SHRM CEO outlines 3 priorities for HR

HR has come under intense scrutiny over the past year, with the spike in allegations of sexual harassment, said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, in remarks during the general session at this year's SHRM show and conference. Taylor detailed three priorities for HR organizations, including building inclusive workplace cultures.

Does online college improve student outcomes?

An analysis of data by Richard Garrett, chief research officer at Eduventures, shows that online college programs are increasing access for adult students and keeping tuition low for such programs. However, Garrett says his research also revealed lower graduation rates for online students, compared with those who took courses on campus or through blended-learning programs.

Merkel, Macron jointly back wide-ranging EU integration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to put aside differences and work together to integrate Europe more thoroughly. Establishing a common eurozone budget is their biggest objective, but they will also work to coordinate refugee, security and economic policies.

Walmart transfers marketing officer to Sam's Club

Walmart US revealed that it will move Chief Marketing Officer Tony Rogers to the newly created position of chief member officer at Sam's Club. Rogers said the challenge appealed to him, in part, because Sam's Club is a bit of an underdog in the marketplace, a rarity for a Walmart division.

MD Anderson Cancer Center must pay $4.3M HIPAA fine, judge rules

A judge upheld an HHS order for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to pay a penalty of $4.3 million for HIPAA violations stemming from three data breach incidents in 2012 and 2013 and the center's failure to encrypt its electronic devices. "We are pleased that the judge upheld our imposition of penalties because it underscores the risks entities take if they fail to implement effective safeguards, such as data encryption, when required to protect sensitive patient information," said Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

The time for Facebook Watch is now

The popularity of video means that Facebook Watch is an opportunity marketers cannot ignore, and its requirement that content is episodic and retains the same talent provides a way for brands to benefit from long-term relationships with the right influencers and creative partners, writes Lance Rios. The platform provides an unparalleled potential for sponsored content to go viral as its massive user base is able to see what friends are watching and share recommendations, he writes.

J.Crew hires new design chief, adds 3rd party brands

J.Crew Group has named former West Elm Creative Director Johanna Uurasjarvi as its new design chief, to lead design for its namesake, Crewcuts and Mercantile brands. The retailer has also been adding new third-party brands, including Prime Cotton men's underwear designed by Mack Weldon.

T-Mobile seeks 5G improvements through Sprint merger

T-Mobile reports that its proposed merger with Sprint would allow the companies to build a unified 5G network, which would permit T-Mobile to offer another inexpensive broadband option to consumers, per an FCC filing. T-Mobile reports that it would invest around $40 billion in the new 5G network and that its efforts would result in a 55% decrease in the price of data per gigabyte.

Report shows fewer US adults are smoking

Study data released Tuesday showed the smoking rate in the US has reached an all-time low, with the number of adults smoking decreasing from about 16% in 2016 to about 14% in 2017. Experts credited anti-smoking campaigns, smoking bans and cigarette taxes in helping to reduce the smoking rate.

Disney offers $71B for Fox assets

Disney has formally submitted a $71.3 billion bid for 21st Century Fox assets -- a cash-and-stock offer valued at $85.1 billion, including debt. The move comes as Fox's board is to meet today to discuss Comcast's $65 billion bid for the entertainment assets.

Canadian airport begins $6.8B upgrade

Construction has started on a $6.8 billion expansion at the Vancouver International Airport in Canada, and plans call for one of the largest geothermal heating and cooling systems in the country. The work also includes new parking, terminal renovations and upgrades to the car rental facility.

Oil production from Alaskan refuge may be more than 12 years away

Oil production likely won't begin in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska until after 2030. The Energy Information Administration said companies will need time to acquire leases, look for oil and build infrastructure in the refuge, which may offer 5.7 billion to 16 billion barrels of oil in the coastal plain.

TSA to ask foreign airports to screen powders
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The Transportation Security Administration will ask foreign airports with nonstop flights to the US to closely examine powders in travelers' bags, starting June 30. The substances could be items like cosmetics, protein powders or baby powder and the focus is on containers of 12 ounces or more.

Hotels find profitable partnerships with craft brewers, distillers

The 100-key Source Hotel in Denver and the recently renovated Cavalier Hotel in Virginia are appealing to fans of craft beers and spirits. In California, Stone Brewing is planning to build the Stone Brewing Hotel in Escondido.