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Shift to Remote Work Raises Proximity Bias Concerns

Proximity bias existed long before COVID-19 relegated many employees to work at home, but with more and more returning to the office that bias is raising concerns for those who want to continue to work remotely.


BlackRock Pledges to Support Employees After Complaints

The world’s largest asset manager is pledging to establish new support channels for its employees and to begin reviewing senior leaders’ conduct following a legal review that called out the firm for failing workers. So reports Reuters.


EEOC Dings Nursing Home For Violating Pregnant Workers’ Rights

An Illinois nursing home ran afoul of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission when it required its women staff to disclose about their pregnancies. So reports HR Dive.


Sony Faces Racial Discrimination Suit from Ex-Worker, Slams HR

Sony Electronics is facing a lawsuit from a Black former employee who alleges that her former manager undermined her career and directed racist comments at her. So reports CNN Business.


McDonald’s Corp. Must Deal With Sexual Harassment Charges Against Franchise

A federal judge recently ruled that McDonald’s Corp’s is responsible for dealing with sexual harassment charges filed by a former employee who worked at one the fast food giant’s franchises. So reports Society For Human Resource Management.


PepsiCo Rejiggers Traditional Office Space to Fit New Workplace Reality

PepsiCo is prioritizing flexibility as the company embraces remote work following the COVID-19 global shutdown. So reports CNN.


Ex-HR Manager for San Francisco Slapped with Forgery Charges

Prosecutors have charged a former human resources manager with two felony counts of forgery for allegedly falsifying documents. So reports KPIX 5.


Ex-Amazon HR Pro Among Five Alleging Racial Discrimination

A Black woman who works in Amazon’s human resources department is among five women of color (current and former employees) saying that HR was more of a problem than help when it came to their allegations of racial discrimination and retaliation. So reports Vox’s Recode.


Tennis Star’s Mental Break from Job Spotlights Growing HR Issue

Global tennis phenom Naomi Osaka shocked the world when she stepped away from the French Open for a mental health break, but the highly publicized move has shined a spotlight on an increasingly important issue in the workplace.


Unilever CHRO: Pandemic Led To Major Mind Shift In Global Workforce

Traditional models of “employment forever” are no longer viable in a post-COVID-19 world, according to the chief human resources officer for Unilever. So reports Happi.


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