3rd Cir. OKs Philly salary history ban

HR Dive | February 07, 2020

The City of Philadelphia may enforce a 2017 law that prohibits employers in the city from inquiring about prospective employee's pay history or relying on pay history in determining wages, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 6 (Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce v. City of Philadelphia, Nos. 18-2175 & 18-2176 (3rd Cir. Feb. 6, 2020)). The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce filed a suit individually and on behalf of some of its members seeking to enjoin the ordinance, alleging it infringed on the Chamber's freedom speech and that of its members, per court documents. A district court agreed that one of the law's two components, the "inquiry provision," violated First Amendment rights and granted a preliminary injunction blocking the provision. The court allowed the "reliance provision" to stand. On appeal, the 3rd Circuit upheld the district court's approval of the reliance provision, but vacated the inquiry provision injunction. The appeals court said the district court applied a higher standard than was required in its analysis, and that the city had presented sufficient evidence to support the ordinance.

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Buzz Bingo is Britain’s biggest chain of bingo clubs, headquartered in Nottingham, UK. It attracts almost one million visitors to its clubs and a quarter of a million customers are active online. It employs almost 3500 people throughout its organisation.

The challenge for Buzz Bingo was that the organisation had become hierarchical, leading to two limiting consequences. Firstly, senior management were increasingly swamped with firefighting and problem solving day-to-day problems in the clubs. This meant they had less time to effectively manage the business. The second issue was that the front-line staff who had genuine relationships with their customers felt stifled in their roles and had limited opportunity to voice new innovative ideas.


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O’Reilly Awarded for “Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy” by Brandon Hall Group

O’Reilly | September 07, 2022

O’Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, today announced that it has been awarded a silver medal for excellence in the “Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy” category by Brandon Hall Group’s 2022 Human Capital Management Awards program. O’Reilly was recognized for its efforts to elevate the voices of minorities including women in the technology industry on its learning platform, increasing the number of diverse hires within its workforce, and providing historically marginalized communities with opportunities to build technological skills. To foster better representation in the technology industry, O’Reilly established a corporate goal to increase the number of experts on its platform who identify as members of an underrepresented community from 30% to 40% in 2021 a full 10 percentage points higher. Today, O’Reilly has achieved nearly 50% representation in its mix of instructors, authors, and speakers. Furthermore, 62% of its Superstream Series speakers in H1 came from diverse backgrounds. Furthering its broader set of goals to create opportunities inclusive of all genders, races, ethnicities, religious views, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities, O’Reilly also reignited its Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program. Originally created to grant deserving talent from marginalized communities admission to its in-person events, the closure of O’Reilly’s conference business led the company to rethink how it could provide underrepresented technical talent with access to its community of experts. In 2021, O’Reilly revamped its scholarship program to award 500 people from underrepresented groups free subscriptions to its online curriculum for one year, including access to unlimited live online training courses and live virtual events such as O’Reilly’s popular Superstream Series. These users just completed their yearlong memberships, during which they consumed more than 480,000 units of content across nearly 5,000 unique resources on the O’Reilly platform. “Part of the challenge of improving diversity across the industry is showing diverse groups that there is a place for them within the technology community, Instead of waiting for these skilled individuals to find us, we’ve created initiatives at O’Reilly that aim to seek out talent from these underrepresented groups and provide them with a platform which supports them in sharing their valuable technical expertise and developing the skills needed to break through barriers within the field. While we’ve worked hard to bring balanced representation to the industry, we recognize that there’s still much more to do and are continually raising our goals to increase diversity both within the platform and within our workforce.” -Laura Baldwin, president at O’Reilly Beyond developing initiatives to improve representation within its platform, O’Reilly also set aggressive hiring goals to build a more diverse organization. In 2021, O’Reilly aspired to bring in 40% of its new hires from underrepresented groups. The company surpassed this goal and achieved 51% representation from underrepresented communities, with women making up 44% of its workforce well above the U.S. tech industry average of 28.8%. In 2022, O’Reilly increased its hiring goals by 20%, targeting 43% of new hires to come from diverse backgrounds. So far this year, 72% of new hires identify as members of underrepresented groups. Excellence Award winners distinguish themselves through their growing understanding that all the functions of HCM are integrated and must work together to move businesses forward, It is a pleasure to see more organizations collaborating across functions and getting more sophisticated and accomplished at delivering measurable benefit through ground-breaking HCM practices. For example, it was inspiring to see how diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are increasingly embedded into people and business strategies and cultures. We saw more alignment between HCM and business objectives than ever before,said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke, leader of the HCM Excellence Awards program. O’Reilly is actively hiring for a number of open positions, including roles within its customer success, data science, engineering, product management, marketing, and operations teams. About O’Reilly For over 40 years, O’Reilly has provided technology and business training, knowledge, and insight to help companies succeed. Our unique network of experts and innovators share their knowledge and expertise through the company’s SaaS-based training and learning platform. O’Reilly delivers highly topical and comprehensive technology and business learning solutions to millions of users across enterprise, consumer, and university channels. For more information, visit www.oreilly.com. About Brandon Hall Group Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering world-class research and advisory. At the core of our offerings is a membership program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Membership enables executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient. Brandon Hall Group has also launched professional certifications for business and human capital management professionals to upskill themselves and gain credentials for career advancement.

