Monday, March 20, 2017

That is SO last week

Last week, Quartz reported on a new academic study about gender-based differential treatment in the finance industry.  According  to the study, women working as financial advisors are 50% more likely than men to lose their jobs as a result of misconduct, even though men in comparable positions are three times more likely than women to be involved in misconduct. There is also gender-based pay disparity in the finance industry, and there have been numerous complaints and reports of sexual harassment.
Discrimination
  • The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with two California janitorial companies to resolve claims that the companies violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating against immigrant workers who were authorized to work in the U.S.
  • The US Women's Hockey team has threatened to sit out the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship “unless meaningful progress is made” in negotiations with USA Hockey over equal pay and treatment.
  • Uber is expanding its talent diversity and inclusion team following recent accusations of sexism and sexual harassment at the company.
  • The EEOC has launched a new online inquiry and appointment system in five of its offices. The system will allow individuals to electronically submit initial inquiries and requests for intake interviews.
Technology
  • CIO explained how GE is recruiting tech executives from places like Apple, Google, and Microsoft with Silicon Valley-style compensation packages and the promise of helping GE become a leading software company by 2020.
  • The Atlantic took a close look at why Silicon Valley is so difficult for women and highlighted several apps that have been developed to help circumvent unconscious bias.
  • Automation has eliminated only one US occupation in the last 60 years, according to a close examination of census data undertaken by an economist.
  • Fast Company explained how leading tech companies like Apple, Google, Dell, and Netflix get more done by 10 a.m. on Thursday morning than other companies do in a week.
  • HR Dive covered a new climate-control app and sensor technology that would allow workers to adjust their own lighting, heating, and cooling preferences.
In Other News
  • The Labor Department has stopped publicly posting the names of employers that violate OSHA.
  • Defenders of the Oxford comma had reason to celebrate a Maine court’s ruling on overtime pay for dairy-truck drivers.
  • Inc. profiled an 80-person company whose employees all work 100% remotely and which offers a “de-location” package to new employees.
  • HR Morning covered a recent case in which a court held that an employer that violates the FMLA will have to pay double damages—the jury verdict as well as an additional, equal amount in liquidated damages.