Business briefcase, Nov. 22

Business briefcase, Nov. 22
Published: November 22, 2013
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Honda Accord wins award

— Honda's line of Accords won the 2014 “Green Car of the Year” award from an auto industry magazine Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Green Car Journal prize's jurors — among them environmentalists and comedian/car enthusiast Jay Leno — opted to honor an already popular model that has a gas-electric hybrid version, but also an internal combustion engine that runs on gas. Honda's suggested retail price for the Accord ranges from about $22,000 for a four-cylinder, gas-powered model to about $40,000 for a plug-in, gas/electric hybrid. Combined city/highway gas mileage estimates range from 28 miles per gallon to 47 miles per gallon.

Appeals court settles tips

— Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors who do much of the same work, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noted that Starbucks' shift supervisors spend a majority of time performing the same duties as baristas: serving food and beverages to customers. “While shift supervisors may be able to coach baristas, they cannot formally discipline them,” the panel said. “On this record, no fact finder could conclude that shift supervisors have such a ‘substantial' degree of ‘managerial responsibility' that they are no longer akin to ‘general wait staff.'”

Baby monitors recalled

— Angelcare Monitors Inc. is voluntarily recalling 600,000 baby monitors following the strangulation deaths of two infants. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that a cord attached to the sensor pad, which is placed under the crib mattress to monitor movement, poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib. The Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads were sold between 1999 and 2013 for between $100 and $300 at a number of U.S. retailers, including Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Meijer, Sears, Walmart, Amazon.com, Target.com, Overstock.com and nearly 70 small baby specialty stores.

Bitcoin support banned

— The Federal Election Commission says groups can't receive contributions in the form of Bitcoins, at least for now. Thursday, it passed on a request by the Conservative Action Fund to use the digital currency. It had asked the FEC whether it could accept Bitcoins, how it could spend them and how donors must report those contributions. Bitcoin is a cybercurrency that is relatively anonymous and is created and exchanged independently of any government or bank.



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