Monday, April 6, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, The Washington Post covered Facebook’s Empathy Lab and described how the social media giant works to ensure that its sites are accessible for individuals with disabilities.  On the heels of Uber’s “bug” that prevented blind customers from using the popular ride-sharing app, the Facebook coverage highlighted the need for all tech companies – particularly those in the HR tech industry – to focus on accessibility. Employers’ systems, including those parts used to hire and manage employees, must be accessible, or the employer must provide reasonable accommodations.
 
Discrimination
  • The EEOC announced a $12.7 million partial settlement of race discrimination claims against a sheet metal union.
  • As Indiana and Arkansas were re-thinking their religious freedom laws, technology companies demanded that lawmakers broaden laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT individuals.
  • Two white faculty members at Alabama State University filed a lawsuit alleging that the university discriminated against white faculty and students.
Technology
  • Jon Hyman asked if Periscope and Meerkat are new technology that employers should worry about.
  • The HR Bartender explained software-as-a-service or SaaS.
  • Meghan M. Biro covered talent analytics and how they could predict good hires and lower turnover.
  • Forbes covered the use of gamification in human resources.
  • Steve Boese discussed Microsoft Band’s ability to integrate the wearable on your wrist with your work life.
In other developments
  • When The Washington Post interviewed a woman about to receive a minimum wage increase, her employer read about it and promptly fired her.
  • An electrical contractor in Honolulu will pay $1.2 million for failing to pay prevailing wages and falsifying payroll reports.
  • McDonald’s employees slammed the fast food retailer’s $1 per hour raise as a PR stunt.
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act case against Paramount Pictures was dismissed even though the court found Paramount’s disclosure did not “comply with a strict reading” of the Act.
Posted by Kate Bischoff
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