Last week saw a lot of media coverage about “Yelp for People.” The app, called Peeple, allows users to rate friends, co-workers, and romantic partners based on a five-star rating system. Recruiters could review the ratings of potential employees to see unsolicited ratings and reviews of candidates. The app launched a firestorm of Internet rage and media criticism. The Washington Post wrote, “Where to even begin with [the] harms?” Even John Oliver weighed in with his particular brand of criticism (NSFW).
- A pork roll company in New Jersey was sued for disability discrimination after it terminated an employee for passing gas.
- Robin Shea counted the ways AARP correctly handled an employee who later sued the organization for age discrimination.
- Stanford University researchers analyzed 125 performance reviews from a tech company and found startling gender differences in language and evaluation.
- Google, Microsoft, and other companies committed to improving workplaces for LGBT workers.
- SHRM provided advice on using data-driven techniques to improve human resources functions.
- Medium covered how big data is unfair.
- Corporate Counsel cautioned that wearables in the workplace can create legal risk.
- Eric B. Meyer shared the lessons learned when an employee shares trade secrets on social media.
- The American Bankers Association encouraged increased cybersecurity on the same day it disclosed a data breach.
- HREOnline discussed wearable tech and its impact on corporate health and wellness programs.
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