Equal pay and EEO-1 reports made headlines last Friday as the EEOC and the White House celebrated the 7th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. The EEOC announced a proposed new requirement for federal contractors and employers with more than 100 employees, who will have to provide compensation information on their annual EEO-1 form beginning in September 2017 if the proposal is approved by the federal Office of Management and Budget. The inclusion of wage information in the EEO-1 is intended to give the EEOC and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs information about wage disparities within organizations and across industries. EEOC Commissioner Yang commented that the data will “help employers evaluate their own pay practices[.]”
- Beleaguered restaurant chain Chipotle has been sued for gender discrimination and FMLA retaliation by three former employees.
- The union representing Oreo bakers in Chicago brought an age and race discrimination charge against the bakery after it laid off 600 workers.
- A jury awarded $6.5 million in damages to the former in-house lawyer of hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury, finding that she was sexually harassed by Choudhury during her employment.
- Blogging4Jobs advised that #OscarsSoWhite should prompt all employers to review their policies and procedures for bias.
- Josh Bersin explained how the new digital world of work will force HR to change in 2016.
- David Green provided his ten reasons why people analytics will go into orbit in 2016.
- XpertHR says that the age of HR analytics is upon us.
- Wired asked who to blame when an algorithm gets you fired.
- SHRM blogged on the “device mesh” as a booming tech trend for HR.
Wage and Hour
- Ride-sharing service Lyft settled its misclassification case for $12.25 million. The settlement lets the service continue to classify workers as independent contractors.
- The Capital Gazette predicted millions more could qualify for overtime under the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules.
- Parking production assistants launched a class action lawsuit against several Hollywood Studios, including Paramount Pictures, for labor abuses. They alleged they were not paid overtime and forced to use their cars as bathrooms.
- HR Professionals Magazine covered the gig economy, finding 34% of the workforce in 2015 were independent contractors.