Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling: Upholds Health Care Law, Individual Mandate Constitutional

In a 5-4 vote, Chief Justice John Roberts — a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush — joined the court’s liberal judges to rule the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance is in fact constitutional. The justices ultimately ruled that while the mandate, demonized for years by opponents as an example of government overreach, violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. However, five of the judges agreed that the penalty someone must pay if he or she refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. [Read full story...]

New Housing Crisis: Not Enough to Buy

Sales of existing homes declined in May, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, not just because the overall housing market is struggling, but because there are simply not enough homes to buy. [Read full story...]

The Great Shrinking Office? More Companies Hire Remote Workers

The independent contractor —the freelancer, the 1099-er, the person who has to find his or her own health insurance — is finding opportunities with business owners who are loathe to bring on fulltime hires due to uncertainty about the economy and the upcoming elections. In a survey of 1,500 business owners, Elance, a website that matches employers with employees who can work remotely, found that 73 percent planned to hire online contractors in 2012. This comes as the official unemployment rate rose last month by a tenth of a point, to 8.2 percent, and jobless claims rose this week. [Read full story...]

Ask an Expert: Some small business lessons truly timeless

The book, published over a hundred years ago in 1904, is called The Business Guide or Safe Methods of Business. It is a thorough and comprehensive overview of business, that’s for sure, covering everything from “Business manners,” “How to obtain wealth” and even “Penmanship” to “How to find a mine,” something called “Methods of Computation and Business Reckoning Tables” and . . . “How stock is watered.” Some things never change. [Read full story...]

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