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Obama to expand overtime eligibility for millions of workers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a manager or professional, according to a plan outlined by the Department of Labor on Tuesday. The White House said 4.7 million workers …

Greece hits new low as bailout to expire, default looms

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss on Tuesday as the bailout program it has relied on for five years was set to expire and eurozone finance chiefs decided not to extend it a new financial lifeline. Denied a last-minute bailout extension, the country was also due to become the first developed nation …

U.S. stocks notch worst day of year as Greek crisis escalates

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fears that Greece’s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year. Investors fled from stocks in Europe and the U.S. and retreated to the safety of government bonds. Measures of volatility spiked. In many ways, it looked similar to previous …

Downtown: Work Nest aims to provide ‘a nice home base’ for professionals to work, collaborate

Sunday, June 7, 2015

An entrepreneur. A nonprofit. A graphic designer. All of the above could soon set up shop at Work Nest, a co-working space set to open in August or September. Ben Kelley, himself a 29-year-old Concord professional, plans to sell more than 30 memberships to the shared office. Kelley …

Rolling With the changes: Segway tours are Vermont retail complex owner’s latest business reinvention

Sunday, June 7, 2015

On a whiteboard in Gary Neil’s cluttered office above the Cabot Quechee Store at the Quechee Gorge Village shopping mall on Route 4 is scrawled a reminder: “QGV is in reality part of a much larger natural attraction.” …

Poll: N.H. Residents feel better about finances, not U.S. economy

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A new poll shows New Hampshire residents feel they are better off financially than they were a year ago, but they’re not as optimistic about the national economy. The findings are based on the latest Business and Industry Association Report on Consumer Confidence, conducted by the University of …

Do-it-yourself economy hires 1 million U.S. entrepreneurs

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Entrepreneurial activity in the United States is on the rise. The number of self-employed workers surged by 370,000 in May, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s survey of households released Friday. And nearly 1 million workers have gone to work for themselves since just February. The number of …

App reviews: Brickies game; Skyscanner lodging locator

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Another brick in the wall Brickies is a take on the classic brick-breaker game and provides familiar fun without getting boring. Phone (or even calculator) gamers should recognize the basics: You have a ball. There are some bricks. You bounce the ball off the bricks. Simple. In a …

Working 9 to 5 becoming a less popular way to make a living

Sunday, June 7, 2015

If you want an income, or you’re an employer looking for help, it may be time to scrap the idea of the traditional 9-to-5 arrangement. For workers, it’s become easier and less risky to go solo. Affordable health insurance plans, which kept many workers shackled to traditional jobs, …

For sale in CHICHESTER: Ideal location for a gracious home

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Welcome home to this two- story colonial on Wexford Drive, off popular Connemara Drive in Malachy Glen, Chichester, part of the Merrimack River watershed, located just east of Concord. Here you will find the convenience of city life …

CONCORD: Pieces put in place

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Trees. Benches. Lampposts. These amenities began to appear on North Main Street last week as part of the ongoing downtown redesign. “This is kind of giving us a flavor of what it’s going to look like,” project spokesman …

Parent of Dunkin’ Donuts gives $250,000 to UNH center

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The University of New Hampshire is getting $250,000 from the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins. The money was donated to the university’s Rosenberg International Franchise Center, named after the founder of Dunkin’ Donuts. The center studies franchising and offers courses for business students. Center officials …

Toad Hall, part of revitalization project in Franklin, opens to public

Friday, June 5, 2015

The brick building at the intersection of Central and Franklin streets is highly recognizable in small downtown Franklin. Toad Hall, its name written in eclectic metal letters on the facade, showcases artwork in its windows and on its …