​Uncovering unconscious biases and gathering data to prove the need for action are key to making changes in the workplace, members of the new SHRM Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity said yesterday during a webcast on their work.

​Keywords determine how often your resume is found in recruiters’ searches, writes career columnist Martin Yate. The more keywords that are directly relevant to a specific job, the higher the resume will rank in resume database searches and the more likely it will be found and read.

Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute’s (WPI) annual Labor Day report examines the state of the American workforce. Prior WPI Labor Day reports focused on key employment developments and trends to provide employers with insight on the state of work and what to expect in the coming year. Employers need no reminder that 2020 is unlike any year they have ever experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed employment with employers and employees alike facing unprecedented challenges. Even when the coronavirus is finally behind us, many of these challenges will remain.


As businesses begin to reopen in the U.K. and employees return to work, companies are left to navigate complicated situations.

U.S. employers have not rushed to offer their workers a suspension of Social Security payroll taxes through the end of the year. Some are waiting for additional guidance that may clear up lingering confusion or protect employers from the obligation to pay deferred taxes of employees who leave the job.

Can an employer fire a furloughed worker who is job-hunting? And can employers not roll over unused paid time off? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP answers HR questions every week for USA Today.

The long-fought bag-check battle against Apple is coming to an end, and the employee class just won a major victory in California when a federal court of appeals ruled that the company must pay its workers for the time spent during mandatory anti-theft searches at the end of their shifts. Following the California Supreme Court’s decision in February that concluded, among other things, that an element of employee choice whether to engage in an activity does not by itself make the time non-compensable, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s 2014 rulings in favor of Apple and directed the trial court to enter judgment in favor of the employee class. After the September 2 decision, the only question that remains open for most California employers is whether there might exist some type of de minimis doctrine under California law that would permit employers to avoid paying workers for short and occasional tasks, albeit one that is more limited than the federal canon.

Although Congress has yet to pass legislation protecting employers from coronavirus-related liability, some states have enacted or proposed their own laws. Employers should carefully review the applicable laws, as some states require employers to follow specific steps for the shield to apply.

As the pandemic continues and many employees are still working from home, California businesses and HR departments must craft appropriate policies and procedures for expense reimbursements and workplace safety.

In this second of a three-part series, Littler Los Angeles Shareholder and trial attorney Helene Wasserman interviews Dr. Dan Gallipeau, co-founder and President of Dispute Dynamics, a nationally-recognized jury consulting firm, about how the lens through which jurors are evaluating evidence has changed in this COVID era, and what trial attorneys should consider when developing trial themes, during, and after, COVID.