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Wal-Mart Workers Win $62M for Lost Break Time

BY CSA STAFF

Philadelphia, APhiladelphia judge on Wednesday awarded Wal-Mart workers who previously won $78.5 million in damages for working off the clock an additional $62.3 million.

About 125,000 workers will receive $500 each under a state law invoked when a company withholds pay for more than 30 days without cause.

Common Pleas Judge Mark Bernstein’s ruling comes after a Philadelphia jury last year awarded the workers the exact amount they had sought, rejecting Wal-Mart’s argument that some people chose to work through breaks or that a few minutes of extra work here and there was insignificant.

The Pennsylvania class-action suit involves 187,000 current and former employees who worked at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club from March 1998 through May 2006. The initial $78.5 million award represented the wages lost by those workers.

A smaller number—about 125,000—qualified for the damage award Wednesday. The others were excluded by legal time limits and are seeking interest on the back wages.

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Fresh & Easy joins greenhouse registry

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Tesco announced today that it’s upcoming Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain in California will join the California Climate Action Registry, the state’s only official registry for greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects.

The move is the latest in a series of steps Fresh & Easy has taken toward being eco-friendly, the company reported.

“Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is committed to tracking and reducing its carbon footprint,” said ceo Tim Mason. “We have already designed our stores and trucks to be more efficiently saving energy and reducing fuel consumption. It is a natural next step for us to measure our impact and look for ways to continually reduce our impact on the environment.”

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Dillard’s launches RFID pilot program

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Dilard’s announced today that it will begin using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in a tagging pilot program at its stores this month. According to the company, the pilot will consist of certain styles of merchandise being marked with RFID-enabled tags. The RFID/EPC (Electronic Product Code) tags function like an intelligent barcode and contain only the Electronic Product Code unique to each garment.

Dillard’s said these new tags will enable store associates to perform more frequent inventory counts on merchandise, with the ultimate goal of more timely replenishment of out-of-stocks. “We believe that the use of RFID technology can enable us to provide an even higher level service to our customers by enhancing our ability to have the right product available at the right time while providing us even more accurate information from our inventory control system.,” the company reported.

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