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1/23/2018

The National Labor Relations Board and McDonald's are discussing a possible settlement in a lawsuit that seeks to hold the restaurant chain liable for alleged labor law violations by franchisees. The board last week asked an administrative law judge to put the case on hold as talks continue.

1/23/2018

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police officers who arrested 21 partygoers in Washington, D.C., in 2008 for trespassing acted legally and reasonably. The ruling more clearly defines the "probable cause" standard.

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1/23/2018

Pennsylvania's congressional map favors Republicans and is therefore unconstitutional, the state's Supreme Court ruled Monday. The state legislature has a Feb. 9 deadline for redrawing the districts, but Republican leaders say they will ask the US Supreme Court to halt the order.

1/23/2018

Backing women in the business world is an "economic imperative," but obstacles related to "family economics" remain, according to a report from the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs. Among other things, women grapple with "a different cost-benefit equation when it comes to balancing entrepreneurship and unpaid care," the report says.

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The Toronto Star
1/23/2018

Only 42% of women say they have opportunities at work that are equal to those of their male colleagues, an Ellevest survey found. In addition, 83% of women and 61% of men believe men receive higher compensation for doing the same work.

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USA Today
1/23/2018

Women accounted for just 18.4% of replacement CEOs that US-based companies announced last year, according to a Challenger, Gray & Christmas report. "Studies have shown that more women in leadership positions correlates to higher profits and better stock performance," noted Andrew Challenger, vice president at the company.

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1/22/2018

Craft beer brewers are innovating, creating jobs and gaining market share with pricier, high-quality products, and lessons from the beer industry can offer insights into other industries, writes Derek Thompson. "Alcohol regulations have long discouraged vertical consolidation, encouraged retailers to leave room for new brands, and more recently made it easier for individuals to introduce their own batch of beer to the market," he writes.

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1/22/2018

Leaders who admit their mistakes and take responsibility show self-awareness and strength, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Leaders accomplish very little by themselves -- they survive or fail on the actions of those they lead," he says.

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1/22/2018

Senate Republicans have sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to "formally clarify" that the standards enacted by the Financial Stability Board are "advisory in nature, and not binding on the United States or US businesses." The senators said they are troubled that the FSB's decisions have been "driving a significant amount of US policymaking regarding financial regulation."

1/22/2018

Decision-making is often hampered by a complicated organizational structure where no one feels they can make the call, among other factors, say Aaron De Smet and Leigh Weiss of McKinsey. They identify and discuss the four types of decisions and what organizational actions need to happen with each.

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