Business

There is no rule of thumb on employment sexual harassment

Employment sexual harassment is illegal under New Hampshire and federal law. All employee claims of sexual harassment need to be taken seriously and employers would be making a huge mistake to make a broad application of principles related to sexual harassment. For example, employment sexual ...

Shaheen visits Nanocomp to learn about its partnership with NASA

MERRIMACK – Monday, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., joined leaders from NASA and Merrimack Huntsman Company’s Nanocomp Technologies Inc. to tour the Nanocomp facility and learn about new nanotechnology. Officials believe this technology could make spaceflight and exploration less ...

Stocks tumble again on report U.S. plans more tariffs

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks sank again Monday on fears that the Trump administration will escalate its trade dispute with China by imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China to the U.S. The declines came during another dizzying day of trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung ...

Money Matters: Is your retirement a Jenga tower?

The market bounces back after suffering its worst 4th quarter open since 2008. No one seems to agree on what’s next. Last time, we were talking about why we believe 401(k)s and other tax-qualified (tax-deferred) plans are not the best way to save for retirement. At the heart of this opinion ...

What you say outside of work could cost you your job

Recently, there has been news coverage regarding whether certain Bedford School guidance counselors should keep their jobs after they wrote letters of support for a former Exeter High School guidance counselor, Kristie Torbick. Ms. Torbick pled guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year old ...

It’s your future, so what are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for? This is the question going through my mind as I watch the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director, the president, and the local governors begging people to leave the areas most apt to be hit by Florence. Winds of 110 mph. Nearly four feet of rain. Floods. ...

Money Matters: Do financial planners have your interests at heart?

One of the most common claims by people in my business is, “It’s about the people, not the money.” Indeed, we make that claim as well. It’s a great line, isn’t it? If only it were true. A first step in working with us is going through an online survey. One of the true/false questions ...

Threatening co-workers not excused due to mental disability

State and federal employment discrimination laws require employers to reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities in order to enable them to do their job. However, employee misconduct does not usually afford any reasonable accommodation. By way of example, if an employee threatens ...

Creating your own safety net

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” This nugget of pure gold from Albert Einstein is one of my favorite all-time quotes, and that’s saying a lot. It’s the key to creating a good income plan; when you come right down to it, it’s ...

NH tops $700 million in liquor sales

CONCORD – With two of its top six stores in Nashua, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission generated all-time sales revenue in fiscal year 2018 of $707.7 million in sales. Since the first outlet opened in 1934, liquor and wine sales have produced more than $3.6 billion in revenue for New ...

Local family business moving to new space

NASHUA – Brandon Linatsas always knew he would take over his father’s chiropractic office – he just did not know when. After graduating from high school, Linatsas took some time to find his footing, going so far as to get a degree in automotive technology from Nashua Community College. ...

Money Matters: Who owns your retirement account?

Most of us have some kind of retirement account, either an employer-sponsored account such as a 401(k) or 403(b), etc., or a privately managed account like a traditional IRA. Some of us even have pensions that we have earned through the years, and most of us who worked will have a Social ...

Individual liability in running your business

There are legal benefits in operating your business through a corporation or a limited liability company (hereinafter “LLC”). If you have a corporation or an LLC and you enter into contracts in your representative capacity, you are often not personally liable for that obligation. For ...

Be careful of what you type:Emails and texts could cost you your job

It is not uncommon to use emails and texts as casually as a regular conversation. However, once sent, those emails and texts could be saved in perpetuity. Under some circumstances, deleted emails could be revived by a computer forensic expert and the extra steps an employee takes to erase ...

Find a Sherpa to execute tough financial terrain

Not too long ago, I was on a walk with my dogs. I should note that a couple of years ago, I broke my ankle. Since then, it, both hips, and my left knee haven’t let up, so walking can be a challenge. Walking on rough terrain can be an ordeal. Anyway, I was walking my dogs and we came to a ...

Fulcrum Associates creates new position to foster growth

AMHERST – Fulcrum Associates, a leading construction management firm in southern New Hampshire, hired Thomas Howard as the company’s first Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Howard is responsible for leading the business development team in creating and executing sales ...

Crepes and coffee: New Nashua eatery offers variety of sweets

NASHUA – The small kitchen at Butter N’ Jam creperie smelled of marshmallows roasting over a campfire. Within seconds after hearing the hiss of the blow torch, two white blobs on the end of two toothpicks had turned golden brown, slightly charred around the edges and ooey gooey in the ...

What’s your retirement plan?

One of the sad truths about people, especially with regard to their money, is they almost always have to experience some kind of major setback prior to making a plan. In other words, people tend to react as opposed to prepare. And often, even when they do prepare, it’s not enough. For ...

Local appeal at Able Ebenezer Brewing Co.

MERRIMACK – After serving their country in the military, two friends decided to embark on another journey together, entering the craft beer industry. “My partner and I met in the Army, and we drank so much beer in the Army we ended up starting to make our own, and it was the hobby that ...

Craft beer brings big bucks to local businesses

NASHUA – Ken Unsworth and Dean Baxter, co-founders of Millyard Brewery in Nashua, are tapping into the continuously growing craft beer industry. “We were number 57 in (New Hampshire), as far as breweries go in April of 2016,” Unsworth said. “Now, there’s over 80 breweries two years ...