Governance - Compliance

Opinion: The Shutdown Couldn’t Have Happened to a Nicer Town

Those of us in the private sector know that the U.S. still has not fully recovered from the weak real estate market and general economic malaise that started in the recession of 2008.

How Trader Joe’s Candidly Talks with Its Employees About the New Health Care Law

Recently Trader Joe’s had to tell its associates that it had to revise its health benefits in the wake of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). CEOs who face similar challenges in having a straight conversation on healthcare with their “crew members” (employees) should take note.

Straight Talk About Minimum Wage Laws

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill that will gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $8/hour to $10/hour by 2016, saying it is a long overdue measure to raise the income of working families. Yet earlier in September Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray, also a Democrat, vetoed a City Council bill that would require large retailers [read Wal-Mart] in the city to pay higher wages, a measure that had drawn national attention. Gray called the bill a "job-killer," saying it would result in the loss of thousands of jobs in Washington. So who’s right?

The Unintended Consequences of SEC Proposed Pay Rule

The SEC has just proposed a rule that will require all public companies to report the ratio between the total pay of the CEO and the median pay of all other employees (excluding the CEO). Some of the unintended consequences --particularly for employment-- will be severe.

Navigating Governance Options in a Private Company

Improved operating performance, advance intelligence on emerging trends, higher valuation, right tone at the top, and expansion into new products and services are typical goals for privately held companies. Well defined governance oversight from private company directors can assist business owners reach these goals.

The Hidden Impact of Delayed ACA Health Penalties on Business

Conceding, in effect, implementation problems with the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is delaying enforcement of a key provision of the new health-care law that requires large employers to provide coverage for workers or pay a penalty in 2014, the biggest revision so far to the federal health-care overhaul. The knock-on effects for business may prove significant.

Patent Creation and U.S. Inventiveness

In the midst of a weak recovery from a particularly severe recession, many people are wondering whether the United States is in a state of decline, lacking the dynamism it once had. In terms of inventiveness such as patent creation the U.S. still ranks high. In other measures not so much.

Patent Creation and U.S. Inventiveness

In the midst of a weak recovery from a particularly severe recession, many people are wondering whether the United States is in a state of decline, lacking the dynamism it once had. In terms of inventiveness such as patent creation the U.S. still ranks high. In other measures not so much.

In Defense of Which CEOs?

“Chauffer-driven limousines, millions in stock options, golden parachutes. It’s no wonder bosses’ pay and perks can rankle,” write Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan of The Wall Street Journal. The writers argue that “many CEOs are overpaid—or even paid for incompetence, but you can only appreciate good performance once you understand what a leader does.” But is this a balanced understanding of where CEOs are in terms of the reality on the ground?

The Reasons—and Risks—Behind Corporate Social Responsibility

Editor’s note: To analyze the value of so-called corporate social responsibility, Ethical Chic –from which the following is excerpted--takes an in-depth look at six companies known for CSR qualities—deservedly or not: American Apparel, Apple, Starbucks, Timberland, Tom’s of Maine, and Trader Joe’s.
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