Monday, June 16, 2014

That is SO last week

A US Chamber of Commerce report, closely followed by a hearing called by Republicans on the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, focused attention last week on the business community’s deep displeasure with some of the EEOC’s current tactics and priorities.  The Wall Street Journal Blog discussed the report, hearing, and EEOC reaction, and commentator Jon Hyman opined that the good works of the EEOC are being undermined by its current practices. 

In other developments:

  • The Harvard Business Review examined wage gaps among the races, finding that white and Asian workers make more than African American and Hispanic workers.
  • Disparate impact claims are alive and well.  A Cleveland-based employer settled  a dispute with the OFCCP for $1 million after the agency found systemic discrimination against African Americans.
  • Despite a jury verdict, being afraid to fight fire does not render you disabled in Texas if you are a firefighter.

  • The Emplawyerologist examined privacy considerations for the telecommuting workforce.
  • An STD diagnosis, a Facebook posting, scorned love, and a Cincinnati Hospital lead to a new privacy lawsuit. 
  • Mashable offers up reasons why big data will change recruiting.

Wage & Hour
  • DOL issued new minimum wage guidance for federal contractors, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
  • When an HR Director raises FLSA exemption questions and gets fired, she just might have a retaliation suit.

Posted by: Kate Bischoff

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