Here's where employers can start in addressing structural racism in the workplace

Does your company state equity and inclusion as a value of the business? If so, is that reflected in your company's policies and practices? Does the organizational culture of your company support and encourage the upward mobility of Black and other non-Black workers of color? Are there people of color in your company's leadership? These are just some of the "10 essential questions" that business owners should ask themselves as they examine the role racial inequity may play in their own workplaces, according to Diane Bell-McKoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities.(Balt Bus Journal)

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Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Are Suffering in Pandemic

When a bill that called for half of Maryland’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2030 became law last year, advocates predicted that there would be as many as 20,000 new Maryland jobs through 2028. Then the pandemic hit. The clean energy industry has lost more than 620,000 jobs, or 18% of its workforce, nationwide since the pandemic, according to a report by BW Research published on June 15. In May alone, 27,000 clean energy jobs were lost. (Md Matters)

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Protesters Call For Atlas Restaurant Group To Drop Dress Codes At Establishments

Protesters marched through the streets of downtown Baltimore on Friday, demanding the Atlas Restaurant Group drop all dress codes. This comes several days after a Black mother and her son were denied a table at Ouzo Bay, an Atlas Group restaurant. They were turned away, managers said, because her son had on athletic shorts. (WJZ-TV)

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Chesapeake Energy, once a power in natural gas, files for bankruptcy

Chesapeake Energy, which more than any other company capitalized on the fracking revolution that turned the United States into a leading shale gas producer, filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday. Staggering under $9 billion in debt and the historically low price for gas, driven down even further by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Chesapeake said it will continue to operate and expects to reorganize and emerge from protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. (Wash Post)

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MD5G Partnership launches in support of 5G deployment throughout Md.

A group of Maryland’s technology, civic and business leadership Thursday announced the formation of the MD5G Partnership, a coalition to create more connected communities through communications infrastructure and 5G connectivity. The technology would create an estimated 9,700 jobs, $850 million in network investment and $1.5 billion in estimated GDP growth for Maryland, according to CTIA’s economic impact study. While neighboring states like Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and 25 others have passed small cell legislation, Maryland tabled discussions on statewide legislation during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session. (Daily Record)

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McCormick beats sales and profit estimates as consumers eat at home during pandemic

McCormick & Co., the Hunt Valley-based spice company, beat sales and profit estimates in the second quarter as consumers spent more time cooking at home during the pandemic, driving up demand for the flavorings maker’s products. Consumer demand shifted during the quarter because of the coronavirus pandemic, boosting sales to shoppers in stores, the company said. At the same time, McCormick’s sales to food service companies and restaurants declined sharply as dining out decreased. (Balt Sun)

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Md. unemployment claims increase for second time this month

Initial unemployment claims in Maryland rose last week for the second time in June, one week after recording a drop of more than 18,000. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor show 31,944 Marylanders filed standard unemployment claims for the week ending June 20, an increase of 8,494 filings from the prior week's revised figure of 23,450. At the same time, claims for pandemic assistance dropped by more than 3,000. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group drops dress code at two properties at Four Seasons

Less than a week after a Black woman and her son were denied entry into Baltimore’s Ouzo Bay, the Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group announced that it will no longer enforce a dress code at either of its properties at the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East. The company, which owns 15 eateries in the city as well as others in Texas and Florida, “continues to assess the policy at each of its venues,” according to a statement. (Balt Sun)

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