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When it comes to ADA compliance, businesses are often a little bit confused about what to do.

It can be difficult enough deciphering whether some new or modern design element in a brick and mortar establishment will meet ADA accessibility requirements, but businesses must also figure out what that means digitally as companies are facing an increasing number of lawsuits over ADA website accessibility.

Insider Makes Whistleblower Claim Against Domino's Pizza

Domino's manipulated reports to approve higher advertising and promotion fees in a scheme to boost stocks and dividends for insiders, according to a new report.

In a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, a corporate insider laid out the alleged scheme. Ultimately, the whistleblower says, officers, board members, and others enjoyed "higher stock prices and dividends through share repurchases and dividend payouts."

The SEC has not filed charges against Domino's, but the agency will investigate whether the franchisor violated securities laws or was just doing business as usual.

As Talc Lawsuits Rise, J&J Supplier Seeks Bankruptcy

Following a multi-billion verdict in a talc case, a key supplier for Johnson & Johnson's baby powder filed for bankruptcy.

Imerys Talc America said it could not afford to defend itself from nearly 15,000 lawsuits over its talc mineral product. Last year, a jury awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women who said talc baby powder caused ovarian cancer.

In the talc litigation, it was a bellwether case for future cases. For the talc company, it was the beginning of the end.

Apple's Insider Trading Expert Accused of Selling Before Bad News

Gene Daniel Levoff, who was Apple's senior director of corporate law, made some bad trades with his company shares.

He didn't lose money on the deals. According to reports, he sold nearly $10 million in stock over five days in 2015.

The bad part, says the Security and Exchange Commission, was that he sold his shares based on inside information.

3 Free Tips for Regulatory Compliance

If the best things in life are free, compliance should be one of them.

It may cost your company some time and effort to comply with workplace regulations, but it's nothing like government fines and litigation. Being out of compliance can be dollars-and-cents costly.

So to help control those costs, Forbes offered some strategies to ensure regulatory compliance. Here are three free tips from their experts:

Gender bias is a real problem. So much so that even boilerplate legal docs can be implicitly gender biased.

And if you think that implicit bias isn't a problem, then you haven't been paying attention. In the venture capital world even, they started making changes to particular contract term language to eliminate implicit gender bias. So if they're doing it there, you might want to consider doing it for your own company.

The luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is facing a similar diesel-gate to what Volkswagen went through, and it's been ongoing for some time, but just not really on anyone's radar.

It is being alleged that certain models had software "defeat devices" that detected when the vehicle was being emissions tested and when it did, the vehicle would operate within the legally allowed emissions ranges for the test, but otherwise, the car would not. For Mercedes though, they should have seen it coming as they shared the same supplier with VW that helped to create the emissions testing defeat devices.

3 Critical Skills Required for Strategic Thinking

According to some 10,000 senior executives, strategic thinking is the most important skill required of business leaders.

The Harvard Business Review conducted the survey, which showed "the most critical leadership behavior" is being strategic. Without it, the future of business is at stake.

When everybody is saying the same thing, there must be something to it. Here are three ways to break it down into a skill set.

For the Sake of Cybersecurity, Be Careful About What You Digitize

Cybersecurity experts say you can't totally, 100 percent protect your electronic information.

Considering Yahoo, Google, and Facebook have famously failed at it, the experts seem to know what they're talking about. Not even the U.S. government -- with all its military intelligence -- can guarantee complete cybersecurity.

So, time to throw out the smart device and go live in a forest. Really. No, really.

Why the FaceTime Bug Is Not Good for Business

Let's face it: cell phones can be dangerous.

That's why it's against the law to drive and text. You shouldn't take a selfie on the edge of a cliff, either.

But the latest cell-phone danger is about company security. For example, some people were using FaceTime to secretly record conversations.