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BYOD Has Its Risks 
Despite its popularity, bring your own device comes with significant challenges.

Presidential Memorandum Calls for Reviving EO Survey
A presidential memorandum issued on April 8, 2014, instructing Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to establish regulations requiring federal contractors to submit summary data on employee compensation, including data by sex and race, is a fresh call for the Equal Opportunity (EO) Survey to be revived.

Demoted Diversity Officer Loses Discrimination Claim
A diversity officer at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., lost her discrimination claims, challenging her demotion for signing a petition to place Maryland’s Proposition 6—a state constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage—on the ballot.

Gay Worker’s Discrimination, Retaliation Claims Advance 

A Library of Congress management analyst’s sex and religion discrimination claims and retaliation claims advanced against the Library.
Employee Relations
EEOC Challenges Destruction of Surveillance Video in Harassment Case
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) challenged a SunTrust bank in Gulf Gate, Fla., for destroying surveillance video from a period of alleged sexual harassment.

Employer-Required Medical Exams Should Avoid Family History
Employers need to be sure that their medical professionals conducting post-offer medical and fitness-for-duty examinations do not ask for any family medical history.
EEOC Taking Closer Look at Pregnancy-Related Impairments 
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is developing guidance on pregnancy and pregnancy-related impairments.
Labor Relations
NLRB Seeks Injunction Against Kellogg
The board unanimously authorized its lawyers to seek an immediate injunction in U.S. federal court against Kellogg for its part in the long-running lockout, which the NLRB sought in a lawsuit filed April 16.  
Northwestern Goes on Offense in Football Organizing Case
A regional director who concluded that football players at Northwestern University are employees who may organize ignored significant policy ramifications of this decision, argued an attorney for the university.

Staffing Management
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued a $26 million verdict in favor of MSC Software Corp. and against Altair Engineering Inc. for misappropriation of trade secrets.
The best interviewees in the world may not be the best employees, which is why some companies are asking applicants to complete real-world projects to show they are the best qualified candidates for the positions. However, there may be some wage and hour concerns.


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