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FIFA: This New Law May Affect Businesses Nationwide

From Multibriefs

Approximately 34 percent of the U.S. workforce — or 53 million Americans — earn a living working as freelancers, according to the "Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce" report. Despite this huge number, freelance workers are still not protected by law. However, all of this is set to change as the Freelance Isn't Free Act (FIFA) takes effect in New York City. Employers and freelancers need to understand the extent of the law before they are affected by it. READ MORE

The Beginner's Guide To Shooting Good-Looking Video

From Association Success

Whether it’s for a promo video or a webinar, having the quality of your footage match the quality of your content makes such a difference to the message you are sending out. READ MORE

4 Things Your Innovation Efforts Shouldn’t Focus On

From Harvard Business Review

Differentiation should be a prime motivator of any strategy; firms should always look to find an edge. But too often CEOs find themselves stuck in what I call an innovation plateau. They fall into chronic sameness, an inertia driven by a feeling that they must focus on cost, even cheapness, to remain competitive. READ MORE

How This Company Combines The Gig Economy Model With AI To Be More Productive

From Fast Company

A system called “flash teams” combines some of the most successful elements of the new way we work, but is it sustainable? READ MORE

It's Time To Spring Clean Your Brain

From Multibriefs

The promise of sunnier weather is a nice excuse to engage in a little deep cleaning. While it can be richly rewarding to discover the back of our closets, the clean surfaces of our desks and the joy of riding in an immaculate car, taking a little time to clean out the clutter in our minds can be even more beneficial. Here are a few simple steps to help you get started spring cleaning your brain. READ MORE

California job growth continues to lead the nation

From Beacon Economics

The latest release from the California EDD shows that the state accounted for nearly one-fifth of all job gains in the nation in March, according to an analysis released jointly by Beacon Economics and the UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. READ MORE

California exports continue robust growth

From Beacon Economics

California’s merchandise export trade had an exceptionally strong showing in February, although merchandise imports pulled back in the latest numbers, according to a Beacon Economics’ analysis of U.S. trade statistics released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau. READ MORE

Trump 'Unknowns' Continue To Cloud Economic Forecast

From Beacon Economics

The ability to accurately forecast where the U.S. and California economies are headed continues to be seriously hampered by the enormous uncertainties stemming from the ongoing turmoil of President Donald Trump’s administration.

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Quarterly forecast for six major regions in California

From Beacon Economics

Each quarter, find updated analysis that goes beyond the state and national level to present a snapshot of employment, home prices, consumer spending, personal income, and other leading economic indicators within key areas of the state. READ MORE

How To Train Your Brain To Be More Innovative

From Fast Company

Innovation is a series of steps, and innovators possess certain characteristics. Every individual possesses some of those characteristics—though to varying degree—and recent research looks at what those characteristics are, and how we can “awaken” them in order to unleash our own innovative genius. READ MORE

When Planning a Presentation, Step Away from PowerPoint and Do This Instead

From Inc.

The success of your presentation depends less on your slides than a lot of other factors. So if you spend all your time making slides (or worse, curating old slides), you are not going to make the impact you seek. READ MORE

SEC Issues New Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule in Response to Closure of NAM vs. SEC Lawsuite

From Lawrence Heim, Elm Sustainability Partners

SEC Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar and the SEC Division of Corporation Finance Staff both issued statements tApril 7, 2017 on the conflict minerals rule in light of the final Court action in NAM v. SEC. READ MORE

See 10 ways to ruin a cybercriminal’s day


Technology has changed the way we live, our relationships with others, and even how we take care of ourselves. These days, everyone – from the most inexperienced to the most advanced user – takes measures to protect themselves from cybercriminals seeking to compromise or steal information. In this article, we discuss how you can fend off cybercriminals’ malicious attacks, making it much more difficult for them to succeed. READ MORE

The Top 4 Traits Millennials Look for in Leaders

From Inc.

At 80 million strong, Millennials (those born from 1980-2000) are already at critical mass in that same workplace. To excel in today's work environment, it's important to understand Millennials and how to effectively work with them. READ MORE

Senator Warren Seeks Investigation into Acting SEC Chairman Piwowar’s Authority to Reconsider Conflict Minerals Rule

From Lawrence Heim, Elm Sustainability Partners

Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with Senators Sherrod Brown, Robert Menendez and Brian Schatz, submitted a pointed letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission Inspector General Carl Hoecker asking for an investigation into recent actions taken by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar.  One of the actions Senator Warren wants reviewed is the January 31, 2017 statement from the Acting Chairman directing the staff to reconsider the conflict minerals rule. READ MORE

The No-Fluff Latest “Must Read” on Conflict Minerals Filings for 2016

From Lawrence Heim

The conflict minerals disclosure is still required for calendar year 2016. No Executive Order has been issued, nor has SEC eliminated or modified the rule. READ MORE

New Comments to SEC Show Ongoing Misunderstanding, Excess Spending for Conflict Minerals Rule

From Lawrence Heim

The new public comment period initiated by SEC Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar is now closed and we have reviewed almost all the submittals.  What is surprising is that there still seems to be significant misunderstanding or interpretations of the rule, and some issuers are spending far more than is likely necessary.   READ MORE

Yahoo hack warning: What happened and should you be worried?

From The Telegraph

Yahoo has warned customers that cyber attackers may have compromised their accounts in the past two years, finally alerting them about malicious activity it has known about for months. READ MORE

5 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2017

From Entrepreneur

You have an opportunity to grow your business in 2017. It doesn’t have to be substantial growth, but a small incremental advancement in your business not only provides more revenue for you but more value to your customers. Work on strengthening the core of your business, while expanding your reach in the market. READ MORE

4 Ways CEOs Can Conquer Short-Termism

From Harvard Business Review

In a recent survey, 70% of respondents said that CEOs focus too much on short-term financial results, and nearly 60% said that they don’t focus enough on positive long-term impact. READ MORE