Monday, March 2, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor rolled out new rules that extend Family and Medical Leave Act coverage to legally married same-sex couples.  While the new rules are not a surprise, it’s notable that they define status as a spouse based on where the couple got married and not on where they live.  The U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor had extended FMLA coverage to same-sex couples who lived in a state that allowed their marriage.  The DOL goes further in these new rules, saying that couples who live in a state that does not recognize their marriage are able to take FMLA leave as long as their marriage is recognized in the state where it occurred.  Time to review policies to make sure they’re compliant, especially if you operate in a state that does not yet recognize same-sex marriage.

Discrimination
  • Georgia became the latest state to “ban the box” that asks for criminal history, at least on state agency applications.
  • The Los Angeles Times researched why women who enter the tech industry leave.
  • The EEOC sued a disability support services company for disability discrimination.
  • SCOTUSblog covered the EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch hearing on religious accommodations and employer knowledge, while FiveThirtyEight offered predictions on the outcome.
Technology
  • Uber suffered a data breach involving the personal information of up to 50,000 drivers.
  • Jessica Miller-Merrell offered some tips on selecting a human capital suite to handle all of HR’s needs.
  • Humanyze promises an employee badge that will monitor the location and conversations of all employees.
  • NPR’s All Tech Considered covered gamification and big data in recruiting.
  • SmartRecruiters demonstrated why the recruiting industry loves big data.
  • In another example of social media’s impact on the workplace, ESPN suspended Keith Olbermann after his tweets criticized a fundraiser.
In other developments
  • FastCompany argued for the end of tipping as a method of employee compensation.
  • The Washington Post observed that only 10 percent of employees who have signed noncompetition agreements ever fight them.
  • The Ebola nurse in Dallas is suing her employer for failing to provide a safe work environment.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff 
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