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What Ebola means for businesses
Forbes
The outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa has captured attention — and stoked anxieties — around the world. With 887 confirmed deaths as of Aug. 4, it is the deadliest outbreak of the virus in history. The World Health Organization and national governments have implemented surveillance, containment and quarantine measures in several countries. At the same time, global businesses are assessing how the outbreak may affect their ability to continue operations while also protecting the health and well-being of their employees.
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An employer's liability under the FLSA can be high
Lexology
Timekeeping software that automatically deducts meal break time from employee paychecks can be problematic for employers. This is because employees sometimes work through their meal breaks, and that exposes employers to liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA requires employers to pay employees for all of the time that the spend working — including the time that they spend working through their meal breaks.
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Obama issues executive order to boost workplace standards of federal contractors
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In his latest effort to improve workplace standards for the employees of federal contractors, President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring prospective contractors to disclose to agencies violations of federal wage and hour, discrimination, health and safety, family and medical leave, labor and other workplace laws.
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How to build a respectful workplace
By D. Albert Brannen
There is honor and dignity in work. Successful employers understand this axiom and build workplaces in which their employees are respected. As a result, they experience lower employee turnover, less employment-related litigation and fewer union-related problems. Their employees also are happier and more productive. This article outlines 10 tips for building a respectful workplace and reaping these benefits.
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Labor ruling on McDonald's has business worried
The New York Times
After a federal agency's decision that McDonald's is jointly liable for the employment actions of its franchise operators, businesses across the United States were puzzling over the decision's potential reach. Many feared that they, too, might fall under that broad umbrella.
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Innovative approaches to supply chain risk
The 21st Century Supply Chain
Imagine yourself in this scenario. You wake up at the usual time, and over coffee, you review the news. As you flip through the articles on your iPad, you see it: a major earthquake in Taiwan. Then you get the email: One of your key suppliers uses a supplier that is in the area affected by the quake and is effectively shut down for the foreseeable future. Uh oh. It's going to be a crazy, busy day. When you get to work, you get your team working on this issue. You don't panic because you are ready for this: You have a supply chain risk management strategy in place.
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How much do hurricanes hurt the economy?
The Atlantic
As climate change increases the intensity and (possibly) the frequency of major coastal storms, what will be the economic consequences? Answering this question requires two big pieces of information: the economic consequences of such storms (typhoons, hurricanes, and tropical cyclones) and the patterns of those storms in the years ahead. As it turns out, it's that first bit — the economic consequences of storms — that was difficult to pin down.
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7 best practices for supply chains in 2025
SupplyChainBrain
The seeds of tomorrow's global supply chains are being planted today. They are the best practices that leading companies are implementing now — practices that will be combined with advanced analytics and modeling tools to forge the supply chain of 2025. The date is an arbitrary one, of course. But it helps today's managers to focus on the path to supply chain excellence, at a time when external factors are conspiring to undermine the efforts of global suppliers to get product to market in a timely fashion.
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What Ebola means for businesses
Forbes
The outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa has captured attention — and stoked anxieties — around the world. With 887 confirmed deaths as of Aug. 4, it is the deadliest outbreak of the virus in history. The World Health Organization and national governments have implemented surveillance, containment and quarantine measures in several countries. At the same time, global businesses are assessing how the outbreak may affect their ability to continue operations while also protecting the health and well-being of their employees.

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Ruling: What's not allowed when accessing employees' social media sites
HR Morning
There are a lot of laws HR pros pay close attention to (FMLA, ADA, FLSA, etc.), but the Stored Communications Act typically isn't one of them. That should change. The act prohibits the unauthorized access of individuals' electronic communications and records that are intended to be private. If you're thinking this doesn't apply to you because you'd never go snooping around employees' email, you're wrong. It also applies to something a lot of employers are taking very seriously these days: the Facebook activity of employees and job candidates.

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4 ways to protect your business against extreme weather
Grant Thornton
Current scientific research suggests that rather than being exceptional, more frequent extreme weather is here to stay. The widespread geographic nature of the spread of bad weather events greatly increases the potential impact on global food supply, while the increased clustering of extreme weather further complicates the picture. While extreme weather patterns have consequences for businesses across the food chain, the greatest impact is on those operating at the front end: agriculture and food production companies.

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The top 10 business continuity and disaster recovery trends
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Steven Goldman identifies 10 business continuity and disaster recovery trends that are emerging, highlighting actions that business continuity managers can take in response to each item.
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Is it time to take a closer look at your supply chain?
Business Reporter
With supply chain scandals on the front pages more than ever, is it time for organizations to take a closer look at how they function and cut out the bad links before it's too late?
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