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7/20/2018

Some 60% of agricultural labor done by Pakistani women in rural areas is unpaid, according to a report from United Nations Women. Officials in Pakistan should improve women's access to technology and education and make policies more inclusive for rural women, the report suggests.

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7/20/2018

Livestock farms are responsible for around the same percentage of global emissions -- 14.5% -- as transportation, according to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The UN has predicted that meat consumption around the world will rise by 76% by the middle of this century.

7/20/2018

Officials in Djibouti have asked the United Nations Security Council to help facilitate peace talks with Eritrea following the recent cessation of hostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia. There is "an urgent need for a new dispute settlement mechanism," said Djibouti's UN ambassador, Mohamed Siad Doualeh.

7/20/2018

A judge rejected a proposed settlement in a McDonald's case that involves issues of joint-employer liability in the franchise industry. Uncertainty over the joint-employer standard is "really quite terrible for our membership because most of the brands that are out there and the small owners and operators don't have the resources of a large franchise system," said IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE.

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7/20/2018

A Sonic restaurant opened in Oklahoma City offers several features meant to promote sustainability, including a closed-loop water recirculating system, solar panels and LED lighting. "Being environmentally conscious and meeting the increasing need for renewable energy were important drivers for investing in sustainable components for our new drive-in," said franchisee Jay Jirous.

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7/20/2018

Denny's is expanding delivery options through a partnership with Amazon Restaurants. Meanwhile, several brands, including Dunkin' Donuts and Dickey's Barbecue Pit, have made moves to improve their mobile app offerings.

7/20/2018

An appeal may be forthcoming now that Administrative Law Judge Lauren Esposito has rejected a proposed settlement in a case involving McDonald's that touches on joint-employer issues. "The board is what it is and you have to deal with the hand you're dealt with respect to political realities, the nominations process, and how the board operates," said IFA's Matt Haller.

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7/20/2018

A recent Supreme Court ruling that prevents government unions from charging nonmembers "fair-share" fees may not be extended to the private sector anytime soon, observers say. Nor would the situation change significantly if Brett Kavanagh, President Donald Trump's pick to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy, is confirmed.

7/20/2018

Seventy percent of nonprofit CEOs view overall diversity as important for staff but just 64% view it as important for board members and 60% see it as important for senior leadership, according to a study from The Center for Effective Philanthropy. Meanwhile, 82% of nonprofit CEOs say racial diversity is important for their cause.

7/20/2018

The House has passed a minibus spending packaging with language that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from denying tax exemptions to churches that engage in political activity, thereby curtailing the Johnson Amendment. The measure is expected to face resistance in the Senate.

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