Is Terminating an Employee a Good Thing?

“Making an employment change is a big deal. It’s hard, even when it’s voluntary, because we have so much of our identities wrapped up in what we do.” - Heather Bussing
 

AI Hiring: Bias in the Code

“While it is true that a machine can do a better job at relentlessly sticking to a narrow script, it cannot see or understand things that are not in the data. Unlike people and their unconscious biases, machines can only change their approach with new measurement and new coding. In other words, while machines may be able to address small components of unconscious bias, they cannot address all (or even most) of it.” - John Sumser

Quick Guide to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 19, 2020, in Benefits, Editorial Advisory Board, Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, Policies, by Heather Bussing
The Families First Corona Response Act (HR 6201) goes into effect on April 2nd. Here’s a quick guide to the employment-related sections of the law from Heather Bussing.
 

Uncoded Bias in AI Hiring

“Allowing machines to participate in and perhaps even dictate decisions in Human Resources raises a host of ethical considerations. After all, these systems control various forms of opportunity for the workforce. More precisely, they involve people’s livelihood, hopes and dreams.” - John Sumser

It’s Perfectly Legal to be an Asshole.

On November 27, 2019, in Discrimination, Editorial Advisory Board, Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, by Heather Bussing
“People often wonder if they’re being harassed at work, treated unfairly, or have been wrongfully terminated. It turns out, what most people think of as harassment or “wrongful” is neither — at least legally.” - Heather Bussing
 

Basically, it’s Perfectly Legal to be an Asshole.

“People often wonder if they’re being harassed at work, treated unfairly, or have been wrongfully terminated. It turns out, what most people think of as harassment or “wrongful” is neither — at least legally.” – Heather Bussing
 

Should Age Discrimination Matter to You?

On April 30, 2019, in Discrimination, Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, by Heather Bussing
“We are a culture that idolizes youth. We want to live forever. But we are terrified of getting old. Age discrimination can happen to you. It probably will.” – Heather Bussing
 

Revenge and Contracts

On April 9, 2019, in Editorial Advisory Board, Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, by Heather Bussing
“I’ve been thinking a lot about contracts. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter what’s in them, because people do what they say they are going to do. The important thing is what’s happening in the world, not the paper the lawyers are playing with.” – Heather Bussing
 

When is Termination a Good Thing?

“Making an employment change is a big deal. It’s hard, even when it’s voluntary, because we have so much of our identities wrapped up in what we do.” – Heather Bussing
 

Religion v. Law

Marriage is one of those places where law and religion cross and both have strong interests.