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The 10 Worst Laws In China IndustryWeek

Details: The 10 Worst Laws In China. Read on China Law Blog that Foreign Policy Magazine has a list of what it considers to be the 10 worst laws in China. They are:Article 105 of the Criminal Law (which broadly defines "subversive activities")Hukou (Household Registration) System (which …

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Are You Compliant with COVID-19 Leave Laws

Details: However, employers should take note that relevant state laws should be consulted before requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination from employees, as several states have implemented strict bans on requesting such proof via “vaccine passports” or other …

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Why Are There So Few States with 'Bottle Bill' Laws

Details: One good reason to expand container deposit laws is stated in the report: "Recycling also helps create new, well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries. The firms that process metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastic, glass, and textiles …

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Staying Ahead of New Cannabis Laws IndustryWeek

Details: Mar 28, 2019. With a majority of U.S. states enacting medical marijuana laws, cannabis in the workplace has become a hot-button issue for human resources departments seeking to craft appropriate workplace regulations for lawful cannabis users. These issues become particularly tricky for employers to navigate because cannabis remains illegal

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Microsoft Sees Need for AI Laws, Regulations IndustryWeek

Details: The development of laws will come a few years after that, Smith said. In the nearer term, Microsoft is advocating for changes to labor laws to properly classify workers and allocate benefits like health care and retirement planning to people with jobs such as …

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Effectively Manage Your Global Workforce IndustryWeek

Details: Yet these laws vary widely. Understanding how these will impact staffing, time tracking as well as auditing and reporting requirements will reduce compliance exposure. Automating compliance by embedding legal requirements into scheduling and payment processes is the best way for manufacturers to ensure compliance and their ability to readily

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What the EEOC Says about Requiring Vaccines at Work

Details: Then take a look at all the federal, state and local laws and regulations that may come to bear on whether you’re allowed to screen for marijuana, and document that process in your company’s hiring policy. Elizabeth McLean is an FCRA-compliance attorney and general counsel at GoodHire, a leading employment screening provider. An expert in

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When an Employee Has a Substance Abuse Problem, Tread

Details: Disability laws protect from employment discrimination qualified individuals with a disability, and require reasonable accommodation of protected-status employees. Those laws also specifically protect individuals who are “perceived as” disabled, …

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COVID-19 and Force Majeure: A Closer Look at the Supply

Details: When the contract doesn’t contain a force majeure clause, the national laws of at least one country might apply, and those laws also vary widely in the rules they impose. To make matters worse, the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike the sorts of events to which force majeure law usually applies, and presents risks from multiple angles.

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Has the America Invents Act Been Beneficial or Harmful

Details: Disturbing the evolution of ideas disrupts our development as a society, and changes to our patent laws are doing just that. American inventors create new products and jobs. The more we enable inventors, the more our country prospers and the better our lives become. We can expect only the opposite if we if we stifle inventors by allowing laws

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What to Expect from International Trade Law in 2020

Details: A new report, released on July 27 by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), determined that more than 100,000 family-sustaining equipment manufacturing jobs can be created over the next three years. Research done by HIS Markit showed that the jobs, which will mostly be located in rural areas, will pay $88,000. That is a 35% increase over the current average pay.

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Managing Regulatory Challenges in a Global Marketplace

Details: Managing Regulatory Challenges in a Global Marketplace. Meeting requirements in emerging markets makes regulatory compliance an increasingly difficult issue for manufacturers. A new study sheds light on the challenges and how leading companies are meeting them. When one thinks of regulatory compliance, the obvious things that come to mind are

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Should I Let My Employees Wear Earbuds

Details: 1. All employees in any operational area of a manufacturing facility, including even employees who work in warehousing or supply areas, should be prohibited from using earbuds or similar items. 2. Those individuals who work strictly in an office setting, well away from any operational sectors of the facility may use earbuds—but even in that

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How the Decline of Unions and Collective Bargaining Hurts

Details: Right-to-work laws – About half of the states, most recently Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan, have adopted right-to-work laws that limit unions from forcing people to join the union. A recent poll showed that 51% of the public supports unions, but 71% are for right to work laws that allow employees to not join unions.

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The Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill – What It

Details: One of the nation's major chemical safety laws is receiving a significant update after 40 years. EPA’s oversight of chemicals manufactured, sold or distributed in the U.S. will be greatly expanded, as will be the processes by which chemicals may be approved.

