Articles by Joyce M. Rosenberg

How Small Businesses Are Training for Active Shooters

At a four-hour meeting last month, Michelle Abdow’s staffers got to experience some of the sights, sounds and even smells they could encounter if someone invaded their office and began shooting. Security experts and local law enforcement officers gave Abdow’s …

Small Businesses Learn Hard Lessons When They Don’t Prepare for Disaster

When Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carlos Melendez couldn’t contact the staffers or customers of his San Juan-based technology firm, Wovenware. Melendez learned a lesson that would help his business during the next storm, that disaster preparedness …

Real Life Examples Show Why Businesses Must Boost Their Cyber Defenses

When cyber thieves attacked Empire Industries’ computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software. “We were looking at the network, and I noticed it, and another guy noticed it. We’re …

Small Businesses Under Scrutiny Over Classifying Independent Contractors

Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren’t employees. Federal and state government agencies are on the lookout for businesses that use independent contractors, or freelancers, to evade Social Security, Medicare …

Small Firms’ Access to Low Cost Health Plans Depends on State

As small business owners shop for 2019 health insurance, some will for the first time have the chance to join forces and buy cheaper insurance – depending on which state they’re in. New rules that began going into effect last …

U.S. Business Owners Find Varied Paths to Post-Disaster Recovery

Small business owners across the U.S. who are cleaning up from this year’s various catastrophes will find there’s no one formula for recovery. The same disaster can hurt businesses in divergent ways — a hurricane might tear the roof off …

6 Small Businesses Share Disaster Recovery Stories

As small business owners in Hawaii and California clean up following Hurricane Lane and wildfires, they’ll find there’s no one formula for recovery. The same disaster can devastate businesses in divergent ways – a hurricane might tear the roof off …

Future of Job-Based Health Insurance Seems Secure

Are employees worried about losing their health insurance from their employer? The ongoing political turmoil around “Obamacare” all but guarantees they’ll still be able to do that. Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old, …

Federal Workplace Safety Violation Fines Going Up Aug. 1

Businesses that are found in violation of federal occupational safety and health laws will pay more in penalties starting Aug. 1. Under a law passed by Congress last year, penalties that were last adjusted in 1990 are going up nearly …

After San Bernardino Shooting, Businesses Review How to Handle Workplace Violence

The terror attack at a social services facility in California has become a sobering reminder to companies of how vulnerable workplaces can be when employees are confronted with active shooters. Since a gun-wielding husband-and-wife team killed 14 and wounded 21 …