Starbucks Corp has recently won dismissal of a 2008 lawsuit by former assistant store managers in New York who accused the world's largest coffee chain of cheating them out of customer tips.
US District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan said the plaintiffs failed to show that they had a right to share in money left in the plexiglass cube containers, known as tip boxes, that Starbucks (below left) places beside cash registers.
She also said the plaintiffs did not support their claim that Seattle-based Starbucks coerced or else required them to put into the boxes the tips that customers left them personally. According to the opinion, Starbucks' written policy on tips lets baristas and shift supervisors - who are typically part-time hourly workers - handle and receive tip box proceeds, while store managers and assistant store managers do not handle tips. Reuters
More students join volunteer work for China's poor western regions
Over the past seven years, a total of 1,500 Chinese university students (bottom right) have participated in a volunteer service programme that has allowed them to help in the development of China's less-developed western regions. They went there to experience rural life, teach local children and conduct surveys and research, according to Western Sunshine Action, one of the co-sponsors of the programme which will run from July 10 to August 15. Xinhua
Five schools dominate Oxbridge
Five elite schools sent more students to Oxford and Cambridge - or Oxbridge - than 2,000 other schools combined over a period of three years, according to a survey by the Sutton Trust, which campaigns for better educational opportunities for young people from poor backgrounds. Its chairman, Sir Peter Lampl, says "stark inequalities" in university entrance were driven primarily by the exam results. But he said the study reveals that university chances can vary dramatically for schools with similar average grades. The Trust noted that pupils from high-attaining independent schools put in more applications to highly selective universities than comprehensive school peers with similar grades. Reuters
Michael Page 2Q profit up 32pc
British recruitment company Michael Page International posted a 32 per cent jump in second-quarter gross profit, driven largely by a rise in permanent placements in the period. The firm, which finds jobs for people in the financial, accounting and legal services sectors, said it expects 2011 profit to be broadly in line with current market estimates of £111.7 million (HK$1.38 billion). Reuters