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Legal expert joins Sears Canada board

BY Staff Writer

Toronto — Sears Canada has named Don Ross to its board of directors, effective immediately. Ross is a partner at a prominent law firm in Toronto and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the New York State Bar Association, and the Canadian, American and International Bar Associations.

Sears Canada also announced today the resignation from the board of Deidra Merriwether, SVP and president retail services of Sears Holdings.

"The board of directors of Sears Canada is pleased to have attracted Ross to our board," said William Crowley, chairman of the board of Sears Canada. "Ross brings extensive experience in both domestic and cross-border commercial matters as well as in corporate governance, and the board welcomes such an esteemed lawyer, educator and author."

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Home Depot settles National Guard case

BY Brae Canlen

New York — The Justice Department and The Home Depot have reached a settlement in a case where the government accused the retailer of unlawfully terminating an employee who was a member of the Army National Guard.

An Iraqi war veteran who lived in Flagstaff, Ariz., Brian Bailey worked as a department supervisor while at the same time serving in the California Army National Guard. Throughout his employment with Home Depot, Bailey took periodic leave from work to fulfill his military obligations with the National Guard. According to the Justice Department’s complaint, Bailey was removed from his position as a department supervisor after Home Depot management officials at the Flagstaff store openly expressed their displeasure with his periodic absences due to his military service. The DOJ also claims that store management threatened to remove him from his position because of those absences.

These alleged actions are violations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

The agreement, which still must be approved by the federal district court, states that Home Depot will provide Bailey with $45,000 in monetary relief and make changes to its Military Leaves of Absence policy. The settlement further mandates that Home Depot review its Military Leaves of Absence policy with managers from the district where Bailey worked.

This case was handled by the Employment Litigation Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

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Former Martha Stewart Living editor takes lead creative role at Williams-Sonoma

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San Francisco — Williams-Sonoma has appointed former editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s Everyday Food Anna Last as the chain’s SVP and executive creative director. Last will oversee all facets of the brand’s expression in the Williams-Sonoma catalog, on Williams-sonoma.com and in the brand’s store environments.

“As executive creative director, Anna will provide guidance on the full spectrum of the Williams-Sonoma sensory experience – everything we see, touch, taste and smell,” said Richard Harvey, Williams-Sonoma brand president. “Her wealth of experience in food, entertaining, style and the art of storytelling will make our catalog, our website and our stores richer experiences for our customers.”

At Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Last oversaw the creative and editorial direction of Everyday Food, where she established an impressive track record engaging consumers and creating a compelling brand experience through the creation of beautiful, simple and sophisticated imagery and content across multiple platforms.

In addition, Last served as senior style editor for Real Simple magazine, contributing editor at Marie Claire Australia and food editor for Vogue Entertaining + Travel. Last holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Australian National University.

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