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- Hertz to pay $168M in false arrest lawsuitsRental car company Hertz on Monday announced it will pay $168 million to settle 364 customers’ claims related to the company falsely reporting they stole vehicles, which caused some customers to go to jail. The hundreds of customers had filed various lawsuits against the company, which also owns the Dollar, Firefly and Thrifty car rental brands, with some saying they were wrongly arrested, held at gunpoint by police and thrown in jail over vehicles they never stole. "As I have said since joining Hertz earlier this year, my intention is to lead a company that puts the customer first. In resolving these claims, we are holding ourselves to that objective," CEO Stephen Scherr, who previously acknowledged the false reports, said in a statement. "While we will not always be perfect, the professionals at Hertz will continue to work every day to provide best-in-class service to the tens of millions of… ..... Read More.29 mins ago
- Apple illegally interfered with union organizing effort in Atlanta, national labor board findsApple illegally interfered with union organizing efforts at an Atlanta store by holding mandatory meetings to discourage union membership, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found. The NLRB also found merit behind allegations that the Apple store at Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, Ga., interrogated workers about union support and activities, solicited grievances and told workers that union membership would result in less favorable terms of employment. The Communications Workers of America (CWA), a national communications and media union, initially filed a complaint against Apple Cumberland Mall in May. CWA previously petitioned for a union election at the store but withdrew its request as a result of “Apple's repeated violations.” “Apple executives think the rules don’t apply to them,” Tom Smith, CWA’s organizing director, said in a statement. “Holding an illegal forced captive audience meeting is not only union-busting, but an example of psychological warfare. We commend the NLRB for recognizing… ..... Read More.30 mins ago
- A four-point strategy to disrupt and reinvent primary careNot that long ago, urgent care centers did not exist. The hospital’s emergency department was used only for emergencies. Primary care doctors took calls after hours, seeing patients in their offices or in the emergency department when needed. Insurance played an insignificant role. When specialist care was needed urgently, primary care physicians called — yes, called — a surgical or medical colleague directly to get things done. It was a remarkably efficient system. I’m a family physician, and this was the way our primary health care system functioned when I began practicing — but I represent a way of providing health care that is nearly extinct. I was trained to provide acute care and adult disease management — as well as minor surgical, emergency, ob-gyn and pediatric care, and behavioral health management. My education provided ample hands-on experience and instilled a sense of obligation to the patient. I was taught: “Do what is right for the patient and… ..... Read More.31 mins ago
- Campaign Report — Georgia on our mindsWelcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, tracking all things related to the 2022 midterm elections. You can expect this newsletter in your inbox every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday leading up to November's election. I'm Madeleine Simon, The Hill's deputy campaign editor, taking over today for our special Georgia runoff edition. Someone forward this to you? Subscribe here. All eyes on the Peach State The sun is setting on the 2022 midterm elections. Voters in Georgia are heading to the polls Tuesday on the final day in the Senate runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and former football star Herschel Walker (R). Warnock pulled ahead of Walker and a Libertarian candidate on Nov. 8, falling just short of the more-than-50-percent-majority needed to win. That forced the race into a Dec. 6 runoff, according to Georgia law. While the country has waited with bated breath, Georgians have been smashing records at the ballot box. The Peach… ..... Read More.31 mins ago
- Mitch McConnell Says Trump Would Have ‘A Very Hard Time’ Becoming President AgainThe Kentucky Republican declined to directly criticize the former president, who recently suggested terminating parts of the U.S. Constitution. ..... Read More.32 mins ago
- California earns top marks in new energy efficiency scorecardStory at a glance A new report from the nonprofit group the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on their energy efficiency. California earned the top spot on the list. Massachusetts and New York came in a close second and third place respectively. California, Massachusetts and New York are the three most energy-efficient states in the country, according to a new scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The nonprofit published its ranking of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday which looked at how states instituted energy efficiency policies that lower energy prices for residents and reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the past year. To come up with each state’s score, report crafters ranked states in six policy areas: utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, state initiatives, industrial energy efficiency and appliance… ..... Read More.33 mins ago