We Know Next Weekly Recap: September 17-21st

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

A June 2012 “Office Pulse” survey of more than 600 U.S. workers by digital media company Captivate found that what white-collar employees consider acceptable and distracting in office attire varies by demographic factors including age, gender and professional status.

A New Jersey health care provider in a high-crime area uses facial recognition technology at the entrance to its emergency room to determine if a person entering the building has a criminal history and may pose a danger to staff. It pays a subscription fee to access several national databases to verify the identities of people in its database. Additionally, it reportedly uses the same technology to screen vendors coming onto the premises. Facial recognition technology is creeping into other business uses as well, stated Jennifer Lynch, staff attorney with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, in written testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing July 18, 2012, on privacy, technology and the law.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 13, 2012, passed bill S. 3245, which would reauthorize for three years E-Verify as well as certain immigrant visa programs set to expire at the end of the month. The vote was 412-3. The bill, if signed by President Barack Obama within the next 10 days, would reauthorize the E-Verify program, the EB-5 Regional Center program, the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker program and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver program. The reauthorization of these programs would be in effect from Sept. 30, 2012, until Sept. 30, 2015.

To advance women around the world into leadership roles, business leaders should identify—and develop strategies to counteract—specific barriers inhibiting the recruitment, promotion and retention of women at their organization, new research suggests.

On Aug. 30, 2012, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance on how to define a “full-time employee” under the employer responsibility provisions of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury also issued guidance on how the 90-day waiting period limit should be implemented for certain variable-hour employees.

A labor dispute that has lasted for three months in Milwaukee pits union organizers against a company that fired workers who were seeking to organize, including employees who failed to document that they were eligible to work.

As smartphones and tablets become ubiquitous, multi-tasking behind the wheel has been gaining notice as a grown-up workplace danger rather than the sole province of reckless, texting adolescents. Along with the risks to life and limb, the trend carries significant financial perils for employers.

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