Can Undocumented Immigrants Be Protected From Wage Theft?

take-the-buck-2-1096838-mA study done by Pew Hispanic Center found that undocumented immigrants living in the United States earned a median household income of $36,000, $14,000 less than their legal and native-born counterparts, despite the fact that many households had more working members. These workers are also more susceptible to situations where employment laws aren’t followed, as the fear of retaliation keeps many from reporting misconduct committed by their employer. Wage stealing is one such infraction that has gained national attention in the last few years. Just why and how does this happen? How can it be stopped? Author Jed DeVaro discusses this in his article “Stealing Wages From Immigrants” from Compensation and Benefits Review.

The abstract:

In California, ongoing concerns about employers stealing wages from undocumented immigrant workers (who areCBR_42_1_72ppiRGB_powerpoint reluctant to report employer violations because they want to minimize contact with legal authorities) have led to two “antiretaliation” laws passed in 2013 (Assembly Bill 263 and Senate Bill 666) designed to protect workers. This article describes wage stealing (when, how, why and to whom it happens) and its consequences and evaluates various solutions to the problem, including the recent California legislation.

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Announcing the Winners of the Journal of Management 2014 Best Paper Award!

trophy-951690-mWe’re pleased to congratulate Richard A. Posthuma of the University of El Paso and Michael A. Campion of Purdue University, who are this year’s winner of the Journal of Management 2014 Best Paper Award! Their paper, “Age Stereotypes in the Workplace: Common Stereotypes, Moderators, and Future Research Directions” appeared in the January 2009 issue of Journal of Management. The authors received this award at the 2014 Annual Academy of Management Conference. In celebration of this award, the paper can be read for free for the next 30 days!

The abstract:

The authors identify, analyze, and summarize prior research from 117 research articles and jom coverbooks that deal with age stereotypes in the workplace. They discover and report the most prevalent and well-supported findings that have implications for human resource management. These findings are described in terms of prevalent age stereotypes that occur in work settings, evidence refuting age stereotypes, and moderators of age stereotypes. The authors provide recommendations for practice and future research.

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Top Five: What If?


This morning saw the beginning of the World Future Society 2014 annual conference: WorldFuture 2014: What If in Orlando, Florida!

WorldFuture 2014 is a collective of some of the world’s most inquisitive and dedicated scholars, asking about the future of a myriad of topics including humanity, government, education, religion and even happiness. Speakers will include Paul Saffo of Foresight at DISCERN, Stacey Childress of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s investment in K-12 Next Generation Learning, Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project and many more! You can keep up with the conference on Twitter by using the hashtag #wfs2014!

In honor of the conference, we’re pleased to bring you the top five most read articles from World Future Review.

WFR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint“The Democratization of Innovation: Managing Technological Innovation as If People Matter” by Philip H. Spies from March 2014

“How Digital Outcasts Can Pilot the Future of Health Care” by Kel Smith from June 2013

“Peer Production and Prosumerism as a Model for the Future Organization of General Interest Services Provision in Developed Countries: Examples of Food Services Collectives” by  Katarzyna Gajewska from March 2014.

“Geothermal Energy” by Gioietta Kuo from February 2012.

“Higher Education in the Future Tense: Taking Futuristics to School” by Arthur B. Shostak from March 2014.

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What Can Star Trek Teach Us About Ethics and Reproduction?

pregnancy-test-1336784-mReproductive sciences are becoming more and more advanced and can seem like something out of science fiction these days. In addition to pregnancy termination and surrogate mothers, designer babies are already becoming a real world practice according to a report from the Atlantic. So how do we explore the ethical ramifications of these and other reproductive advances? According to authors Charles Savona-Ventura and Victor Grech in their article from World Future Review the answer lies in Star Trek.

The abstract:
Science fiction narratives are regularly used to explore the consequences of contemporary and envisaged future scientific innovations along with the ensuing novel ethical and moral concepts. The television series Star Trek has dealt with aspects of reproductive health, often based on extrapolations from significantWFR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint real-world breakthroughs in artificial reproductive technology and genetic engineering. This article assesses episodes that addressed such vexing ethical questions as choices affecting pregnancy after rape, advances in obstetrics including surrogate motherhood, and novel delivery techniques designed to protect the health of the mother and baby. However, the most significant ethical challenges may be those involving choices of deliberate genetic enhancements and/or frank physical alterations in non-life-threatening situations. The authors argue that responsible use of the popular science fiction genre, as exemplified by the various Star Trek series, cannot only provide advanced warning of problems and issues that science may eventually unleash but also suggest potential solutions to such problems.

