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ESOP Company of the Year

SJE-Rhombus was named the 2017 ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Company of the Year during the annual ESOP Association Conference in Washington, D.C. SJE-Rhombus was one of 18 finalists considered for the prestigious award. The company previously was awarded the Silver ESOP Award from The ESOP Association for maintaining its ESOP for at least 25 years.

2017-05-26T02:51:57+00:00 Tags: , |

Why Workplace Financial Wellness Programs Are Hot

Most Americans are seriously anxious about their finances. It’s not simply the raw fear of outliving their money, but a more urgent yearning to sleep at night without money stresses and to have a sense of financial security. Employers, I’m pleased to say, are increasingly taking note.  The recently-released eighth annual Employer-Sponsored Health and Well-Being

How Renewable Batteries Can Change the Lives of People in Third World Countries

Many companies like Alcen Renewables, Inc. are firm believers that, when energy is accessible to everyone, it will solve many of the world’s problems, including daily issues that people in third world countries confront. As a result, energy storage through renewable energy batteries has the potential change the future for the better. An article on

2017-05-23T15:04:58+00:00 Tags: |

First-ever global study finds massive health care inequity

SEATTLE – A first-ever global study finds massive inequity of access to and quality of health care among and within countries, and concludes people are dying from causes with well-known treatments. “What we have found about health care access and quality is disturbing,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, senior author of the study and Director of

2017-05-23T07:24:01+00:00 Tags: |

This New Drug Could Stop the No. 1 Cause of Childbirth Death

A new drug currently used to stop bleeding in combat and car crashes is being explored as a solution to save mothers’ lives during childbirth. Each year, uncontrollable bleeding after childbirth — known as postpartum hemorrhage — takes the live of more than 100,000 women in poor and middle-income countries, according to the World Health

Colorado bill to encourage, help fund employee-owned companies becomes law

Aging small business owners who would like to leave their companies to their employees rather than sell them to an outside interest will have state-sponsored help in doing so, under a bill that was signed into law Thursday morning by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. House Bill 1214, sponsored by Rep. James Coleman, D-Denver, mandates the

2017-05-20T14:58:13+00:00 Tags: , |

This Tiny Device Could Provide Clean Water for 663 Million People

A tiny, black rectangular device could be the world’s long-term solution for clean water.  The gadget is solar-powered, half the size of a postage stamp, and it disinfects water. “Our device looks like a little rectangle of black glass,” said Chong Liu, lead author of a paper on the device published in Nature Nanotechnology. “We just

Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognition

Scientists call our ability to understand another person’s thoughts—to intuit their desires, read their intentions, and predict their behavior—theory of mind. It’s an essential human trait, one that is crucial to effective social interaction. But where did it come from? Working with rhesus macaque monkeys, researchers in Winrich Freiwald’s Laboratory of Neural Systems at The

2017-05-23T07:03:10+00:00 Tags: |

Senators look to take Vermont worker-owner effort nationwide

Vermont’s two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would incorporate Vermont ideas on a national level to spur the creation of more employee-owned businesses. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., along with freshman New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan, introduced two bills late last week aimed at expanding the number of small employee-owned ventures.

2017-05-20T14:21:23+00:00 Tags: , , |

Climate stabilization: Planting trees cannot replace cutting carbon dioxide emissions

Growing plants and then storing the CO2 they have taken up from the atmosphere is no viable option to counteract unmitigated emissions from fossil fuel burning, a new study shows. The plantations would need to be so large, they would eliminate most natural ecosystems or reduce food production if implemented as a late-regret option in

2017-05-23T07:08:40+00:00 Tags: , |

Food waste is the world’s dumbest environmental problem

If someone asks you to picture where greenhouse gases come from, images of smoggy traffic jams or billowing smokestacks are likely to spring to mind. But your dinner? Probably not so much. Your dinner isn’t simply a delicious, innocent bystander. From the farm to your plate, there’s food waste at every step. And decomposing food

2017-05-20T14:10:16+00:00 Tags: , |

Workers at employee-owned business more optimistic than other workers

Today, the Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA) released a survey by John Zogby Strategies that finds employees who work at private, employee-owned companies are more confident about their jobs and less anxious about their financial futures than other workers. The survey underscores a key benefit of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) which economic research

2017-05-22T09:47:39+00:00 Tags: , |

A living wage for garment workers without higher prices for shoppers

Here’s a novel idea: What if giant fashion brands didn’t derive a profit from pay increases for the underpaid workers making their clothes that are meant purely to bring their incomes up to a living wage? That radical notion appears in a new joint report by the Boston Consulting Group and Global Fashion Agenda, a

2017-05-23T02:14:45+00:00 Tags: , |

Swiss vote to ditch nuclear power for renewable energy

BERLIN - Swiss voters are supporting a referendum to withdraw the country from nuclear power in favour of renewable energy. A projection from Sunday's referendum shows a majority of cantons (states) voted for the plan. Under Switzerland's direct democracy system, initiatives need a majority of both cantons and votes to pass. The projection for SRF

2017-05-22T09:03:23+00:00 Tags: |

Why Globalcreate?

  From Trump pushing to change NAFTA, to the British electorate and their hobbling Brexit, to the tide of Islamophobia across the West, there’s one underlying commonality. The thread linking these diverse phenomena is a fear of losing one’s way of life to globalization. We are the most globalized generation in history, and every day we are

2017-05-22T04:08:45+00:00 Tags: , |

Bird Migration Patterns Are Getting Wrecked by Climate Change

Birds depend on cues from nature to lead their lives — the length of sunlight, temperature changes, ambient scents. For thousands of years, these cues have been remarkably stable and birds have been remarkably consistent in their migration patterns. But in this era of climate change, those cues are getting scattered and birds are getting

Flipkart Takeover May Leave Snapdeal’s Employees Richer

With the Flipkart and Snapdeal merger on the verge of completion, reports suggest that Snapdeal will offer its staff a $30 million (Rs. 193 crore) bonanza upon the completion of the deal. This news came out 3 days after Snapdeal agreed to sign a non-binding Letter of Intent (LoI) for a merger with the fellow

2017-05-21T08:07:46+00:00 Tags: , , |