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McDonald’s has launched a collection of burger-scented candles.  DESIGNBOOM > Global air traffic could fall for the first time in a decade because of the coronavirus.  CNN BUSINESS > Many small business owners are starting wellness programs to help employees be healthier, happier ...

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Business news roundup

Footage of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina is being used in a beer commercial. Some are upset. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER > Martin Shkreli is being used by the FTC and the New York attorney general over allegations of monopolistic behavior. THE HILL > Here’s ...

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A number to know: A pickup for a pickup truck company

$1.3 billion The amount raised by Rivian, the company that makes an electric pickup truck and electric vehicles for Amazon and Ford. READ MORE AT CNN BUSINESS >

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Study: Newly-hired CEO’s political leanings can affect pay structure

The political leanings of a CEO can affect their initial pay package, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. Research and corporate governance practices generally recommend compensating a risk-averse CEO with more performance-based pay to incentivize risk ...

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Financial therapy could help couples with disagreements

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Financial therapy may help couples with disagreements and financial problems before relationships suffer. “Money is a big thing and ignoring it is impeding satisfaction in relationships,” said Megan Ford, a couples and financial therapist at the University of Georgia who ...

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Most family businesses have no succession plan

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Most CEOs of family businesses don't have a formal retirement plan, and 70% of family businesses don't have a formal succession plan, according to a recent report published by Babson College. But Millennial CEOs are ready to take the helm, the report found.

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Uber said its New Jersey drivers were contractors. New Jersey said they are employees, and now Uber owes $650 million in employment taxes. BLOOMBERG LAW > Google had plans to publish more than 100,000 human chest x-rays online, but then canceled after ...

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Location of short-term rentals can affect neighbor attitudes

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The characteristics of neighborhoods where short term rentals are located can affect neighbor’s attitudes, according to new research from the University of Georgia. The findings: If residents feel their neighborhood is on show to tourists, they’re more likely to have ...

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Service workplace theft strategic and contagious, study says

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Sometimes workers steal. Sometimes they see coworkers stealing. A new study using gobs of data has found that restaurant workers who witness point-of-sale system theft by other workers may be more likely to steal themselves, but intervention by management can prevent others from joining in on pilferage.

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Report ranks cities for ease of doing business for SMBs

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A new report ranks 115 North American cities for the ease of setting up, operating and shutting down small and mid-sized businesses. The Doing Business North America report from the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University measures ...

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