Monday, November 10, 2014

That is SO last week

The results of last week’s elections may reflect some inconsistency in what voters want. While Republicans made significant gains, minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives also won big.  In states where both issues were on the ballot, they succeeded. Minimum wages will increase in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota, and paid sick leave will now be required in Massachusetts and several cities. These election results could lead to more wage and hour initiatives from state and local lawmakers.
 
In other developments:
 
Discrimination
  • The EEOC published What You Should Know about EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers.
  • NPR covered the widening wage gap for obese women.
  • With Tinder’s high profile sexual harassment litigation settled, Forbes covered the continuing fallout and the effect on the company.
  • New research shows that parents may be more productive than non-parent employees.
Technology
  • Wearable technology was a common theme for commentators last week, with Workforce.com discussing how consumer technology will invade the workplace and Jessica Miller-Merrell opining about how workers will use wearables.
  • Mike Haberman covered the internet of things and employee management.
  • A bad Facebook post resulted in a cook’s termination and a loss of business for a restaurant.
  • PeopleResults explained metrics and analytics in the human resources department.
Leave
  • Jeff Nowak posted some of the most outrageous excuses for FMLA leave, including “I woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.”
  • The New York Times discussed the stigma of paternity leave.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff

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