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10/19/2018

Some attorneys have differing opinions on whether the Labor Department has the authority to make a legally binding rule governing joint-employer liability. Tammy McCutchen of Littler Mendelson argues that it does, noting that the department "has authority to issue regulations on joint employment to better define very ambiguous definitions in the [Fair Labor Standards Act]."

10/19/2018

Some policy groups are joining together to support association health plans, which, according to the Foundation for Government Accountability, could help self-employed individuals to access coverage. Rules issued by the Trump administration could allow groups of businesses to either contract with an insurance company or underwrite plans themselves.

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Watchdog
10/19/2018

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has started a securities fraud investigation of Helios and Matheson Analytics, the majority parent of MoviePass. Helios and Matheson said it was cooperating with the probe and believes that its "public disclosures have been complete, timely and truthful."

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Variety, USA Today
10/19/2018

Many digital health startups have difficulty turning early buzz into a sustainable business model, perhaps because they are trying to apply a tech-startup mentality to a market segment that needs a different approach, writes cardiologist Paul Yock. "Digital health products need to appeal not just to individual consumers but to a complicated landscape of stakeholders -- from doctors and patients to regulators and insurers -- all of whom have a say in whether a new technology is adopted," he notes.

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Fast Company online
10/19/2018

A company that wants to survive in the long run needs to develop an effective people platform that "extends and amplifies the capabilities of team members the way a software platform extends and amplifies the capabilities of its products," writes Arjun Sethi. Finding success in this area means allowing leaders to develop from within the company and eliminating complacency, Sethi adds.

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Hacker Noon
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Arjun Sethi
10/19/2018

Initial startup excitement can backfire if founders make incorrect assumptions about the potential of their business idea. Turning a profit should be an early priority to ensure the business can find stable footing.

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Medium
10/19/2018

Alta Motors, an electric motorcycle startup that once had a co-development partnership with Harley-Davidson, has laid off its staff and ceased operations, according to multiple media outlets.

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TechCrunch
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Alta Motors, Harley Davidson
10/18/2018

The US dollar gained ground Wednesday as the Federal Reserve released minutes from its September meeting that indicate another rate increase is likely in 2018.

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Reuters, MarketWatch
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Federal Reserve
10/18/2018

You can prevent meetings from disrupting your day by determining if you need to attend, whether the information could be exchanged electronically or if someone else could go in your place, writes Scott Matteson. If attendance is required, hold fast to the agenda and keep yourself on schedule by lining up your meetings consecutively, he writes.

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TechRepublic
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Scott Matteson
10/18/2018

Sales managers should devote more time to coaching and skill development to help representatives improve and meet goals, writes C. Lee Smith. Through adaptive learning, managers personalize their coaching efforts for each rep's needs and provide information in small bites for more effective retention.