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Inside Human Resources (Apr 26th, 2019)

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1. Google updated its procedures for how employees report sexual harassment and discrimination. According to an internal Google blog post from Thursday, the company created a dedicated website for employees to report misconduct and announced the expansion of its sexual harassment investigation procedure. Google has recently come under fire for its alleged retaliation against two employees who staged a 20,000-worker walk out over the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and discrimination reports from employees. – THE VERGE

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2. The city of Pittsburgh has been forced to update its HR policies following allegations of age-discrimination by a former employee. The municipality’s HR practices were called into question by the Pittsburgh Human Relation Commission— which investigates discrimination within the city— after 65-year-old Roy Cox said he was overlooked for a job he believed went to someone who was “very young, (with) very little experience,” in 2017. The PHRC gave the city until the end of 2019 to update its HR policies. – PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

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3. Follow Friday: Dr. John Boudreau

If you’re looking for a lesson on HR analytics, look no further than Dr. John Boudreau. As a professor and research director for the Marshall School of Business and Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California, Boudreau advanced the research of the relationship between superior human capital, talent and sustainable competitive advantage. Dr. Boudreau has more than 50 books published under his name—most recently being 2018’s Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Work. As if his accolades weren’t impressive enough, Dr. Boudreau is also quite active on social media and his website, where he posts about all things related to human resources. This is one authoritarian you don’t want to miss, so check him out on Twitter @JohnWBoudreau

Every Friday, Inside HR will feature info on a top human resources expert you should you should know about. If you’d like to be featured in this segment, send me an email at Nick.Shekeryk@Inside.com and I encourage others to follow you!

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4. A former tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges linked to the college admissions scandal. Michael Center, 55, admitted to accepting a $100,000 bribe to falsely name an applicant as a student-athlete. He also agreed to cooperate with authorities in the investigation. The men's tennis coach is the third coach to plead guilty in the scandal that involved wealthy parents and aimed to get students into elite schools. - NBC/AP 

Note: This article originally appeared in a recent issue of Inside Daily Brief.

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5. The AARP and McDonald’s have joined forces to offer more specialized training to older people who still work. The fast-food company announced the partnership this week by saying that non-traditional workers are “a growing, yet underutilized workforce.” – HR DIVE

6. The creation of roles such as Chief Joy Officer can make your HR team more effective. Entrepreneur lists the three roles that smart HR departments are developing to take their team to the next level. – ENTREPRENEUR

7. Correcting and preventing corporate data breaches was once the sole issue of IT departments, but their ability to work with HR can help IT support the core principles needed to battle any threats. – CMS WIRE

8. A recent study by Russell Reynolds Associates revealed that companies with execs from the LGBTQ community were less likely to prioritize diversion and inclusion into their recruiting strategy. The study says D&I fatigue might be a major cause of companies not making it a priority. – HR DIVE

9. Many people fear that robots might take their jobs, but AI can actually help them perform better and more efficiently without sending them to the unemployment line. HR Technologist discusses some of the ways in which AI can make HR better— such as automating menial tasks that are taking up too much time. – HR TECHNOLOGIST

10. HR consultant Kate Palmer said companies around the world are so worried about catching harassment lawsuits that many are thinking of banning all physical contact between employees— including handshakes. – WOWK-TV 13 CHARLESTON

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Nick Shekeryk has a professional background rich in digital marketing and media. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Post, The Post-Standard, and on MSN.com, among others. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University, as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA, and spends his spare time playing and coaching baseball, running half marathons, and seeing as much live music as possible. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @NickShekeryk.

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