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July 2015 Archives

Ruling finds Uber drivers "employees"

You hear talk of the "new economy" or the "sharing economy," often touting the benefits and improvements of new jobs, new industries and new ways of doing old jobs. Companies like Uber are part of that new economy, but sometimes it seems that aside from a few technological changes, the only thing really new about them is that they offer a new way to exploit workers.

New York City prohibits credit checks of job seekers

Employment discrimination is somewhat like the electronic game involving a mole, where every time you hit a mole in a hole, another mole pops up in a different hole. One reason the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has been amended so many times over the last 50 years is that as one area of discrimination is reduced, other types of employment discrimination become more apparent.

The cost of "efficiencies" may be very high

For much of the last century, to most workers in New York and in the U.S. as a whole, the perception of employment has implied a full-time job, with 40-hours of work and some level of benefits. In some respects, the American middle-class and the concept of the "American Dream" was created by standardized employment practices of many businesses in the last century.

Be careful what you wish for

That appears to be the message regarding doctors' notes requesting accommodation for pregnant women. A group of doctors and an attorney note in a commentary in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, that premature or imprecise doctors' notes asking for accommodation by an employer can have negative consequences, including unpaid leave and termination.

New York will test employers on hiring discrimination

Employment discrimination can be difficult to show when it occurs during the hiring process. While it may be obvious if no women are ever hired by a certain employer, it is difficult for an individual to have a sense that they were denied a job because the employer discriminated against them due to some protected status.

Pregnancy guidance updated by EEOC in light of Young case

Workplace discrimination is sadly still alive and well in the U.S. and one of the more fertile grounds for discrimination is that resulting from pregnancy. Some apparently still question why women would want to work outside the home and seem to believe that discrimination against pregnant women is not really discrimination.

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