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State jobless rate unchanged at 4.8 percent in April

Virginia’s unemployment rate held steady in April as employers added more jobs and more job seekers entered the labor market.

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Identity theft protection can be worthwhile investment

QUESTION: Could you comment on the value of identity theft protection services such as LifeLock? If they are of some value, what should an individual consider before signing up with a service? If you are diligent in monitoring your financial/credit accounts and using all the security measures available when online, is a service going to offer other protection that makes it worth the investment?

FCC takes aim at annoying telemarketing calls

Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating — and the government is taking note.

IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia.

Heywood Broun

Tradition carries a nasty wallop.

Henrico changes fees for home renovations

The fee formula had led to big gaps in what people were paying.

Your Funds: New rules could protect you, while emptying your mailbox

If you’re like most investors, you don’t read most of what your mutual fund companies send you.

Retirement Unlimited settles bias case with HUD

The settlement includes a payment to Housing Opportunities Made Equal, a fair-housing organization based in Richmond.

Amazon.com to hire more than 500 in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie

Amazon said it will add more than 500 positions locally. It currently has a staff equivalent to 3,300 full-time employees.

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Is marketing an expense or an investment?

Marketing doesn't depreciate over time, the way equipment does. A marketing budget is spent in the hope of generating a future return. 

Ask Doug & Polly: Can I fire a customer?

In certain cases, yes, but be sure to consider all the implications. 

Labor Law: Learning what the EEOC considers important

One emerging trend is mediation, which offers a new settlement option for companies and employees.

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Getting to know: Nate Marcus with PartyRVA

He's the founder of a successful party business.

Amy Messer

She's the controller at Comfort Zone Camp.

Bryan McKernon

He's president and chief executive officer of C&F Mortgage Corp.

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Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.

-- Orson Wells, film director and actor

Appeals Court establishes new, more-lenient standard for hostile work environment claims

A former waitress’s hostile work environment and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act against the employer should go to a jury, the Richmond-based federal appellate court has ruled earlier this month in the case of Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp., No. 13-1473 (4th Cir. May 7, 2015) (en banc). The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, in a vote of 12 to 3 overruled previous rulings and held that a single comment or incident can be severe enough to trigger a hostile work environment lawsuit under federal law. This ruling signals a material shift in the way courts analyze employment discrimination claims and will likely make it more difficult for employers to defend against these types of lawsuits.

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