The Tanenbaum Center for Religious Understanding — a secular and nonsectarian nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting religious tolerance and combating prejudice — recently issued its report “What American Workers Really Think About Religion: Tanenbaum’s 2013 Survey of American Workers and Religion”. Its findings indicate that in the face of rising religious diversity in the US, employers need to embrace religion as a workplace issue that must be proactively included in business discrimination and harassment policies.
Employers of many direct-care workers are not subject to the Fair Labor Standard Act's (FLSA) minimum-wage and overtime protections due to an exemption for "companionship services." Courts have interpreted the exemption to include virtually all workers, both skilled and unskilled, who provide service in the home to elderly people or people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities.
Recently, the federal government requested employment eligibility documents from approximately 1,000 U.S. businesses for the purposes of performing illegal immigration audits. This is the largest round of audits since July 2009, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted inspections on a similar scale.
In 2011, the US Department of Labor (DOL) instituted Misclassification Initiative to pursue employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. Recently, the new head of the Department, Thomas E. Perez, has vowed to continue this effort and make such misclassifications a top enforcement priority, asserting that they constitute “workplace fraud.”
Abercrombie & Fitch has drawn a lot of criticism — and litigation — in its pursuit of a youthful image. Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries offended many members of the American public earlier this year with the resurrection of a 2006 interview in which he stated the company would not sell plus-size clothing. In March, a federal judge in Colorado ruled that the raised storefronts of the company's Hollister stores violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
When it comes to litigation, you can pretty much forget the saying that "people in glass houses should not throw stones." Case in point: POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company.
Managing documents has become a significant part of running an organization. Documents may be formal, such as contracts or business plans, or informal, such as e-mails and instant messages (IMs). A document-retention policy governs the period for which organizations retain their documents and may specify the media on which the organization may store different types of documents.
Gay-rights activists applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s pivotal civil rights decision issued on June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor. The 5-to-4 opinion declared the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) restricting rights of married couples to opposite-sex couples to be unconstitutional. Accordingly, in states where same-sex marriages are legal, same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as opposite-sex couples under federal law.
Amendments to Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) include provisions granting officials nationality jurisdiction to take action based on extraterritorial conduct by Canadian nationals. These amendments add to the momentum gained by recent landmark cases and stronger enforcement measures by Canadian officials, making it appear Canada is prepared to take a more aggressive stance on foreign corruption.
While companies in resource-intensive industries have been incorporating sustainable practices into their business models for years, a broader range of businesses are now seeing the benefits — and profitability — of doing the same. In a recent survey of executives and managers, 37% reported an increase in profits due to sustainability-related policies, with 70% indicating that sustainability is now a permanent part of their corporate agenda. In contrast to the argument that cost is a deterrent to sustainable business practices, findings show that they often result in fewer expenditures on resources, an expanded, increasingly loyal customer base and a more motivated and productive workforce.