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Description: In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less — as his company has been assailed for allowing lies and falsehoods to appear.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Oct 17, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/business/zuckerberg-facebook-free-speech.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How did Mark Zuckerberg present Facebook in light of the criticism directed at him and the firm?
  • What would you advise the firm to do?
  • Is there a role for governments to play?

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Description: DETROIT (AP) — A tentative four-year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. In return, the contract allows GM to proceed with factory closures in Lordstown, Ohio; Warren, Michigan; and near Baltimore.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Oct 17, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/auto-workers-celebrate-tentative-deal-with-gm-to-end-strike-2019-10-16?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and evaluate the key points in the settlement.
  • Is the deal a good one for the union, GM, the industry, or for the economy as a whole, in your opinion?

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Description: Big tech companies in Silicon Valley worry about retaining in-demand workers who are barraged with tempting job offers — but some companies seem to retain employees for longer than others.

Source: BizJournals.com

Date: Oct 17, 2019

Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2019/10/17/tech-employers-longest-tenure-tsla-aapl-csco-intc.html?ana=yahoo&yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the reasons these employees behave as they do, according to the article and in your view?
  • How should management at these firms respond, in your view?

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Description: Vancouver company says currently no orders planned from factory, which is owned by Korean firm

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Oct 15, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bangladesh-factory-lululemon-1.5321405

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the social issues and related problems facing companies like Lululemon, as highlighted in this report?
  • How should management respond?
  • What strategy should be taken to mitigate future problems?

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Description: The City of Boston is ending its relationship with Fisher Investments, pulling $248 million in pension assets from the firm.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 16, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/16/fisher-investments-takes-248m-hit-as-boston-pulls-pension-assets.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the reaction by City of Boston and other clients of Ken Fisher.
  • Do you think there is a public relations response from Ken Fisher that could mitigate this negative publicity?
  • What is the message to high-level managers?

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Description: How economies work has changed radically. So must economic policy

Source: Economist.com

Date: Oct 10, 2019

Link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/10/10/the-world-economys-strange-new-rules

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights discussed in this article.
  • How do you think the restructuring process will play out?

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Description: The General Motors -United Auto Workers strike drags on into day 26Friday—and the dispute is costing the company and its employees hundreds of millions of dollars. Against that backdrop, GM released a letter, sent to its employees Friday morning, encouraging its workers while urging the UAW to settle.

Source: Barrons.com

Date: Oct 11, 2019

Link: https://www.barrons.com/articles/gm-stock-gains-as-company-sends-striking-employees-a-letter-51570800112?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • What did the letter say to the strikers and their union?
  • Do you think the offer will be accepted?
  • What would you advise the company, the union, and the employees?

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Description: TODAY’s Donna Farizan sits down with YouTube star Dulce Candy Ruiz, who’s inspiring young women to embrace their own beauty. Ruiz opens up about living the American dream and sharing her life as a Latina, veteran and mom with viewers. (Created by TODAY with our sponsor, Ulta Beauty.)

Source: NBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 09, 2019

Link: https://www.today.com/video/youtube-beauty-and-lifestyle-star-dulce-candy-ruiz-shares-her-road-to-success-70919749698

Questions for discussion:

  • How is YouTube star Dulce Candy Ruiz a typical entrepreneur?
  • Explain Ruiz’s entrepreneurial online success.

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Description: Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian joined me yesterday for a conversation with members of the Fortune CEO Initiative about programs to bring struggling young people into the work force. He began by referring to the “fallacy of full employment.”

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Oct 09, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/10/09/helping-young-people-into-the-workforce-ceo-daily/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the efforts made to help unemployed youth, as discussed in this report.
  • What else can businesses do to help?

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Description: A recent award from Ontario’s human rights tribunal should have employers carefully reviewing their HR policies and emailing their employment lawyers.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct 09, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ontario-human-rights-tribunal-orders-employer-to-pay-120000-in-damages-to-worker-it-didnt-even-hire#comments-area

Questions for discussion:

  • What message does this article have for Ontario HR managers?
  • How should the hiring process be modified in order to mitigate the chances of legal actions against firms?