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Business Latest: Non-compete clauses out of hand?

Corporations are shackling all kinds of workers with agreements that ban them from working for competitors for a year or two after terminating employment.

ARE NON-COMPETE CLAUSES GETTING OUT OF HAND?: Non-compete agreements used to be for executives or highly paid engineers with brains full of intellectual property. But increasingly, corporations are shackling all kinds of workers -- hairdressers, tutors, camp counselors -- with employment agreements that ban them from working for competitors for a year or two after terminating employment. The agreements often mean newly unemployed workers can't get a job in their chosen field without moving away from their hometowns. Read more

‘DIVINING’ INTERVENTION: Some caught up in the severe drought in the western U.S. are reverting to an old-fashioned way to find water—divining or “dowsing,” as it’s called. Read more

MAIN STREET BRACES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: More small businesses are worried about growing weather-related risks, as they strategize to secure supplies in agriculture, water and energy. As the planet reaches a tipping point can Main St. protect itself against the coming economic risks? Read more

US STOCKS FINISH HIGHER; S&P 500 NEAR RECORD CLOSE: Read more