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FIFA President Blatter Signals Mounting Pressure on Qatar to Tackle Migrant Worker Problems

James Dorsey | Posted 03.19.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter following talks this weekend with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant workers is the latest signal that Qatar will have to take substantive steps to fend off attempts to deprive it of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

Rankings, Benchmarks, Reporting and More: Motivating Action on Business and Human Rights

Amol Mehra | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Amol Mehra

Civil society groups, investors and even some companies and governments, have recognized that change was, at best, too slow, and they have engaged in myriad efforts to motivate action regarding business' respect for human rights.

Steelworkers Strike Spreads

AP | By DAVID KOENIG | Posted 02.07.2015 | Business

DALLAS (AP) — The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. The United ...

Zach Carter

Here's The Biggest Problem With Obama's New Trade Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In trying to win support for a controversial new trade pact in Asia, President Barack Obama has been offering one major reason why the d...

Qatar Asks for Time to Implement Labour Reforms

James Dorsey | Posted 02.03.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports is a cultural public diplomacy tool for Qatar to embed and endear itself at multiple layers of the international community. To achieve that however, it has to be seen as a forward looking 21st century state rather than a wealthy energy producer that adheres to no longer acceptable concepts of human and labour relations.

America's Largest Employer Needs to Step It Up for Pregnant Workers

Dina Bakst | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Dina Bakst

No pregnant woman should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. Yet at Walmart, the largest employer in America, and many other companies across the country, that is exactly what's happening.

Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

James Dorsey | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in a government-sponsored study and demands of trade union and human rights activists.

Angry Saudi Soccer Clubs Pinpoint Gulf Labor Market Contradictions

James Dorsey | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Mounting anger among Saudi soccer clubs at their subjugation to quotas designed to encourage employment of Saudi nationals and reduce dependence on foreign labour illustrates problems encountered by wealthy Gulf countries in balancing the contradictory demands of labour markets.

Likely Qatar Deportation of Striking Workers Raises Concerns

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar is signaling rejection of demands by human rights and trade union activists to grant trade union and collective bargaining rights to its majority migrant worker population with the detention and likely deportation of more than 100 predominantly South Asian laborers.

Rebranding 'Flexibility'

Naomi Gerstel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Naomi Gerstel

Instead of greater freedom over our work and family lives, "flexibility" now often means that workers need to come in whenever the employer wants them and are sent home when demand is slack. Employers have adopted the language of "flexibility" but rebranded its meaning.

Qatar at a Crossroads: Reform Labour Laws or Risk Revived Calls for Relocating the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 01.12.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Qatar, caught in a Catch-22 between a requirement to quickly reform its labour system in a bid to convince human rights and trade union activists that it is serious and the need domestically to proceed slowly, risks losing goodwill it has built in recent years.

Study Asserts That Controversial Gulf Labor Regime Reduces Global Inequality

James Dorsey | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
James Dorsey

With the absence of labor rights in the Gulf under fire as a result of Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Gulf states are likely to take heart from a recent study that asserts that authoritarian regimes in the oil-rich Middle East and China have contributed more to the eradication of global inequality than Western nations.

Kim Bhasin

Can You Make Clothes Without Sweatshop Labor? This Dominican Factory Is Trying

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

Somewhere in the south-central Dominican Republic, on a stretch of land in a town called Villa Altagracia, sits a unique little clothing factory. The ...

Alexander C. Kaufman

Germany To Consider Ban On Late-Night Work Emails

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A decade ago, Antje Schmid would have left her office in Germany's financial hub of Frankfurt, gone out to drink a frothy pilsner or two with friends,...

Brits' Disappearance Casts Shadow Over Qatari World Cup Efforts and Shines Light on UAE

James Dorsey | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Krisna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, British nationals of Nepalese origin, vanished in Doha as they were about to leave for the airport. They were in Qatar to investigate labour rights on behalf of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), a Norway-based group with alleged links to the UAE.

DC Restaurant Workers Win Key Battles, But War Has Yet to Be Won

Patrick McDermott | Posted 10.14.2014 | DC
Patrick McDermott

The Washington, D.C. restaurant industry is not only a haven for big shot restaurateurs, it's quickly becoming a strong industry for restaurant workers as well. Let's just take a look at some of the ways this is true.

Why I Marched On McDonald's

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

I prayed with the McDonald's workers as the police looked on and then slapped plastic handcuffs on more than 100 of the workers and arrested them.

Illinois Domestic Workers Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 05.08.2014 | Chicago
Sheerine Alemzadeh

n an industry like domestic work, which is even less regulated, the conditions for harassment are ripe. Domestic workers in Chicago have started to speak out about their experiences, like being groped by clients and subjected to exposure, derogatory language and sexual requests.

From Shirtwaist to Bangladesh, What's Next?

John Washington | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
John Washington

While we decry the atrocious conditions in Bangladeshi garment factors, and guiltily ignore underage labor and worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, we shouldn't forget to be appalled by the workplace conditions in our own backyard.

Let's Recognize Bangladesh's Women Garment Workers Positively: As Contributors

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Marcia Greenberg

For those committed to empowering girls and women, and to achieving gender equality, we must re-double our efforts to right the balance of perceptions: ensuring that images of girls and women reflect their strengths and contributions.

A Plan Still on Paper: Three Years of the US-Colombia Labor Action Plan

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Lisa Haugaard

Monday, April 7 marked the third anniversary of the failed U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP). Rather than celebrating this anniversary, we are just once again reminded that Colombia still has far to go to protect labor rights and labor unionists' lives.

The Cause He Died For

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

We still must do more to extend opportunity to those who live on society's margins. With patience, persistence and partnership, we can create economic opportunity for every person willing to work hard for it.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

Dominican Republic Shows U.S. What Not to Do on Immigration

Tefere Gebre | Posted 05.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Tefere Gebre

Imagine waking up to learn that you are no longer recognized as a citizen of the country in which you were born -- the only country you have ever called home. This inconceivable scenario has become a reality for tens of thousands of Dominicans.

Jason Linkins

How The Media Blew The Biggest Story Of The Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Just over a week ago, Philadelphia Weekly published a cover story about a local musician named Jordan White, premised on the notion that White -- an earnest singer-songwriter type -- was some sort of stealth superstar in the Philadelphia music scene. The headline in the print edition was insistent in pushing this zingy notion: 'Jordan White may be the most famous local rock balladeer you've never heard of.'