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One way for American Airlines employees to get the bosses’ attention is to compete for it. The airline created its “Customer Cup” contest to spur competition among employee teams at different airports in an effort to improve processes and products and upgrade customer service, said Mark Mitchell, managing director of customer experience.
The decision to convert funds in a traditional IRA to a Roth this year is hardly a slam-dunk. To reach a well-informed conclusion, you must take the relevant factors into account. This can be especially tricky for some parents of college-bound children. Strategy: Consider all the higher-education aspects. If you’re not careful, converting might do your family more harm than good.
For years, the DOL has argued that commissions must be based on a percentage of sales in order to be valid. But now the 3rd Circuit has approved a different form of commissioned sales—one in which employees are paid based not on the total amount of the sale, but on other factors such as whether the sale was made on an outgoing sales call or an incoming one.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by female sales reps just two months after a federal jury awarded the plaintiffs $250 million in punitive damages. Novartis challenged that verdict, and the court had scheduled a hearing for November. Under the settlement, Novartis will pay $152.5 million in return for dropping its appeal.
Employees who are punished for complaining about alleged illegal discrimination can sue for that retaliation. And they don’t have to show that actual discrimination took place—just that they believed in good faith that it did. Still, that doesn’t mean that every vague complaint can be used as the basis for a retaliation claim.
A Cincinnati Pizza Hut franchisee, the Twins Group, has settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit that alleged the company illegally inquired about a female employee’s health, shared her confidential medical information with co-workers, reduced her hours and ultimately terminated her because she was pregnant. One of several problems: She wasn’t pregnant.