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10/20/2017

The court in a recent case, Carroll v. Comprehensive Women's Health Services, focused on facts that were unfavorable to the employer -- rather than on evidence submitted -- in the firing of a "sympathetic" employee, and therefore allowed the case to proceed to trial. The takeaway is that employers should carefully analyze the circumstances surrounding a sympathetic employee's dismissal when evaluating litigation risk.

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10/19/2017

Overcoming adversity is easier when you possess confidence, persistence, dedication and control -- all traits that can be developed over time, writes LaRae Quy. "Control your own emotions, thoughts and behavior rather than trying to control other people," she argues.

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10/19/2017

President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission will be Joseph Simons, an antitrust lawyer with Washington law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the White House said. Simons worked in the FTC's Bureau of Competition from 2001 to 2003.

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10/19/2017

The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23,000 Wednesday, but some experts say some softness is behind the record-setting rise. Technical analyst Frank Cappelleri suggests watching to see how the market reacts over the next few days.

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10/19/2017

Being an executive is more than just a title; it's also having executive presence, or an outward appearance that's based on behaviors developed within, writes Mary Jo Asmus. She describes the importance of being purposeful in your words and how to practice displaying executive presence.

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10/19/2017

Surge pricing is common for concert tickets, plane fares and hotels, but it could be used for electricity bills, road access and other areas, writes Neil Irwin. Such dynamic pricing would require the oversight of regulators to ensure fairness and avoid the exploitation of customers, he argues.

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10/19/2017

Automation and other technologies have cut into the number of US manufacturing jobs for decades, yet the sector faces a shortage of skilled and trained workers. Schools, partnerships and other efforts will be needed to help determine which recruitment methods are most effective and can be replicated, The Economist writes.

10/19/2017

Mara Charlamb of United Radio, the company her grandfather started over 90 years ago, says that listening and the ability to work with others are the way to become a strong leader. "If you don't have the ability to work with others and to understand others and to get things done through others, you're never going to be successful as a leader," says Charlamb.

10/19/2017

The first MegaBots robot battle between the US and Japan was recently held but lasted only 30 seconds, and the second battle featured two robots that were unable to separate.

10/19/2017

Alaska contractor North Country Services will accept a $280,000 fine assessed by the Alaska Labor and Workforce Development Department stemming from the lethal collapse of a concrete retaining wall. Alaska safety officials ruled that the contractor failed to ensure the wall was braced as Nicholson Tinker prepared it for demolition, which ultimately led to the wall's collapse and Tinker's death.

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