Recent Blog Posts
- Companies Using Video Interviewing Beware: New Obligations for Positions Based in Illinois Increasingly companies are using third-party digital hiring platforms to recruit and select job applicants. These products, explicitly or implicitly, promise to reduce or eliminate the bias of hiring managers in making selection decisions. Instead, the platforms grade applicants based on a variety of purportedly objective factors. For example, a platform may scan thousands of resumes and select applicants based on education level, work experience, or interests, or rank applicants based on their performance on an aptitude test – whatever data... More
- SDNY Comments on Repeated Website Accessibility Lawsuits Our colleagues Joshua A. Stein and Shira M. Blank at Epstein Becker Green have recently published a post on the Retail Labor and Employment Law Blog that will be of interest to our readers in the technology industry: “As Summer Approaches, the SDNY Once Again Provides Hope for Businesses Exhausted by Repeated Website Accessibility Lawsuits“
Following is an excerpt:
In Diaz, the plaintiff, who asserted she is visually impaired, alleged that the defendant – a supermarket chain based in Ohio – failed to make its website accessible to individuals... More
- Private Equity Firm Uses AI Instead of Employees to Source Deals A recent WSJ article about a private equity firm using AI to source investment opportunities by Laura Cooper presages a larger challenge facing employees and employers: AI tools do “the work of ‘several dozen humans’” “with greater accuracy and at lower cost.” In the competitive and employee-dense financial services sector, AI tools can provide a competitive advantage.
Ms. Cooper cites San Francisco based Pilot Growth Equity Partners, one of many of a growing number of equity investment firms to utilize AI.... More
- Employee Benefits Crash Course Webinar Series: Hot New Benefits Our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice now offers on-demand “crash courses” on diverse topics. You can access these courses on your own schedule. Keep up to date with the latest trends in benefits and compensation, or obtain an overview of an important topic addressing your programs.
In each compact, 15-minute installment, a member of our team will guide you through a topic. This on-demand series should be of interest to all employers that sponsor benefits and compensation programs.
In our newest installment, Cassandra Labbees, an Associate in the Employee... More
- Recent Indictment of Anthem Hackers Serves as a Reminder of the Importance of Rigorous Workforce Cybersecurity Training, Incident Response Plans and Formalized Security Programs On May 9, 2019, the United States Department of Justice announced the indictment of two Chinese Nationals as members of a sophisticated hacking group responsible for the hack of Anthem, Inc. and other unnamed U.S. based large technology, communications and basic materials companies. The hack resulted in the breach of personally identifiable information of over 78 million individuals held by Anthem and the theft of confidential business information from the victimized organizations. The indictment provides a roadmap to advanced hacking... More
- WA Governor Signs Salary History Ban – Effective 7/28/19 As we wrote last month, the state of Washington passed legislation barring most inquiries into salary history by employers, as well as requiring employers to divulge salary bands for posted jobs. On May 9, 2019, the governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, signed the bill, confirming the law statewide. The law will take effect on July 28, 2019, and prior to that date, Washington employers should plan to amend any employment applications and hiring practices to conform to the new law.... More
- Pre-Employment Drug Testing to be Banned Under New NYC Bill Our colleagues Nathaniel M. Glasser, Lauri F. Rasnick, Michael F. McGahan, Steven M. Swirsky, Amanda M. Gómez, and Anastasia A. Regne at Epstein Becker Green have recently published a post on the Health Employment and Labor Blog that will be of interest to our readers in the technology industry: “NYC Bill Banning Pre-Employment Marijuana Drug Testing Becomes Law.”
Following is an excerpt:
As we previously reported, on April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed Int. 1445-A, which prohibits employers from pre-employment drug testing for marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols (“THC,” the... More
- Summer Networking Events: Workplace Harassment Can Happen Outside the Workplace With warmer weather quickly approaching, many employers are beginning to schedule happy hours, parties, softball games, and other off-site events that employees (and interns) look forward to attending. However, at offsite work events, employees might forget—or might not realize in the first place—that they are still in a workplace setting. This could result in unwelcome behavior, such as sexual harassment, which could leave an employer open to liability.
Under federal law, as well as the law of many states, cities, and... More
- New Jersey Issues Updated Family Leave Act and Family Leave Insurance Act Posters On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A 3975 (“the Law”), which significantly expanded the state’s the Family Leave Act (“NJFLA”), Family Leave Insurance Act (“NJFLI”), and Security and Financial Empowerment Act (“SAFE Act”). We prepared an Act Now Advisory, summarizing the extensive changes made by the Law, including, among other things, the expanding and making uniform the definition of “family member” for all three laws, and, effective June 1, 2019, extending the NJFLA to employers that... More
- Washington State’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Law to Replace State’s Unpaid Family Leave Law; Premium Collections Begin Washington State has begun implementing its new Paid Family & Medical Leave program (“PFML”). Other states, such as New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island already have paid family and medical leave programs in place, and now Washington, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. are set to join them over the next few years. Although the benefits portion of Washington’s program does not kick in until 2020, employers’ reporting and remitting of premiums for Quarters 1 and 2 are due between July... More