Congress, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the national securities markets recently adopted reforms to strengthen shareholder-director communications and enhance related disclosures. The business community strongly supports these reforms, and corporations have explored new ways to implement them. To assist in this effort, Business Roundtable has developed five guidelines to serve as best practices for shareholder-director communications.
Business leaders have a new resource to take full advantage of the recent passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The report, “Putting WIOA to Work: An Action Plan,” lays out how CEOs can make best use of the law’s emphasis on business involvement. In other education news, BRT released a computer application that will help CEOs make the case for the Common Core State Standards. The app, Biz4Readiness, for iTunes at the iTunes store and for Android at GoogleApps.
Coal combustion residual products are currently managed as non-hazardous waste under state regulatory authority. Approximately 45 percent of these products are beneficially used in cement, wallboard, agricultural and other applications.
Ozone is a major component of smog. Ozone is not a pollutant emitted into the air; rather, it is the product of chemical reactions among nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO), and methane (CH4).
Multiple federal agencies are considering regulating hydraulic fracturing. EPA, in April, 2012, finalized a suite of four new regulations for the oil and natural gas industry, including the first federal air standard for wells that are hydraulically fractured.
In Massachusetts v. EPA (2007), the Supreme Court held that greenhouse gases (GHGs) constitute air pollutants that can be regulated under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Section 1502 of the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” (Dodd-Frank Act) directs the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to promulgate regulations regarding the use of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a new 1,179-mile (875 miles in the U.S.) crude oil pipeline that would begin in Alberta, Canada, and would extend through Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it would link up with an already completed southern leg for delivery of oil to the Gulf Coast.
In today’s world, learning – whether through education, training or experience – and working are no longer independent, stand-alone domains. The innovation-driven economy demands that individuals weave learning opportunities throughout their careers to upgrade their skills, acquire new competencies and apply them across multiple jobs and industries.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations (the National Network) launched in late 2013 with the mission to improve economic opportunity and quality of life for Americans by better connecting the working world and the learning world. The National Network is pioneering this new movement to eliminate the divide between “school” and “work” and extend clear pathways to and from learning opportunities and good jobs.
The National Network of Business and Industry Associations (the National Network) will improve economic opportunity and quality of life for Americans by better connecting the working world and the learning world.
The Skills All Employees Need, No Matter Where They Work. Today, employers in every industry sector emphasize the need for employees with certain foundational skills. These include, a strong academic grounding in reading and math, as well as individual abilities such as teamwork, problem solving, work ethic and integrity.