REAL ESTATE

Vienna Shopping Center signs two new retailers

BY Michael Fickes

Vienna, Va. — Mike’s Flooring and Elements Therapeutic Massage have signed leases at Vienna Shopping Center in Vienna, Va.

Now open for business, Mike’s Flooring has leased 1,900 sq. ft. GSC Real Estate represented Mike’s Flooring. Represented by Next Realty Mid-Atlantic, Elements Therapeutic Massage has leased 1,900 sq. ft. and will open later this summer. The Rappaport Companies represented the landlord in both transactions.

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Macy’s fined for worker mistreatment

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Macy’s will pay $175,000 in civil penalties to the U.S. government in an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) settling claims of mistreatment of immigrant workers. In addition to paying the $175,000 fine, Macy’s will also revise its employment eligibility reverification policies and procedures and to provide training to its human resources personnel across the country on the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA). In addition, Macy’s will create a $100,000 fund to compensate any individuals who suffered lost wages or loss of seniority as a result of its practices and have its employment practices monitored for two years.

The settlement comes in the wake of an investigation into allegations that Macy’s was guilty of immigration-related unfair employment practices. Based on the investigation, the DOJ determined that Macy’s engaged in unfair documentary practices against work-authorized immigrant employees during the employment eligibility reverification process and that some employees suffered economic harm through lost work or seniority as a result.

The INA’s anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from treating workers differently in the employment eligibility verification or reverification process by demanding more or different documents, or by limiting the worker’s choice of documents, based on an individual’s immigration status or national origin.

“Employers must ensure that they follow correct procedures during the reverification of employment authorization of non-U.S. citizens,” said Gregory Friel, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “Given the size of their workforce, national employers are particularly encouraged to evaluate their policies and practices and make use of the division’s no-cost technical assistance to ensure compliance with the INA’s anti-discrimination provision.”

Macy’s has not publicly commented on the matter.

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Walgreen’s plans store on Johns Hopkins campus

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield, Ill. – Walgreen’s is planning to build a new store on the East Baltimore medical campus of Johns Hopkins University. The store will be developed according to the Walgreens Web Experience format and offer the retailer’s first in-store Take Care health clinic in the state of Maryland. Walgreen’s and Johns Hopkins announced a collaboration in May 2011.

"This is a significant next step in our relationship, leveraging the clinical expertise of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Walgreens expansive healthcare resources to create a retail hub for community-based care," Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness Kermit Crawford said. "Our pharmacy and Take Care Clinic will provide an environment for collaborative healthcare innovation while also providing greater access to healthcare services for the Johns Hopkins community, students, employees and patients."

"Our collaboration with Walgreens creates the opportunity to offer innovative, locally based healthcare services while further weaving Johns Hopkins Medicine into the fabric of East Baltimore," Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine dean and Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO Paul Rothman said. "We also will use the lessons learned from this collaboration beyond our community, as Johns Hopkins Medicine continues to set the standard for medical education, research and patient care on a national scale and around the world."

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