September 2017 Archives

Research suggests that racism remains a serious hiring issue

Tennessee residents may believe that racism in the workplace is not as prevalent today as it was in years past, but a review of 28 studies into the issue conducted over the last quarter century suggests that black and Latino job applicants in the United States continue to face widespread discrimination. The studies reviewed by researchers from Harvard and Northwestern Universities and the Institute of Social Research in Norway included data on more than 55,000 job seekers who had applied for more than 26,000 positions.

DACA employees cannot be fired immediately

Some Tennessee businesses may find themselves affected by the coming end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. While some concern is understandable, it may be advisable for employers to remain cautious and avoid taking impulsive action against DACA recipients. The Center for American Progress estimates that as many as 700,000 people are currently active in the workforce under DACA permits.

New report highlights issues related to sexual harassment

According to the United States Merit Systems Protection Board, fewer federal employees are reporting incidents of sexual harassment. However, Tennessee residents who work in federal jobs may still experience harassment, and around the country women are far more likely than men to be victims.

Physical therapists at risk of sexual harassment from patients

According to a survey, more than 80 percent of physical therapists said they experienced sexual harassment from their patients. These incidents of sexual harassment in Tennessee and around the country included sexual touches, indecent exposure and even sexual assault. In fact, approximately 50 percent of those who said they experienced sexual harassment said that incidents occurred within the last year.

After-hours emails may count as overtime

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers in Tennessee are required to compensate non-exempt employees for any and all hours of overtime. That includes time spent on calls, texting or emailing after work hours from mobile devices. Tennessee employers may be liable for failure to pay overtime if they have constructive or actual knowledge of the overtime worked.

Sexual harassment common in Silicon Valley according to study

Tennessee residents may be aware that the technology sector has been rocked by a number of workplace discrimination and sexual harassment cases. A list of alleged sexual harassers released by a dozen female venture capital partners and senior executives included some of Silicon Valley's most prominent names, and the company behind the popular ride sharing application Uber has been accused of nurturing a hostile work environment in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former worker.

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