Monday, January 9, 2017

That is SO last week

Last week, the Department of Justice issued a release describing efforts to increase diversity in law enforcement.  The release states that “Underlying this work is a recognition that while greater workforce diversity alone cannot ensure fair and effective policing, there is a significant body of research suggesting that diversity can make policing more effective, more safe and more just.” Also last week, the EEOC published regulations that explain the obligation of federal agencies to engage in affirmative action and act as “model employers” for individuals with disabilities. The new rule requires agencies of the federal government to adopt employment goals for individuals with disabilities and meet other requirements designed to improve the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities in the federal workplace. The regulations do not apply to private employers or state and local governments. The EEOC also published a question and answer document on the new rules.
Discrimination
Technology
  • IBM is preparing for an automated future by encouraging development of a new class of jobs it calls “new collar jobs.”
  • HR Dive highlighted the doppel, a wearable wristband for the workplace that is said to keep employees alert and calm, reducing stress and increasing focus.
  • A new ransomware campaign is targeting HR departments with fake job applications.
  • Tech companies in New York are supporting legislation that would allow “portable” benefits plans for gig economy workers.
  • Talent Culture studied how Americans use work email.
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