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Posts Tagged ‘The Brand Union’

Billings Up 12.6 Percent at WPP

WPP has released its 2010 preliminary results, reporting that billings increased 12.6 percent to $65.961 billion. Based on constant currency, revenue was up 5.6 percent, reflecting the weakness of the pound versus many other currencies. But reportable revenue was up 7.4 percent to £9.331 billion, or $15.158 billion, based on today’s exchange rates.

PR and public affairs was nine percent of revenue as a total percentage of the group, up 4.3 percent from 2009. Branding and identity and healthcare and specialist communications were 24.9 percent of revenue as a total percentage of the group, up five percent from the prior year. Hill & Knowlton, Cohn & Wolfe, Ogilvy PR, and Burson-Marsteller are among WPP’s firms.

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Case of Employee Fired For Social Media Activity Could be ‘Ground-Breaking’

The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against the American Medical Response of Connecticut because it says an employee was dismissed for comments made on social media, a first for the board. American Medical Response of Connecticut said in a statement that the case is without merit, according to the New York Times, which wrote that the case is viewed as “ground-breaking.” American Medical Response says the employee was fired for a number of reasons.

According to the labor board’s general counsel, Lafe Solomon, it’s a “fairly straightforward case under the National labor Relations Act” protecting workers against rules that would prevent them from unionizing or discussing working conditions.  The Times story says the company has a policy against employees depicting it “in any way” on social media.

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