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Governor Newsom Signs New 2020 Employment Laws


Employers need to be aware of a few significant new 2020 employment laws that may affect their daily business operations, policies and employees. Some new laws make significant changes while others make smaller changes to existing law.

What is GINA? The federal discrimination law you need to know.

Business Management Daily

GINA, or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, outlaws genetic discrimination. The federal law has been around for a decade, yet many employers still don’t know exactly how to comply. The law also protects employees from employer retaliation.

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Uncoded Bias in AI Hiring

HR Examiner

Small hints of social class unmeasured in the core data can prompt a skew within a given category. So, while it is true that a machine can do a better job at relentlessly sticking to a narrow script, it cannot see or understand things that are not in the data. The law requires this.

Is obesity a disability under ADA?

Business Management Daily

Final note: Some workers are protected from obesity discrimination; more may soon be. Michigan has banned obesity discrimination in employment since 1977. Weight discrimination is unlawful in San Francisco; Santa Fe, N.M.; Discrimination and Harassment Employment Law

Religion v. Law

HR Examiner

Whether law or religion wins depends on the issue, the time, and the court. But religion and law have important distinctions. It depends on who is acting and what other laws are involved. There is no clear definition of what is the government establishing a religion.

Cybersecurity for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

HR Counselor's Corner

Cybersecurity” is a bit like plumbing: most everybody thinks it’s a great idea, but we don’t really give it much thought beyond that until something goes horribly wrong, like a data breach. Why would a hacker want to steal data from little-old-me?” By Benjamin Orsatti, Esq.,

Diversity, Inclusion and The Workplace

HR Counselor's Corner

Differences in education, as well as personalities, skill sets, experiences, is also included in the definition of diversity. The latest data shows that likelihood has grown to 21%. By Nancy Owen, PHR, Senior HR Consultant.

HR’s 2018 year in review part one


We look at the employment law rulings and legislatory changes that have been affecting UK HR teams over the past 12 months. Employment tribunals and dispute over ‘worker’ status. These cases focused on workers’ rights, contracts and the definition of these firms’ business models.

6 top tips for preventing ageism in the workplace


The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects individuals 40 and over from discrimination in any decision made during the full cycle of employment – including everything from hiring, termination, pay, job duties and beyond. Fifty years after its enactment, one in four discrimination claims are still related to ageism, according to the EEOC. Follow these tips to help prevent age discrimination in your organization.

WIRTW #504 (the “once bitten, twice shy” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Discrimination. Labor Department tells senators it’s too ‘complex’ to collect sexual harassment data — via Workplace Fairness. Sexual Harassment has a major impact on NYC employers — via Mike Haberman’s Omega HR Solutions. The employer’s side of the story. —

Illinois law regulating use of AI in hiring goes into effect


A new Illinois law places requirements on employers who video record interviews with job applicants and then use an artificial intelligence system to analyze the responses, demeanor, and mannerisms of the prospective employees. The law went into effect January 1, 2020.

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Managing Pay Equity in the Workplace

HR Daily Advisor

Pay equity is getting more attention in the media, and as the public becomes more aware of the pay gap issue, employees are raising questions internally with employers, according to Joseph Beachboard and Lara de Leon of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

WIRTW #437 (the “Elevate HR” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

In this session, you will learn the most important steps you can take right now to train your employees on effective cybersecurity awareness, to place your company in the best position to protect against a costly data breach. Discrimination.

WIRTW #450 (the “Kurt” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Discrimination. How Trump is transforming America’s anti-discrimination watchdog — via Will Evans at Reveal. Porn “sting” operation gets employer “stung” for retaliation — via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider. Feds are signalling a rough four years ahead for transgender rights — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog Admissibility of settlement offers and their impact on the interactive process — via William Goren’s Understanding the ADA.

Book Review – Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Understanding the Workplace (5th ed.) by Paul E. Levy

Workplace Psychology

Levy does an exceptional job explaining and covering the four-fifths rule: “To appreciate the intricacies of employment law as it applies to I/O psychology, you need to understand adverse impact. to discriminate) against a group if the selection rate (i.e.,

New California Laws and HR Trends for 2017 and Beyond

HR Daily Advisor

Each year, California employers are faced with the task of keeping up with a whole new round of labor laws and regulations, most of them courtesy of the state legislature. Employers Have a New Notice to Distribute. per hour for employers with 26 or more employees.

WIRTW #427 (the “treat me like your mother” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

The lot was definitely rocked today for School of Rock Strongsville’s fall show preview. Here’s what I read this week: Discrimination. Medical Marijuana Use: a New Cause of Action for Discrimination? — Why Should Employers Take Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation Seriously? Pish-posh to everything we ever knew about litigating discrimination claims — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. via Minnesota Employer.

WIRTW #439 (the “Texas teardrops” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

If both cases go employers’ way, the DOL will definitely be crying Texas tears over its Thanksgiving turkey. Here’s what else I read this week: Discrimination. via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. Employers: Groping An Employee Is Still Illegal — via FisherBroyles.

WIRTW #392 (the “miles and miles and miles” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Here’s the rest of what I read this week: Discrimination Employers Beware: EEOC’s 2015 Performance And Accountability Report Reaffirms Its Commitment To High Profile, Systemic Litigation — via Workplace Class Action Litigation Tipping as Employment Discrimination? —

SR: DUI, Juggling Job Searches and Offers

Evil HR Lady

Im not a lawyer, though, so you might want to check with an actual attorney (labor and employment law, not your DUI guy) in your state. It was all busy work (mostly data entry and maintaining customer records!) Data entry and maintaining customer records is not "busy work."

Why Aren't You Getting the Job? Because You're a Jerk

Evil HR Lady

I can't believe I forgot about this, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 5,000 PhD holders are employed in the United States as janitors. link] The article is from Gizmodo, but the data is BLS. Evil HR Lady Why am I evil?