Monday, May 18, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week’s media coverage included mention of lots of new technology that affects the workplace.  For example, we learned why employees should worry when their boss hands them an Apple Watch and why wearables and the Internet of Things should worry CIOs and IT managers.  We’ll include some of last week’s news in a discussion of the legal ramifications of  technology on the employer-employee relationship coming up this week.
Discrimination
  • The Atlantic advised that if a company wants to do good, it must get a better HR department and address unconscious bias.
  • A Fox News commentator attempted to explain the gender wage gap, claiming women are not “ambitious” and are “happier at home.”
  • The ACLU requested that the EEOC investigate Hollywood for gender bias.
  • The EEOC announced the settlement of two discrimination cases against Source One Staffing.  The suits alleged that the staffing agency violated both Title VII and the ADA.
Technology
  • A Catholic priest was fired after a Facebook post that demonstrated his support for the “NoH8” Campaign for LGBT rights.
  • Corporate Counsel covered a new report that claims the cost of data breaches will reach $2.1 trillion by 2019.
  • HR Zone says wearables are the HR tool of the future.
  • Inside Counsel covered how human error is often to blame for data security incidents.
  • The Washington Post asked “What could possibly go wrong?” after a company tracked an employee using an app on her smartphone, and she sued.  Heather Bussing, among others, also discussed this fascinating case.
  • The Charleston Daily Mail covered the use of big data in recruiting and identified potential pitfalls.
  • The Georgia Straight covered the new wearable tech companies focus on worker safety and health.
  • Mike Haberman looked into an algorithm that surveils employee email looking for bad employee behavior.
Wage and Hour
  • Blogging4Jobs addressed the trouble with off-the-clock work.
  • Facebook announced new requirements for its contractors, including a $15 minimum wage, paid time off, and a $4,000 bonus for having a child.
Posted by Kate Bischoff

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