Last week, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S.
Department of Justice Antitrust Division issued guidance
for human resources professionals on how antitrust laws apply to employee
hiring and compensation. The federal agencies point out that employees and
applicants are harmed if companies that normally compete against each other to
find the best employees enter into agreements to fix wage levels or promise not
to poach each other’s workers.Blatant
no-poaching or wage-fixing agreements will be criminally investigated by the
Justice Department.Violations of law
that don’t warrant criminal prosecution may still lead to employers’ civil
liability.Even the decision to share
sensitive compensation information with competing employers – directly or
through third parties – may violate antitrust laws unless the information
exchange is “carefully designed to prevent harm to competition."
A new lawsuit against a private university in Connecticut claims an employee was fired in violation of federal disability laws after he informed his employer that he had been diagnosed with the onset of dementia.
A major cyberattack last Friday used common internet-connected devices to block access to popular websites worldwide, demonstrating the vulnerability of the Internet of Things.
Here is a great example of how predictive analytics helped one HR department convince an employee to rescind her resignation.
HR Drive covered the results of a survey showing that adult learners fear the increase in tech in the workplace.
A settlement was reached in a former CBS anchor’s $15 million suit accusing the network of failing to investigate her allegations that her former co-anchor hacked her email and released her personal details to gossip columnists.
In Other News
Construction and security industry groups sought a temporary restraining order in a last-minute attempt to block the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order—the “blacklisting” rule—set to take effect October 25.
A Texas judge consolidatedtwo lawsuits that are trying to stop the new FLSA overtime rules from taking effect on December 1.
Voters in five states will consider measures to raise the minimum wage in the upcoming election.
The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that Kentucky cities do not have authority to raise the minimum wage.