Social Media in the Workplace Is the New Water Cooler

As social media becomes more commonplace, a blurry line has formed between employees’ permissible use of sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to discuss work-related issues and employers’ policies regarding discussing company matters in online public forums.

StudioCL Loses Court Case Against Chinese Manufacturer

After deliberating for one day, a jury ruled on March 25 that StudioCLmust pay a Chinese manufacturer more than $400,000 for money the Los Angeles apparel maker still owes the garment factory.

OSHA Expanding Injury-Prevention Program Guidelines

California companies are required to have programs in place to reduce workplace injuries to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Injury and Illness Prevention Program, which is currently under review for a second phase of the program.

Importing Practices at the Center of StudioCL, Donshen Lawsuit

For more than 15 years, Los Angeles apparel manufacturers Carole Little and Leonard Rabinowitz bought tops, sweaters and dresses from a Hong Kong manufacturer they considered a reliable source.

Fashion Companies: A Step-by-Step Guide to Protection

In fashion, a company's brand, or its trademark, is the most important part of the company's image. Companies need to take branding very seriously because the clothing itself doesn't have as much meaning without the brand that is attached to it.

Forever 21 Subpoenaed by U.S. Labor Department for Factory List

After a series of raids on downtown Los Angeles garment factories suspected of underpaying their workers, federal authorities are demanding that Forever 21 produce documents that list the names of the LA garment factories used by the low-cost retail chain.

Value-Added Employment: Study Looks at U.S. Jobs Retained Despite Offshore Production

Just because apparel is made overseas, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of U.S. jobs that go into making a label.

Forever 21 Faces $55,000 in OSHA Fines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Los Angeles–based retail chain Forever 21 with two alleged violations of workplace-safety standards after an inspection was conducted at the company’s Burlington, Mass., store.

Counterfeit Seizures by U.S. Government Declined in 2012

Apparel and accessories were the top counterfeit items confiscated by customs officials in fiscal-year 2012, followed by consumer electronics and parts; optical media; and handbags, wallets and backpacks.

Retailers Need Safety Protocol for Staff

In the wake of the brutal assault and “takeover” robbery of Nordstrom Rack employees in a Los Angeles neighborhood, security experts are stressing the need for proper training for retail employees to help avoid possible violence or injury in the event of an attack.

Wet Seal Sued Over Scuttled Private-Label Deal

There’s more trouble for struggling retailer The Wet Seal Inc. A complaint recently filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retail chain broke a major contract with Sekses Distribution LLC, a Los Angeles–based manufacturer that makes private-label fashions.

A Look at the New California Laws Affecting the Workplace

A new year often means out with the old and in with the new.

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