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  • Are you an independent contractor? Probably not, Labor Department says.

    The Labor Department released detailed guidelines this week for determining whether businesses should designate their workers as "employees" or "independent contractors," and suggested that the latter classification has been used a bit to liberally as companies re-organize and streamline costs. 

  • US retail sales dip 0.3% in June, weighing on Fed's interest rate decision (+video)

    US retail sales fell 0.3 percent in June, a far cry from analysts' expectations for a modest gain. As the economy has recovered well elsewhere, the weakness in the consumer sector has weighed heavily on the Federal Reserve’s eventual decision to finally raise long-term interest rates. 

  • How far does $100 go in your state?

    The same amount of cash goes much further in states like Mississippi and Missouri than it does in expensive areas like Washington D.C. or Hawaii. But do better infrastructure and urban amenities make up for it? 

September 3, 2015

Photos of the Day 09/03

Figure models called First Order's Stormtrooper from the film 'Star Wars' are displayed at Loft Variety Store in Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Thursday. New 'Star Wars' toys and other merchandise were released in stores across Japan just after midnight local time during a global rollout of the popular products.

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