Difficult partners are tough work. As a professional services firm leader or senior manager, at some stage you are going to be faced with the unenviable task of dealing with one or more. As I am sure you will confirm, they can be gnarly, hard nuts to handle. ‘Difficult’ comes in various shapes and forms. They can be brilliant, top fee earners who are loved by their clients but who create trouble for everyone else, or they may be disgruntled, serial under-performers.
There’s only one question remaining: did he do it? Jurors will deliberate in the coming days whether Allen Stanford is a liar (as Prosecutor William Stellmach argues) or if he is a legitimate business man who simply finds himself in a pickle (as the defense team has argued). Recall Stanford’s original defense was “Amnesia”. Allen R. Stanford, a former health club owner, once worth over $2 billion stands accused of operating a massive Ponzi scheme through which he stole approximately $7 billion.
The FCC has always been interested in preventing interruptions to telephone service. Usually it focuses on failures due to natural disasters, and plain old equipment breakdowns. But now it has a new concern: deliberate service stoppages implemented at the request of a state or local government. Yes, it sounds like something out of protests in the Middle East. But it happened at least once in the United States, and now the FCC is looking for policy guidance, hopefully before it happens again.
Surely you can fire someone who mouths off on Facebook about the company, right? After all, most employees (in Texas, anyway) are at will employees. You may even have a social media policy that warns employees not to say disparaging things about the company online. Unfortunately, it is not that clear. The National Labor Relations Labor Board issued a memorandum that outlines recent cases gving some guidelines about what you should do.
For a brief window of time, it seemed as though Major League Baseball really had a hand on toning down the use of performance enhancing drugs in its sport. You’d see guys get caught by the drug-testing program, but it was guys the fans either half-expected or didn’t care as much about. That changed this past winter, as it was reported that National League MVP Ryan Braun had tested positive for PEDs. We returned to thinking the best baseball players were the best because they had the best drugs. Braun said he’d appeal, like they always do, and we just waited for that to be inevitably shot down. But then a crazy thing happened—he won.
A March 2, 2012 article by Joshua Gallu on Bloomberg.com states that the SEC’s claim that there has been an increase in the number of enforcement actions “isn’t supported by a detailed examination of the statistics.” Mr. Gallu’s article states that 31% of actions filed in fiscal year 2011 were not new, but “were so-called follow-on administrative proceedings that institute penalties in cases that already had been brought.”
Raising the Illinois minimum wage is a long overdue measure to increase the economic security of women and families. The mandated minimum wage in Illinois is only $8.25 an hour, which translates to around $16,000 a year for a full-time worker. For tipped workers such as food servers and nail salon technicians, minimum wage is even less—just $4.95 an hour. For low-wage working women and families, getting by on minimum wage is nearly impossible
We’ve been following the legal challenges to the NLRB’s notice-posting rule, which would require virtually all private-sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their right to join a union, among other rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Today, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in this closely-watched case, upholding the rule in part but severing certain provisions as unlawful.
When I moved to Minneapolis four years ago, I mentioned in passing that there was a noticeable lack of Wal-Marts in the suburbs surrounding the Twin Cities. I don’t have a particular affinity for shopping at Wal-Mart, it was just a casual observation. Still, the friends I was with at the time gasped. Eyes wide and incredulous, one said, “Don’t you know? This is Target town.” It was my first taste of the overwhelming loyalty that Target commands in the Twin Cities.
Sources Claim the European Commission Succumbed to Pressure from US Lobbying Before Submitting the Draft EU Data Protection Regulation to the European Parliament
Not only did the U.S. Department of Commerce submit an informal paper (as discussed in a previous post on this blog), but it has come to light that intense lobbying from the United States has influenced a “watering down” of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation. Even within the EU, certain provisions of the draft Data Protection Regulation were considered controversial.