Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 24, 2015

Last week, the EEOC released its Fiscal Year 2015 Report, in which it describes 12 months of positive results. According to the report, monetary relief obtained for individuals was up, and the number of systemic charges of discrimination increased.  The agency filed more lawsuits, but continues to have a significant backlog of charges to process.  The EEOC further reports that its outreach activity reached more than 330,000 people through events and trainings. For some great charts that illustrate the EEOC’s achievements, click here.

Discrimination

  • Jon Hyman covered the costs of a discrimination lawsuit.

  • The Harvard Business Review explained how gender at work is not a women’s issue.

  • Thompson’s HR Compliance Expert explained the distinctions between parental and maternity leave and the associated risk of discrimination. 

  • NPR reported on the gender wage gap and how it continues into retirement.

Technology

  • Steve Boese discussed the possible cybersecurity risk created by automatic recruiting replies.

  • Corporate Counsel reported that one in five legal departments has a social media crisis plan.

  • There’s an app for workplace issues that may cause legal issues.

  • A new study asserts that an algorithm can choose employees better than hiring managers.

  • Canadian Business highlighted people analytics and Humanyze.

  • Blogging4Jobs asked what types of jobs will be safe from automation.

In other developments:

  • Fast Company discussed the new etiquette of terminating in a digital age.

  • A Papa John’s franchisee will serve jail time for failing to pay employees minimum wage and overtime. 

  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Uber’s attempt to appeal the district court’s grant of class certification to drivers claiming they should be classified as employees.