Labor Day was the backdrop for a big announcement from President Obama. Beginning in 2017, federal contractors must grant paid sick leave to employees. The new Executive Order requires contractors to provide one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked and is intended to benefit over 300,000 workers. This is just the latest in a string of paid leave legislation and municipal ordinances around the country. President Obama hopes his Order will put pressure on Congress to take action to spread the requirement to all employers.
- The EEOC found evidence to suggest the University of Denver Sturm College of Law has been paying male professors more than females.
- An employee’s disability discrimination suit was dismissed after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the employee’s threats of violence were the real reason for his termination.
- The EEOC sued a California border restaurant for sexual harassment, alleging that migrant male workers were unlawfully videotaped while in the restroom.
- The possibility that big data can discriminate continued to be in the news with The Atlantic’s article “When Discrimination is Baked into Algorithms.”
- Tech Radar asked if injected electronics are the next wave of wearables.
- Inc. looked at napping as a part of the future of work.
- Sony Pictures has decided to settle claims brought by employees over its massive data breach.
- Security Affairs warned that employees are pawns for hackers.
- Corporate Counsel reminded employers to review their social media policies.
- Jon Hyman asked employers to review social media during a workplace investigation.
In other developments
- The judge presiding over the anti-poaching lawsuit among giant tech companies approved a $415 million settlement.
- Daniel Schwartz pointed out the wage and hour issues with iPhone and other smartphone use.
Posted by Kate Bischoff