Monday, April 17, 2017

That is SO last week

Last week, HR Dive reported a Yale University global study on the forces behind continued underrepresentation of women in business leadership. After surveying 5,000 individuals in 100 countries, the study concluded that women’s careers are negatively impacted by the perception that women are less available to work 24/7 because of responsibilities at home. Sixty-five percent of survey respondents reported that senior management believed women were responsible for most of the childcare duties in the home. Regardless of whether this is accurate, and whether 24/7 availability is an accurate measure of productivity, the study suggests that these perceptions impede women's advancement even when their performance merits promotion.

Discrimination

CNN Money shared advice from EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum and other experts on the importance of HR’s role in any harassment investigation.

A New York Times Op-Ed argued that private settlements of sexual harassment cases allow harassment to continue.

The EEOC announced that a subsidiary of U.S. Steel agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a religious discrimination and retaliation lawsuit that alleges the company violated federal law by revoking a worker’s job offer because of his religion and in retaliation for the worker’s request for accommodation of his religious practices.

Technology

An SHRM report on the tension between workers’ desire for remote work and executives’ commitment to a traditional workplace concluded that technology is key to bridging the divide.

MIT Technology Review examined the legal challenges raised by advances in AI.

McDonald’s is now recruiting via Snapchat in Australia.

Ere Media explained how the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, taking effect next year, impacts US employers.

Quartz published an excellent analysis of the importance of managing the apparently inevitable age of robots at a societal level.

In Other News

SHRM reported on legislation recently proposed in California that would increase the state’s salary threshold for employees who are exempt from overtime pay to $47,476, the same threshold that the federal government attempted to implement last year.

Online food-delivery service DoorDash agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims by delivery workers that they were illegally misclassified as independent contractors.

Eric B. Meyer wrote for SHRM on a couple of new bills in Congress that employers should pay attention to.

Harvard Business Review covered best practices adopted by some employers to help reduce the stress of childcare for employees.