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Clarifying working parents' rights

May 24, 2007
The EEOC issued new guidelines yesterday on what might constitute illegal discrimination against workers with family obligations. The agency hopes the guidelines will help people balance family and work life, Pat Loeb reports.

Wages, war and politics

May 23, 2007
The minimum-wage increase has ended up in the Iraq war funding bill. So Democratic lawmakers are in a bind: To raise the minimum wage they'll have to vote for the war. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Washington

Foreclosed homes are going, going . . .

May 23, 2007
As foreclosed homes flood the market, lenders are looking to get their money out as soon as possible. One way to do that is at auction. Jane Lindholm checked out the bidding where lots of homes were on the block.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

Your friendly local avatar

May 23, 2007
Just when you thought one of the greatest benefits of shopping online was never having to say "I'm just browsing thanks," more companies are discovering that virtual salespeople can boost Internet sales. Mike Rhee has the story.
Posted In: Retail, Science

New regs for Fannie and Freddie?

May 23, 2007
The two government-sponsored mortgage companies face a slew of new rules because of recent high-profile scandals. But the political winds in Washington aren't favorable. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Housing, Washington

Sarb-Ox revisited again

May 23, 2007
Many small companies have struggled to cover the costs of following the Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules, but exempting them could encourage the type of accounting fraud the law is intended to fight. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Taxes, Washington

P&G concentrates on shrinking bottles

May 22, 2007
Procter & Gamble says it's doubling the strength of its detergents so it can reduce packaging and water use. But Pat Loeb reports that success will depend on whether consumers can change their behavior.
Posted In: Retail

Falwell was a pioneer at selling God

May 22, 2007
Funeral services for Jerry Falwell were held in Lynchburg, Va., today. Commentator Adrian Wooldridge says there was a side to Falwell that deserves some attention — that of religious entrepreneur.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Click-to-win marketing

May 22, 2007
Big sweepstakes prizes aren't just for the big kids anymore. One company is making it cost-effective for small and mid-sized businesses to offer prizes potential customers might give up their personal information to win. Sean Cole has the contest details.
Posted In: Science

China, U.S. hash out trade disputes

May 22, 2007
Beijing has sent its biggest-ever trade delegation to Washington for a summit on the trade deficit, debt, tarriffs and money policy. But don't get your hopes up for sweeping changes. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Canada, Economy