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Few Companies Effectively Track Digital Employee Experience

January 29, 2021

A survey by Nexthink, which provides software to help manage digital experiences, demonstrates that IT organizations have not deployed effective tools for tracking the digital experience of remote workers. The survey found that, although 96% of technology executives state that measuring and managing the digital employee experience is an essential priority, a third of technology…

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Automated Systems at Human Cloud Firms May Deny Personal Information Access to Gig Workers

January 29, 2021

The Internet Health Report 2020 Report issued by the Mozilla Foundation expresses concerns regarding human cloud platforms that deny gig workers access to their personal data and to determinants in independent contractor classification. The report states, “workers, for the most part, have no way of knowing exactly how platforms determine prices, nor can they opt…

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EEOC Asked to Determine Effects of Artificial Intelligence on Hiring Discrimination

January 29, 2021

Ten U.S. senators have asked the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to investigate employers’ use of artificial intelligence (AI), machine-learning, and other hiring technologies that may result in discrimination. In a joint letter, they have asked the EEOC to proactively analyze AI-based candidate evaluation tools to determine if the use of AI introduces discriminatory…

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Proposed OSHA Site-Specific Inspection Directive Targets Workplaces with Highest Injury and Illness Rates

January 29, 2021

In December, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an update to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive inspection program. If approved pending the Biden Administration review, the changes will include: A new targeting category that uses a three-year data collection range to target sites with consistent injury and illness rate increases during…

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DOL Independent Contractor Final Rule on Hold

January 29, 2021

The White House issued a memorandum halting all non-emergency rulemaking and regulatory activity pending review by the new administration. This applies to the new Independent Contractor Final Rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in early January. The rule was set to take effect on March 8. The National Law Review has stated that it…

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The 2021 Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pay Rates

January 29, 2021

As uncertainty continues regarding the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business growth, business leaders struggle to set 2021 pay levels. At the start of the pandemic, one-fourth of companies reduced pay (most of them temporarily) according to research by Mercer. Sixty-eight percent offered merit pay increases and 79% paid out bonuses as planned,…

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Research Ties Significant Savings to Remote Work

January 29, 2021

US employers could save $11,000 per remote worker per year if employees worked remotely an average of 2.5 days a week, according to a study conducted by Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based provider of research on agile work. This equates to a collective $500 billion per year if the 48 million full-time employees in…

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Department of Labor issues opinion letters on COVID-related and other work challenges

December 8, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”), which addresses the issue of compensable time under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), has issued opinion letters in an attempt to clarify the application of regulations in a COVID environment: Compensation of travel time for non-exempt employees – While the focus of FLSA…

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2020 Year-End Survey: Companies Adjust Staffing Plans

December 8, 2020

The continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is causing companies to modify their workforce plans, according to Challenger, Gray, & Christmas Inc. Return to the office – Twenty-one percent of companies said they plan to bring all workers back to the office in early 2021, 9% said mid-2021, 8% said as soon as there is…

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Competency Development is Top Priority for 2021

December 8, 2020

A survey conducted by Gartner Inc. of more than 750 HR leaders found that 68% said building critical skills and competencies for their organizations was their top priority.  Other top priorities included organizational design and change management, cited by 46%; current and future leadership bench, 44%; the future of work, 32%; and employee experience, 28%. …

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