Monday, May 4, 2015

That is SO last week

Last Friday a new Twitter hashtag designed to start a conversation about worker pay was created.  The hashtag - #talkpay – was the idea of a female programmer in Pittsburgh who believes that a conversation about pay could “…break the taboo surrounding salaries, so that people would become more comfortable with discussing pay and engaging in collective action.”  Although pay inequity persists throughout the country, most of the tweets involved employees in Silicon Valley, where the vast majority of workers are white and male.  Thousands took part, providing frank disclosures of their salaries and making #talkpay a trending topic on Twitter on International Workers Day (otherwise known as May 1st).
  • Although the Supreme Court found in favor of Mach Mining in its recent decision on the EEOC’s conciliation process, Jon Hyman found the ruling to be a pyrrhic victory for employers.
  • Comcast entered into a conciliation agreement valued at nearly $190,000 following an investigation of race and sex discrimination charges by the Office of Federal Contracting Compliance Programs.
  • A Red Lobster restaurant in Salisbury, Maryland will pay $160,000 to settle a suit involving allegations that a manager sexually harassed three female employees.
  • The Board Chairperson of American Apparel announced that rehiring beleaguered founder Dov Charney would breach the Board’s fiduciary duties.
  • Lawffice Space covered the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in a case involving when the statute of limitations starts to run in a constructive discharge action.
  • Steve Boese commented about the The New York Times’ series on how robots will replace employees.
  • In an effort to protect privacy, Facebook announced it shut down its application program interface (API) that allowed different applications to access a user’s friend data.  For recruiting applications that show applicants whether their friends work for particular companies, Facebook’s move has serious effects.
  • As if cybersecurity issues weren’t frightening enough, a Forbes article introduced the idea that a hacker could implant a chip in his hand and use only the chip to hack into devices.
Wage and Hour
  • The U.S. Department of Labor boasted about its Online Enforcement Database and Wage and Hour Insights was not impressed.
  • Eric B. Meyer covered a case in which an employee was forced to show her breast cancer scars before returning from FMLA leave. 
Posted by Kate Bischoff
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