Entries by Littler.com

Collaborative Robots: Progress, Potential and Overcoming Challenges for Adoption

In this podcast, Natalie Pierce, the Co-Chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI, and Automation Practice Group and Guillaume Desmoulin of Littler’s Paris office (Fromont Briens) discuss collaborative robots – or cobots. They explain cobots’ increasing integration into the workforce in both the United States and Europe and identify growth opportunities in several industries. Natalie and Guillaume also explore how businesses can utilize robots in their various forms to increase productivity and safety, while avoiding potential risks.  …

Social Security Mismatch Letters: Action Items for Employers

An employer receives a notification from the Social Security Administration that an employee’s name does not match his or her Social Security number in the employer’s records. What to do? In this podcast, Jorge Lopez, chair of Littler’s Global Mobility and Immigration Practice Group, and Hector Galeano, senior attorney in the practice group, discuss the latest round of SSA mismatch letters and what steps employers can take after receiving such a notice. …

Automation of Jobs and Managing Employee Morale

Natalie Pierce, the co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group, and Jeff Burnstein, the President of the Association of Advancing Automation, discuss automation and robotics in the workplace, and their effects on morale. As Natalie and Jeff review how growing businesses institute new technologies, they address how employers can preserve employee morale by proactively explaining the benefits of automation initiatives, such as reduced injuries and better job satisfaction. …

Immigration Enforcement and I-9 Audits Skyrocket, Affecting the Construction Industry

In this podcast, Russ McEwan, a Littler shareholder in the Newark office, and Sean McCrory, an associate in the Dallas office, discuss immigration enforcement trends affecting the construction industry – particularly I-9 audits. Sean details the process that employers face when presented with an immigration enforcement subpoena, as well as steps they can take now to prepare for site visits and investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Russ and Sean review common pitfalls and offer practical tips for employers to help avoid or mitigate potential exposure.  …

The Latest Developments in Federal Labor Policy

Over the past several weeks, there has been very significant activity with regard to rulemakings and court decisions concerning the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
In this podcast, WPI will discuss what to expect next on: …

What’s in a Name? Stamping Out Bias in Employment Screening Processes

Implicit bias in the workplace can start as early as the application process. A key study conducted by National Bureau of Economic Research found that significantly fewer employers responded to resumes listing stereotypically “black-sounding” names than resumes including similar qualifications but listing “white-sounding names.” Job advertisements might include words or phrases that – by accident or design – tend to draw applicants of a certain race or gender. How can employers recognize these unconscious biases in hiring and take steps to address them? …

Safety First! A Review of Pending California OSHA Bills and Regulations

Alka Ramchandani-Raj and Corinn Jackson with Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute dive into the numerous regulations and bills pending in California concerning workplace safety and health. Alka offers both background of existing law and analysis of the safety measures, including proposals about lead poisoning prevention, Valley Fever training requirements, and an indoor heat illness prevention program.  …

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.  …