Sock startup Strideline pivoted as the pandemic took hold in the US to making masks, but the company failed to put a usage limit on a coupon code for schools to test one mask for free, which generated $120 million worth of orders. Strideline canceled the orders, issued an apology and is providing special offers in an effort to rebuild customer trust.
The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision has overturned a lower court order that jails in California's Orange County take inmates' temperatures every day and get inmates' input on jail conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic, among other measures. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, noting that 300 inmates tested positive for the virus in one month, while the county said in a recent appeal that it had "currently zero transmission" of the virus among inmates.
The US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has overturned an injunction against the Trump administration's public charge rule, which eases the denial of legal status for immigrants deemed likely to rely on public assistance. The court held that the Immigration and Nationality Act enables the administration to enforce the rule and that the Department of Homeland Security likely has interpreted the meaning of "public charge" in an appropriate way.
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media's CEO Madeline Di Nonno reports the findings of the Institute's "If He Can See It, Will He Be It?" a study released in collaboration with Promundo and the Kering Foundation, that explores the masculinity in the top 25-rated TV shows with a target audience of boys ages 7 to 13. The data shows programming reinforces harmful stereotypes with 62.5% of the violence committed by male protagonists in these shows. "Now more than ever, it's critical that we redefine and retire the stoic ideals of masculinity as boys are an important part of the new generation of hope. They need healthy role models on screen and off," Di Nonno says. Kidscreen (July/August 2020)
Clorox has tapped Linda Rendle to lead the company as its next chief executive, making her just the 38th female CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. The numbers don't fare better for Black female CEOs who account for just three of the women on the list.
After the onset of the pandemic, Mollie Engelhart, owner of Sage Vegan Bistro and Brewery, says she felt a commitment to her community, spending "all day in the restaurants trying to figure out how to make it all work." The business pivoted to sell to-go food and specialist pantry items, and Engelhart relied on a small-business loan and partnerships with other restaurants.
Firing an employee who works remotely requires planning and a proper process, writes Jane Genova. Think about how to create an official termination letter, who will be present for the actual firing and how to communicate the message internally.
With time running out for Paycheck Protection Program applications to be submitted, a substantial amount of funding remains available. Lawmakers continue to discuss what to do with the leftover funds, with a Republican proposal suggesting that the money should be repurposed for targeted relief.
Action plans that seek to nurture economic recovery but don't acknowledge structural inequities are less likely to succeed, write Hanna Love, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, and Jennifer Vey as they share five tips based on their experiences in South Los Angeles. Seek out organizations with strong existing connections to the area and focus on long-term change that is "action-oriented, equitable, and directly responsive," they suggest.
Investing in Black- and Latino-owned businesses by finding partners for lending and eliminating barriers to resources are vital steps in closing the wealth gap, says Glynn Lloyd, Foundation for Business Equity executive director. Lloyd advocates moving beyond corporate statements espousing equity and "direct[ing] resources into structural changes that get at the root of solving this institutional inequity."