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1. Portrait of a whistleblower

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Corporate whistleblower Jim Marchese is unique in that he has received two seven-figure government awards for reporting wrongdoing. His complex personality and history are typical of whistleblowers, says C. Fred Alford, a University of Maryland professor. "Average people don't blow the whistle," Alford says. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/22)

2. Supreme Court ruling limits duration of traffic stops

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

The Supreme Court has found that police cannot extend traffic stops to have drug-sniffing dogs search vehicles, as an officer in Nebraska did. The dog found drugs about eight minutes after the officer gave the driver a written warning. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that an officer may not conduct such a search "absent the reasonable suspicion ordinarily demanded to justify detaining an individual." Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the majority's rule was artificial and unworkable and that the officer had reasonable suspicion to conduct the search. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (04/21)

3. 9 questions to ask before giving a presentation

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

The best presentations begin with careful consideration of the audience, according to an excerpt from the book "Presentations." Presenters should consider nine questions, ending with, "Will you or someone else hold them accountable for what happens during or after the presentation?" Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (04/17)

4. Free Friday Skips to Chapter 7

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

At the free on-demand presentation of Chapter 7 Debtor Intake and Consumer Bankruptcy Case Law Update, taken from Consumer Bankruptcy Cases 2015, get a general overview of the intake process; hear about difficult issues to consider up front: taxes, loss mitigation, pre-petition transfers and exemptions; and learn about discharge and non-dischargeability in timing, litigating and settling.

5. Volcker proposes "simpler, clearer" regulatory system

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker has proposed a reorganized regulatory system that would place the central bank at the lead, eliminate the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and combine the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The system would establish a "simpler, clearer, more adaptive and more resilient regime," according to the Volcker Alliance. Bloomberg (04/20) Reuters (04/20) Hill, The (04/20) Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (04/20)

6. It's time to declutter your workday

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Small tasks can lay claim to your time and productivity, but it's often possible to defeat these "terrible little tyrants" by automating, eliminating or delegating tasks, writes Michael Hyatt. More advice comes from Tanveer Naseer: "The best place to start decluttering the way we work and reconnect with why we do what we do is by first examining those processes, projects, and tasks that we should stop doing." (04/14) (04/22)

7. Professor credited for unmasking "flash crash" suspect

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Terrence Hendershott, a professor at University of California, is being credited for unmasking Navinder Singh Sarao, the British trader accused of contributing to the 2010 "flash crash." The Commodity Futures Trading Commission hired Hendershott, who sorted though trading data from nearly 400 days to document fake orders, according to an affidavit. Bloomberg (04/23)

8. Don't be timid about requesting a raise

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Getting a raise starts with mustering the courage to ask for one, so negotiate with a focus on getting what you deserve. "People who ask get more money, and people who don't ask tend to get less," said Sallie Krawcheck, former banking executive and CEO of Ellevate. Fortune (04/14)

9. Funds in Google Wallet are now FDIC-insured

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Money that consumers keep in Google Wallet is now insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Google says. Yahoo (04/20)

10. Help employees shut out the noise and get things done

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

CEOs can create a workplace environment where employees are empowered to step away from distractions and focus on the work they're doing in any given moment, writes Greg Salsburg, CEO of STiR-communications. "A CEO needs to teach inspiration within the process of working to manage the mundane and life's daily grind," he writes. Entrepreneur online (04/16)

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