And when disagreements over maps can’t be worked out in the state capitol, they go to the state courts. State supreme court judges will be asked to work out whom the maps represent, how biased they are, and whether they fit with the letter and spirit of the state’s constitution. … [Read more...] about The election won’t stop the partisan gerrymandering epidemic
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For all the Goldman Prize winners, their environmental work is far from over. But to them, the prize is recognition that they did achieve some change, that even more change is possible, and that we can be hopeful about our climate future. “We can win this war,” Pinson says. Some people may feel defeated in the face of climate catastrophe, or worried that change isn’t happening fast enough. And it might not be happening quick enough, she notes, “but maybe that’s because most people think that they can’t make a difference, and we need to quit with this culture of defeat,” she says. “As a prize winner I’m here to say we can make a difference, and we can achieve change.” … [Read more...] about The 6 winners of the ‘Green Nobels’ for environmental activism show that change is possible
India Inc has cut down costs to the hilt in the September quarter. Even with a benign performance on top line and no great benefit of operating leverage, the number of companies that have reported a year-on-year improvement in operating margins is mind boggling. While softer input costs had some role to play, a greater contribution came from rationalisation of headcount as well as employee remuneration alongside stringent control over all discretionary expenses. … [Read more...] about Is the recovery here to surprise us quarter after quarter?
The new code also brings in the concept of a negotiating union which will simplify the process of collective bargaining for employers, who will now have to deal with a single union rather than having to deal with multiple trade unions. Presumably, this will result in swifter resolutions with the interests of the majority workers being represented by one entity. The new provisions prevent workers from going on strike without proper notice. These measures are likely to attract foreign investments by players who have refrained from setting up their presence in India owing to rigid labour laws and pugnacious trade unions. … [Read more...] about Labour reforms increase ease of doing business while protecting India’s workers
In many ways, COVID-19 is course-correcting how the employer community values the health needs of workers. Businesses are beginning to see how investing in keeping everyone healthy serves the greater good. Former President Obama may have said it best when speaking about the ACA during a recent interview. As he explained to Oprah, “No matter how good your health insurance is, if everybody around you is getting sick, then you’re at risk as well.” These are words to take to heart as workplaces and individual civilians continue to become more aware of the importance of healthcare. … [Read more...] about Why companywide healthcare is now a business priority