HOAs in Texas have the authority to request that residents remove campaign signs 10 days following an election. Even though the Texas Ethics Commission is behind the rule, HOAs have to enforce it, since the commission cannot remove signage on private property.
A Miami HOA and Mike Davey, mayor-elect of Key Biscayne, Fla., are opposed to Virginia Key -- a barrier island in Miami -- being the new home of the Ultra Music Festival, citing the large crowd and traffic the electronic music festival could attract. A lone Miami city commissioner voted against the proposal.
California's Sherman Oaks HOA recently urged a Los Angeles city councilman to divulge the possible location of affordable housing for elderly homeless people, but he declined. The official abandoned an unpopular plan to build homeless housing on a site in Sherman Oaks that is being used as a parking lot.
An HOA in Warrenton, Va., isn't objecting to town officials permitting a resident to keep her potbellied pig. However, the HOA can enforce tighter rules than the city and might intervene if the pig becomes a problem, officials said.
Disney has received the Chinese government's unconditional approval of an acquisition of some 21st Century Fox assets for $71.3 billion. Both companies' share prices rose after the decision was announced.
HR leaders at Square, Mattel and Equinox get executives and managers involved with strategic recruitment, training and career-development programs, writes Lars Schmidt, founder of Amplify. "The focus is less on control and ownership, and more on understanding and aligning the people strategy to business goals, supporting and empowering the employees to do their best work," Schmidt writes.
The Essilor HR team's first steps in creating a design-thinking program for a nonprofit organization involved studying an organizational chart, interviewing employees and figuring out which processes needed to be improved or adopted, writes Amrita Rajumoothy, global talent acquisition specialist for Essilor. The collaborative effort, which involved multiple changes to the initial plan, gave Essilor's team a better understanding of its strengths.
Help eliminate age discrimination at your workplace by committing to a multi-generational staff and culture, training recruiters to avoid discriminatory practices and creating programs that support older employees, writes Andrea Choate. "Opt for company and/or team activities that are inclusive and can be enjoyed by people of all ages," Choate writes.
Workplace laughter relieves stress and increases engagement, creativity and productivity, writes Betty-Ann Heggie. However, don't tell crude jokes or try to be funny by teasing staff members or demeaning minorities, she writes.
Business leaders should balance their loud, bold traits with a quiet demeanor that helps them connect with others, make careful decisions and stay focused, write Lisa Porlier and Adela Yang of Russell Reynolds Associates. "A heroic and galvanizing leader should continue to leverage courage, energy and charisma, but also understand the importance of listening and soliciting feedback," they write.