Report: Starbucks eases scheduling rules
Seattle – Starbucks Corp. is reportedly changing its scheduling rules to prevent employees from having to work an opening shift after a closing shift the previous evening. According to Bloomberg, Starbucks is altering its scheduling policy following a report in the New York Times about a Starbucks barista who had difficulty managing her schedule with her childcare needs.
In an email sent to major U.S. media outlets, Starbucks Americas president Cliff Burrows said in addition to the closing/opening shift change, Starbucks will also now transfer employees whose commute is longer than one hour to a closer store and post schedules at least one week in advance. The retailer has also updated its scheduling software.
ARCA president retires
Minneapolis – Edward R. (Jack) Cameron, 74, is retiring as president and CEO of Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc. (ARCA). Mark Eisenschenk, who has served as COO since July 2013, has been promoted to the position of president and CEO.
Cameron founded the company in 1976 and served as president, CEO and chairman of the board until announcing his retirement; he will remain with the company and continue to serve as chairman of the five-member board of directors. Cameron will work closely with Eisenschenk to ensure a smooth transition of executive leadership.
Darden retains Russell Reynolds in CEO search
Orlando, Fla. – Darden Restaurants Inc. has retained global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to assist the company with the recruitment of its next CEO. As previously announced, Clarence Otis is stepping down as chairman and CEO of Darden.
To ensure a smooth transition, Charles A. Ledsinger Jr. has been appointed independent non-executive chairman of the board, and Mr. Otis has agreed to continue serving as CEO of Darden until the earlier of the appointment of his successor or Dec. 31, 2014.
Ledsinger is leading the search along with the board’s nominating and governance committee, which consists solely of independent directors. Russell Reynolds Associates will work closely with the committee and the Darden board.