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Wal-Mart Found Guilty of 2 Million “Off-the-Clock” Violations

BY CSA STAFF

Minneapolis The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Minnesota judge Robert King Jr., ruled against Wal-Mart and ordered the retailer to pay $6.5 million in compensation for labor violations.

The class-action suit was filed because workers claimed that their breaks were cut short and they had to work “off-the-clock,” essentially unpaid hours. The judge’s ruling stated that Wal-Mart had indeed forced employees to work off-the-clock and cited the retailer had violated state labor laws 2 million times.

The suit reportedly represented 56,000 employees of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores located in Minnesota and addressed alleged violations between September 1998 and January 2004.

Daphne Moore, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman quoted in the AP report, indicated that Wal-Mart is considering an appeal.

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Survey: Businesses want to go green, but afraid of costs

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. According to a survey of 2,500 business professionals by Office Depot, half of all respondents are interested in making their offices “greener.”

While 50% of those surveyed said they’d like to have a greener office, more than half (55%) said they did not associate going green with saving money.

According to Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot, There is actually a range of cost scenarios that a business could face when deciding to go green, he explained. Some choices, like remanufactured cartridges, cost less; some require an upfront investment but come with long term cost savings, like compact fluorescent lights; some products entail no price difference; and some green ideas do cost more. The trick is to understand the different options and not assume that going green will always result in higher costs.

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Toys ‘R’ Us to be exclusive retailer of ‘Soul Bubbles’ Nintendo DS game

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Toys “R” Us will be the exclusive retailer of Soul Bubbles, a new game for Nintendo DS created by Eidos Interactive.

“Creative and refreshing, Soul Bubbles is a unique game that DS owners won’t want to miss,” said Robert Lindsey, evp of sales and marketing for Eidos Inc. “This is a charming story combined with gameplay that pushes the capabilities of the Nintendo DS is sure to engage all puzzle gaming fans.”

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