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The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in the United States Department of Labor (OFCCP) has announced that Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling has agreed to pay US$475,000 in back wages and interest to settle allegations that it "unfairly rejected [1,293 qualified female job seekers] for merchandiser, driver, driver trainee, production and warehouse positions at the company's bottling and distribution facility".

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Famous Chicken of Shreveport has agreed to pay US$25,000 and provide other relief to settle charges that the Popeye's Chicken franchisee "unlawfully den[ied] employment to an HIV-positive applicant because of his disability at a Longview, Texas [Popeye's Chicken] location".

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Holly Manor Center Nursing Home (Holly Manor) is to pay US$75,000 and provide other relief to settle charges that it "unlawfully rescind[ed] a job offer to an applicant because he is deaf".

Australia-based not-for-profit organisation the Diversity Council Australia (DCA) has called on employers to reduce the gender pay gap by supporting parents to manage family responsibilities alongside paid work, in light of its recent investigation of the impact of motherhood on women's wages. The DCA found that "[r]aising children accounts for a 17% loss in lifetime wages for women", and that while the immediate wage-penalty effect following childbirth can be partly explained by the fact that 84% of Australian women work part time when their child is under two years of age, analysis suggests that "the wage penalty emerges over time through reduced wage growth".

Retail Pharmacy Pulls Tobacco from Shelves

11 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

CVS Health has announced that it ceased the sale of tobacco from its retail pharmacy business on 3 September 2014 in support of "the health and well-being of its patients and customers".

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it has awarded (29 August 2014) US$300,000 to a company employee who "reported wrongdoing to the SEC after the company failed to take action when the employee reported it internally". The SEC has highlighted that the award is the first for "a whistleblower with an audit or compliance function at a company".

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking (20 August 2014) by professional services franchise business Express Mobile Services to address allegations of misrepresentation and non-compliance with trade codes. The specific allegations include:

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has announced that Macy's Retail Holdings (Macy's) has agreed to pay US$650,000 and undertake various measures to address "complaints of profiling and false detentions at Macy's flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square".

Published in Consumer Protection

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers Regulatory Advisory Services (PwC) has agreed to the following measures after the consultancy "improperly alter[ed] a report submitted to regulators regarding sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance at [Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU)]":

The United Kingdom Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has released Findings Report - The Invisible Workforce: Employment Practices in the Cleaning Sector (August 2014), which reports on the EHRC's examination of "employment practices in the cleaning sector in England, Scotland and Wales".

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