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Sustainabilty in Family Businesses

hope-1-1005737-mHow have family businesses responded to the call for sustainable practices? Authors Magali A. Delmas and Olivier Gergaud recently tested their hypothesis that family businesses tend to emphasize a more socially responsible attitude for themselves and their kin by studying family owned and operated wineries in California in their article “Sustainable Certification for Future Generations: The Case of Family Business” from Family Business Review.

The abstract:

Business sustainability has been defined as meeting current needs while providing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, few firms invest in practices geared at sustainability. In thisFBR_C1_revised authors color.indd article, we investigate how family ties to future generations via the intention of transgenerational succession can be associated with the adoption of sustainable practices. Using data from 281 wineries in the United States collected through a survey questionnaire, we show that ties to future generations, measured as the intention of the winery owner to pass down the winery to their children, are associated with the adoption of sustainable certification.

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How Much is the Organizational Power Structure to Blame for Corrupt Behavior?

Is ittake-the-buck-1-1096837-m easier for someone to be corrupt at different levels within an organization? Does corruption depend on the resources available? Authors István Jávor and David Jancsics discuss this topic in their article from Administration and Society  entitled “The Role of Power in Organizational Corruption: An Empirical Study,” winner of the 2014 Best Article Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division of Academy of Management!

The abstract:

This article concerns the extent to which corrupt behavior is dependent on the organizational power structure and the resources available for illegal exchange. This A&S_72ppiRGB_powerpointqualitative study is based on 42 in-depth interviews with organizational actors in different organizations in Hungary. Four core themes emerged from the analysis of the interviews: (a) isolated corruption at the bottom, (b) the middle level’s own corruption, (c) “technicization” when middle-level professionals and expert groups are used to legalize the corruption of the dominant coalition, and (d) “turning-off controls” when organizational elites intentionally deactivate internal and external controls to avoid detection.

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Can We Get Teens to Get Tested for STD’s?

stethoscope-1-1080174-mAccording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Adolescent Health, approximately 9.5 million adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) each year. However, many STDs have no symptoms and can go undiagnosed for years, causing both complications later on in life as well as an increase in the risk of infection to others. The Center for Disease Control lists getting tested as a key step in preventing the spread of STD’s. An article published in the June issue of Social Marketing Quarterlyentitled “Reaching Youth With Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing: Building on Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned From Local Get Yourself Tested Campaigns” documented the methods and results from nine local campaigns in support of the national “Get Yourself Tested” movement.

The abstract:

Nine programs were funded across eight states in the United States to customize, implement, and evaluate local campaigns in support of the national Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign. Each program promoted chlamydia SMQ_20_2_C1 & C5.inddscreening and treatment/referral to sexually active young women (aged 15–25 years) and their partners through accessible, free, or low-cost services. This article documents the strategies and outcomes of these local GYT campaigns, highlighting the diversity in which a national sexual health campaign is implemented at the local level and identifying challenges and successes. Nearly all (n = 7) programs involved target audience members in campaign development/implementation. Youth were linked to free or low-cost sexually transmitted disease testing through community centers, high schools and colleges, community and clinic events; online or text-based ordering of test kits; and community pickup locations. Sites used a combination of traditional and new media, on-the-ground activities, promotional products, and educational and social events to promote testing. With the exception of one site, all sites reported increases in the number of persons tested for chlamydia during campaign implementation, compared to baseline. Increases ranged from 0.5% to 128%. Successes included development of local partnerships, infrastructure, and capacity; use of peer leaders and involvement; and opportunities to explore new innovations. Challenges included use of social media/new technologies, timing constraints, limited organizational and evaluation capacity, and unforeseen delays/setbacks. Each of these issues is explored, along with lessons learned, with intent to inform future sexual health promotion efforts.

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