Ontario human rights tribunal orders employer to pay $120,000 in damages to worker it didn’t even hire

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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… Read more »

Budweiser wants to take on China, the world’s largest beer market where local brews rule

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Description: The world’s largest brewer is making a big push for China and other parts of Asia — but it could prove challenging for Anheuser-Busch InBev to topple local beers that have long dominated their home markets. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 06, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/07/budweiser-seeks-growth-in-china-vietnam-india-south-korea-beer-markets.html Questions for discussion: Why does this strategy make sense for the company?… Read more »

United Airlines ramps up recruitment to hire 10,000 pilots over the next decade

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Description: Close to half of United’s roughly 12,500 pilots will retire over the next 10 years, the airline estimates, and it expects to need to hire 10,000 over that period to keep pace with growth. Boeinghas estimates that airlines will need 645,000 pilots from 2019 through 2038, with 212,000 in North America alone. Source: CNBC.com – video… Read more »

HP to slash 7,000 to 9,000 jobs over three years as part of major restructuring

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Description: Incoming CEO Enrique Lores and CFO Steve Fieler lay out a financial road map for the company’s fiscal year 2020 Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hp-to-slash-7000-to-9000-jobs-over-three-years-as-part-of-major-restructuring-2019-10-03?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo Questions for discussion: Summarize the restructuring plans detailed in the article. What is driving these decisions? Have investors responded positively?

Inside the intense world of Birkin bag collectors, who pay up to $500,000 for one bag

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Description: Would you pay $500,000 … for a bag? In 2019, a diamond-encrusted Birkin handbag made of crocodile, from the French luxury brand Hermes, sold for half a million dollars. The Birkin consistently shatters sales records at auction, selling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But experts say the bag cost just $2,000 at… Read more »

The Weekly Listen: Airbnb’s IPO and Facebook Acquires ‘Mind-Reading Wristband’ Company

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Description: eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Airbnb’s upcoming IPO, Facebook’s acquisition of “mind-reading wristband” company CTRL-labs, highlights from New York Advertising Week 2019 and more. Source: eMarketer.com – podcast Date: Sep 25, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-the-weekly-listen-airbnb-ipo-and-facebook-acquires-mind-reading-wristband-company?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What are the highlights… Read more »

Premium tea bags leach billions of microplastics per cup: Study

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Description: MONTREAL — A McGill University professor says tea lovers may be swallowing billions of tiny plastic particles along with their favourite brew. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/premium-tea-bags-leach-billions-of-microplastics-per-cup-study-1.1322338 Questions for discussion: What are the ethical and legal issues related to companies selling this product? What should management at companies that are using… Read more »

The White-Collar Job Apocalypse That Didn’t Happen

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Description: Economists once warned that office jobs in the United States would soon follow factory jobs in moving overseas. New research suggests that jobs may be moving to other parts of the country instead. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/business/economy/jobs-offshoring.html Questions for discussion: What are the results of the study? Why are they… Read more »

Federal officials say Boeing underestimated pilots ability to react to simultaneous warning alerts

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Description: The National Transportation Safety Board gave several safety recommendations after investigations into two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/federal-officials-say-boeing-underestimated-pilots-ability-to-react-to-simultaneous-warning-alerts-2019-09-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Summarize the key findings and recommendations. Do you think Boeing management made reasonable assumptions about pilot behavior during an emergency? What lessons should all… Read more »

Walmart to exit e-cigarette category as pressure mounts on vaping

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Description: Walmart (WMT) is exiting the e-cigarette category completely as a rash of mysterious deaths linked to vaping draws intense scrutiny. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 20, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-to-exit-e-cigarette-category-as-pressure-mounts-on-vaping-170930026.html Questions for discussion: What are the financial implications for Walmart’s decision? Do you think management is trying to get ahead of a government… Read more »