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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Should Businesses Offer Benefits to Gig Workers?

Worker misclassification is one of the biggest issues facing businesses in the gig space and elsewhere. As the demand for gig workers increases, businesses are thinking of creative ways to hire and retain great talent. Independent contractors are increasingly becoming savvier, too, and are using their collective power to push employers for benefits traditionally reserved for W2 employees. So, what is a business to do? Well, one company is offering traditional benefits to untraditional gig workers.

Record High Awards and Supreme Court Decision Further Incent Potential Whistleblowers to Report Conduct to the SEC

On March 19, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its highest ever Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”) bounty awards to three whistleblowers. These SEC awards represent a new milestone in the SEC’s ongoing efforts to incentivize would-be whistleblowers to report unlawful conduct directly to the Commission. Two whistleblowers will divide a nearly $50 million award and a third whistleblower received $33 million; both awards shattered the previous high award of $30 million and continue the SEC’s trend of issued rising awards.

#SHRM18 Chicago: Never Forget Why People Matter

“Too often we’re hearing I went to HR and nothing happened,” says Equifax HR Chief Coretha Rushing at the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference in Chicago. As a prime example, Rushing pointed to a large group of women at Nike turning to the media to share their story rather than human resources. The Nike women felt that HR was turning a blind eye to bad behavior by high-level male executives.

The Future Is Now: Workforce Opportunities And The Coming TIDE

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will generate unprecedented opportunities and challenges for employers and workers. The accelerating pace of automation will likely lead to productivity increases on a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution, while displacing tens of millions of American workers from their current occupations. Too often, news reports dramatically focus on AI and robots as job killers. Unfortunately, the debate over whether jobs eliminated will outnumber jobs created ignores two related and no less important questions:

Local Ordinances Not Sold On Gig Workers In Retail

Is there nowhere that the gig economy can’t go? As gig workers expand into increasingly unlikely industries—including restaurants, hospitality, beauty, healthcare, and even science—it comes as no surprise that retail wants in on the action. Would-be retail workers are gaining access to open shifts in storefronts through companies like Snag Work, which offers an on-demand platform that connects workers with open shifts for sales, stocker, cashier, customer service positions, and other roles. Although Snag Work is only in a few cities on the east coast so far, companies like it are already cropping up across the country.

Dozens of New Employment Laws Across the US Come Into Effect July 1

The federal government may be scaling back on new employment laws, and reducing the scope of existing laws, but many states and municipalities have forged aggressively ahead with a complex patchwork of new employment laws. Many of these laws come into effect on July 1, 2018.

SHRM CEO Says HR in "4th Industrial Revolution"

There has never been a better moment to be in the business of people, said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in his opening remarks at the organization's national conference in Chicago. The annual conference drew over 17,000 HR professionals, including over 1400 global attendees. Taylor noted that the world is entering "what's been called the "Fourth Industrial Revolution," not of machines but of combining human intelligence with artificial intelligence (AI).

Most Independent Contractors Happy With Their Arrangement, but Temps Are Not, Survey Finds

About eight in 10 independent contractors prefer their work arrangement over a more traditional job arrangement. By contrast, only about four in 10 temporary help agency workers and on-call workers prefer their work arrangement, according to a new survey from the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Survey Finds Healthcare Workers Understand Security Measures But Still Share Sensitive Information Through Non-Secure Email

According to reports on a recent survey, the vast majority of healthcare workers share sensitive medical information using non-secure email. The survey, conducted by Kickstand Communications, reportedly found that 87% of healthcare workers surveyed admitted to this practice. These results echo other reports finding that employees and others with access to an organization’s confidential information may pose the greatest risk to data security.

July Is the New January: From Salary History to Data Security Breaches, New State and Local Laws Are Set to Take Effect Soon

Every year state laws and local ordinances take effect after the first of the year, and 2018 is no exception. As always, Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI) has been tracking these developments. This article discusses key labor and employment laws and ordinances that will take effect during the latter half of 2018. Laws addressing salary history inquiries and reinstatement for service members called to duty are among the most prevalent categories of legislation taking effect in the coming weeks. That said, legislatures across the country have enacted laws on a multitude of employment-related topics, ranging from data security breaches to paid sick leave. With these new laws going into effect before the end of the year, employers will need to pay special attention and make any necessary changes in their procedures and policies.