Monday, June 22, 2015

That is SO last week

Over the past couple of weeks, payroll giant ADP and successful HR startup Zenefits got into what The Starr Conspiracy has called a “kerfuffle” over Zenefits’ use of ADP’s employer data and millions of employees’ personal data.  The dispute surrounds two issues: competition and data security.  Zenefits had been using third-party access to ADP data to assist employers in processing benefits, rather than using the costly integration it could have obtained through ADP directly.  ADP announced that Zenefits’ method of accessing data created a security issue, and so it terminated Zenefits’ access.  Zenefits fought back, arguing that ADP is creating a Zenefits-like product and just wants to eliminate a competitor.  Because both businesses rely on access to and use of personnel data (including sensitive personally identifiable information), this is not likely to be the last battle between HR tech vendors over the security of that data.  And, now there’s a lawsuit to boot.
Discrimination
  • EEOC Commissioners met and discussed how to reduce retaliation in the workplace.
  • Because an elevator manufacturer failed to comply with the nonmonetary terms of a settlement agreement, it will now pay an additional $85,000 to fully resolve the claims.
  • InsideCounsel covered the employment law ramifications for a transgender employee in transition.
Technology
  • The Washington Post covered new startups trying to solve workplace problems.
  • Steve Sheinberg pointed out the employment law compliance issues created by the increase in “gamification” at work.
  • DataInformed covered the “Five Scariest Ways Big Data is Used Today” and included recruiting as one of them.
  • The Atlantic warned readers about listening machines, surveillance, and big data.
  • The Harvard Business Review found that robots are improving productivity and not costing jobs.
  • Businesssolver outlined the eight technical terms that HR needs to know to understand data security.
  • Sony lost its motion to dismiss employee claims of negligence over its “nightmare” hack.
Wage and Hour
  • The California Labor Commission ruled that an Uber driver is an employee, not an independent contractor.
  • While we patiently wait for new FLSA overtime regulations, NPR discussed the “overtime scam.”
Posted by  Kate Bischoff
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