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Are You Ready for the New Overtime Rules?

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released new overtime rules that increase the threshold for workers to earn overtime pay, or time and a half, for time worked beyond 40 hours in a work week. The rule may increase HR costs and change the compensation for 5 million workers. Show More Summary

Will Russia’s crude output levels surprise again?

Russia’s oil sector has shown a surprising resilience to low oil prices and western sanctions over the past two years. The country’s output repeatedly hit new record highs despite various negative outlooks. This surprising pattern could well be repeated both this year and next should certain projects overcome delays and greenfields ramp up output. Show More Summary

Facebook, Microsoft, Telefonica Team Up for new Mid-Atlantic Cable

On what do Facebook and Microsoft agree? Apparently, on the need for a new transatlantic cable between Spain and Virginia. The MAREA cable system was announced yesterday, with the software and social networking giants working with Telefonica's Telxius subsidiary to make it happen.... [visit site to read more]

The Death of the Call Centre

For some time now we’ve been talking about the digital evolution of the telecom industry, but to this point it’s been an almost entirely theoretical conversation. In an effort to truly see what we’re talking about when we speak of the “digital age,” consider the impending death of one legacy era concept that I’m surely […]

The Robots are Coming: Foxconn Begins to Automate its Workforce

The robots are coming; heck, in many heavy manufacturing industries, they’re already here. Last year infamous tech manufacturing giant Foxconn announced a plan to heavily automate its workforce, and this week we got the first signs that Apple and Samsung’s chief manufacturing partner has initiated its promised robot revolution, with reports that it has replaced upwards […]

More support for mobile users to block nuisance calls

Mobile phone users can send a simple, free text message to opt out of unsolicited sales and marketing calls from today. The ‘text-to-register’ service, launched by the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and Ofcom, enables mobile phone users to add their number to the UK’s official ‘do not call’ database by texting ‘TPS’ and their email […]

UKRN loses its web site

The UK Regulators Network brings together all the economic regulators in Britain and does good work in promoting information exchange, better understanding and best practice in the regulatory space. A pity then that its web site is down. Bit ironic really when Ofcom is one of its largest members.

On Track for a Golden Age of Gas?

The global energy industry must overcome significant new challenges if natural gas development is to achieve the vision of a Golden Age of Gas. Low energy prices and reduced investment are only half the battle as regulations complexify and organized opposition grows. Show More Summary

The Quad Pulls A Sisyphus … Again

Three’s the charm, as the Third Circuit sends the FCC’s Quadriennial Review proceeding back to the Commission for a third time We once described the FCC’s quadrennial ownership review process as Sisyphean in nature. Keeping with that analogy, we can report that the rock has now rolled back down the hill … again. But this … Continue Reading

The Solar Story Is Just Getting Started

Despite the explosive growth of solar power over the past few years, Robert Rapier argues that it's still very early in the story of solar power.

The Cost of a Bully Employee

Whether an office bully intimidates co-workers with emotional, mental or physical abuse, the result is detrimental to the organization. Even if you don't see it or aren't a direct target, bullying in the workplace could be costing your company a great deal of time and money. Show More Summary

A Slow Journey to LTE on Unlicensed Spectrum

Tests and trials can continue, but LTE-U/LAA won’t become a business until the FCC sets real rules and regulations.

What Is the State of Curbside Recycling?

The EPA has teamed up with the nonprofit The Recycling Partnership to look at trends and gaps in curbside recycling in the US. To this end, the The Recycling Partnership, whose members include P&G and Waste Management among other companies, will analyze 400 curbside programs. It will catalog information on 39 categories of recyclable materials, […]

Lighter, More Efficient Transmissions Using Structural Plastics

Automotive engineering consultancy Drive System Design (DSD) and global chemical company Solvay SA have teamed up to improve efficiency and reduce the weight of automotive transmissions through the increased use of structural plastics. Show More Summary

What You Need to Know About Leading Millennials

Millennials continue to take over the workplace as this youngest generation of employees starts to fill voids left by retiring baby boomers. As a business professional, your management style should try to reflect the attitudes and expectations of millennials at work. Show More Summary

Stakeholders Reach Consensus on “Best Practices” for Commercial UAS

Year-long multistakeholder process convened by NTIA produces voluntary standards for protecting privacy in drone use. As we reported last year, at the request of the President, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration...Show More Summary

Do Negative Climate Impacts on Food Production Lead to Violence?

Craig D. Idso Introducing their important work, Buhaug et al. (2015) note that earlier research suggests there is “a correlational pattern between climate anomalies and violent conflict” due to “drought-induced agricultural shocks and...Show More Summary

LED Sales Top 25% Of Market For First Time, More Growth To Come

I don’t normally write short pieces but I couldn’t resist after reading a May 16 press release from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which demonstrates in just two paragraphs and accompanying graphics how completely (and quickly) the lighting market is changing in the United States.

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