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Tennessee Law Outlaws Netflix Password Sharing

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A new law recently passed in Tennessee will make it illegal for people to share online subscriptions to entertainment services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Rhapsody. Once the law goes into effect on July 1, Tennessee residents could face a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail for using someone else’s log-in information […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 6th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

California’s “Do Not Track” Bill Clears First Hurdle

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California is currently weighing legislation that would require websites to gain user permission before collecting data through cookies in what is believed to be the country’s first “Do Not Track” bill. SB 761 was introduced by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D – 27th District) and is sponsored by Consumer Watchdog, a California-based advocacy group. It passed […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 19th, 2011 at 11:45 am

Maryland Considers Outlawing Use of Credit Reports in Employment Decisions

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Back in April, we discussed how some states are outlawing the use of credit reports in hiring decisions, and now Maryland may become the next state to do so. Maryland State Delegate Kirill Reznik (D-Germantown) recently re-introduced a bill that would prevent employers in the state from using credit reports in hiring and firing decisions; […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 1st, 2011 at 9:38 am

P2P Car Sharing Won’t Invalidate Insurance in California

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A new law that allows car owners to rent out their vehicles without invalidating their insurance policies recently went into effect in California. The change means that so-called “peer-to-peer” or P2P car sharing has become easier for those who would like to participate. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill last September, but before January 1 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 27th, 2011 at 9:58 am

San Francisco’s Happy Meal Law: No More Toys with Unhealthy Children’s Meals

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The city of San Francisco has passed a law that prohibits restaurants from giving away toys with children’s meals that don’t meet certain nutritional standards. Yes, Virginia, that likely means McDonald’s Happy Meal toys will be difficult to find in San Francisco as of December 1. The city’s Board of Supervisors passed the law 8-3, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 4th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Small Businesses Should Act Fast – Some Incentives Set to Expire by Year’s End

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Small business is the intended beneficiary of a package of tax cuts, incentives, retirement options and loan programs that went into effect this fall. But in some cases, business owners must act quickly to take full advantage of the aid. Encouraging entrepreneurs is the objective of the new Small Business Act of 2010. It provides […]

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November 4th, 2010 at 1:08 am

NJ Law Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Unemployed

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Today the New Jersey Legislature is scheduled to vote on an employment anti-discrimination law that would prohibit employers from posting job advertisements that imply or state that current employment is one of the prerequisites for the position. If passed, each violation of the law could cost employers up to $10,000. New Jersey’s unemployment rate is […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 14th, 2010 at 9:23 am

Senate Passes Small Business Bill

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Normally this space on Friday is reserved for the weekly small business news roundup, but there is simply no story that comes close to the importance of the Senate’s passing of the so-called “Small Business Bill” this week. The main provisions of this legislation would create a $30 billion government fund available to community banks […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 17th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Will Internet Dating Safety Act & Craigslist Changes Make Internet Safer?

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This past week, entities in both the public and private sphere have taken steps that may make the Internet a safer place. To wit, New York may soon become the second state in the country (after its neighbor New Jersey) to pass a law that requires Internet dating sites to warn their customers about potential […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 7th, 2010 at 10:34 am

Small Business News Roundup: 6/18/10

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This past week was a big one for small businesses, especially up on Capitol Hill. Let’s jump right into this week’s roundup of small businesses news: House Approves Small business Lending Bill: The big news in small business this week is that just yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would create a […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 18th, 2010 at 10:03 am