February 29, 2024

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/3/2015

The 9-to-5 job is dying

If you want an income, or you're an employer looking for help, it may be time to scrap the idea of the traditional 9-to-5 arrangement. For workers, it has become easier and less risky to go solo, and companies are increasingly open to hiring freelancers and independent contractors. More from the AP.

CEO Sounding Board
What's the outlook for accounting firms in Florida?

Kathy Thomas-Beck, Florida Managing Partner at McGladrey, tells us:

"The market has really shifted coming out of the slower economic times. The demand for our services has really picked up."

» Read more from Thomas-Beck, and hear from other executives, in this CEO Sounding Board

U.S. business hiring picks up in May to 201,000

U.S. companies stepped up hiring in May, a private survey found, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy even after it contracted at the start of the year. More at the AP.

See also:
» U.S. Service Sector Growth Lowest Since April 2014

Jacksonville company gets OK from FAA to make money off commercial drones

Officials at Aviation Systems Engineering Co. on Jacksonville’s Westside are gearing up to offer commercial unmanned aviation vehicle services — the preferred industry nomenclature instead of drones — as of June 15. More at the Florida Times-Union.

Was rejecting Medicaid expansion the right move? Florida reconsiders.

The state legislature in Florida is stuck in a fierce battle that could be a preview of what’s coming for other states. Like many other Republican-dominated states, Florida refused to expand its Medicaid program when the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2010. More at Here & Now.

Tired of waiting for U.S. to act, states pass crowdfunding laws and rules

State agencies and lawmakers, tired of waiting, are taking action, passing crowdfunding laws and regulations to let local businesses raise money from local residents. More at the New York Times.

Out of the Box
South Florida's Coolest Offices

c1 bank The South Florida Business Journal has rounded up photos of South Florida’s coolest workspaces and learned that there’s usually a purpose behind all the alluring artwork, creative designs, unusual furniture, awesome views, scooters, fish tanks and, yes, even the pingpong, pool and foosball tables.

» Read more and see a slideshow at the South Florida Business Journal

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Could Florida electric bills go up because of a fuel made from manure?
Could Florida electric bills go up because of a fuel made from manure?

A bill advancing through the Florida Legislature that would entice utility companies to invest in “renewable natural gas” could cost Florida residents if signed into law, according to energy watchdog groups.


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