Fine Print – Gotcha!

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Tara Zoumer thought she had found her dream job when she was hired at WeWork, a $16 billion start-up that rents office space to young entrepreneurs. As a salaried employee, she was soon asked to expand her duties to include many things that an hourly custodian should do. When she tried to get other employees… Read more »

Suit without merit?

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A $5 million suit was filed in Federal court alleging that Starbuck’s is deceiving customers by filling drinks with too much ice. Questions: 1. Based on the allegation, do you think that Starbuck’s should report the lawsuit as a contingency in their upcoming annual report? Why or why not? 2. Besides claiming that too much… Read more »

HUUUUGGGGGEEEEE Shift!

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In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the U.S. economy, a Harvard University poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. Questions: 1. What percentage supported socialism? 2. Why are the results of the survey difficult to interpret? 3. What did the survey say about health insurance? 4. What did you… Read more »

Can you Alter what the Internet says about you? Ask UC – Davis.

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To improve the reputation of the University of California, Davis, and its Chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, after the November 2011 pepper spraying of students, the university contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub negative online Internet postings about the incident. Questions: 1. Explain what percentage the strategic communications budget increased by from 2009… Read more »

Beware: Don’t Push that Button

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While some thought this was an April Fool’s joke, Amazon assured them that the new Dash Button is a serious device to buy that one item that you always need! Questions: 1. Approximately how many brands and how many devices does Amazon have on dash buttons? 2. What are the charges associated with a Dash… Read more »

Pet Valuation: A slippery slope or not?

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The Monyak family decided to board their 2 dogs when they took a vacation in France. The Monyaks gave special instructions to the caretakers to give an anti-inflammatory prescription to one of the dogs. Unfortunately, the kennel gave it to the wrong dog who died from an overdose shortly after the family returned. The Monyak’s… Read more »

Cheap Rent in San Francisco

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According to the Washington Post, Peter Berkowitz and his roommates came up with an innovative way to find affordable housing in San Francisco. Questions: 1. Why is the cost of living so high in San Francisco? 2. What are some of the other housing alternatives mentioned in the article? 3. How does the median rent… Read more »

Sick Leave? How does it hurt business?

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Many people go to work even when they are sick. But should this happen in the restaurant industry? As Chipotle found out outbreaks of norovirus, E. coli and salmonella can devastate business. This article discusses the lack of sick leave in the restaurant business and how food workers are the source of about 70% of… Read more »

Is a new retirement savings plan part of your future?

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If you make a list of the most hated words or phrases in politics today, “employer mandate” has to be in the top 10. However, in this era of retirement security crisis, mandatory retirement savings program is gaining more support in Washington. Questions: 1. Who are pushing the idea politically? 2. Why will the Congress… Read more »

A crummy $56?????

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Drivers who worked for the “taxi” service known as Lyft, (in California) during the past four years, would have been entitled to an estimated $126 million in expense reimbursements had they been employees rather than independent contractors. Questions: 1. How much would Lyft drivers have recouped under a standard rate for mileage reimbursement set by… Read more »