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February 5, 2016

Top Thought Leaders from Recruiting Field Coming to Stamford

Nineteen leading industry experts in the Recruitment and Talent Acquisition field are coming together at the Second Annual Fairchester Recruiting Summit & Awards, being held at UCONN Stamford on April 7th. The highly informative educational event will feature speakers from leading area businesses like Pitney Bowes, Starwood, Bigelow Tea, Gartner, Vineyard Vines, and Tauck Tours, and will also include an opening keynote presented by Namely CEO Matt Straz. The half day educational summit will conclude with a networking and cocktail event announcing this year’s winners for excellence in the field of recruiting. Registration for this event is now open, and nominations are currently being accepted.
 

Former Yahoo Employee Sues Over Performance Review Ranking System

A former editor at Yahoo filed a lawsuit this week accusing his former employer of manipulating a rating system to fire hundreds of employees without cause. The New York Times reports that Yahoo has utilized this quarterly performance review ranking system since 2012, which Yahoo says has resulted in the termination of hundreds of poor performers. The lawsuit claims that these terminations were illegal under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, requiring advance notice of layoffs of 500 or more employees, as well as California state law, requiring notice of layoffs of more than 50 employees. 
 

EEOC Proposed Rule Will Require Companies to Reveal Pay Data

 

The Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced last week a proposed rule “that would obligate businesses with 100 or more employees to annually turn over pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity”. Bloomberg BNA reports that this is the EEOC’s latest campaign to fight wage discrimination. While the proposal would not require businesses to reveal specific compensation information for individual employees, employers would need to report “pay bands across job categories”.

Friday’s Jobs Report Says 150,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Falls to Under 5%

While the jobs report released today by the Department of Labor shows that only 151,000 jobs were added in January, many analysts say this report is positive. The New York Times reports that unemployment is at its lowest rate since February 2008, clocking in at just 4.9 percent, which is expected to continue to drive wage growth despite concerns over the overall financial markets.

Are You Driving Your Good Employees to Quit?

Inc. recently outlined 9 ways managers and employers contribute to the resignations of good employees. These include overworking teams, not recognizing hard work and employee contributions, as well as failing to develop people’s skills and to challenge their employees intellectually. Inc. says that managers who demonstrate that they care about their employees, honor their commitments, and let their teams pursue their passions are more likely to retain top performers.

Inclement Weather and FMLA
Inclement weather often causes businesses to shut their doors for one or more days at a time. When an employer closes due to poor weather, it is important to understand the implications this has for employees out on Family and Medical Leave (FMLA). The FMLA rules do not specifically define what to do under these circumstances, so it is recommended to follow the holiday week rule. This rule states that if an employee is out on FMLA leave for a full week, then the days the business is closed due to weather are counted against the 12 weeks of leave. On the other hand, if an employee works a day or more during that week, the days that they would have been expected to work are counted as FMLA leave.
 

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