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Weekend Roundup: LGBTQ Rights Ruling, Remote Reviews, Hiring

In this week’s Weekend Roundup, we take a look at the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that protects workers from job discrimination based on their sexual orientation or expression. In other news, a few tips for conducting performance reviews—remotely. According to a survey conducted by ManpowerGroup in April and May, employers seem to be optimistic and expect hiring to return during the third quarter (Q3) of the year. Click the headlines below to learn more.

L.G.B.T.Q. Rights Ruling Pushes Workplace Dynamic Already in Motion

When a Walmart associate named Jacqueline Cote filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2014 contending that the company was discriminating against her by denying health insurance benefits to her same-sex spouse, it signaled the beginning of a drawn-out legal battle. It was not until December 2016 that the company announced that it had agreed to a settlement retroactively compensating Ms. Cote and other employees affected by the denial of spousal benefits.

How to Do Performance Reviews—Remotely

You may have conducted hundreds of performance reviews over the course of your career, but in the era of COVID-19, everything is different. You and your team have been working remotely for months now in an extremely difficult situation. How do you begin to evaluate your employees’ performance at such a challenging time? How much should you consider the impact of COVID-19 on your assessment? And how do you make sure you’re fair-minded, given everyone’s different circumstances?

Hiring Optimism Is Starting to Emerge

Global staffing firm ManpowerGroup has been keeping track of global hiring intentions for decades, and with the COVID-19 pandemic shaking up the world, it is now seeing a 10-year low in U.S.-based hiring intentions for the Q3 of 2020.

Employers in the United States report significant declines in hiring intentions for Q3, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, of more than 7,700 U.S. employers conducted in April and May.

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