Lego CEO Niels Christiansen discusses the dual challenge of creating a toy that encourages children's creativity while meeting high standards for interoperability, design and durability. "The safety level and quality level is unbelievably high, much higher than you would normally find in a toy or anything else," he says.
A proposed regulation from the US Department of Labor seeks to make it simpler to classify workers as independent contractors based on factors including profit and loss opportunities and economic dependency on an employer. The proposed rule will not supersede state laws.
Legal experts are warning employers to be mindful of the potential for "immunity discrimination" -- favoring certain job candidates because they've survived COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled such moves as unlawful and employers are advised to avoid COVID-19 discussions during the hiring process and to be mindful of other situations where discrimination could arise, such as promotion decision-making.
Freelance marketplaces are becoming more specialized and focused on specific industries. Spacely.work focuses on the space including engineers and physicists; PR Cavalry matches public relations experts with medium-sized businesses; and Expertpowerhouse offers a repository of experts that can be consulted for short-term needs as well as 4,000 consultants who can be hired for long-term projects.
The Trump administration has called for passage of an individual bill to aid the slumping airline industry, in the continued absence of broader stimulus legislation. Republican senators have proposed a $28.8 billion grant in payroll aid for the industry, but it is thought unlikely to be given priority over other sectors which face similar difficulties.
Startups such as Linktree and Carrd have gained prominence on social media among influencers and other users who want to direct followers elsewhere through a "link in bio." Linktree has grown to nearly 8 million users from 3 million in November, while Carrd has 1 million sites.
Warby Parker co-founder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa has learned a lot from launching the popular direct-to-consumer brand, including what's needed to form company values, conducting employee performance reviews and the importance of alignment with co-founders. "When people told us reasons why Warby Parker wouldn't work, we had enough confidence in each other to bounce back from demoralizing feedback," he says.
The Knight Foundation is directing $8 million in grants to projects to redesign and improve four public spaces in Akron, Ohio. The grants are intentionally large and focused so they'll have the greatest effect, says Kyle Kutuchief of the Knight Foundation.
Audra Gold, founder of the Vurbl audio streaming platform, has been repeatedly "marginalized and pushed aside in favor of male resources that have much less experience and knowledge" -- but says her purposeful lack of a Plan B keeps her on track. Community Amenity Management founder Leslie Fajfar has faced adversity as both a woman and minority and says women must "lick your wounds and keep going" when lesser companies get contracts over you.
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