Week in Review - September 5, 2013

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This week, Labor Day and National Payroll Week served as good reminders that our post-recession economy is different and the way people work within it is also different. Although the number of jobs has grown, part-time work is becoming the new normal, and virtual work meant that some labored even in the midst of their Labor Day barbecues. National Payroll Week celebrated wage earners and payroll professionals, while polls show that the payroll-to-population employment rate fell in August, and the number of households with union members continues to drop.
This changing nature of the way people work is driven in part by the fast-paced world of technology and the race to keep up with competitors. This week alone Samsung released its new smartwatch, Apple set a release date for its new iPhone, and Microsoft announced plans to release a new Xbox in November. In addition, this week New Jersey passed a law to restrict company access to employee social media, developers are creating “NSA-Proof” private email, and privacy groups are rushing to block new changes to Facebook policies.
Labor Day in the Modern Workplace
New culture of work, both virtual and traditional, on Labor Day 2013 (Denver Post)
U.S. Payroll to Population Rate Drops to 43.7% in August (Gallup)
Is part-time work the new normal? (Detroit Free Press)
Job vacancies soar in Minnesota, but not wage offers (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Labor Day Weekend Is a Working Vacation for Many (ABC)
It may be Labor Day weekend, but union power is waning (Guardian)
Who's Working on Labor Day? America's Fastest-Growing Jobs (PBS)

Technology and the Workplace
NJ passes a business-friendly workplace social media privacy law (Employment Handbook)
Too Creepy to Win: Employer Access to Employee Email (Delaware Employment Law Blog)
Lawful Employer Investigations via Facebook . . . Sort of (Delaware Employment Law Blog)
How To Delight Customers With Incremental Innovation (Forbes)
An inside look at Google’s data-driven job interview process (WashPost)

Technology and the Law
Privacy Groups Ask F.T.C. to Block Facebook Policy Changes (NYTimes)
Developers Scramble to Build NSA-Proof Email (Wired)
F.T.C. Says Webcam’s Flaw Put Users’ Lives on Display (NYTimes)
Google Sued in Europe-Privacy Test Case (WSJ)
Deal Is Easy Part for Microsoft and Nokia (WSJ)

There's an App for That
Five free music apps to help you find the songs you like (LATimes)
Apple sets September 10 as the day that iPhones get cheap and cheerful (Guardian)
Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch (WSJ)
Scientists Use Videogames to Improve Older Brains (WSJ)
Your Heartbeat: The Ultimate in Password Protection? (Atlantic)

 

Topics:  FTC, Full-Time Employees, Job Offers, Part-Time Employees, Social Media Policy, Wage and Hour

Published In: Communications & Media Updates, Labor & Employment Updates, Science, Computers & Technology Updates

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