New York News & Analysis

  • A 'Brave New World'—AI can exacerbate unconscious biases in hiring decisions

    Relying on artificial intelligence (AI) to evaluate and screen job applicants seems like an obvious way to minimize intrinsic human biases and discrimination during the hiring process. And of course, the same logic must be true if AI is also used during the retention and promotion process. Not so fast.

  • New NYS law prohibits discrimination in reproductive health decisions

    Effective November 8, 2019, New York Labor Law (NYLL) was amended to add a new NYLL § 203-e that prohibits employers from discriminating or taking retaliatory action against employees for their reproductive healthcare decisions or their family members' decisions. Be aware that this new law may require your company to update its handbook to reflect the new protection.

  • Is #MeToo over already?

    Two years ago, sexual misconduct allegations against (in)famous movie producer Harvey Weinstein were followed in quick succession by similar accusations against other high-profile men alleging acts ranging from lewd texting to forcible rape. Lurid stories of sexual harassment (or worse) in the workplace were broadcast over social media and filled the news. In short order, New York State and New York City implemented mandatory sexual harassment policies and training for all employers, largely due to the strength of the #MeToo movement. A recent case reported in a New York tabloid, however, makes it look like not everyone got the message.

  • Handling office romance in #MeToo era: Know your options

    As Valentine's Day nears, love is in the air—and oftentimes in the workplace. Although workplace romance is common, it can make HR professionals fret about all the what-ifs. What if a relationship is between a supervisor and a direct report? What if rumors of favoritism poison the workplace environment? What if one or both participants is married to someone else? What if a couple's public displays of affection make coworkers uncomfortable? What if a relationship goes sour and the breakup affects morale? And perhaps the most important question to consider: What if a relationship is one-sided and is more accurately described as sexual harassment instead of consensual?

  • Something lacking in your workplace? Boosting employees' soft skills can help

    Anyone involved in recruiting and hiring knows the importance of assessing a candidate's skills. Does the candidate have the right training, experience, and credentials to do the job? But anyone in charge of hiring (or maybe even rehabilitating already-employed workers who aren't quite measuring up) knows that merely evaluating a candidate's hard skills isn't enough. More and more, employers are finding "soft skills" are essential in the workplace.

  • Moving on: adopting a proactive employee mobility strategy

    These days, almost all employersare engaged in something of a multidimensional war. There's as intense a competition being waged for talented employees, skilled workers, and seasoned executives as at any time in our history. At the same time, two issues animate and confuse the competition for talent.

  • Cutting-Edge HR

    Report identifies most important skills for recruiters. LinkedIn's new Future of Recruiting report identifies the number one priority for recruiting organizations during the next five years will be keeping pace with rapidly changing hiring needs. The report finds that talent analytics roles have grown by 111% since 2014. The data also show that the three skills that will become more important over the next five years are the ability to engage passive candidates, the ability to analyze talent data to drive decisions, and the ability to advise business leaders and hiring managers. Among the other findings, the report notes that demand for recruiting professionals is at an all-time high, the career path to becoming a recruiter is evolving, and deeper investments in technology will be required to find quality candidates.

  • Federal Watch

    NLRB releases 2019 case-processing data. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced progress in case processing in three of its divisions for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The Office of Appeals, which reviews appeals by employers, unions, and individuals who believe their unfair labor practice allegations have been wrongly dismissed by an NLRB regional office, reduced its backlog of cases from 294 in FY 2018 to 98 in FY 2019. The Division of Advice, which provides guidance to the regional offices on difficult and novel issues arising in the processing of unfair labor practice charges, reduced the average age of closed cases for FY 2019 to 38.6 days, a 9.8% reduction from FY 2018. The Board's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Branch processes all FOIA requests made to the agency. In FY 2019, the branch reported that it responded within 20 working days to 67.5% of FOIA requests and 90% of FOIA appeals.

  • HR Technology

    AI ready to make impact on HR? As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to make an impact on business, HR may be poised to feel the impact soon. In December 2018, tech marketplace firm G2 looked ahead to HR trends set to emerge in 2019 and beyond. One prediction: AI-driven HR technology innovations will see a significant increase. The G2 research found companies increasingly leveraging AI technology to help identify data opportunities, improve internal workflows, and increase productivity. AI-embedded HR technologies also were predicted to improve the employee experience, which begins with the candidate experience. AI also was predicted to enhance the employee lifecycle from recruiting through offboarding since the technology can help businesses treat their candidates and employees like loyal customers.

  • Winter is coming: FLSA and your pay obligations during inclement weather

    During the winter months, the threat of the weather turning frightful is on everyone's mind. No matter what business you may be in, inclement weather and treacherous road conditions can cause many headaches—including issues with employee payroll. Many employers grapple with the question of how to pay employees when the business is closed because of bad weather and whether deductions from pay for closures are allowed. Let's explore what the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires of employers when Mother Nature wreaks havoc.