Wage Stagnation and Fast-Food Workers: No-Poach Clauses

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According to the New York Times, attorneys general in 10 states are moving to investigate whether a clause in fast-food franchise agreements is preventing workers from switching jobs and, therefore, locking them into low-paying positions and, some economists say, contributing to widespread wage stagnation in the United States. Questions: 1. Briefly explain how these clauses… Read more »

Bad Way to Encourage People to Use Self-checkout Lines

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This article discusses how many companies are employing aggressive legal tactics and taking advantage of loosely written state laws, to push for restitution even when people have not been convicted of wrongdoing. Questions: 1. How much does shoplifting cost stores each year? 2. What happens in many states to payments made to retailers before court… Read more »

Review your W-4 before it’s too late for 2018

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Congress passed major tax legislation at the end of last year that could affect your refund if you are one of the people who usually look forward to a refund. Questions: 1. According to the article, based on the new 2018 withholding tables, what percent of people have too much in taxes withheld? 2. What… Read more »

Wells Fargo In the News, AGAIN!

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In a recent regulatory filing, Wells Fargo disclosed that between 2010 and 2015, they foreclosed on 400 homeowners after improperly denying them loan modifications that could have allowed them to stay in their homes. Questions: 1. According to the article, how did this happen? 2. How do they plan to compensate these people? 3. Do… Read more »

A story that makes you smile

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Despite looming tax deadlines, the accountant that is ready in a minute’s notice can save a needy NHL team. Questions: 1. What team did Scott Foster sub for? 2. What was his performance that evening? 3. How did Scott become eligible to be the backup goalie? 4. What was your favorite part of this Cinderella… Read more »

A Three-Hour Tour – But Not Gilligan’s Island

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Barbara Carroll’s quick trip to the bank turned into a nearly three-hour ordeal after a Wells Fargo branch accused the 78-year-old black woman of forgery. Questions: 1. How many forms of identification did Ms. Carroll have to show? 2. Why is Ms. Carroll suing the bank and why does she want a jury trial? 3…. Read more »

Work four and paid for five

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According to the Guardian, the New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success. Questions: 1. What has the company seen to support its claim of success? 2. What does New Zealand’s workplace relations minister say about the results? 3. How many employees participated in the… Read more »

“You’re Fired” In A Posting for All to See!

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In November 2017, manager, Fox Lui, wanted everyone to know that an employee was leaving the Meitu company because he had fired her, so he blasted her for poor execution and not embracing the company’s “user-first” values in a posting for all to see. Questions: 1. What is Meitu’s main business? 2. What does the… Read more »

The Naming of “Meat Grown in a Lab”

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The name of “meat grown in a lab” has not yet been decided by regulators, but has sparked a war of words between animal rights advocates and cattle ranchers. Questions: 1. What is the problem with calling it “Clean Meat”? 2. What has the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association done to eliminate problems for its producers in… Read more »

Move along now, no data here.

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Mick Mulvaney, the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), told bankers that he is not required to post data on banking institutions that violate the rules or receive significant complaints. Questions: 1. Do you agree with the removal of these types of data from the government websites? Why or why not? 2…. Read more »