Monday, February 13, 2017

That is SO last week

Last week, in her first public comments since her appointment, new EEOC Chair Victoria Lipnic indicated that the agency will focus on age discrimination, equal pay, and job growth.  Lipnic also indicated that the agency will re-evaluate the costs and benefits of the modified EEO-1 report, which was released last September and takes effect for the March 2018 deadline for reporting 2017 pay data.  The new EEO-1 form was intended to collect summary pay data as well as demographic information from reporting employers, and received a negative reaction from some commentators and employer groups.
Discrimination
  • A federal judge approved a settlement between a health center and the EEOC to resolve allegations that a nursing assistant was fired because he disclosed that he was HIV-positive.
  • New Jersey’s attorney general sued a Hilton hotel, alleging the hotel paid a female employee less than her male counterparts and then fired the female employee for complaining about the pay disparity.
  • The NFL issued a warning that a transgender bathroom bill under consideration in Texas may affect future Super Bowls in the state.
Technology
  • Twitter’s head of diversity is leaving and its HR director has already left.
  • Wired told us that coding is the next blue-collar job.
  • Facebook announced that it is expanding its paid leave policies to allow employees up to 20 days of paid bereavement leave and up to six weeks of paid leave to care for a sick relative.
  • Employers considering using wearables in the workplace need to consider the privacy implications.
  • The startup Jolt is pioneering an employment experiment involving no perks, lower pay, and a two-year employment period, designed to appeal to the habits and desires of tech workers.
  • HR recruiting and hiring technology containing personally identifiable information of employees and applicants is becoming a major target for cyber thieves.
In Other News
  • The Atlantic asked whether the president’s pick for Labor Secretary will ever be confirmed.
  • A U.S. federal judge upheld the legality of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for retirement advisors, becoming the second court to uphold the rule.
  • SHRM rounded up the impact of the current hiring freeze in the federal workforce.
  • The New York Times suggested that allowing employees to control their schedules will help to close the workplace gender gap.
  • A former New York Post sports columnist sued the newspaper claiming he was wrongfully fired for posting a personal tweet that was critical of the new president.
  • SHRM covered Philadelphia’s new ordinance banning private-sector employers from asking job applicants about their salary history, the first of its kind passed by a U.S. city.