The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Walmart, alleging discrimination against pregnant employees at a distribution center in Wisconsin. The lawsuit accuses Walmart of forcing pregnant workers to take unpaid leave and not providing reasonable accommodations, both of which violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
JetBlue founder David Neeleman is proposing a new venture known as Moxy that he says "will be a technology company that just happens to fly airplanes." Neeleman plans to exclusively use the Airbus' A220 jet, which is focused on passenger comfort even in the least-expensive seats.
Leaders with strong presence show support for employees through resources, coaching and appreciation, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "The leader supports the team, individually and collectively, by setting expectations and then following through with whatever is necessary to get the job done," he says.
Ask questions that invoke thoughtful answers at networking events, as this helps create meaningful connections with people, writes Marguerita Cheng. "Part of making connections is helping people. When you meet people, pay attention to what they say to see if they have a problem you can help solve," says Cheng.
Complex buying journeys don't have to be part of the purchasing experience, writes David Brock. Sales teams need to cut through the chaos and simplify each buyer's journey to remove barriers that may prevent prospects from making purchases, Brock writes.
Reports are circulating that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has either already resigned or will be fired today. Rosenstein assumed oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.
Self-employment imposes a burden on individuals to make sure they are setting aside enough money to meet their tax obligations. Adam Uzialko walks through the basics of tax filing and keeping on the right side of the IRS.
Properly conducted 360 feedback collects insight from an employee's superiors, direct reports and peers after explaining to the evaluators how to rate competencies and behavior, writes Bruce Court. "To maximize the return on the 360-assessment process, there must be a connection between the competencies that are being assessed, the selected development areas, and the organization's business objectives," he writes.
Contract employees are a good fit for businesses with unpredictable staffing demands and can be less expensive and pose fewer personnel-related legal risks, writes Alexandra Levit, partner at PeopleResults. However, relying too heavily on contract work may create instability in your culture and invite government scrutiny, she writes.
Be confident when answering questions about your presentation, but do so using important facts, especially if those facts are from prepared materials you've written down, writes Tim Calkins, clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management. When you are stumped on a question, try saying you'll find the information rather than taking a wild guess.
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