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Employers Beware: Love Is In The Air And Your Company May End Up Paying
Wednesday, February 14, 2001
Posted online at ChicagoBusiness.com on February 14, 2001. Cupid's bow is firmly in hand today, and his arrows d'amour are carefully aimed at those whose lives he'll change forever. Lovers everywhere trade Valentines and share chocolates and champagne. Even lovers who happen to work together. And therein lies a trap for the unwary employer. Take the case...
Free Small Companies From Contract Bundling
Monday, February 5, 2001
Reprint permission from the February 05, 2001 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Small business has been systematically cheated out of its fair share of federal government contracts. The culprit is "bundling," the discriminatory practice of combining several federal projects into one large package that is almost inevitably awarded to big business. By...
OSHA's Ergonomics Standard: Why Bush And Business Are Fuming Over New Legal Requirements
Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Posted online at ChicagoBusiness.com on January 16, 2001. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has enthusiastically embraced ergonomics as an effective tool in reducing on-the-job injury, and the business community is up in arms. OSHA's tough new ergonomics standard, which takes effect Tuesday, mandates that by Oct. 14, most...
Check Out Fine Print Before Using Electronic Signatures
Monday, January 8, 2001
Reprint permission from the January 08, 2001 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. A new federal law makes it absolutely clear that electronic contracts can be valid. Any "electronic sound, symbol or process" that evidences one's intent to be bound contractually will be deemed an "electronic signature" and will have the same legal effect as if the signer had...
The Bush Supreme Court: Building Consensus Out Of Political Rancor
Thursday, December 21, 2000
Posted online at ChicagoBusiness.com on December 21, 2000 In a complex and fractured opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court, as sharply and bitterly divided as the electorate, voted George W. Bush into the presidency. And President-elect Bush may soon have the privilege to make his mark on the court. Chief Justice William Rehnquist is 76 and plagued with...
Tough Job: Staying A Step Ahead Of Dot.com Frauds
Monday, December 4, 2000
Reprint permission from the December 4, 2000 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. The Federal Trade Commission is spearheading a new international network of consumer protection agencies to crack down on "dot.cons." Everyone who uses the Internet to gather information, to do business or to shop will benefit from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC)...
Lawsuits In Wheelchairs Reconsidering the Americans With Disabilities Act
Friday, November 17, 2000
Posted online at ChicagoBusiness.com on November 17, 2000. A truck driver for a supermarket chain was fired because he is nearly blind in one eye and failed to meet federal vision standards for commercial drivers. He turned around and sued the company, which had no choice but to defend itself all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before it was...
Making The Case For Not Taxing E-Commerce Sales
Monday, November 6, 2000
Posted online at ChicagoBusiness.com on November 06, 2000. Politicians and tax collectors are salivating over off-the-chart forecasts of e-commerce revenues, but California Gov. Gray Davis didn't take the bait. Instead, he took some political heat and may have saved his state's growing share of the new economy. To his credit, Gov. Davis recently vetoed a...
SEC's New Gag Rule Just Might Backfire
Tuesday, October 24, 2000
Posted online at ChicagoBusiness.com on October 24, 2000. A new Securities and Exchange Commission rule bans senior officials of public companies from disclosing "material information" to financial analysts and big investors before making it public. And "material information" includes nearly anything an investor might want to know before buying or...
New Economy Backers Lust for That Old-Fashioned Clout
Monday, October 9, 2000
Reprint permission from the October 9, 2000 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. It's election time, and anything can happen. But this go-around, some unexpected forces are at work. Six people recently offered to sell their votes for president on the Internet, fetching $10,000 bids each before the online auctioneer concluded the bidding. Federal and state...
Strive for Online Privacy or Become a Tech Victim
Monday, September 4, 2000
Reprint permission from the September 4, 2000 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Internet companies are leveraging their advertising dollars by compiling and exchanging personal information that tells more about who we are and what we do than we might ordinarily admit. Watching and being watched from afar, many of us have been overwhelmed by technology...
Demanding a Fair Count From Independent Auditors
Monday, August 7, 2000
Reprint permission from the August 7, 2000 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. The accountant is now an entrepreneur — someone who aggressively markets and cross-sells his products and services. But that evolving business model has brought the accountant's professional independence into question and jeopardized the integrity of his work. Other...
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