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Jillian Berman
Jillian Berman is a Business Reporter at The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Bloomberg and Xconomy. She can be reached at 212 402 4771 or

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Dunkin' Donuts Worker's Death Reveals The True Cost Of Our Low-Wage, Part-Time Economy

(297) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:05 AM

A New Jersey woman died earlier this week trying to catch a few hours of sleep between jobs, a chilling reminder of the struggle low-wage workers, particularly women, face making ends meet.

Police found Maria Fernandes dead in her car on Monday night, parked in a convenience-store parking lot...

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Having A Bank Account Really Is Getting More Expensive

(22) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Banks fees are getting worse.

The availability of free checking accounts dropped to record low levels in the first half of the year, according to a report released this week by The percentage of checking accounts with no monthly maintenance fees fell to 28 percent, the lowest...

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You're Losing $18,000 A Year Because Of Income Inequality

(66) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM

The rich have gotten richer at the expense of the rest of us.

The rise in income inequality of the past few decades has taken money from the pockets of the lower and middle class and added it to the coffers of the rich, according to a new...

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Uber's Latest Cutthroat Business Tactic Might Actually Help Workers

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Uber has been at the center of many scandals, giving people plenty of reasons to be mad at it. But its latest scandal might be a reason to praise it.

The ride-sharing company's cutthroat business tactics are quickly becoming legendary, but its latest ploy just doesn't seem all that scandalous....

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Burger King Denies Deal Is About Taxes

(308) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:08 AM

For years, Burger King has tried to take down the Big Mac with the Whopper, its own version of a deluxe burger. Now the long-suffering fast-food chain is going after McDonald's with two arguably more timeless classics: coffee and doughnuts.

On Tuesday, Burger King announced it would buy Canadian...

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Burger King Fans Call For Boycott Over Tax Dodge

(1412) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 6:51 PM

NEW YORK -- Burger King is getting whopped over its plan to avoid U.S. taxes by fleeing to Canada.

People flooded the fast-food chain’s Facebook page on Monday with threats of a boycott after the company announced talks to merge with Canadian coffee and doughnut chain...

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Can This Guy Save McDonald's?

(135) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 10:27 AM

McDonald’s U.S. president is stepping down, a sign the chain may be getting more aggressive in its battle to stay relevant in its home country.

The fast food giant announced Friday that Mike Andres, 56, would replace McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton, who is retiring after serving...

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Sears Just Admitted Its Terrible Sales Are Unacceptable

(141) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:04 PM

The demise of one of America's iconic retailers isn't slowing down.

Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart, announced Thursday that it lost $573 million over the last three months -- the company’s 9th straight quarterly loss. Sales at stores open more than a year, an...

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The Future Of Fast Food Is A Quality Burger Served By A Worker Who Is Paid Well

(82) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:56 PM

When your grandchildren go out to lunch many years from now, they'll probably still be able to order fast-food burgers and fries, but the meal -- and the people serving it -- will likely be very different.

Decades ago, McDonald's was the quintessential American restaurant. Now, as

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Americans Are Too Afraid And Stressed To Take Days Off From Work

(241) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:30 AM

American workers are too scared to go on vacation.

About 40 percent of us don't plan on using all of our paid time off this year, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm. The survey...

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Walmart's New U.S. CEO Hints At Major Problem

(128) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 7:23 AM

Walmart’s new U.S. CEO is dedicated to keeping the company's shelves stocked, addressing a problem the retail giant hasn't always been happy to discuss publicly.

"We will deliver against these key customer requirements: being in stock, clean stores, the right price, the right items, improved service, better productivity," said U.S....

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Women Are Killing It On Kickstarter

(3) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Female entrepreneurs looking for funding may want to just skip pitching to the elite boys club of venture capital and go straight to the Internet instead.

Companies led by women are more likely than to reach their fundraising goals on crowdfunding site Kickstarter than companies led by men, according...

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Sheryl Sandberg Wants Facebook To Hire A Whole Lot More Women

(10) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Mark Zuckerberg may want to connect the whole world to the internet, but Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has a different -- and maybe more difficult -- ambition for the social networking giant: To give women a bigger share of its work force.

“Yes, I want...

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Why The Next Mark Zuckerberg Probably Won't Be A Woman

(29) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Every day this summer, MBA candidate Erica Swallow walked into the office of the Boston-based venture capital firm where she was interning and scanned the cubicles and conference rooms for someone who looked like her.

The only women she found weren’t deciding where the company should invest its money....

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McDonald's Hits Its Lowest Low In A Decade, By 1 Very Important Measure

(138) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Ronald McDonald is a sad clown today.

McDonald's global same-store sales, a measure of corporate health that tracks sales at stores open at least a year, dropped 2.5 percent in July, the company said on Friday. That was the fast-food giant's worst month in at least 10...

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We Eat Half Of Our Meals Alone

(20) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:25 PM

About half the time that we sit down to eat, we’re joined by a book, smartphone or just our own thoughts instead of another person.

That’s according to a new report from the NPD Group, a consumer market research firm. NPD found that we're alone for about...

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Why Big Pharma Probably Won't Cure Ebola

(37) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:26 PM

The Ebola virus may be getting closer to Americans than ever, but don't expect big American drug companies to come to the rescue.

Instead, small biotech firms, academics and government agencies are leading the search for an Ebola cure.

Over the past few weeks, an Ebola...

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Americans Are Totally Over Fast Food Burgers

(255) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Some day soon, a burger and fries will no longer be the quintessential American fast-food meal.

By 2020, the only burger joint in the top five fast-food restaurants in America by sales will be McDonald's, predicted a note published Monday by analysts at Janney Capital Markets, a financial-services firm. Burger...

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Wall Street Analysts Predict The Slow Demise Of Walmart And Target

(743) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 7:37 AM

The end of the big-box store era may soon be upon us.

That’s the message of a research note published by Goldman Sachs analysts on Tuesday cutting their investment rating on shares of Walmart. Shoppers are increasingly turning to the web or to smaller, more conveniently located stores, cutting...

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