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Report: U.S. economy will depend on trillion-dollar Hispanic ‘niche’

The explosive growth of the U.S. Hispanic population should be making consumer-products companies rich, but instead, it is leaving them confused. The U.S. Latino community, already a $1 trillion annual consumer market comprising 52 million people (out of a total ...

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Could your practice be a virtual success?

The Internet has created a revolution in the way that lawyers and clients interact. The most familiar form of the online revolution’s impact on small and solo law firms is the use of the Internet for everything from websites and ...

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What to do when you retire

You’ve done everything right. You’ve adopted the concept of “perpetuity” so that the firm now thinks and plans for the long term. You’ve groomed a solid core of good leaders who are trusted, share common values, are committed to the ...

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When businesses are liable for employee conduct

Most business owners like the idea of being self-employed and, therefore, the “master of the universe.” But the downside of that dominion is that sometimes the business and/or its owner(s) may be liable in damages for its employees’ conduct even ...

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Natural gas vehicles face chicken-and-egg syndrome

While the push is under way in some states to provide roadside battery-charging for the thousands of electric cars on the highways, another alternative, the natural-gas-powered vehicle, mostly sits idle. Anyone who has watched television in the past decade knows ...

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Unleash the power of Thor: Why aren’t more people talking about thorium? (access required)

Thorium, element number 90 in the periodic table, was named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor. The name, bestowed in 1828, was perhaps prescient, foretelling of the energy this slightly radioactive metal is capable of producing. So, why have ...

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The ripple effects of inefficient management (access required)

A friend of mine (let’s call him Tom) was heading to the airport the other day to catch a flight for his next training assignment when his cell phone rang. His boss said he needed to skip the trip and ...

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Mandatory plan summaries delayed six months (access required)

On February 9, 2012, the IRS, DOL and HHS published joint final rules relating to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary of Terms mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The most significant development ...

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Great places to work (access required)

What makes a company a great place to work? Compensation? Work-life balance? Social awareness? An office with a window? Some researchers think the answer depends on whether you fall into the Baby Boom, Gen-X or Gen-Y generation. Longitudinal researchers at ...

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Steer clear of extremes or everyone loses

Few things are more frustrating than being on the short end of an unfair situation. And since those claiming to be the “99 percent” are making a lot of noise about how unfair things are, let’s examine what they’re taking ...

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