• Reducing Residential Segregation with Affordable Housing

    Reducing Residential Segregation with Affordable Housing

    Residential segregation in the United States is the physical separation of two or more groups into different neighborhoods, i.e. it generally refers to any kind of sorting based on some criteria of the population (e.g. race, ethnicity, income).While overt segregation is illegal in the United States, housing patterns show significant and persistent segregation for certain races and income groups. The history of American social and public policies, like Jim Crow laws and Federal Housing Administration’s early redlining policies, set the tone for segregation in housing. Trends in residential segregation are attributed to... Read More

  • ESSA State Plans Reach Their Deadline

    ESSA State Plans Reach Their Deadline

    Thirty states and Puerto Rico turned in their Every Student Succeeds Act plans in time for the U.S. Department of Education’s deadline of midnight on September 18. Four hurricane-ravaged states—Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas—got an extension for later this fall. This is the second of two big batches of ESSA plans. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia turned in their plans last spring. And most of those—Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont—have gotten approvals from the department. Colorado... Read More

  • Food Safety Compliance Costs

    Food Safety Compliance Costs

    Here are some of the costs that are not easily recognized when you talk about the food business. 1.  Certification CostsIt is a way to show your commitment to food safety, business improvement, and customer satisfaction. The cost for certification will be dependent on the size and location of your business along with which food safety certification scheme you select. Poor compliance and audit performance can lead to added costs through an increase in audit frequency.2.  Good Supplier ManagementThe quality and safety of the raw materials that your supplier provides are what will keep or remove you from the food business. When you have... Read More

  • How to Create a High-Performance Workforce

    How to Create a High-Performance Workforce

    Organizations are known to be focused on basic talent management – finding, recruiting and retaining top talent. However, to be successful, they need engaged, high-performing employees. The key to finding and retaining employees who become a high-performance workforce is by aligning your performance management with continuous improvement and proactive management.Here are some methods that can help you out:1. Hire the best by creating a systematic and documented hiring process.Develop a job description for the potential hire describing their performance responsibilities.Make sure to define the outcome you want from the person you wish to... Read More

  • What is Current Good Manufacturing Practices Compliance (cGMP)?

    What is Current Good Manufacturing Practices Compliance (cGMP)?

    In the United States, Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) are the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) formal regulations regarding the design, monitoring, control, and maintenance of manufacturing processes and facilities. The word “current” was added to signal to companies that they needed to remain up to date with the latest technologies, not rely on what was a good practice ten years ago.cGMPs are followed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to ensure that their items are manufactured to specific requirements including identity, strength, quality, and purity. Good Manufacturing Practices are regulated... Read More

  • Is Overtime Rule Dead? Texas Court says its ‘Invalid’.

    Is Overtime Rule Dead? Texas Court says its ‘Invalid’.

    On Aug. 31, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted summary judgment and ruled that the Obama administration’s overtime rule is “invalid,” putting a near end to this controversial proposal from the Obama-era administration that would have made over four million new workers eligible for overtime pay.While an appeals court was busy debating the appropriateness of the injunction that initially halted the rule, a lower court judge reviewed the rule on its merits and found that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) did not have the authority to issue a rule that effectively eliminates the Fair Labor Standards Act’s duties... Read More