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April 19, 2012
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  • Toronto mayor, council square off on privatizing cleaning jobs
    The Toronto City Council voted recently to give a committee and itself final say over private contracts for cleaning services, removing that authority from the mayor's office. "I have the utmost respect for cleaners but I'm sorry, we can't pay these people $64,000 when we can get it done in the private sector between $30,000 and $40,000," said Mayor Rob Ford. Toronto Sun (4/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs 
  • Employers don't have to post union rights, federal judge rules
    The National Labor Relations Board can't require employers to post notices informing employees of their union rights, a federal judge in Charleston, S.C., has ruled. The lawsuit was brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in response to a rule that is scheduled to go into effect April 30. Another federal judge upheld the rule in a separate challenge last month. Bloomberg (4/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Companies work to avoid overtime-pay lawsuits
    Workers filed 32% more lawsuits involving wage-and-hour laws last year than they did in 2008, according to this article. To protect themselves against litigation, companies are taking precautions such as clearly defining exempt and nonexempt workers and restricting at-home work done with smartphones or through telecommuting. USA TODAY (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Best Practices 
  • How one CEO learned to listen
    Kevin Sharer says he was "an awful listener" for most of his career, looking for ways to cut short speakers and show them his way was best. The advice that turned his approach around came from Sam Palmisano, who is now IBM's chairman. "That was an epiphany for me because as you become a senior leader, it's a lot less about convincing people and more about benefiting from complex information and getting the best out of the people you work with," Sharer says. The McKinsey Quarterly (free registration) (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  BSCAI News 
  • Honoring the Best of the Best
    Every year, BSCAI honors industry leaders in safety, marketing & communication, community service, and other key contributions to our industry. BSCAI's Award Program presents an opportunity for all BSCAI members to nominate those who they feel deserve recognition for their efforts. "Image & Safety Award" nominations are now open and will close June 1. The remainder of the award categories will be open from June 1 to Aug. 1. Several of the awards recognized throughout 2012 will be presented in conjunction with the 2012 Annual Convention in Chicago from Oct. 18 to 20. Award winners will gain prime professional and company exposure so BSCAI encourages all members to participate. Nominating is easy, simply complete and return the appropriate forms to BSCAI headquarters by the award-specific deadlines. Details and nomination forms are available on the BSCAI Awards page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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