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Daily Archives: May 30, 2017

Guardian – Accused of underpaying women, Google says it’s too expensive to get wage data

Follow up to US Labor Dept targeting Google for systemic gender pay discrepancies via the guardian – “Google argued that it was too financially burdensome and logistically challenging to compile and hand over salary records that the government has requested, sparking a strong rebuke from the US Department of Labor (DoL), which has accused the Silicon Valley firm of underpaying women. Google accused of ‘extreme’ gender pay discrimination by US labor department. Google officials testified in federal court on Friday that it would have to spend up to 500 hours of work and $100,000 to comply with investigators’ ongoing demands for wage data that the DoL believes will help explain why the technology corporation appears to be systematically discriminating against women. Noting Google’s nearly $28bn annual income as one of the most profitable companies in the US, DoL attorney Ian Eliasoph scoffed at the company’s defense, saying, “Google would be able to absorb the cost as easy as a dry kitchen sponge could absorb a single drop of water.” The tense exchanges in a small San Francisco courtroom emerged in the final day of testimony in the most high-profile government trial to date surrounding the intensifying debate about the wage gap and gender discrimination in the tech industry. The DoL first publicly accused Google of “systemic compensation disparities” during a hearing in April, saying a preliminary inquiry had found that the Mountain View tech firm underpays women across positions…”

The State of the American Vacation – or the lack thereof

Project Time Off – The State of the American Vacation 2017: “By forfeiting 206 million vacation days, Americans gave up $66.4 billion in 2016 benefits alone…taking time off continues to be a challenge in America’s always-on work culture. American workers hold fast to the belief that the path to career success requires sacrificing vacation and… Continue Reading

Gov’t replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards to protect against identity theft

“What’s the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)? The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires us to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions… Continue Reading

How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything Part I: The Bare Arctic

Joshua New/Center for Data Innovation: “Bloomberg has created a series of data visualizations and maps illustrating the accelerating rate of ice melt in the Arctic as part of a series of articles examining the political implications of this change. The visualizations show that from 1985 to 2016, the amount of Arctic sea ice that was… Continue Reading

CRS – The Fifth Amendment in Congressional Investigations

The Fifth Amendment in Congressional Investigations, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 26, 2017. [FAS] “Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn recently invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self- incrimination in response to a subpoena issued by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for documents related tothe Committee’s ongoing investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2016… Continue Reading

Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Radical History Poster Project

“The Graphic History Collective has launched a new activist art project: Remember | Resist | Redraw: a Radical History Poster Project. The Graphic History Collective is collaborating with a number of artists and writers to create an ongoing poster series that will offer alternative perspectives on well-known historical events, and will highlight the histories of Indigenous… Continue Reading

Iraq: US military admits failures to monitor over $1 billion worth of arms transfers

Amnesty International: “The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait according to a now declassified Department of Defense (DoD) audit, obtained by Amnesty International following Freedom of Information requests. The government audit, from September 2016, reveals that the DoD “did… Continue Reading

WaPo – How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules

The Washington Post: “The rules were adopted in October during the last weeks of the Obama administration after an intense battle that pitted large Internet service providers, the advertising industry and tech giants against consumer advocates and civil rights groups. The campaign to kill the FCC rules began just a few weeks after Trump’s November… Continue Reading