Monday, July 21, 2014

That is SO last week

Last week, employment law news focused on sexual orientation discrimination.  LGBT groups are backing away from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) over a proposed exemption for religious organizations. President Obama’s highly anticipated Executive Order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by federal contractors was also much discussed, and the Minnesota Vikings suspended a coach over a homophobic slur.
 
In other developments:
 
Discrimination
  • CNNMoney explains why it is hard to win a sexual harassment case after a female Yahoo executive was sued.
  • While tech company diversity statistics are less than stellar, the Silicon Valley is embracing the LGBT community.
  • Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett made a case for ending pregnancy discrimination now.

Technology
  • Meghan M. Biro give her insights on the hot HR technology trends, suggesting companies who lag behind in tech adoption may suffer from a limited talent pool.
  • In Corporate Counsel, Jon Hyman asked whether blocking social media will make employees more productive
  • Should you use “gamification” in job training
  • Oracle’s CIO Mark Sunday gave his insights on the partnership between HR and IT.

Other Workplace Issues 
  • Can you really shorten a statute of limitations on an application? A court in New Jersey says yes
  • Instituting a prohibition on employee discussions about wages is unlawful, as discussed by The Atlantic.
  • Some claim the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is using HIPAA as a sword in disputes with whistleblowers.
  • A Chicago employer is in some hot water over its six-minute bathroom break policy.  The same employer will give employees an extra $1 per day for not using the facilities at all.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff

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