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As a result of the decisions use local growers of organic produce and start a catering service, Kudler has decided to shut down some departments (e.g., deli, confectionary, on-site prepared meals) for 3 months for refurbishing. This will result in some employees not being needed. What obligations does Kudler have to its employees? Can Kudler legally shut down these departments?
1. Will these layoffs be viewed as an infringement on Title VII discrimination laws?
2. Does Kudler have Union Contracts, and if so, how will this affect the relationship?
3. Does Kudler owe an explanation for downsizing these departments and are their changes justified?
4. How will this affect the public perception of Kudler’s customers, and will it have a negative impact on sales?
5. Are these layoff’s affecting other contractual agreements with vendors or any other stakeholder to the organization?
The local organic produce growers want contracts with Kudler so they can have some certainty regarding where their produce is sold. Should Kudler enter into contracts with these growers?
1. Does Kudler want binding agreements with the produce growers, and what should the terms be?
2. Will contracting with grower cause resentment between the two parties?
3. Are these contracts going to be flexible for negotiations if crops do not come in as expected?
4. What produce growers need contractual obligations?
5. Will any contract meet federal and state law requirements?
All of the questions concerning contractual agreements are basic rhythms that Kudler must engage in to effectively manage vendor relationships. “Contracts give us the ability to enter into agreements with others with confidence that we may call on the law-not merely the good faith of the other party-to make sure that those agreements will be honored.” (Mallor, p. 222)
Organic produce does not have preservatives. What product liability implications does this have for Kudler? What regulatory implications does this have for Kudler?
1. Have the products that Kudler is currently using been tested by the USDA?
2. Is there a guarantee return policy on the products used?
3. Will Kudler be responsible for defective produce or is it the local growers responsibility?
4. What is the credibility of the developers of the product?
5. How does Kudler plan to avoid future implications of product liability?
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