No matter how many times employment lawyers say that the ADA may require employers to provide more leave than the FMLA’s 12 week allotment, some just don’t get the message. Last week, the EEOC announced a $300,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought against a trucking company that had a strict, 12-weeks-only leave policy, among other strict and unlawful rules. This expensive settlement serves as another reminder of the ADA’s requirement of reasonable accommodation, which may mean that a flexible leave policy is required.
- McKinsey & Company looked at gender equality and asked why women are still underrepresented at every level of today’s corporations.
- Janine Truitt advised how to get hiring managers onboard with OFCCP compliance issues.
- The EEOC and Cabela’s, a leading fishing, camping, and hunting retailer, agreed to settle a Commissioner’s Charge of Discrimination that alleged the retailer failed to recruit and hire minorities.
- The Huffington Post examined how big data has slashed raises for most employees.
- SHRM discussed the booming market for recruiting apps.
- In Tasmania, an industrial relations tribunal found that “unfriending” a co-worker on Facebook could be considered workplace bullying.
- An Advocate General to the European Court of Justice wrote an opinion saying America’s cavalier attitude towards data security is dangerous and suggesting that data concerning EU citizens should be held in the EU.
- Biometrics, in the form of fingerprints, were targeted in the Office of Personnel Management hack.
- HRExaminer outlined the seven deadly sins of HR analytic initiatives.
- Entrepreneur reported that technology is affecting critical thought in the workplace.
In other developments:
- Jon Hyman discussed the biggest legal questions facing employers and provided great insight on where employment law may be headed.
- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that when workers must travel a significant distance to a break area, the travel time to the break area may be compensable.