Monday, June 1, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, Business Insider used information from NPR’s piece on robots taking over white-collar jobs and listed the 20 jobs most likely to be taken over.  The article circulated widely over social media and got a lot of attention.  Considering MIT’s new cheetah robot, IBM’s Watson curing cancer, and a robot chef that will craft a crab bisque, some believe that the advancement of artificial intelligence and robot technology could lead to “robot Armageddon.”
Discrimination
  • The EEOC prevailed over a disabled adult care center in a pregnancy discrimination suit that alleged the center had a “no pregnancy rule.”
  • Robin Shea offered five harassment “must haves” for employers.
  • George Clooney argued that the Sony hack exposed gender inequality in Hollywood.
Technology
  • Business Insider covered how social media apps track user location in amazing detail.
  • Popular fitness tracker Jawbone sued its major competitor, Fitbit, for trade secret violations after former Jawbone employees allegedly stole electronic information and shared it with Fitbit.
  • Oregon proposed a new law that would prohibit an employer from requiring employees to have social media accounts.
  • Medical training has gone high-tech with a robotic bum named Patrick that will help potential doctors perform better proctology exams.
  • In another demonstration of the fact that government agencies and private companies are vulnerable to cyberattacks, the IRS was hacked.  The thieves took the personally identifiable information of over 100,000 taxpayers.
Wage and Hour
  • Jeff Nowak reported on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new FMLA forms.
  • A Florida Department of Economic Opportunity judge held that an Uber driver was not an independent contractor but an employee.  The decision threatens Uber’s business model.
  • A dental lab and manufacturer in Alabama will pay $115,000 in back wages and interest to 159 applicants for systemic discrimination against women and African Americans.
Posted by Kate Bischoff
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