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HR ANALYTICS,HR STRATEGY

Bambee Named to Inc.’s Inaugural Power Partner Awards

Bambee | November 07, 2022

Bambee, the company that makes human resources affordable for small to medium-sized businesses, announced today that it has been selected for Inc. Business Media’s inaugural Power Partner Awards. This roundup honors B2B organizations across the globe with proven track records in supporting entrepreneurs and helping startups grow. The list recognizes 252 firms in marketing and advertising, health and human resources, financial planning, engineering, logistics, and security, as well as other areas of business. All 252 companies received top marks from clients for being instrumental in helping leadership navigate the dynamic world of startups. These B2B partners support entrepreneurs across various facets of the business, including hiring, compliance, infrastructure development, cloud migration, fundraising, and more, allowing founders to focus on their core missions. “Trusted B2B partners provide guidance and expertise that founders rely on at various steps of their organization’s journey. Partners that possess a demonstrated ability to deliver quality support are at the core of entrepreneurship and help bring big ideas to life,” - Scott Omelianuk, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Business Media Allan Jones, Bambee CEO & Founder, states: We are thrilled to be honored by the world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. And we have our clients to thank for this. Ranked by Forbes as one of America’s best startup employers in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Bambee is a venture-backed Series C business. Investors include SoftBank, QED Investors, Greycroft, Alpha Edison, Mucker Capital, and Ken Chenault (prev. 20-year CEO, American Express). Bambee’s team is developing and deploying best-in-class human resources technology and services, with the aim of completely reshaping the employment dynamic for America’s small businesses. Its flagship HR Manager product aims to serve those businesses that need HR but often lack the resources to afford it. Bambee solves that problem by offering HR at prices as low as $99/month. Inc. partnered with leading global social and media intelligence platform Meltwater to develop a proprietary methodology that uses sentiment from online conversations about organizations and translates it into numerical scores. Companies were evaluated on commitment, reliability, trust, creativity, supportiveness, and other virtues that offer value to clients. Inc. also conducted surveys to gather client testimonials as part of the process. About Bambee Allan Jones founded Bambee in 2016. Bambee has been at the forefront of solving HR problems for small businesses since its inception. Bambee puts their customers HR on autopilot, starting with a dedicated HR manager and smart automation. Bambee helps each company navigate the complex regulatory world of compliance, HR policy, employee relations, and HR strategy -- including internal investigations, hires, furloughs, and return to work procedures. The combination of a real HR manager coupled with an intelligent software platform gets Bambee customers to HR compliance and helps keep them compliant. In October 2021, Goldman Sachs celebrated Jones as one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs, at their Builders + Innovators Summit. For three years running, Forbes has named Bambee a top startup employer in the U.S., and in 2022 listed Bambee as top 5 in Los Angeles. About Inc. Business Media The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc.

