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Can employer record ALL sound off employee’s phone?

An employee writing on the Ask a Manager blog cited this frightening WFH issue: His employer installed an app on his company-provided phone that audio recorded everything happening in his home office, whether work-related or not. This is a soul-crushing HR practice, but is it legal?

Audit duties, pay scales to ensure EPA compliance

Ensure Equal Pay Act compliance by routinely reviewing all job descriptions for similarities between positions. Then check similar positions’ salary ranges for consistency and the sex of job incumbents.

Beware bias when recalling RIF’ed workers

When you are ready to welcome back workers who were laid off at the beginning of the pandemic, be careful not to trigger discrimination lawsuits. It could happen if your reduction in force cost the jobs of workers belonging to a protected class.

Snapshot: Union approval hits 10-year high

Americans’ approval of organized labor has increased steadily in the last decade.

Defeat bias lawsuits with well-crafted policies

One of the best ways to beat employee allegations that they were disciplined or fired because of discrimination: Show the court you have comprehensive policies on discipline that you enforce consistently.

EEOC amending lawsuits to add LGBT bias

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bostock v. Clayton County ruling, employers are discovering that pending EEOC lawsuits involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees have suddenly been expanded. Here’s how that played out for one employer that ultimately decided to settle.

Ensure diagnostic apps protect worker privacy

An attempt by New York City to keep municipal employees from spreading the coronavirus has prompted a union local to file an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

Prepare to pay for employee misclassification

If you use independent contractors as part of your workforce, be sure to do it correctly. Erroneously classifying an employee as an independent contractor is likely to trigger an investigation by a state or federal agency.

Federal judge overturns DOL’s joint employer rule

Judge Gregory H. Woods of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said the DOL’s joint employer rule was “arbitrary and capricious” and “inconsistent” with the FLSA.

Presidential campaign: Where Trump, Biden differ on HR issues

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden disagree on most issues affecting America’s workplaces. Here is a breakdown of where they stand.