Entries by Littler.com

Enhancing the “Human” in “Human Resources” – How AI Can Unlock Talent and Eliminate Bias

In this podcast, Aaron Crews, Littler’s Chief Data Analytics Officer, discusses potential uses for AI in supporting HR decisionmaking with Athena Karp, the CEO and cofounder of HiredScore. They explore ways that technology – such as explainable algorithms – can serve employers by improving the effectiveness and transparency of processes for companies and other stakeholders, including candidates. They also address how organizations can structure, validate and verify their data and data training to prevent bias from sneaking into AI-driven analysis.  …

#MeToo Training 2.0: California Promotes Bystander Intervention Training

Bruce Sarchet, of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute, and Marissa Dragoo with the Littler Learning Group, take a look at a new type of workplace training – bystander intervention training – that is now encouraged for California employers. This optional training teaches employees how to evaluate and respond to problematic behaviors in the workplace, empowering them to interrupt difficult situations, such as sexual harassment.  …

The Wild West 2019: WPI’s California Legislative Round-Up

Bruce Sarchet and Corinn Jackson with Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute review the key labor and employment measures introduced this year in the California legislature. Lawmakers have filed bills on a wide range of topics, from independent contractor classification to hairstyle discrimination – and beyond! Bruce and Corinn break down the most significant pending bills, identifying practical ramifications for employers and offering insights into the legislative history and process.  …

The Preemption Power Struggle: Red States, Blue Cities Clash Over Workplace Laws

Bruce Sarchet, Corinn Jackson, and Eli Freedberg with Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute explore a recent trend pitting progressive city councils against more conservative state legislatures. They discuss the proliferation of local ordinances regulating workplace issues (such as “fair workweek” requirements) and the resistance from some state lawmakers to these municipal assertions of power. …

Compliance in a New York Minute: Top 10 New Year Resolutions for Employers

Devjani Mishra and Emily Haigh, of Littler’s New York City office, list their top 10 labor and employment compliance new year resolutions for businesses operating in the Empire State in 2019. They review several laws taking effect this year, offer practical guidance on how to juggle new requirements day-to-day, and identify legislative trends and court decisions to watch.
Learn more at one of their upcoming webinars.  …

We Have to Provide California Anti-Harassment Training Again?

Effective January 1, 2019, California SB 1343 greatly expanded Golden State employers’ anti-harassment training requirements. The law not only extends coverage to employers with more than five employees, but it also mandates that employers provide anti-harassment training to all employees – not just supervisors – every two years. But what if an employer provided this training in 2018? Can the next training cycle wait until 2020? No, according to recent guidance from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). …

After the Ball Drops, What’s New in California?

In this podcast, Bruce Sarchet and Corinn Jackson, both with Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute, survey numerous wide-sweeping changes affecting California employers in 2019. They review several legislative highlights, three recent significant decisions issued by the California Supreme Court, and shifts in the composition of that court. …

Littler’s European Executive Employer Survey: What Issues Cause HR Heartburn in Europe?

Stephan Swinkels, a Littler shareholder in New York, moderates this roundtable discussion concerning what HR issues are top of mind for European employers. This esteemed panel – including Carlo Majer (Italy), Guillaume Desmoulin (France), Thomas Griebe (Germany), Hannah Mahon (United Kingdom), Koen De Bisschop (Belgium), and Wouter Engelsman (Netherlands) – parses the results of Littler’s inaugural Executive Employer Survey in Europe, which identified the legal and HR issues currently having the greatest impact on the workplace in that part of the globe. …

The Incredible Shrinking Woman’s Earnings: The Gap is Bigger Than We Thought!

A newly-released study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) states that the gender wage gap is more dismal than we thought. For every dollar earned by a man in a 15-year period, the study says, the average woman only makes 49 cents – and not 80 cents.
Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guest, Littler Shareholder Yvette Gatling, examine the issue, discussing: …

App-roaching the Bench: Providing Legal Services Through Technology

In this day and age, virtually every service provider has adopted some form of technology to assist clients and customers. Why should the delivery of legal services be any different? Scott Rechtschaffen, Chief Knowledge Officer at Littler Mendelson, and Kevin Mulcahy, Vice President of Education and Community Programs at Neota Logic, recently served as adjunct professors at Cornell Law School to teach students how law firms and tech companies are bridging the law-technology gap. …