Providing your team with flexibility is key after a natural disaster strikes, writes Heidi Zak, co-CEO of ThirdLove, who explains how her business was affected by California wildfires. As the crisis developed, the company gave affected workers a free hand on telework and paid time off, and it created a GoFundMe campaign and collected donations for the 11 employees who lost their homes in the fires.
Procter & Gamble has acquired Walker & Co., a health-and-beauty business focused on serving minority groups. In this interview, founder Tristan Walker discusses his background, diversity in Silicon Valley and why he started a consumer goods business.
A federal-level overhaul is needed to improve data on postgraduate employment to help inform prospective students on which degrees to pursue, according to a study from The Institute for College Access & Success. The report recommends improvements be made in state databases and for Congress to standardize job-placement definitions and establish a student-data network.
The number of enforcement actions the Securities and Exchange Commission brought against public companies and their subsidiaries shot up in the second half of fiscal 2018, according to a report from the New York University Pollack Center for Law & Business and Cornerstone Research. The SEC filed 55 cases in that period, compared with 71 for the year, the report said.
Yum Brands will increase the number of Taco Bell and KFC locations that offer delivery, a plan that starts with integrating point-of-sales systems and focusing on marketing efforts. About 70% of KFC's global restaurants will ultimately offer delivery, the company said.
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed 86,747 claims filed by type 2 diabetes patients not using insulin and found that 51,820 patients might be inappropriately using self-monitoring blood glucose supplies "[d]espite a lack of clinical evidence and being identified as a low-value service by the Choosing Wisely initiative." The unnecessary practice costs patients time, may cause worry and could mean millions of dollars spent without benefit, researchers said.
Hershey is expanding its classic "Bells" holiday TV campaign to social, allowing Instagram users to create and share their own Stories with Kisses Chocolates and a range of bell sounds. The "Heartwarming the World" campaign includes a dedicated site, digital video and Facebook and Instagram ads.
A group of 43 organizations, including brands such as Target, H&M and Adidas, has vowed to reduce the climate impact of their supply chains through a new effort called Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. The collective intends to identify strategies to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to recognize cybercriminals, says one expert who stopped several potentially damaging hacks after he'd initially failed to recognize the cybersecurity risks. Because cyberhackers are using more sophisticated means of accessing both company and personal computer systems, more people are finding themselves the victims of hacks, and this year, 17 million Americans have lost $18 billion to hackers.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says that as the agency implements the 2018 Compounding Priorities Plan, its mission is to "preserve patient access to compounded drugs ... while also protecting patients from the risks of contaminated or otherwise harmful products." Draft guidance has been updated, and more enforcement activities for the safety of compounded drugs are being planned.
The White House has issued a memorandum calling for reports and recommendations related to wireless technology, setting in motion a process intended to produce a national 5G connectivity strategy. At the same time, it made a blog post headlined "America Will Win the Global Race to 5G."
An increasing amount of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity is occurring in workplaces and will likely intensify, so roofing companies should take steps to minimize risks, writes labor attorney Richard Alaniz. Companies may consider conducting a self-audit of Form I-9 employment eligibility documents to reduce common and correctable errors before an ICE audit occurs.
The Bureau of Land Management has proposed loosening Obama-era regulations protecting the greater sage grouse in seven Western states to open more land for oil and natural gas drilling and other activities.
Delta Air Lines has launched a biometric international terminal at Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, featuring facial-recognition technology at check-in, the security checkpoint, boarding and Customs.
Southwest Airlines will offer nonstop flights to accommodate college football fans looking to attend games in Miami, Fla., and Arlington, Texas. "We're making it easier for fans of the top four teams in college football to cheer on their favorite teams as they compete for the championship," the airline said.