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Wisq Brings Power of Social Connection Platform to Companies of All Sizes

Wisq | October 07, 2022

Wisq, the first platform designed for the social connection needs of employees, announced the launch of two new plans to help businesses foster personal connections and belonging in their organizations. With the new Free and Plus plans, Wisq enables more organizations to help their remote and in-office employees connect, discover and share interests, and create a greater sense of belonging. As hybrid, remote and distributed work structures grow more popular, companies and teams of all sizes face the challenge of building personal connections. Wisq is creating a space in which employees can connect, discover common interests, create employee-led groups like employee resource groups (ERGs) and share experiences. The tiered pricing model with two new plans, in addition to the current Wisq Enterprise plan for teams of more than 500, makes Wisq accessible to everyone: Wisq Free:Designed for core groups just getting started, this no-cost offering supports a single administrator and up to 50 team members with unlimited groups, posts and messages. This option is ideally suited for small companies or divisions of larger employers that would like to try Wisq before a broader deployment. Wisq Plus: For growing teams that want more functionality, this option supports up to five administrators and teams of up to 500 people while offering more robust administrative tools and reporting at a cost of $5 per individual each month. These new plans are in addition to the core Wisq Enterprise version, which offers greater functionality tailored to companies' unique needs, including advanced admin and reporting capabilities, security assertion markup language (SAML)-based single sign-on for added security, priority inbox support, and dedicated customer success and account management teams. "With this announcement, Wisq is responding to a clear market need for personal connection at work, Any team, big or small, can greatly benefit from the kind of connection that Wisq makes possible. Our customers' experiences have shown us that offering employees a distinct space for connection can deepen ties, enrich relationships and support a sense of belonging, community and happiness." -Wisq co-founder and CEO Jim Barnett The Importance of Belonging and Connection in the Workplace As companies seek to retain and hire workers in a competitive job market, a sense of belonging to an organization is equally as important as pay and benefits. Happier employees are not only less likely to leave a company, but also are healthier, have lower rates of absenteeism, are highly motivated to succeed and have better relationships with their peers, according to MIT Sloan. Additionally, by increasing the feeling of belonging at work, companies have seen a 56% increase in job performance, a 50% drop in turnover risk and a 75% reduction in sick days, Harvard Business Review reported. Companies that thrive socially and support a sense of belonging build resilience to disengagement. Trends like quiet-quitting, or choosing to not go above and beyond in a role, reflect a low sense of connection and belonging in an organization. The day-to-day relationships that individuals establish with their co-workers play an important role in belonging, which is why Wisq has built its platform to support employee-driven communication. By carving out a specific space for belonging and connection in the workplace, Wisq is strengthening personal development and interpersonal relationships, which help individuals grow and thrive, and play a role in building a healthy, vibrant organization. Hear what companies using Wisq have to say: While we have a great culture, Torch employees have voiced difficulties connecting with people outside of their immediate team. Wisq helps us bring the amazing and unique stories of all our employees together to build a stronger foundation for our culture, as well as our individual and collective success, said Amy Lavoie, vice president of People Success, Torch. FICO uses Wisq to strengthen relationships throughout our 3,500-person, globally distributed company. Our team was looking for a way to recreate in-person water cooler conversation and casual, fun moments of socialization. Through Wisq, we're meeting this need and getting to know colleagues across teams, departments and time zones like never before, Richard Deal, executive vice president, chief human resources officer, FICO By utilizing Wisq, our team can get to know each other without the pressure or stress of getting a task done or trying to solve a problem. Even the smallest moments of connection can move mountains for our relationships, helping our team get to know each other on a more personal level, Alex Jones, vice president for Institutional Advancement, Roberts Wesleyan University About Wisq Wisq is a space for life at work. The Wisq platform helps employees improve social well-being by enabling them to connect, share and build relationships at work. Organizations increase employee engagement, improve belonging and retention and build happy work cultures. Wisq enables smart profiles, intuitive sharing, community building and audio lounges for informal hangouts. Based in Redwood City, CA, the company was founded by three former Glint executives: Jim Barnett, chief executive officer; Goutham Kurra, chief product officer; and Chih-Po Wen, chief technology officer. Wisq has raised more than $40 million and is backed by True Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures.

