Monday, July 17, 2017

That is SO last week

Last week, the City of San Francisco joined other municipalities around the country that prohibit employers from asking applicants for wage history.  The  Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will go into effect in mid-2018. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City also prohibit private employers from seeking salary history.  Massachusetts has a state-wide ban, and other states and municipalities are considering related legislation, which is intended to address the gender wage gap.


The EEOC has sued a New York Apparel company, alleging that it fired an employee recovering from childbirth in violation of Title VII. 

Advanced Home Care, Inc., a North Carolina non-profit, has been sued by the EEOC for disability discrimination based on its treatment of an employee with asthma.

Fox News highlighted potential applications for artificial intelligence to help reduce sexual harassment in the workplace.


Quartz launched a new series called Machines with Brains, which will explore what it means to be human in a world increasingly powered by robotic technologies and artificial intelligence.

Microsoft launched an app that it describes as a “talking camera for the blind.”

Researchers from major companies including Google and Microsoft have partnered with the ACLU in an effort to identify and highlight hidden bias in the mathematical models used in machine learning and AI.

Rainforest QA, a quality assurance service that tests websites and apps, manages its 60,000 employees entirely through algorithms.

In Other News

An administrative law judge ruled that Google does not need to turn over pay data requested by the Department of Labor as part of an audit of the company’s compliance with equal pay laws.

The New York Times reported on “flash organizations,” described as “ephemeral setups to execute a single, complex project in ways traditionally associated with corporations, nonprofit groups, or governments.”

The USCIS has released a revised Form I-9, again.

A federal court in North Carolina has conditionally certified a class of Uber drivers whose lawsuit seeks classification of drivers as employees under the FLSA.