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Overtime Regulations Updated
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Overtime Regulations Updated

The Department of Labor (DOL), under Secretary Elaine Chao, has revamped overtime regulation with the “Fair Pay” initiative. With an effective date of August 23, the updated laws are a welcome change. As long as such rules exist, they should be easy to follow and understand, and should be easily enforced, reducing litigation, which is costly to both employees and employers. DOL has set up a website explaining the updates.

08/20/2004
Passing the torch on anti-trust law
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Passing the torch on anti-trust law

BY C. Boyden Gray

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on Massachusetts vs. Microsoft — closing the last chapter in the antitrust battle running since 1998. In unanimously rejecting Massachusetts' call for tougher sanctions against the software giant, the appellate court essentially told Massachusetts to wake up and join the 21st century. Unfortunately, this is not the end of the story. While the U.S. courts may have put the issue to rest, the Europeans have recently taken up the torch, with the European Commission leveling charges against Microsoft that parallel the original case brought against the company in the United States. Rather than rehash the case, the Europeans should acknowledge the gains in consumer welfare competition has generated and reject new controls in the high-tech marketplace that could prove harmful to consumers.

08/17/2004
The maneuvering of Microsoft
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The maneuvering of Microsoft

BY C. Boyden Gray

The European Commission (EC) recently ruled Microsoft in violation of competition laws, fined the company a record $613 million and issued a new set of restrictions that would replace innovators with regulators when it comes to deciding how to upgrade products. Ultimately, the EC has put Microsoft on notice that any further attempts to improve its flagship Windows operating system may be illegal.

04/16/2004
Consumers Need Contact Lense Competition
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Consumers Need Contact Lense Competition

04/07/2004
America: An Expensive Place to Do Business
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America: An Expensive Place to Do Business

Presidential candidate John Kerry recently made headlines by comparing corporate CEOs who move production overseas to the most hated traitor in U.S. history, Benedict Arnold. Mr. Kerry has placed at the center of his economic plan a carrot-and-stick approach to stop American companies from outsourcing labor to foreign countries. Mr. Kerry’s approach would end “the unpatriotic practice of U.S. corporations moving offshore simply to avoid paying their fair share of our nation’s tax burden.” What Mr. Kerry fails to understand is that companies are not moving jobs overseas because they are unpatriotic; companies are moving jobs overseas because big government is making America too expensive a place to do business.

04/02/2004
Microsoft Gets the Full Monti
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Microsoft Gets the Full Monti

This op-ed by CSE Chairman C. Boyden Gray originally ran in the Wall Street Journal on March 22, 2004.

03/28/2004
A Raw Deal
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A Raw Deal

The recent European Commission’s (EC’s) decision declaring Microsoft in violation of competition law will have long lasting effects in the technology marketplace. It sets a dangerous precedent for excessive government intervention in the marketplace. In fact, the EC intends to govern and regulate Microsoft’s future behavior, including what upgrades and innovations are permitted and how much source code it must share with competitors. The EC also recommends a record $613 million fine, the largest it has ever levied. While good news to a handful of competitors who stand to gain market share, the decision will slow innovation in the high technology sector while placing the interests of the consumers on the back burner.

03/26/2004
Fifty CSE Activists Attend Mitchell and Yancey County Meeting
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Fifty CSE Activists Attend Mitchell and Yancey County Meeting

On March 23, 2004, fifty CSE Members from Mitchell and Yancey County attended a meeting to discuss a key issue this year: U.S. economy and jobs creation. The Guest Speaker was John Yarboro,Jr. Mr. Yarboro is the Director Government Relations for Western Carolina Industries. He addressed the question of why U.S. jobs are going overseas and how we can combat the problem: 1. Eliminate burdensome Government regulations

03/24/2004
Fifty CSE Activists Attend Mitchell and Yancey County Meeting
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Fifty CSE Activists Attend Mitchell and Yancey County Meeting

On March 23, 2004, fifty CSE Members from Mitchell and Yancey County attended a meeting to discuss a key issue this year: U.S. economy and jobs creation. The Guest Speaker was John Yarboro,Jr. Mr. Yarboro is the Director Government Relations for Western Carolina Industries. He addressed the question of why U.S. jobs are going overseas and how we can combat the problem: 1. Eliminate burdensome Government regulations

03/24/2004
CSE Disappointed with European Commission for Targeting Microsoft
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CSE Disappointed with European Commission for Targeting Microsoft

Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is disappointed with the European Commission’s decision to move forward with a ruling that Microsoft is in violation of European antitrust laws. The actions by European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti and the European Commission unfairly target Microsoft and discourage innovation in the high tech sector. Microsoft is being punished for its success in providing the software products that European consumers demand. Despite the fact that there has been no demonstration of consumer harm, negotiations failed this week and a formal ruling against Microsoft is expected next week. The European Commission appears more intent on coddling Microsoft’s competitors rather than considering the interests of European consumers and the concept of regulatory fairness in European markets. The U.S. and Europe need to work on removing barriers to trade, and this ruling is another step backwards.

03/19/2004

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