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Price-Gouging 101 for Suppliers IndustryWeek

Details: The laws under which federal and state authorities are acting vary among jurisdictions, but they generally apply to all participants in the manufacturing chain – including suppliers – and provide for not only restrictive court orders and fines but also the potential for imprisonment of …

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The Importance (or Non-Importance

Details: Labor laws require equal treatment of employees whether they are members of the union or not. A unionized facility in a right-to-work state must pay all of its workers – union members and non-members alike -- in accordance with the terms negotiated with the union. The same is true for the benefits and work rules covered by collective bargaining.

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Companies Testing KPIs to Assess Labor and Human Rights

Details: The impact of economic nexus laws on exempt sellers, including increased tax obligations in multiple states ; How to decrease efforts for both staff and your customers’ burden of providing exemption certificates; Tips to effectively manage and organize exemption documents to avoid being hit with penalties during an audit

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Can You Screen for Marijuana

Details: Then take a look at all the federal, state and local laws and regulations that may come to bear on whether you’re allowed to screen for marijuana, and document that process in your company’s hiring policy. Elizabeth McLean is an FCRA-compliance attorney and general counsel at GoodHire, a leading employment screening provider. An expert in

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What Is China's "Circular Economy" Law

Details: The impact of economic nexus laws on exempt sellers, including increased tax obligations in multiple states ; How to decrease efforts for both staff and your customers’ burden of providing exemption certificates; Tips to effectively manage and organize exemption documents to avoid being hit with penalties during an audit

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3 Emerging Trends in Labor and Employment Law for 2018

Details: While the laws vary, most restrict what job postings can say, as well as an employer’s right to ask about or base employment decisions on arrest/conviction records. Ban-the-box laws have already been passed in 29 states – including Ohio (private sector only) – and over 150 localities, and are expected to grow over the coming years.

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HR Changes to Watch for Now That Trump's in Charge

Details: HR Changes to Watch for Now That Trump's in Charge. What employers should pay attention to, now and in the future, in immigration, overtime pay, health care, family leave and pay equity regulations. There is no shortage of headlines coming out of the Trump administration. In addition to keeping a close eye on trade and tax policy, manufacturers

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Fastenal to Pay $1.2 Million, Hire 171 in Discrimination

Details: Laura Putre. Oct 09, 2015. Fastenal Company, a Minnesota-based manufacturer and distributor of fastening products, has agreed to pay $1.2 million in back wages and hire more minorities and women, a discrimination settlement announced yesterday. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that the company

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Can I Fire an Employee for Wearing a Campaign Button

Details: Second, myriad federal laws protect employees who engage in “whistleblowing” activity. Under federal law, an employee who learns of unethical or illegal activity within the company and either reports the conduct or refuses to participate in it can be deemed a whistleblower, and a company that retaliates in response to the employee’s

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Apple, Foxconn Broke a Chinese Labor Law to Build Latest

Details: Apple Inc. (IW 500/2) and manufacturing partner Foxconn violated a Chinese labor rule by using too many temporary staff in the world’s largest iPhone factory, the companies confirmed following a report that also alleged harsh working conditions. The claims came from China Labor Watch, which issued the report ahead of an Apple event on Tuesday to announce new iPhones.

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The Maquila Handbook: Quick Tips for Understanding Mexico

Details: The Maquila Handbook: Quick Tips for Understanding Mexico's IMMEX Program. The main benefit of the IMMEX program is the ability to defer taxes on goods that are temporarily imported into Mexico and the ability to consolidate import declarations. Rene Cobos. May 13, 2009. The advent of Mexico's maquiladora industry in the 20th century signaled a

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Preparing for Layoffs: An Employer’s Guide IndustryWeek

Details: It is important that these releases comply with a growing number of state and federal laws, as well as government-agency regulations placing restrictions on releases. If the release covers claims under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, it must satisfy certain minimum statutory requirements for an effective waiver.

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7 Key Factors Driving the Offshoring of Services

Details: The war for talent is global. Different dynamics drive repatriation of manufacturing, as compared to services. Reshoring many jobs would require a steep learning curve. Outsourcing firms have become more global. The government’s ability to enact any laws that will have companies rethink reshoring will be reduced. The largest global outsourcing companies have the resources to secure …

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International Business and Sanctions: Proceed with Caution

Details: International Business and Sanctions: Proceed with Caution. The United States maintains an array of economic sanctions programs. Here is an update on some of the most significant changes affecting American businesses. Thad McBride, Cheryl Palmeri, and Sylvia Yi – Bass, Berry & Sims. Mar 18, 2016.

