The Trump administration has just instituted a freeze on hiring of federal employees, as the Washington Post reports, with the exception of military service members. This action comes via executive order and is in line with what Trump said he'd do while campaigning, which was "drain the swamp." The Post quotes Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer: "We've got to respect the American taxpayer."
"Choice of Law"
Throughout the course of American history, workers have sought fairness - in workplace conditions, in the number of hours on the job, and in their wages. This holds true for workers in all jobs, and for workers of all types, from teens to young adults to mid- and late-career workers.
If you work in Human Resources - or you've ever been in a leadership role where part of your job duties include hiring and firing - then you know how tricky navigating the world of employment law can be. Myriad issues go into hiring practices (and employment in general). Do it wrong, handle problems poorly, or simply face a situation that goes south, and you can find yourself facing a lawsuit.
One of California's biggest legal cases right now (at least in terms of media coverage) is that of Ellen Pao, former venture capitalist with the well-known Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao, currently interim CEO at Reddit, claims discrimination against KPCB on account of her gender. But as Elizabeth Weise reports for USA Today, Mary Meeker - KPCB partner and "one of the most powerful women in venture capital" - recently testified that she did not see any gender discrimination at KPCB.
One month ago today, the New York Times published an article titled "Speaking While Female," written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Sandberg, as many are aware, is Facebook's COO, and Adam Grant is a writer and the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In their piece, they describe the phenomenon of women staying quiet at work because they perceive that "less is more."
This McClatchyDC special report ("Contract to Cheat") is the result of a year of investigative reporting in seven states, including California, in an effort to uncover the widespread practice of classifying workers as independent contractors when they probably should be classified as employees.