Monday, April 20, 2015

That is SO last week

Worker wages were the subject of protests last week.  April 14th was “Equal Pay Day,” which marks how many days into the New Year women must work, on average, to earn what their male counterparts earned in the previous year. Protesters in Rochester, New York and Portland, Maine urged lawmakers to address the gender-based wage gap.
On April 15, fast food and other low-paid workers protested around the country seeking wage increases.  The “Fight for $15” protests seek to raise the minimum wage for many low-wage jobs.  As the protests have gained momentum, at least one presidential candidate has voiced support and several municipalities have enacted new ordinances that raise the minimum wage.
In other developments:
  • In its first meeting held outside of Washington, the EEOC met in Miami to discuss the persistence of race and national origin discrimination fifty years after the Commission’s founding.
  • A transgender man sued his employer for discrimination under Title VII after the company’s executive demanded he dress and act like a woman.
  • Fortune covered the 25 careers with the smallest wage gaps for women.
  • Josh Bersin argued for the reinvention of human resources given available technology.
  • Jon Hyman explained how employees are a company’s biggest cybersecurity risk.
  • As of tomorrow (April 21), Google will begin rewarding sites that are mobile-friendly.  That means that if a company’s career site is not mobile-enabled, the site may appear lower in Google search results.
  • The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint alleging the U.S. Postal Service violated Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act by failing to bargain with the postal carriers’ union following a data breach.
Wage & Hour
  • Doug Hass demonstrated the “half-time” overtime calculation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • InsideCounsel discussed the six-factor test to determine if interns must be paid.
Posted by Kate Bischoff
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