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  • Federal Judge Dismisses 17 State Challenge To Abortion Accommodations

    Republican attorneys general from 17 states, led by Arkansas and Tennessee, sued the EEOC over its rules implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The Act requires qualifying employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant or postpartum employees. The EEOC stated the abortion regulations align with “decades of legal precedent establishing that pregnancy anti-discrimination laws include abortion” (AP). However, the 17 states disagree with that portion of the new rules and are challenging time-off accommodations for workers to have an abortion and recover from that procedure.

  • Studies Demonstrate Hybrid Work Good For Productivity and Retention

    Stanford University researchers released the results of a recent study on hybrid work. They announced, "The results are clear: Hybrid work is a win-win-win for employee productivity, performance, and retention." Nicholas Bloom, the Stanford author, published the data in nature from a "six-month randomized control trial investigating the effects of hybrid working from home on 1,612 employees in a Chinese technology company.

  • Federal Court Blocks Title IX Rule Directed At Gender Identity Discrimination

    A Trump-appointed Louisiana judge issued a preliminary injunction that stops the U.S. Dept. of Education from enforcing its newest Title IX rule. The expanded rule bars schools and colleges that receive federal funding from discriminating against students based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

  • Apple Sued for Gender Discrimination

    Last week, two current Apple employees filed a class action complaint on behalf of approximately 12,000 female employees in the engineering, marketing, and AppleCare divisions. The suit alleges that Apple’s pay policies violated California’s Equal Pay Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act by systematically paying women lower wages than male employees who perform substantially similar work. The plaintiffs are seeking back pay, interest, and damages.

  • Waze Co-founder Gives Employees 30 Days to Prove Right for the Job

    Waze's co-founder Uri Levine believes new hires should get 30 days to prove they are right for the job. If they cannot be successful within that period, Levine says employers should fire them. Levine made these comments in a recent episode of "Lenny's Podcast." According to Indeed, companies generally invest $4,000 to $20,000 when hiring a new employee. Levine said he spoke to the heads of failed startups. From those conversations, he learned about half of the CEOs from those failed startups believed not having the right team was the source of their failure. Levine said most of these founders knew they had the wrong employees within a month after starting. He asserts these CEOs did not make the right decision and fire those employees immediately.

  • AARP Sues Raytheon for Age Discrimination

    The AARP Foundation filed suit against Raytheon, a large U.S. defense contractor, alleging the company did not hire Mark Goldstein because of his age. Goldstein applied for many Raytheon positions beginning in 2019 and never received one interview. He has about 40 years of experience in project management, cybersecurity, tech, and other related areas. Goldstein stated he met all the job criteria for the positions, except he is not a recent college graduate and has more than two years of work experience.

  • CEOs Making Roughly 200 Times Their Workers’ Earnings

    The income gap between CEOs and employees continues to grow. According to The Associated Press and Equilar, S&P 500 companies paid the median CEO 196 times the median employee earnings in 2023. The ratio was 185 times in 2022. The average CEO pay rose to $16.3 million in 2023, a 12.6% increase, with the few women in those ranks receiving higher bumps on average. For context, the average CEO pay rose just 0.9% for 2022. CEO pay, tied to stock performance, is increasing much faster than for employees.

  • Harvard Shifts Away From Diversity Statements In Job Applications

    Harvard's largest undergraduate division announced it would no longer require a diversity statement for hiring. Instead, finalists for teaching positions must describe their "efforts to strengthen academic communities" and how they foster learning environments where students feel encouraged to ask questions and share ideas.

  • AI Employees Publicly Warn of Risks and Lack of Whistleblower Protection

    Thirteen current and former employees from OpenAI and Google DeepMind posted a public letter called "A Right to Warn About Advanced Artificial Intelligence." The writers note the enormous potential benefits of developing artificial intelligence while warning about the lack of proper safeguards and the potential for danger.