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New Labor Ruling: What Does It Mean for Small Business Contractors?

By tweaking what defines a “joint employer,” the National Labor Relations Board has made sweeping changes to what steps unions can take in collective bargaining, as well as who may be considered the ’employer’ in business-to-contractor settings, such as franchise establishments. And hold onto your hat, because there will probably be some vigorous challenges to this new ruling.

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Join Our Crowdfunding Campaign! Tech Titans: Community Citizens?

The biggest names in tech generally have good reputations as corporate citizens. But many companies fail to go beyond traditional philanthropy in their corporate citizenship. This constitutes a major blind spot. Help us shed some light.

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This Time It Is in My Backyard: Can I Practice What I Preach?

I’ve spent more than 25 years working on major extractive projects around the world, helping operators and planners to engage and collaborate with local communities and address local concerns, to earn and maintain a ‘social license’ and align community and shareholder interests. Last week a major liquified natural gas (LNG) project was announced for my backyard: 2.5 miles from my home on Vancouver Island in Canada and right beside where I love to catch prawns and crabs with my little boat.

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Twitter Sets Diversity Goals, But Experts Say That’s Not Enough

Twitter’s recent announcement that it is setting diversity goals for 2016 is no surprise. It’s the latest tech company to ‘come clean’ about its remarkable hiring practices when it comes to women and ethnic minorities. But even with its bold leadership goals for next year, some analysts say the metrics aren’t the answer. The corporate structure that gets those numbers is what needs to change.

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Sustainable Aid: The Long-Term Solution to Poverty

Poverty has decreased very slightly over the past 30 years. In order for this issue to be solved, a new method of action needs to be taken. Using sustainable aid is the long-term solution to the issue of poverty. Not only does this approach provide a new beginning for families, but it also a brighter future for their communities.

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Q&A: Recent Grad Tim Trefzer Talks Green Events and Sustainability Leadership

Deciding to pursue higher education can be unnerving, especially if you’ve already found a job you love. But Tim Trefzer, a recent graduate of the Executive Master’s in Sustainability & Leadership (EMSL) program at ASU, proves it’s possible to get the best of both worlds. By choosing a degree program that allowed him to study in person and online, Trefzer was able to keep his dream green job — overseeing environmentally-friendly events and sports games in Atlanta — while continuing his education.

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How the Extractives Industry Hurts Indigenous Women

Extractive industry projects may not be created to victimize women, but violence against women has become a major by-product of these project operations. It’s time for the industry to take responsibility for its impact on indigenous women and their communities, argues economist Rebecca Adamson.

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The E-Waste Stream is Growing: What Can We Do?

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream. How can recyclers, retailers and governments make it easier and simpler for consumers to recycle their electronic devices?

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Air Pollution in China is Killing More Than a Million People a Year

Air pollution levels in China have reached catastrophic proportions. According to research newly published by Berkeley Earth, air pollution kills more than 4,000 people every day in China. That’s 1.6 million people per year, a full 17 percent of deaths from all causes.

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Studies: Number of Rural Firefighters Dropping, Megafires Increasing

Most firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer, and many are the first line of defense when it comes to forest fires that threaten America’s small and large communities. According to recent studies, volunteer firefighters are also on the decline, thanks to economics and other issues that make volunteering a challenge. Last month’s findings by a University of Idaho research team suggest this may not be the time to lay down the pick ax and hose — megafires are on the increase, and are liable to be more frequent as climate change escalates.