Google made headlines this month for illegally underpaying its gig workers and it has posed a lot of questions about workers’ rights.
Many have been surprised that the search engine giant not only incorrectly paid its employees, but also delayed correcting the pay rates for more than two years as it attempted to cover up the problem.
Google has now accepted that it was at fault for this practice, and many are wondering how the likes of the UK, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands will react.
As Chad puts it in this podcast: “The big question for me is which country is actually going to slam the hammer down on Google with a real fine, and not just some pittance because we’ve seen countries hit Google and Facebook with small fines.
“And all that really does is send a signal to all the other companies out there saying, okay, yeah, no, that’s affordable. I can pay that tax.”
Elsewhere, the podcast, which features guest Matt Alder who is the host and producer of the Recruiting Future podcast, discusses the latest investment in the recruitment software company Applied. The podcast goes on to catch up Facebook’s plans for smart glasses, which the company hopes will be as big as the Apple Watch.
Joel (The Cheese) explains: “Facebook is launching new glasses, smart glasses if you will. They’ve partnered with Ray-Ban. You guys remember Google glass, you probably remember you probably remember Snapchats lenses or whatever they had. And now Facebook is coming out with their version, which they’ve probably backed up the Brinks truck to Ray-Bans, headquarters, Luxotica, or whoever owns them.”
Despite some fashion debate, the episode looks into what Joel describes as Applied’s “predictive validity of its work sample tests, structured interviews and cognitive ability tests.”
Speaking about the product, Matt notes: “Obviously, there is a huge investment in these kinds of tools going on all over the world at the moment, like with anything, I would be interested, in case studies and how that’s worked in practice.”
There is also a discussion about whether this method of hiring is better than traditional CVs and how companies can overcome their own issues in talent acquisition.
Chad states: “The only thing I’ve got to say is that any hiring company who wants to stamp out bias and they think tech is the answer they’re going to be wrong. They’ve got to get an expert in there. It’s just like the tech stack.
“It’s a part of the tech stack you’ve got to get in there, focus on process methodologies. You’ve got to focus on job descriptions, the very basics of what we’ve been doing wrong for decades.
“Hell! That’s what we have to do. We can’t think that the silver bullets going to get it done. So we have to use these tools in the right way. And that the only way we do that is to get experts in the room to be able to help us do that, to navigate through and get these hires better retention and promotions within the organization.”
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