The Final Most Important Developments in HR for 2017

Ruling that Uber is a taxi service, not a tech platform, is a significant event

The EU’s highest court on Wednesday declared that Uber was a transportation business, not just a technology platform, another blow to a company already grappling with scandals and regulatory setback. New York Times

Employment Law This Week – December 2017: Special Year-End Wrap-Up [VIDEO]

Brief year in review covers new state and local paid-leave laws; the ramping up of equal pay legislation; workplace sexual harassment in the news; the trend toward increased cybersecurity evaluation and significant changes to wage and hourly regulations. National Law Review

People Analytics: Here With A Vengeance

Bersin reviews new Deloitte research showing how people analytics is finally being applied effectively toward measuring diversity, gender pay equity, skills gaps, labor utilization, retention rates, real-time feedback and organizational network analysis. Some 69 percent of companies worldwide are integrating data to build people analytics databases. 

NLRB Overrules Browning-Ferris Industries and Reinstates Prior Joint-Employer Standard

On Dec. 14, the NLRB overruled a highly controversial Obama-era decision that made it easier for unions and workers to hold companies accountable for the actions of other companies’ contractors and franchisees. The renewed definition of a joint employer is one that has directly and immediately controlled another entity’s key employment terms regarding its employees. NLRB

For more on this, don’t miss our powerhouse panel on this topic in late January

Many industries whose top brass have been implicated in sexual harassment scandals have a culture that bestows power on star performers beyond company execs. Such “kingmaking” may breed that behavior. Washington Post

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