HR Headline Roundup for April 29-May 3, 2019

HHS Lowers HIPAA Fines, Axios

A May 3 Federal Register notice lays out a plan to reduce the maximum fine for disclosing sensitive health information without an employee’s consent from $1.5 million to $250,000.

Wash. Legislature Reinstates a Form of Affirmative Action, AP

State agencies can once more set goals for hiring and contracting with people in protected class and minority-owned businesses. However, factors like race, sex, ethnicity and disability can only be used as weighted criteria, not a sole reason for making employment decisions or awarding contracts.

Government Jobs Rank Second as Contributor to U.S. GDP, Axios

Data analyzed by USAFacts show that individuals working for governments in all capacities contributed $2.5 trillion to the American economy during 2017. The country’s entire economy was valued at $19.49 trillion.

What Talent Acquisition Pros Need to Know About Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision, Recruiter

As AI rapidly reshapes all aspects of the HR function, becoming familiar with the range of capabilities is a professional obligation.

Staff Shortage Leads to 4-Month Lockdown at Miss. State Prison, Clarion Register

A majority of inmates at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution spend 23 hours a day confined to their cells because the facility cannot meet state and federal standards for guard-to-inmate ratios. The Mississippi Department of Correction is pushing to hire 500 officers and asking lawmakers to approve higher starting salaries.

How to Avoid Accidentally Becoming a Russian Agent, Government Technology

The advice is organized under the three basic rules to cooperate cautiously, reciprocate thoughtfully and join forces skeptically.