Wal-Mart Found Guilty of 2 Million “Off-the-Clock” Violations
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.
Survey: Businesses want to go green, but afraid of costs
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.”
Toys ‘R’ Us to be exclusive retailer of ‘Soul Bubbles’ Nintendo DS game
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.”