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5 New Year’s Resolutions For Family Businesses

Aristotle got it right. Some things were not meant to be equal. One quarterback should call the play. One physician should determine the treatment. And one person should steer the ship. Sometimes egalitarianism leads to impasse, confusion and even disaster.

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Good Deeds Punished? The Legal Risks of Employee Community Service

With the holidays just around the corner, employers are busy planning their company-wide charitable initiatives. To support their employees’ commitment to community welfare, many employers match employee donations to charitable or educational institutions and publicize volunteer opportunities. Some organizations, however, are making a shift to a new way of corporate giving that percolates from the bottom up: encouraging employees to “get involved” through contributions of time and talent.

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If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Post it on the Internet

It was an axiom of childhood: “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” The reality of business in the internet age is that if you can’t say something nice about a customer experience … you will probably post a negative review on Yelp, Google, Angie’s List or a similar review site.

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Location, Location, Location: Mr. Nutterbutter loses home court advantage!

Mr. Nutterbutter, of course, is a giant, talking squirrel, and sidekick of acerbic late night comedian, John Oliver. Mr. Nutterbutter and friends, John Oliver, HBO and Time Warner, Inc., were recently handed a legal defeat when a federal court in West Virginia refused a request to allow a lawsuit, based in part on Mr. Nutterbutter’s comments, to proceed in federal court.

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Saving Face: How to Protect Your Online Reputation

Reputation – a difficult term to define. It is an amalgamation of social perceptions, subliminal impressions, skills, branding, word-of-mouth and first hand experiences. For businesses, reputation is an essential and irreplaceable asset. It is among the first considerations in trust building. It is frequently the basis of customer decisions and it can attract – or repel – talented employees. Once damaged, reputations can be difficult to repair. Second chances can be rare, if they come at all.

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