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7/20/2018

When interacting with friends at work, it's important to establish boundaries without being too rigid, writes Dana Asher. "It's when we fail to embrace the complexity of our work relationships, by embodying one role or another too fully, that things fall apart," she writes.

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7/20/2018

A judge rejected a proposed settlement in a McDonald's case that involves issues of joint-employer liability in the franchise industry. Uncertainty over the joint-employer standard is "really quite terrible for our membership because most of the brands that are out there and the small owners and operators don't have the resources of a large franchise system," said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE.

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7/20/2018

A Sonic restaurant opened in Oklahoma City offers several features meant to promote sustainability, including a closed-loop water recirculating system, solar panels and LED lighting. "Being environmentally conscious and meeting the increasing need for renewable energy were important drivers for investing in sustainable components for our new drive-in," said franchisee Jay Jirous.

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7/20/2018

Denny's is expanding delivery options through a partnership with Amazon Restaurants. Meanwhile, several brands, including Dunkin' Donuts and Dickey's Barbecue Pit, have made moves to improve their mobile app offerings.

7/20/2018

An appeal may be forthcoming now that Administrative Law Judge Lauren Esposito has rejected a proposed settlement in a case involving McDonald's that touches on joint-employer issues. "The board is what it is and you have to deal with the hand you're dealt with respect to political realities, the nominations process, and how the board operates," said IFA's Matt Haller.

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7/20/2018

A recent Supreme Court ruling that prevents government unions from charging nonmembers "fair-share" fees may not be extended to the private sector anytime soon, observers say. Nor would the situation change significantly if Brett Kavanagh, President Donald Trump's pick to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy, is confirmed.

7/20/2018

Uber has formed a partnership with a startup called Cargo that will allow drivers in Los Angeles and San Francisco to sell earbuds, energy bars and other items to riders. Drivers could bring in an extra $100 a month through the arrangement, Uber estimates.

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7/20/2018

In most years, biotech companies have more initial public offerings than technology companies do, writes Joanna Glasner. There may be room for even more biotech IPOs given the generally sluggish pace of innovation at established firms, notes Bob Nelson, co-founder of ARCH Venture Partners.

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Crunchbase
7/20/2018

Startups typically can't afford the kind of expert budgeting advice they need in their early days. To help, Hazz Design CEO Tracy Leigh Hazzard runs through the basics of spending in terms of patents, prototyping, marketing, research and design.

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Inc. online
7/20/2018

Despite the potential of initial coin offerings, there are several downsides to consider, among them poor liquidity and high failure rates, writes Rahul Varshneya, co-founder of Arkenea. Still, several industry luminaries are excited about the potential for cryptocurrency, making the sector worth watching in the future, he adds.

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Entrepreneur online
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