportunity in history. Baby boomers account for a quarter of the population in the U.S., and they are living longer and needing more care. However, with a shortage of caregivers and nurses comes the demand for technological innovations.

Local businessman faces suit over rehabbed vending machines

Many remember the glass-topped Mold-A-Rama vending machines at zoos, arcades and museums. Young customers can drop coins into the slot and watch the plastic mold injection machine create dolphins, dinosaurs or tractor figurines in under a minute. Hundreds of machines were built in the 1960s under the ownership of the Aramark, which eventually sold the company in 1971.

The pros and cons of noncompete agreements

Like all business owners, you strive to find and retain the best talent. From a business perspective, this approach makes sense. After all, recruitment and training costs can set any business back thousands of dollars. If you want to protect your financial investment, you may be thinking about asking employees to sign a noncompete agreement

Sick days now on life support

Sick days traditionally involved one of two scenarios. One was the worker calling in sick because they literally could not function and needed to stay in bed. The second was a similar situation except that it involved a sick child that could not stay home alone. According to the New York Times, those days of calling in sick and recuperating are nearly gone.

Sears CEO’s hedge fund buys rest of chain’s assets

The long saga of Sears department stores has a new and possibly final chapter. The 132-year-old chain recently confirmed that that the ESL hedge fund of Sears CEO Eddie Lampert has won tentative approval to purchase the final 425 stores as well as the rest of the chain’s assets during a bankruptcy auction (the company filed Chapter 11 in October of 2018). The purchase for $5.2 billion is subject to court approval on February 1. If approved, the deal would then close on February 8.

Controversial congresswomen did not pay workers’ comp

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has quickly become one of the most discussed figures in politics. Advocates point to her social media skills and quick wit as fresh and invigorating. Detractors, some of whom are in her own party, grumble that 29-year-old from New York really does not understand how things get done inside the Beltway, and she is also often faulted for her far left politics.

OSHA urges employers to be aware of winter hazards

Folks here in Georgia do not see the same kind of cold that our neighbors in the north do. However, it is a fact that the temperatures do drop and it does not need to be sub-zero for workers to suffer from weather-related injuries or illness.

4 advantages of purchasing a franchise operation

Let us say you have some experience with restaurant management and enjoy that kind of work. It is time to go out on your own, but should you start your own business from scratch? There is another option. Here are four advantages of becoming a restaurant franchise owner.

Supreme Court to look USPTO's judgement on explicit trademarks

The Supreme Court last week announced that it would examine whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) could reject trademark applications based on the nature of the trademarked subject matter and language. The USPTO currently has the 113-year-old statutory provision in the Lanham Act, which forbids scandalous, immoral, vulgar or deceptive trademarks.

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