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EPTW! April 23, 2014

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4/23/2014

Can a computer algorithm be a better predictor of a successful hire than a manager’s decision based on work history and a job interview? That’s what many companies and various software vendors are betting on. They are using complicated algorithms to sift through thousands of resumes to filter and recommend the most qualified candidates. They hope that they can cut the amount of time involved in traditional recruiting and make better-matched hires that avoid costly turnover.

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4/23/2014

The following are cases that were decided, or in process of being decided, before a court or agency (federal or state) that either affirmed an employee discipline or termination, or reversed it. In some cases, HR may be the cause of the lawsuit.

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4/23/2014

UAW decides to stop fighting its loss in the VW union election in Tennessee: However, that cannot stop VW from voluntarily recognizing the UAW. A lot of observers think that is a possibility because VW would like to be able to establish a Works Council, as it has in all of its other plants globally, and, per U.S. labor law, it will need to have a union in order to do that.

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4/23/2014

Private companies that do business with public companies now need to enhance their business ethics policies. Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month, employees of those private companies are covered by the whistle-blower’s protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, commonly known as SOX.

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4/23/2014

In 2008, Zappos, an online footwear and clothing retailer, made headlines for asking its newly hired employees to quit, and offering money to tempt them to do it. Talk about a warm-welcome onboarding experience! Today Amazon, the online retailer that owns Zappos, is also asking its warehouse workers to quit. But not just their new workers; all of them, regardless of their performance level. Every year. And dangling up to $5,000 in front of them to encourage them do it.

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4/23/2014

As we approach summer, many teens will be looking for part-time jobs for the summer and possibly into the school year.  Unfortunately for some, they will be subject to harassment, sexual and otherwise.  In a survey of 518 workers age 13 to 18, nearly one-third of both the boys and the girls reported varying degrees of harassment, said Susan Fineran, a University of Maine professor.  It is an alarming trend.

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4/16/2014

According to recent data from the Pew Research Center, the proportion of mothers who opt to stay at home with children under 18 has been rising steadily in recent years. The percentage of all mothers who stay at home and do not work outside the house rose to 29% in 2012. This number is up from 23% in 1999, when the population of stay-at-home mothers in the modern era bottomed out. The uptick has reversed a trend from the late 1960’s to the late 1990’s that saw stay-at-home moms steadily decrease from 47% in 1970. However while the overall demographic of stay-at-home moms has been going up steadily, the moms who are responsible for that growth may not be the ones most of us presume them to be.

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4/16/2014

A disturbing trend is being reported in The Wall Street Journal: HR departments are stifling innovation in companies.  As a result, employers are dropping HR totally and making it a manager responsibility.  LRN Corp., a 250-employee business, reorganized and dropped most job titles and department names. It also did away with its HR department.

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