Tag Archives: Wells Fargo

Financial Daily Dose 1.13.2020 | Top Story: Labor Dept. Issues Stricter Joint Employer Test in New Rules

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 13, 2020

Sunday’s release of a long-awaited Labor Department final rule on joint employment spells trouble for workers hoping to “sue large companies for wrongdoing by contractors or franchisees.” The rule reverses Obama-era policies by redefining (and increasing) the amount of control a company must have over workers to be considered a joint employer – NYTimes and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.17.2019 | Top Story: USMCA Back on Track After Last-minute Wrangling

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 17, 2019

The United States and Mexico appear poised to move past a last-minute snag over new language on Labor Department attaches to posts in Mexico. Mexico feared that the diplomats would “act as labor inspectors,” and for a day or so, the planned congressional vote on the new Nafta was back in jeopardy – WSJ and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.05.2019 | Top Story: CBS and Viacom Finalize Deal to Reunite Media Empire

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 5, 2019

CBS and Viacom are back together again. The deal to reunite the former partners, which closed late yesterday, was pushed by National Amusements’ chief Shari Redstone since 2016 and hasted along recently by the precipitous fall from grace of CBS’ Les Moonves last year – NYTimes and Bloomberg The OCC has “rebuked” Wells Fargo’s HR … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.18.2019 | Top Story: Aramco Seeks Valuation of $1.7T, Well below Original Goal

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 18, 2019

Saudi Aramco’s slow trickle of IPO-related information continued this weekend, including its goal of setting overall company market value at a staggering $1.7 trillion. The figure, though massive, is still well short of the $2 trillion valuation originally floated by MBS – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg As the 737 Max grounding heads into its … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.15.2019 | Top Story: New Jersey Targets Uber Over “Independent Contractor” Worker Classification

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 15, 2019

Sending a shot across the bow of the gig economy, New Jersey is seeking nearly $650 million from Uber for “years of unpaid employment taxes for its drivers, arguing that the ride-hailing company has misclassified the workers as independent contractors and not as employees.” Uber says it’s challenging the state’s findings, but Jersey’s not alone … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.22.2019 | Top Story: WeWork Bailout Would Cost Company $39 billion in Valuation

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 22, 2019

SoftBank’s plan to help bail out WeWork would mean not only a takeover by Masa Son’s crew but also “would slash the co-working company’s valuation to about $8 billion”—a staggering drop of nearly $40 billion. The plan would alleviate WeWork’s cash crunch via a $5 billion loan and an offer to buy more than $1 … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.18.2019 | Top Story: Fed Carries Out Rare Market Operation to Steady Rates

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 18, 2019

The Federal Reserve took the rare step yesterday of stepping “into financial markets . . . to keep interest rates from rising above its target, the first time the central bank has had to carry out this type of ‘market operation’ since the global financial crisis.” The NY Fed carried out the maneuver—though not without … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.5.2019 | Top Story: YouTube Fined $170 Million for Violating Kids’ Privacy Law

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 5, 2019

Google will pay a “record $170 million fine and make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube” as part of a deal it reached this week with the FTC and NY AG’s office, both of whom had accused YouTube of “violating the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.” Though the fine is the … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.26.2019 | Top Story: Amgen to Pay More Than $13 Billion for Otezla

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 26, 2019

Amgen will pay $13.4 billion in cash to buy psoriasis treatment Otezla, a deal that will “pave the way for Bristol-Myers Squibb to complete its acquisition of Celgene” by addressing “regulatory concerns over their union” – WSJ Fed Chair Powell seemed to hit just about all the right notes in Jackson Hole on Friday (with … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.22.2019 | Top Story: CBO Projects $1 Trillion Annual US Deficit in 2020

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 22, 2019

The CBO sent shivers down the spines of deficit hawks yesterday with its latest forecast that shows federal cost overruns hitting $1 trillion for fiscal 2020, an increase of more than $100 billion from projections just 3 months ago – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg Not that there’s any definite cause-and-effect at play here, but … Continue reading