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What Every Employer Should Learn from the “Varsity Blues” College Fraud Admissions Scandal

The arrests and indictment of the alleged conspirators in the “Varsity Blues” scandal hits close to home as we are graduates of some of the venerated institutions and have teenage children who dream of attending prestigious universities whose reputations have been tarnished by association. A key lesson for all employers: plan ahead for the unexpected.

NIST Publishes Guide to Secure an Organization’s Mobile Devices

Just last month, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), published guidance for public and private companies to protect mobile devices and help prevent data breaches.

Student Loan Repayment Legislation Proposed

With tens of thousands of workers entering the labor market with student loan debt, Congress has introduced legislation to increase the ability of employers to provide student loan repayment benefits to their employees. The federal government estimates that there are 44 million Americans with a total student debt load of more than $1.5 trillion.

March Madness 2019: Why Employers Should Embrace It...To a Point

I’m always amused when employment lawyers trip over themselves each year at this time to blog about the risks of gambling and lost productivity with the always-popular NCAA basketball tournament. It’s akin to the famed quote from Casablanca when Captain Renault says in Rick’s Cafe, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

Enhancing the “Human” in “Human Resources” – How AI Can Unlock Talent and Eliminate Bias

In this podcast, Aaron Crews, Littler’s Chief Data Analytics Officer, discusses potential uses for AI in supporting HR decisionmaking with Athena Karp, the CEO and cofounder of HiredScore. They explore ways that technology – such as explainable algorithms – can serve employers by improving the effectiveness and transparency of processes for companies and other stakeholders, including candidates. They also address how organizations can structure, validate and verify their data and data training to prevent bias from sneaking into AI-driven analysis.

Was Colin Kaepernick Blackballed by the NFL?

Colin Kaepernick, a famous athlete, just settled one of the most high-profile legal actions in the sports world. Kaepernick, a star National Football League (“NFL”) quarterback, at one point took his team – the storied San Francisco 49ers franchise – to the Super Bowl (losing in a heartbreaker to the Baltimore Ravens). He has the second lowest interception percentage in NFL history, fourth best touchdown-to-interception ratio, and best ever rushing yards by a quarterback in a game and in a single postseason. But it has been years since he has been signed to an NFL contract, causing him to file a grievance against the NFL and its constituent teams alleging they blackballed him. So, what was this all about?

Recent SCOTUS Case Swift-ly Comes Home To Roost For Transportation Company

The $100 million settlement announced Monday by a transportation company to resolve a long-running misclassification claim might be the direct result of a January Supreme Court decision, and might be a troubling harbinger of things to come for many gig economy businesses. Swift Transportation paid the massive sum to a group of drivers who claimed they were improperly classified as “owner-operator” contractors when they should have been treated as employees, but only agreed to the deal after it became clear that recent legal precedent from the SCOTUS meant that they could not resolve the dispute in arbitration. What does this settlement signal for gig economy businesses in general?

Transformational Artificial Intelligence: Prioritizing AI in Healthcare While Maintaining Legal Compliance

In February 2019, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence,” also known as the American AI Initiative, that aims to increase the use of artificial intelligence (AI) nationwide.

Caring for Our Caregivers: House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Healthcare Workplace Violence Bill

On February 27, 2019, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on House Resolution 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, introduced by Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT). Courtney introduced a prior version of the bill in November 2018, House Resolution 7141, but it did not move forward. Nevertheless, this hearing indicates that the current bill might not suffer the same fate.

February Jobs Report: Job Growth Slows Down but Wages Pick Up

The US unemployment rate fell by 0.2% to 3.8% in February despite anemic new job growth, according to the Department of Labor's February employment situation report, released last week. Nonfarm jobs grew by only 20,000, a sharp decrease from the past several months, and well below the 170,000-180,000 jobs most economists had forecast. But average hourly wages jumped 3.4% over the previous year.
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