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Time to set limits: Business owners suffer tech overload

In this Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, photo, Aaron Norris poses for a picture with his smartphone near his office, in Riverside, Calif. Norris finds it's a struggle to let go of his electronic devices and the temptation to keep reading work email during his off hours. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  Three years into being a business owner, Becky Davis knew she needed to break the hold technology had on her. Davis, a marketing and management consultant to other small business owners, was so immersed in emails, texts and social ...

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Banks, retailers spar over Dodd-Frank fees

A provision of the Dodd-Frank Act capped the fees debit interchange fees banks could charge retailers. (Thinkstock)

  Six years ago, when President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, America’s retailers got a big reduction in the debit-card fees they pay banks. Now, with Donald J. Trump set to take office, they’re preparing for a lobbying ...

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Q&A: Can my employer fire me for legally using marijuana?

All the states with legalized recreational pot have exemptions for workplace drug policies. (ThinkStock)

  Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace. For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others ...

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Local employers making changes despite injunction

Although President Barack Obama’s new rule on who gets overtime pay has been halted by a federal judge in Texas, employers have still made changes. The new rule, scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, would have raised the minimum salary ...

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Wells Fargo discloses SEC investigation into sales practices

The highest court in Massachusetts ruled against U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co. Friday in a pivotal mortgage foreclosure case that could impact nation’s largest banks. AP Images.

  The San Francisco-based bank has been under fire since it was discovered that in order to meet extremely lofty sales goals, employees opened as many as 2 million bank and credit card accounts without customer authorization. Wells Fargo has ...

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Get out and vote, small-business owners tell employees

Some small businesses are joining larger employers in giving workers some time off to cast their ballots. (File Photo/Maximilian Franz)

  Reports of long lines for early voting persuaded Darlene Hollywood — she’s giving her 13 employees at Hollywood Public Relations the morning of Election Day off. “I don’t want people to feel they have to make a choice of, ...

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Modern Marketing: Get to Know Gen Z

College admissions offices are already aggressively changing recruiting tactics to appeal to Generation Zs. Randstad North America is already advising employers how to manage the soon-to-be Gen Z-infused workforce. So who are Gen Zs and why are they starting to ...

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Banks face new demands to guard themselves from hackers

Wild swings in the stock, bond and currency markets in the first three months of 2015 are likely to translate into bigger profits for big U.S. banks, analysts say. AP Images

  Hackers who relentlessly pursue banks may run into tougher defenses as the Federal Reserve and other U.S. regulators force the biggest lenders to plug any vulnerabilities. Banking agencies released a proposal Wednesday for rules that would require lenders — ...

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Task Force lists ways to confront ‘zombie’ house problem

Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello with members of the Monroe County Task Force on Vacant and Abandoned Properties at a news conference Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (Bennett Loudon)

  A group that has been studying the problem of “zombie” houses since last spring released a report Thursday with 24 recommendations. Many towns in Monroe County have hundreds of such empty properties that are wallowing in the foreclosure process ...

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Government to pick plans for displaced health law customers

Cutline: Shown is the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance. Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015 – all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service for the first time whether or not they had health insurance the previous year. Most will check a box. It’s also when the IRS starts collecting fines from some uninsured people, and deciding if others qualify for exemptions. AP Images

WASHINGTON  — Worried that insurers bailing out of the health law’s markets may prompt their customers to drop out, too, the Obama administration plans to steer affected policyholders to remaining insurance companies. But those consumers could get an unwelcome surprise ...

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Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

Members of Congress have grilled Mylan CEO Heather Bresch about stiff price increases for her company’s EpiPens, prefilled syringes that deliver a rescue drug for people suffering life-threatening allergic reactions. (AP File Photo)

  WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror. Republican- and Democratic-controlled Congresses, and presidents of both parties, may have set the ...

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