May 31, 2019
by Ed Lamb
In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc, New York Times
A ransomware attack that has crippled the City of Baltimore since May 7 incorporates a hacking tool called EternalBlue that was developed for the U.S. government. With computers locked in most departments, Baltimore employees have been unable to use city email accounts, complete interview and hiring processes, and process water bills. The NSA says it does not deserve blame.
Conn. The Latest State to Set a $15 Minimum Wage, Governing
Connecticut’s minimum wage will rise from $10.10/hour to $11/hour this October, and annual increases will occur each year until 2023. A week after Gov. Ned Lamont made his state the seventh—counting Washington, D.C.—to commit to the $15 wage, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation allowing cities and counties to set minimum wages higher than the statutory $11.10.
Measles: What HR Can and Cannot Do to Protect Workers, HR Dive
Nearly 940 cases of measles have been confirmed in the United States this year. Requiring vaccination as a condition of employment is usually illegal, but employers can force sick workers to take leave and review policies for facilitating working from home. Consulting with the local health department about vaccine availability and messaging is also a good idea.
GSA Turns to Vendors for ‘Difficult-to-Fill’ Technology Transformation Services Jobs, Nextgov
The program is described this way: “Selected vendors would be responsible for reaching out to potential candidates about openings at TTS and screening them to see if they meet the minimum job requirements. They would then send officials resumes for the most qualified people within three weeks of GSA announcing the job opening. If the government rejects a recommended candidate for whatever reason, vendors would have two days to provide an alternate.”
TSA to Simplify Screeners’ Performance Evaluations to Pass/Fail, Government Executive
Uniformed airport screeners currently receive ratings of achieved excellence, exceeded expectations, achieved expectations or unacceptable. Receiving a passing rating will qualify a screener for a raise or performance award.