This week, the Department of Labor rescinded 2 Obama-era policies regarding joint employment and worker classification.  This is good news for employers.  Find out more in our eESI post  … and, today is the start of the new Fiduciary Rule – learn what you need to know in this article from SHRM.

In Sales & Marketing, Inc. published ‘Why You Will Fail to Persuade 90% of the Time If You Only use Logic.”  The article reveals how important it is to uncover the emotional arguments that may be blocking your sales efforts.

In Risk, ForbesCyber Security is Dead presents the current truth about hacking: firewalls and software no longer work.  Cyber Security is being replaced by Cyber Resilience – an ongoing, intensive protection service needed in light of more sophisticated cyber attack strategies – something small business owners need to read.

In Leadership, TLNT’s 3 Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Recruiting is geared toward small business owners, and shows why more companies are delegating the recruitment of top talent to companies that specialize in it.

In Productivity, Entrepreneur’s 11 Skills that Make You  Super Successful provides some practical insights and advice gleaned from many noteworthy focused and purpose-driven people … and, Inc.’s 4 Powerful Body Language Habits of Confident People is a quick read that contains some helpful tips.

In Trends, the Retail Death Spiral continued this week at an accelerated pace.  Business Insider posted a story highlighting 5,000 retail stores – JC Penney, Sears, Macys, KMart, Payless, Radio Shack and others – that are closing due to slow sales.  You can find a complete list of the store closings in the article … and, Gallup published a report on The 3 Trends Disrupting Workspace Forever – an interesting article about 3 converging trends that are changing how we work, and what companies will look like in the future.

That’s it for this week’s best … enjoy your weekend.