Tuesday, September 2, 2014

That is SO last week

Summer is winding down, and it was a quiet week in employment law.  The relative calm gives us a chance to look ahead, and human resources and tech gurus Steve Boese and Josh Bersin have both provided predictions about the integration of technology into human resources.  Their predictions – which include better integration of HR tech into corporate systems, improved on-demand training, and new ways to measure performance management – provide good indicators of what to watch for in the next wave of HR tech. It was also a good week to review best practices, and the HR Daily Advisor provided a handy guide on how to handle a termination meeting.
 
In other developments:
 
Discrimination
  • Inside Counsel provided a look at the key milestones in workplace discrimination history
     
  • Eric B. Meyer reminded employers to provide a list of essential functions to medical providers when seeking fitness for duty releases under both the ADA and FMLA. 
     
  • Jon Hyman examined what employers are allowed to know about prescription drugs under the ADA.

Technology
  • The ABA Journal reminisced about a “garden-variety employment discrimination case” involving email and other technology that went on to change litigation forever.
  • Human Resource Executive Online asked, “When wearable tech comes to work, should it be banned?”

Wage and Hour
  • The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse wrote a trilogy of Labor Day columns on temporary workers, failure to pay overtime, and the civil disobedience plans of fast food workers.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff
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