The events in Japan, including the catastrophic destruction of a major nuclear power station, remind us of something we don't like to think about: how to manage a physical disaster. But manage we must.
Prudence: Who's Minding the Store?
Regulators are asked to balance a societal need with the cost burden placed on those who pay for the service. Sometimes they forget that it's other people's money at stake.
Supreme Court Expands Employee Rights
U.S. Supreme Court rulings in two recent cases further advance the rights of employees in disputes with employers, continuing a long-term trend in federal law on employment discrimination.
The Energy Efficiency Conundrum
For many energy analysts and policy makers, efficiency is the Holy Grail, the universal solvent, the way to effortlessly reconcile supply and demand while simultaneously serving the needs of the environment. Don't build new power plants, says policy guru Amory Lovins; gather "negawatts" instead. President Obama says that Americans "can save as much as 30% of our current energy usage without changing our quality of life."
TREND: Markets and Critical Materials
While China seems determined to exploit its current control over the market for rare earths and other minerals critical to high-tech and green energy technologies, and while governments engage in conventional hand-wringing and head-scratching, markets appear to be reacting in the ways that markets are supposed to react.
Writing an Employee Handbook Your Employees Will Read, and Heed, Part 1
Not complying with current law can be expensive in today's legal climate. Employers should review their employee handbooks and employment-related policies to make sure they are up to date. More importantly, employers should draft their handbooks so that employees actually read them and follow their policies.