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Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Quick Hits - May 15, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Best job in HR is recruiting: According to Glassdoor's list of the jobs with the highest levels of satisfaction, recruiting managers are number one.   Although recruiters may be shouldering a greater workload than ever trying to find talented candidates in a tight labor market, they’re very satisfied with their jobs, nonetheless. Recruiting Manager is ranked number one on the list, with a job satisfaction score of 4.6 and a median base salary of $70,000. That’s followed by Dental Hygienist at No. 2, with a job satisfaction score of 4.5 and a median base salary of $67,250. Job satisfaction doesn’t necessarily correlate with a high salary, the research finds. Only two jobs in the top 10 listed base median salaries with six figures, while number five on the list, marketing assistant, has a median base salary of $34,000. Glassdoor compiled the list based on data from U.S.-based employees. For a job title to be considered for this year’s list, it must have received at least 100 salary reports and at least 100 satisfaction ratings. The report does not include C-suite and intern-level jobs.  Source:  Human Resource Executive 3/13/19

EEOC has a quorum—about time:  The U.S. Senate confirmed Janet Dhillon — a veteran in-house attorney and Skadden alum — as chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last Wednesday, giving the agency the quorum it needs as employers clamor for clarity on its recently reinstated pay data survey. Dhillon joins Republican Victoria Lipnic and Democrat Charlotte Burrows, both Obama appointees. With three members, the commission can now move ahead with the Obama administration’s expanded EEO-1 pay data collection, which has had “everybody very confused” since its court-ordered reinstatement last month, EEOC-focused attorney Juanita Beecher told Law360. Dhillon was internal counsel at JC Penney and US Airways before she joined the New Jersey-based Burlington in 2015, according to her profile. She spent 13 years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP before leaving in 2004.  Source:  Law360 5/8/19

Just because disabled, employee not covered under ADA:  A Honeywell machine operator who testified she was "totally disabled," in accordance with statements on her application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), failed to show she was a qualified individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded (Pena v. Honeywell International, Inc., No. 18-1164 (1st Cir. April 26, 2019)).While the standards for "disability" are different under Social Security rules and the ADA, said the 1st Circuit, the burden is on the plaintiff to reconcile the two different positions, which the plaintiff in Pena failed to do. Rather than establishing that she was qualified to perform her job, with or without a reasonable accommodation, she repeatedly stated she was totally disabled as of a given date. Accordingly, the court affirmed a district court's summary judgment ruling in favor of Honeywell.  Source:  HR Dive 5/8/19

Technology will work if employees buy-in:  More companies are moving to automate repetitive office tasks—using virtual assistants, chatbots, collaboration software and other tools—but the efforts can run into an old enterprise-technology problem: getting workers to use them.  Digital workplaces, as the strategy is known, aren’t new. But the rapid spread of cloud computing, data analytics, robotic process automation, and artificial intelligence is enabling companies to let software tackle a growing share of labor-intensive workplace chores.  These can include things like double-checking payroll figures, fielding customer and client emails, filling out regulatory paperwork, reviewing job applications, transcribing and sharing notes from sales meetings, or simply reserving a table for a business lunch. But for digital-workplace deployments to succeed, employees need to embrace these tools as part of their jobs: “Worker buy-in is incredibly important,” said Omar Tawakol, chief executive and founder of Voicea.  Mr. Tawakol said even the best tools won’t provide value for a company “if users do not activate or leverage them.” Gartner estimates that more than 60% of large and midsize businesses are using digital-workplace strategies. Only about a quarter of these efforts will be successful in changing the way the employees do their jobs, the firm says.  Source:  Wall Street Journal 5/8/19

My summer flexibility preference:  Employees' most desired summer perks are flexible schedules (52%) and early departures on Fridays (27%), according to a survey from Accountemps, a Robert Half company. Only about 10% of workers said they'd prefer a more relaxed dress code or activities like picnics or potlucks. Accountemps surveyed 2,800 office workers and 2,800 senior managers at U.S. employers of 20 or more workers.  About half of senior managers surveyed said they offer flexible schedules, more relaxed dress code and company picnics or potlucks as summer perks, while about one-third said workers are allowed to leave early on Fridays during the summer. 14% of respondents said they do not offer any of these perks. Organizations in Denver and Philadelphia most often offer flexible summer scheduling, according to survey results, and workers in Atlanta and Tampa, Florida, most wanted "Summer Fridays," as a summer perk. Employers in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Denver are most likely to allow early departures on Friday, while Cleveland, Detroit, and Sacramento, California, are least likely to offer this work perk, the results showed.  Source:  HR Dive 5/10/19

Hmmm, I guess that this training didn’t go over well:  Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. interrupted a mandatory City Council sensitivity session by loudly vowing never to report sexual harassment, lest he be a “rat,” several lawmakers in attendance told the Daily News.  “I’m not gonna rat my people out! This place is full of rats!” Diaz screamed during the presentation. Diaz was responding to a hypothetical scenario outlined by the attorney who was conducting the harassment training. The pols were asked what they should do if they overheard a chief of staff making sexually inappropriate comments in an elevator at the Council’s Broadway offices and saw a “visibly upset” female staffer reacting to the lewd remarks. “He just started screaming and shouting out: ‘So we’re supposed to be rats? That’s a rat!’” one Council member recalled, pointing out the lawmakers are supposed to call the body’s Equal Employment Opportunity officer if such an incident occurs.  We’ll see when the next election comes around if Diaz is re-elected.  Source:  Fox Rothschild  5/9/19

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