Disputes

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For companies with employees, there’s a new rule in town (at least, in Chicago’s federal court): Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, women cannot be fired from their jobs for needing time off for infertility treatments. As reported in the Wall Street Journal online, the ruling involved “a secretary who was laid off after taking time […]

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This week, I received a frantic call from “Rosie,” who had been referred by a colleague of mine. She plunked down a huge chunk of change (well into the five figures) to buy a day spa from the current owner. The seller told her he wanted to get out of the business because he wanted […]

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In a recent round of litigation concerning online content hosts, the online complaint site Ripoff Report won a defamation (and trademark) lawsuit filed in Florida by a Colorado company. According to the site, the Ripoff Report is a worldwide consumer reporting website and publication by consumers, for consumers, to file and document complaints about companies […]

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As seen in… Zsa Zsa Gabor once said, “[My ex-husband] taught me housekeeping. When I divorce, I keep the house.” But what if your house isn’t the issue—it’s your company …? Can your spouse keep a piece of it? It’s an issue that affects many small business owners. U.S. divorce rates hover around 40-50% (American […]

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True confessions time:  the last few months have been very hard because, well, for all of my desire to be the Business Partnership Expert, my own business partner and I parted company as of December 31, 2007.  It was my decision.  There were things in the partnership that just weren’t working, and others that I […]

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Much as I swore I would not begin Chanukah/Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving (I am blessed with Jewish family and Catholic in-laws, so I get it from all sides), I did. The lure of the catalogs I received in the mail, and avoiding the lines, the stress and the rush, were too great. After sifting through […]

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Are you having trouble getting paid? Afraid to push too hard to collect on this debt?  It’s a common scenario for small business owners.  And as I’ve said in my program, “How to Train Your Clients to Pay You,” the only thing worse than having no clients is working like a dog and not getting paid. […]

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My Sunday mornings begin . . . at the end.  Of the New York Times Magazine, that is.  I’ll peruse the Lives column, for stories about, well, people’s lives.  Then, I’ll jump to the front of the magazine and indulge in an “educational minute” with William Safire’s column On Language.  Before I move on to fun […]

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My college roommate, Jenny, called me at the end of an aggravating day at her graphic design firm – to vent. “I wasted the entire day trying to chase down customers who owe me money,” she said. “I’ve called them on the telephone. I’ve sent e-mails and letters. I’ve even met with some of them […]

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Like many things, the short and obvious answer to the question, “can ailing business partnerships be fixed?” is . . . it depends.  It depends on why the partnership is reaching a rough patch, whether this is something that happens with regularity, and the extent to which the partners are willing or able to make […]

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