Many businesses, especially tech start-ups, fudge on legal distinctions to keep their labor costs low and cap their official employee count.
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Firms should stay and fight for comprehensive tax simplification that would lower the top C-corp rate.
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Some too-savvy consumers take unintended advantage of stores' special offers. The cost is often passed on to honest customers.
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Acknowledging building workers' helpfulness is always appropriate and welcome. But should all residents pay the same amount?
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Online ratings services are for-profit businesses that sell ads to the same local companies their users review—a potential conflict of interest.
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It is ethically dubious for descendants of oppressed peoples to seek reparations for wrongs done to their forebears, to be paid by contemporaries not responsible for long-ago sins.
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Workers take factory jobs in cities to improve their lives. It’s ethically better to support these workers than to boycott their products.
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Checkbook journalism is on the rise among mainstream broadcast networks and Internet media sites. It is a disturbing trend.
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Your siblings are under no legal obligation to help if your parents’ will is silent on a subject.
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Camera placement should be determined by public safety concerns, not revenue potential.
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Because most basic services provided by cities are funded by real estate taxes, it's reasonable that every property owner should pay something.
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Some activists predict that broader disclosure will cause physicians to start refusing gifts and fees from the health industry.
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Too many publicly traded companies have been taken private for too low a price, enriching the new private-equity owners at the expense of the former stockholders.
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States have adopted sensible, multipart tests to help judges decide whether alimony is called for.
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Applicants should assume this will happen and have a plan to bring up and address negative information.
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Don’t make a knee-jerk response to every issue involving a particular charity. Determine whether the organization is remaining true to its principles in its overall activities.
Companies don’t have any general moral obligation to pay more than the market dictates, but it often makes good business sense.
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Older workers are older than ever. Here's when they should step aside.
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Creative people should get paid for their talent in a variety of ways, especially by consumers of their work.
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You're under no moral obligation to pay for something you didn't request.
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Knight Kiplinger gives his advice to a teacher uncomfortable receiving expensive gifts from students' parents.
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The popular election of judges opens up the judicial branch to the same partisan and commercial pressures that the other branches experience.
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It's often difficult to pierce the public relations veil of a giant corporation to learn how it's really conducting its affairs.
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It's reasonable to give the disabled a longer parking limit than others, but they should pay the same as everyone else.
Getting ill-gotten gains returned to shareholders remains the exception, not the rule.
A general preference for young transplant recipients over old makes sense for society.
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Too many of these lawsuits are based on nit-picking offenses, with negligible compensation for the "injured" consumers.
If you've benefited from the physical presence of a local store to learn about products you're interested in, make your purchase there, too.
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Your husband should not deviate from your banking plan without talking to you first.
The key principle of ethical living is taking responsibility for oneself and not putting a burden on others.
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We're seeing state and federal foreclosure relief that looks unfair to taxpayers and arbitrary in its benefits.
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It's not uncommon for a pension plan's sponsoring organization to give the trustees general guidance on unacceptable investments.
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There's an ethical imperative to provide fair compensation for all workers whose hard work and talent create profits.
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Charities typically insist that they'd never let a donor relationship affect their positions on issues, but that seems naïve or disingenuous.
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An ethical businessman bids what he truly believes an asset is worth and what he's fully committed to paying.
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A fair job transfer? Or does he just want her out of his sight?
The goal isn’t to please everyone but to attract and retain talented staff. This can be accomplished with different approaches.
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A middle ground must be found between conflicting obligations.
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To me, the fundamental principle of ethical taxation is equal treatment of similar transactions.
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Gentrification is often used unfairly to describe what should be viewed as a normal and positive stage in the life cycle of cities.
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You can support local social-service agencies that help many poor people and screen for need.
Large payments to a birth mother? Something's not right.
It's appropriate for a business owner to try to lower prices to customers, but fattening the bottom line at the employees' expense is not ethical.
Internships are a pragmatic way for young workers to get inside a good company and prove their worth.
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Credit checks should be allowed, and job applicants should have the right to explain negative information.
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Economics follows the amoral laws of supply and demand. And seemingly ethical behavior can have unintended consequences.
This is the time for employers to reinstate or raise their matching contributions.
Like most governmental price-fixing, rent control invites black-market evasion.
Offer the couple a significant financial gift to start them off in their lives together -- and let them decide how to spend it.
Default is ethical only for people who can no longer afford their home because of circumstances beyond their control, such as job loss.
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Mutual love is the ideal, but material security has also been a marital motivation since the beginning of time.
Kiplinger's editor in chief tackles queries about executive compensation and union involvement.
People who can afford insurance but choose to go without it are thumbing their noses at society.
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It's unethical for our nation to pass the buck -- literally -- to future generations of taxpayers.
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Plus, a question about non-compete agreements.
Resist the temptation to sue just to win a quick settlement.
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How you manage layoffs sends a clear message to remaining employees about how the company views them and how they will be treated in the future.
Learn the rules of selling your goods.
There's no statute of limitations on a broker's fee.