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From opposition to preparation, how Austin businesses will stomach new sick leave rules

There's a lot of confusion over the sweeping mandate in Austin to provide sick-leave pay to basically everyone. Here's what businesses should know about the new rules that take effect later this year. Many executives are already looking for ways to pass the cost on to consumers.

Capital Gains: Ricky Williams is now a marijuana entrepreneur; What's Dell heiress up to?

In this week's roundup of news tid-bits, we look at Ricky Williams starting a marijuana business, the life of Michael Dell's jet-setting techie daughter, Austin's HQ2 chances according to Four Loko and a new name for Round Rock's minor-league baseball team.

Viewpoint: Austin City Council re-election ploys come at the expense of business

The Austin sick pay ordinance passed last month, and I’m still appalled about how it all went down. Proponents want you to believe that local business leaders are the enemy and that we’re opposed to the ordinance because we simply don’t want to cover the expense of sick pay. I’d like to think that the citizens of Austin are smarter than that, but I was at the City Council meetings. I witnessed the most abhorrent behavior by both the city leaders and citizens that now has me wondering if Council members have adopted a repeatable re-election strategy that panders to vulnerable and impressionable citizens with an idealistic promise that ultimately hurts businesses and consumers.

4 businesses pick up Austin Gives corporate philanthropy awards

Companies that spread their wealth around the community were honored at Thursday's sixth-annual Austin Gives Generous Business Awards, sponsored by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Sixteen award finalists in four categories were recognized, and Gary Farmer, president of Heritage Title Company of Austin Inc. and chairman of the Opportunity Austin 4.0 capital campaign to enhance economic development in the region, received the 2018 Bobby Jenkins Philanthropic Leadership Award. After Farmer received…

Hot Austin jobs market still one of nation's fastest growing, data shows

The number of jobs in the Austin metro shot up 3.7 percent in the 12 months that ended in January, the second-fastest growth rate among major cities nationwide. Austin's addition of 36,900 net non-farm jobs in the past year trailed only Riverside, Calif., according to the latest data wrangling by Beverly Kerr, vice president of research at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Kerr's March 13 report used the latest numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission, which were released March 9, as well as data…

Journal Profile: Austin boutique owner brings fearless attitude, high-end style to east side

A former corporate communications executive and state worker turned her love of fashion into a high-end boutique called Altatudes on the east side. “I have a soft spot for East Austin. I can see the movement. And I'm really excited to be a part of it. This is like a new emergence of revitalization," Alta Alexander said.

Thinking of stepping down as CEO? How to ensure a smooth leadership transition

When the leader of a company, department or team plans to leave, a lot of questions need answering. Unfortunately, few management teams take the time to ensure a plan is in place for continuing the leader’s legacy. Here's some tips on how to handle the transition.

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