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September 18, 2015
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Utility Giant Con Edison to Pay $3.8M in Sexual Harassment Suit

The utility giant Con Edison has settled a lawsuit for $3.8M that will be paid to over 300 female employees. The Daily News reports that the settlement was reached with the New York State Attorney’s office and the US Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) “on behalf of female field workers who say they’ve been subjected to harassment, passed over for promotion or paid less than less qualified male workers”. The Daily News reports that the investigation began back in 2007.

Gender Pay Gap at 21% – The Smallest Yet 

According to the US Census Bureau, women working full-time are earning 79 cents for each dollar earned by their male counterparts. While still pretty wide, this differential represents the narrowest gap to date. CBS MoneyWatch reports that while the pay gap is narrowing, it is not necessarily because women are gaining ground. CBS says the pay rate for women is not increasing, instead men are bringing home less – about 1.5% less than they did in 2004.

  

Want Happy Employees? Feed Them. 

A recent study conducted by grocery-delivery service Peapod showed that companies that provide free food and drinks have overall happier employees than companies who do not provide this perk. USA Today reports that while 56% of all US employees say they are happy in their current job, 67% of those who are offered free food as a workplace perk report feelings of workplace satisfaction and happiness. While the findings of this survey show how impactful free refreshments can be to worker happiness, only 16% of employees surveyed said they are given access to free food and beverage at work.

Employee Handbooks – How Big is Big Enough?

Too many companies focus on the sheer size of their handbook, seeing a large book as sending a message of excessive rules and bureaucracy. Instead, they opt for the short version, which almost always assuredly results in a lack of critical policies and a lack of complete language of those policies within. The less you spell out, the more your management team is left to interpret the administration of each policy. 
 
OperationsInc Named Top Workplace for Third Consecutive Year

Human Resources firm OperationsInc has been named a 2015 Top Workplace by Hearst Media. This is the third time the HR Outsourcing provider has been given this honor in as many years. 
 
The firm is known for offering the majority of its employees flexible work options, and CEO David Lewis is considered a subject matter expert on the topic. Lewis travels the national business conference circuit to educate HR professionals and business leaders on the benefits of remote and flexible work arrangements.  
 

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