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Abercrombie settles overtime suit with more assistant managers

BY Dan Berthiaume

New Albany, Ohio – Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. have offered to pay $96,000 to 13 assistant managers for failing to pay proper overtime wages, in connection with a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York. This is in addition to prior offers from Abercrombie & Fitch to pay other assistant managers who had joined the lawsuit.

Abercrombie also agreed to pay the assistant managers’ attorney’s fees and court costs. The claims arose under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and asserted that Abercrombie violated the FLSA by failing to pay Assistant Managers all wages due and owing to them for working more than 40 hours a week. Abercrombie did not pay overtime to the assistant managers at time and one-half, and plaintiffs alleged that its practice violated the law.

Abercrombie claimed that the amounts offered to the assistant managers include all overtime wages owed plus liquidated (double) damages, and interest. The full number of Abercrombie assistant managers who were subject to Abercrombie’s pay practice is not known. Assistant managers are continuing to join the lawsuit.

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OPERATIONS

CVS launches specialty prescription program

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS is launching Specialty Connect, a specialty prescription services program that allows to bring their specialty prescriptions to any CVS/pharmacy location, as a complement to existing specialty pharmacy processes.

After initiating their prescriptions, patients receive insurance guidance and dedicated clinical support by phone from a team of specialty pharmacy experts, trained in each therapeutic area, who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The program also lets customers choose between in-store pickup or receiving their medications via mail service delivery.

"Specialty Connect helps specialty patients with these critical therapies by helping to eliminate common challenges they had often faced and by offering them flexibility and choice," said Alan Lotvin, M.D., executive VP of specialty pharmacy for CVS Caremark. "The program makes it easier and more convenient for patients to submit and receive their specialty prescriptions either through CVS/pharmacy or by mail. What’s more, it increases medication adherence, improves outcomes and lowers overall health care costs for specialty patients and payors."

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White Castle launches social promotion

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – White Castle is launching a social media promotion called the #CraveMobile Contest. The contest gives Cravers, the company’s most loyal fans, the chance to win a visit from the Crave Mobile, White Castle’s mobile food truck, for a party with 50 friends.

White Castle’s #CraveMobile Contest runs from May 28 through July 31, 2014. Customers can log into one of three social media sites: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, explain why they deserve to win a Crave Mobile party and attach a photo or video to enhance their explanation, and then submit their entry by using the hashtag #CraveMobile

Jaime Richardson, VP, White Castle, said the retailer is targeting younger consumers with the social contest.

"We know there are Cravers out there who were introduced to White Castle at a young age and cannot imagine their life without our sliders,” said Richardson. “But we also know there is a generation of people who might not have had the opportunity yet. We see this contest as the chance to unleash the power of the crave to new and old Cravers alike and to ignite a slider passion throughout the country."

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