Tuesday, May 26, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, Fast Company published its New Rules of Work.  These rules reflect the many ways that technology has affected how we work.  Workers no longer commute, but work remotely in their homes or coffee shops. The traditional 9-to-5 work schedule has been replaced by being on call 24/7, and an employee’s work and personal life are no longer separate.  The magazine commented that “Work is increasingly both everywhere and nowhere.”  Technology can do that, for better or worse. Query whether the law, or even standard HR practices, can keep up.
Discrimination
  • Ruby Tuesday settled  gender discrimination claims brought by the EEOC.  The agency had alleged that the restaurant chain sought to hire only women due to housing concerns for servers wishing to temporarily relocate for the summer.
  • Female truck drivers filed a class action against one of the U.S.’s largest freight haulers, CRST, for sex harassment and gender discrimination.
Technology
  • A new Pew Institute study shows that 13 percent of Americans feel they have “no control at all” over how their personal data is collected and used.
  • Entrepreneur covered the new human resources technology disrupting the marketplace, including cloud-based systems, big data, and employee engagement tools.
  • HR Zone addressed social media defamation from former employees.
  • NPR offered advice to white collar workers that robots are coming to take their jobs.
  • International researchers believe they have found a way to put electrodes in fabrics.  Imagine the next wave of uniforms that can monitor and secure employees.
  • With the new net neutrality policy comes a warning from the Federal Communications Commission:  Internet providers must get permission to share personal data and have robust privacy policies.
  • The U.S. Postal Service settled its unfair labor practice complaint with the NLRB over its failure to bargain following a data breach.
Wage and Hour
  • The owners of an electrical contracting firm in Hennepin County, Minnesota will serve over 200 days each in the county workhouse after failing to pay over $250,000 in prevailing wages.
  • Los Angeles City Council voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.
  • In anticipation of new FLSA regulations coming this June, the U.S. Department of Labor outlined the basics of overtime pay on its blog. 
Posted by Kate Bischoff
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