Monday, May 15, 2017

That is SO last week

On Friday of last week, a ransomware cyberattack struck 45,000 targets in 74 countries, including organizations such as FedEx, Telefonica, and the UK’s National Health Service, which cancelled operations and diverted patients elsewhere when their computer systems were rendered unusable by the attack. The impact in the US has been limited, thanks to a cybersecurity expert who discovered and advised officials of a “kill switch” that slowed the spread of the ransomware, although copycat varieties are proliferating. As the workweek begins, employers should heed this unfortunate reminder of the critical need to maintain updated and secure computer systems and warn workers to remain on guard for ransomware attacks.

Discrimination

An applicant’s job offer was allegedly rescinded when she refused to “party” with the CEO. The EEOC announced that the employer will pay $57,000 and adopt new anti-discrimination policies and procedures to settle the applicant’s claims.

Indiana became the first state to bar local “ban the box” laws.

A staffing agency agreed to pay a civil penalty of $16,290 and provide employees with training and information to resolve claims by the  U.S. Department of Justice that non-U.S. citizens were subject to harsher job eligibility requirements.

Technology

A survey of more than 1,400 private employers found that 70 percent use technology to manage payroll, but a much smaller percentage use HR technology for things like benefits and performance management.

The Atlantic covered Canada’s developing technology sector, which is poised to attract tech talent from the U.S. as U.S. restrictions on workplace immigration increase.

Quartz highlighted a happy story of automation and growth in the field of engraving.

The Toronto Sun reviewed the major privacy implications posed by workplace wearables.

Fast Company identified data integration as a key component of the future of workplace wellness programs.

Inc. explained why social media is a wonderful tool for promoting business but may not be the most effective way to build a career.

In Other News

HR Dive offered advice on avoiding liability for employee pay differentials under the Equal Pay Act.

Fast Company suggested that employers can improve workplace collaboration by not automatically deferring to the “highest paid person’s opinion.”

A tech company bought a “grand mansion” in Hawaii for its employees and their families to use for vacations.

Talent Economy found a lesson on how NOT to fire someone in the Comey dismissal.

The New Yorker examined the gig economy.

SHRM offered guidance on how often HR should review and update an employee handbook.