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Expanding Your Business in China: What You Need to Know

Details: While there are challenges to doing business in China, things can be done very quickly when the right relationships are cultivated, while proactively adapting to changing laws and regulations. Logistics providers can offer various services and sound local market advice and experience.

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Fourth Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Passes Congress

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The Competitive Edge: Handicapping Manufacturers

Details: During 2013 Congress passed fewer than 60 bills. According to an analysis in Politico, in the last six decades only four Congresses have passed fewer than 100 laws by a similar point in the legislative calendar (including twice in the past four years).

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Deregulation Under President Trump: Behind the Numbers

Details: Mar 08, 2018. The Trump administration is claiming victory in its battle to cut red tape. On Dec. 14th at a White House ceremony, the president announced that in his first eight months in office, covered federal agencies issued just three new rules while taking 67 deregulatory actions (a 1:22 ratio), resulting in annual cost savings of $570

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Volvo UAW Workers Reject Contract But Return to Work

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Toyota to Urge Moratorium on State Self-Driving Car

Details: "A clear and unequivocal statutory or regulatory prohibition on states regulating vehicle performance of autonomous vehicle technology would help to halt or prevent the emergence of a patchwork of state laws." A senior Toyota Motor Corp. (IW 1000/6) executive is urging the federal government to keep

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US Companies May Have to Report Gender Pay Data by End of May

Details: US Companies May Have to Report Gender Pay Data by End of May. "In order to have equal and fair pay, employees need more information about their employers’ pay policies," said Emily Martin, of the National Women’s Law Center, one of the groups that sued to get the wage information included. Companies with more than 100 employees will have

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Cannabis Abyss: Keeping up with Workplace Drug Testing

Details: Cannabis Abyss: Keeping up with Workplace Drug Testing. As more states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, the number of companies utilizing drug tests, particularly for marijuana, has begun to decline. With new state and local laws regulating the use of formerly banned drugs, employers must pay careful attention to

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Lego Wins Intellectual Property Lawsuit in China

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Three Toyota Suppliers Raided by FBI in Antitrust Case

Details: The Detroit-area headquarters of Denso's U.S. subsidiary was "inspected" by the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department "in regard to U.S. antitrust laws," Gollinger wrote in an e-mail. Denso "is cooperating with this investigation," Gollinger said, adding "we cannot comment on information related to …

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Jobs Report: Manufacturing Still 647,000 Shy of Pre-COVID

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to 3 Criminal Charges, Will

Details: The first count was for attempting to defraud the United States; the second and third counts, for attempting to violate federal kickback laws. Additionally, Purdue admits that it impeded the Drug Enforcement Administration by reporting misleading information about …

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What Could be Done about China's Theft of Intellectual

Details: Supporters of developments in China "essentially argue that when China begins producing its own intellectual property in significant quantities, the country’s own entrepreneurs and inventors will put pressure on political and Communist Party leaders to change the laws …

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Lost Generation of Oil Workers Leaves Few Options for Next

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Fostering A More Supportive Workplace For LGBT Workers

Details: Sandra L. Shullman, president of the American Psychological Association, praised the decision, stating, “When laws are enacted to prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender individuals, research has shown that health outcomes, both mental and physical, improve. Workplaces that have adopted LGBT-supportive policies have also benefited

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Negotiating a Contract: 7 Litigation Risks to Keep in Mind

Details: Negotiating a Contract: 7 Litigation Risks to Keep in Mind. While upfront issues such as price, quantity and length of contract are a focus of contract negotiations, attention to the back end of a contract is critically important and can prevent or mitigate expensive litigation. Steele Clayton, Attorney, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

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Unions Will Gain Strength with NLRB Changes IndustryWeek

Details: In addition to administrative action, legislators in the House and Senate recently proposed the PRO Act—legislation that would bring significant changes to the NLRA that would favor unions. Among the numerous proposed changes, the legislation would ban the right-to-work laws …

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Pennsylvania, Wisconsin Lost the Most Factory Jobs in Past

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