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Haystack's New Mobile App Unites Employees in the Office and The Field

Haystack | October 27, 2022

Haystack, the modern intranet company rethinking the employee experience, today announced the availability of its new mobile application on Android, iOS, and the mobile web. The mobile app was created to simplify the sharing of company knowledge no matter where staff are located, connecting all employees within an organization to the people, information, and resources they need to thrive. Unlike many mobile workplace apps, which are often poor substitutes for the full browser-based experience, the Haystack mobile app was built from the ground up to provide a consumer-grade experience for all employees within an organization. The app combines lightning-fast search, intuitive controls, playful experiences, and tasteful social features that foster authentic employee connections and engagement, even across distances. Additionally, Haystack offers no-code customization so businesses can personalize the app logo and interface to reflect their own branding making the mobile experience uniquely theirs. "Work is no longer a place, so we designed the Haystack mobile app to provide an easily accessible communication and information hub for employees, wherever they happen to be located, We're committed to building human connection and culture within organizations, as those are essential to staff wellbeing, performance, retention and ultimately, organizational success. Our team understands the unique challenges in fostering these elements among staff who don't have access to a desktop or operate in the field. Whether your company is hybrid, remote, or something in between, Haystack offers equal access to the crucial information teams need to perform their job." - Cameron Lindsay, Haystack Co-founder and CEO Brands such as BuzzFeed, Chime, Novo, and Everbridge use Haystack to unify the employee experience from onboarding to HR to documentation to internal communications, creating a collaborative and inclusive working environment. The platform features universal search capabilities and deep enterprise integrations with existing digital workplace tools such as Slack, Workday, Atlassian's Confluence, Google Workspace, and Microsoft 365. Haystack recently introduced a series of product innovations to transform the world of work. In August, the company released Haystack Connect, which leverages first-party employee-profile data to intelligently pair team members, cultivating deeper workplace connections and facilitating mentor-mentee relationships that support employee retention and growth. Earlier this year, Haystack introduced Secure Delivery, which keeps confidential internal communications internal and protects employees from accidentally sharing sensitive company information. The company also recently integrated with GIPHY, giving employees the ability to breathe extra life and humor into their posts and comments published in Haystack. About Haystack Haystack is the modern intranet company rethinking the employee experience. Mid-market and large enterprises rely on Haystack for secure internal communications, to share organizational knowledge, and to build community. Haystack was founded in 2019 by a founding team spanning Google, Snap, Cornerstone OnDemand, and PayPal. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and backed by leading investors such as Greycroft, Coatue Management, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Adobe's Scott Belsky, Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill, and BoxGroup.

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Buzz Bingo is Britain’s biggest chain of bingo clubs, headquartered in Nottingham, UK. It attracts almost one million visitors to its clubs and a quarter of a million customers are active online. It employs almost 3500 people throughout its organisation.

The challenge for Buzz Bingo was that the organisation had become hierarchical, leading to two limiting consequences. Firstly, senior management were increasingly swamped with firefighting and problem solving day-to-day problems in the clubs. This meant they had less time to effectively manage the business. The second issue was that the front-line staff who had genuine relationships with their customers felt stifled in their roles and had limited opportunity to voice new innovative ideas.

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