Monday, February 23, 2015

That is SO last week

It should come as no surprise that more and more employers are using social media to find candidates.  But have you thought about plaintiffs’ law firms using social media to find more plaintiffs? Last week, this use of social media got some attention.  The law firm representing plaintiffs in the class action involving unpaid interns at Gawker combed the social media site Reddit for more plaintiffs.  This sparked outrage from Gawker, whose attorneys wrote the court asking that plaintiffs be prohibited from repeatedly posting links on LinkedIn, Facebook, and using specific Twitter hashtags to draw attention to their lawsuit.  No word yet from the court, but given the omnipresence of social media, this sort of outreach and the controversy it will generate will no doubt become more common.
 
Discrimination
  • Jon Hyman discussed a Third Circuit decision rejecting the theory of “retaliatory rehire.”
  • The Atlantic pondered whether corporate fraud would decrease if more women were CFOs.
  • The EEOC filed a disability discrimination suit against a recycling company and its staffing agency for their refusal to assign an individual with a hearing impairment.
Technology
  • Blogging4Jobs wrote about how assistive technology has increased career opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Matt Charney broke down the use of big data in recruiting.
  • Inc. covered how data breach incidents are up 50 percent in 2014.
  • A recent study looked into whether Twitter can help fight sexism at work.
  • InsideCounsel covered the use of big data and privacy in the workplace.
  • The New York Times asked if employee privacy is going away given the use of technology and high rent on commercial space.
Leave
  • Philadelphia joined the ever increasing ranks of municipalities requiring employers to offer paid sick leave.
  • The Washington Post covered the underrated economics of parental leave and work-life balance. 
Posted by: Kate Bischoff 

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