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After Its Subsidiary Bribed Mexican Officials, Wal-Mart Lobbies To Weaken Anti-Bribery Laws

By posted Apr 23rd 2012

The details of Wal-Mart’s complicity in bribery are shocking, but there is one important element that the  (New York) Times did not report.

While Wal-Mart’s largest subsidiary spent millions of dollars systematically bribing Mexican officials, the company back home has been working, through big business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to weaken the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which renders it illegal for corporations to bribe officials in foreign countries.

To read more about how Wal-Mart is trying to wiggle out of its problems with the Department of Justice for clearly breaking the FCPA laws, please click here.

Georgia Legislation proudly proclaimed as ALEC Model Bill…

“IFA Applauds Georgia Saying Franchisees Can’t Be Employees”

(from Blue MauMau)

ATLANTA —The Georgia General Assembly passed a bill that codifies that someone who has signed a franchise contract cannot be an employee…

…The legislation is a result of IFA’s ongoing work with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which recently adopted as official policy a Resolution on the Misapplication of Employee Classification Laws, recognizing that business format franchising is a major contributor to the United States economy and that franchising is a contractual business relationship, not akin to an employment relationship.

Noting the tremendous positive effect that the granting of business format franchise licenses has had on the U.S. economy, ALEC passed the resolution, which was the basis for Georgia HB 548. The ALEC resolution states that any “legislation or regulations which would improperly classify franchisees as ’employees’ is a misinterpretation of labor and contract policy and deprives franchise investors of valuable economic opportunities.”

[VLTP Note: GA. Rep. Charles Martin, House Sponsor of HB 548 is an ALEC member and sits on ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force].

Read the full article here