Business

Market Basket Movie Nears Release

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Boston — One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history soon will be the subject of a documentary film. Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire-based film maker who’s been working on the project for two years. The documentary is about the yearslong power struggle between cousins …

Obama Proposes Changes to Overtime Pay

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Washington — Here’s a convenient way of getting more work out of your employees, without paying the required time-and-a-half pay for anything over 40 hours a week: Call them “managers.” Currently, these so-called white collar workers are exempt from overtime if they make more than $455 a week or $23,660 per year, even if they perform routine tasks like stocking shelves at a …

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Like all states, Vermont faces its own obstacles when it comes to growing the economy. Joan Goldstein, a Royalton resident and Vermont’s recently appointed commissioner of economic development, places the need for skilled workers, built space, infrastructure and affordable housing at the top of the list. A transplanted New Yorker with roots in …

Tuk Tuk’s Dream Comes True

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hanover — There’s a word beyond language — call it a useful noise — that stretches across disparate regions of the globe. Whether it be in Cairo, Bangkok, Phnom Penh or Guatemala City, a stranded traveler need only …

Ways for Self-Employed to Save More

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Question: I am a freelancer. I don’t consider myself a small-business owner, just someone who gets the work done on time and gets paid. I max out my IRA every year, but would like to save more in a tax-advantaged account. I checked out SEP and SIMPLE IRAs, …

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dartmouth Institute Leader Honored Hanover — Dr. Elliott Fisher, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has received the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s highest individual achievement award. Fisher received the Richard L. Clarke Board …

Facebook Hires Yahoo’s Information Security Officer

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tech companies ask users to put a lot of faith in the security of their products — and Facebook has poached Yahoo’s chief information security officer to help keep that faith. Alex Stamos said in a Facebook post that he would start his new gig as the company’s …

‘The Internet of Things’ Has Untapped Potential

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Just when you thought the Internet of Things couldn’t possibly live up to its hype, along comes a blockbuster, 142-page report from McKinsey Global Institute (The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype) that says, if …

Road to Hydrogen Cars Is Slow but Has Promise

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dallas — President George W. Bush, eager to ease the country’s dependence on oil from the Middle East, pledged in 2003 that the first car of a child born that day would be powered by hydrogen, not gasoline. He committed $1.2 billion for development, and so began the …

One Company Bucks Frozen Foods Decline

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Literally and figuratively, frozen food is not a hot business. The meals are cold and sales are down. Consumers are shifting to fresher options. So the frozen food aisle may seem like the last place you’d seen innovation in your local grocery store. Yet Atkins Nutritionals has somehow …

Consumer Confidential: More Help Is Needed to Stop Robocalls, Including Ones From eBay and PayPal

Sunday, June 28, 2015

If you’re being driven crazy by robocalls, help may be on the way. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has introduced legislation to strengthen the Federal Communication Commission’s ability to crack down on what’s become a high-tech pain in the tuchis. “These calls can be annoying or frustrating to many …

Tiny Robots Could Aid Search and Rescue

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Berkeley, Calif. — At a University of California, Berkeley laboratory, engineers are building cockroach-like robots with a noble purpose — search and rescue. Smaller than the palm of a hand and weighing an ounce, the robots are fast, …

Downsizing Trend in Retreat as Big Houses Make a Comeback

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Minneapolis — Sprawling single-family houses, spurned just a few years ago by buyers, are back. And they’re bigger than ever. For the first time, the average size of a new single-family home built in the United States topped 2,600 square feet in 2014. About a third of the …