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What’s the point of sexual harassment training? Often, to protect employers.

“For example, California has mandated sexual harassment training since 2005 for all supervisors at companies with more than 50 employees” reports washingtonpost.com. Rather, training programs, along with anti-harassment policies and reporting procedures, do more to shield employers from liability than to protect employees from harassment. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Public housing plays a huge role in racial segregation and inequality — but not in the way most people think

“Racial segregation was built into public housing policy” writes Pedro Nicolaci Da for businessinsider.com. The term “public housing” is generally associated with poor, disaffected US minorities — but it turns out its origins were very much white and middle-class.President Harry Truman proposed a massive expansion of the public housing program in 1949 in order to house returning veterans, Rothstein said.That helped white families that benefited from those mortgages to build housing wealth.Here’s what the data look like, according to the Urban Institute: Rothstein argued that the roots of inequality in housing…

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How the American dream turned into greed and inequality

“The result has been a self-reinforcing cycle of lower productivity, lower interest rates, higher debt levels and even higher inequality” writes Alberto Gallo for businessinsider.com. Today, without a push to redistribute wealth and opportunity, our model of capitalism and democracy may face self-destruction.Yet the idea that every American has an equal opportunity to move up in life is false. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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GOP’s ‘class warfare’ tactics will doom tax reform

“Once again, it looks like the Senate Republicans are delaying the roll out of their big tax reform bill” writes Melina Mara for cnbc.com. But this is just the freshest example of how the entire tax reform process in Washington this year has been confusing and convoluted.Yes, the Republicans like to talk about big corporate tax cuts and even President Donald Trump has boasted about how the plan contains the biggest tax cuts in history.And if anyone in America is looking to the GOP to offer a contrast to “Big…

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Florida rising to occasion on flood insurance crisis? | Randy Schultz

“Whatever Congress does on flood insurance, Florida will press on with the private experiment” writes Randy Schultz for sun-sentinel.com. According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, the state has roughly 20,000 private flood policies.After the rate shock of 2012, some state legislators began pushing private flood insurance.With flood insurance, though, that idea might help. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Bullish on economic recovery, Goldman Sachs strategist predicts big tech will continue to perform

“And strategists analyzing what increasingly looks like a global trend of economic recovery disagree on what role President Donald Trump’s economic policies are playing” writes Chloe Aiello for cnbc.com. Kostin attributed some of the market growth, up 20 percent in the past 12 months, to confidence in Trump’s economic policies.As markets trend higher, companies making significant investment in their own business continue to outperform those that don’t. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Port of Seattle takes steps to boost its green credentials with rooftop solar panels, policies

“The Port of Seattle seeks to boost its green credentials with rooftop solar panels and policies to develop more sustainable operations” writes Hal Bernton for seattletimes.com. But it helps the Port evaluate the viability of solar energy, according to port officials.It also will propel the agency deeper into alternative energy development already underway with the net-shed solar project. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Are Facebook, Twitter, and Google American Companies?

“Twitter is both a global company and an American company, and the way it has resolved this contradiction is to declare its allegiance to … its own policies” writes Alexis C for theatlantic.com. Then the question will become if these companies believe that governments can force them to change their policies, or whether they exist in a realm outside traditional governmental control. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Aetna weighs short-term plans as Trump administration pushes the policies

“In addition to considering the expansion of Association Health Plans and the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements, the order directs the administration to look into expanding access to short-term policies” writes Brittany De Lea for foxbusiness.com. Aetna made the decision earlier this year to exit the ObamaCare marketplace and therefore expressed little concern about the Trump administration’s future changes in either the health care or tax reform arenas.Under ObamaCare, these short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI) offerings were primarily intended for people between jobs, but Trump’s order would allow them to…

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Kudlow: Trump needs a stable dollar with tax cuts to maximize growth

“And yet we don’t really know what dollar policies the Fed candidates favor” writes Larry Kudlow for cnbc.com. But the Federal Reserve and its money-creating balance-sheet policies must work with the Treasury to execute dollar policies.Now, strictly speaking, dollar policy is the purview of the Treasury Department, which has the authority to intervene in exchange markets to buy or sell dollars. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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