Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Google employees staged a worldwide walkout nearly six months ago. James Martin/CNET Google on Thursday said it’s rolling out a new way for its employees to report issues of harassment and discrimination. The search giant said it created a dedicated site for raising those concerns, instead of multiple disparate channels. That site is available only for the search giant’s full-time employees, but the company said a similar site for contractors and temp workers will be available in June. “A big part of my job is to listen to ideas that Googlers have and take feedback on ways we can improve our workplace,” Melonie Parker, Google’s newly appointed diversity chief, wrote in a blog post. “We won’t implement every idea that our employees (or the outside world) raise, but we always listen, and we consider constructive feedback.”Google also announced a number of other updates it’s making to its HR policies. For example, after a four-month pilot, the search giant is expanding a program that lets people who report harassment and discrimination bring a colleague with them for moral support during internal investigations. The company also released its policy guidelines around discrimination, sexual harassment and workplace conduct. Internally, the company said, it published a report that details employee-related misconduct investigations, including cases of harassment and retaliation.The policy updates come nearly six months after a major protest at Google that made international headlines. In November, roughly 20,000 Googlers walked out of the company’s offices worldwide to protest its handling of sexual assault allegations directed at key executives. Several of the changes announced Thursday, like the program that lets workers bring a colleague to workplace investigations, were direct responses to demands made by protest organizers. Post a comment Tags Google Alphabet Inc.
SpiceJet announced its third-quarter results on Thursday evening, with the airline posting a loss of ₹275 crore — an increase of 59% — on the back of poor passenger numbers and a one-time cost of ₹295 crore.The recently recapitalised airline saw a 31% decline in capacity, with revenue falling to ₹1,300 crore against ₹1,769 crore recorded a year ago for the same quarter. ReutersSpiceJet said in a statement that its net loss has widened to ₹173 crore for the third quarter. The quarter also witnessed the airline stand at the brink of total collapse, after the Maran brothers stopped infusing funds to keep the airline going, even as it accumulated significant losses, and saw its credit obligations skyrocket.The Marans finally transferred ownership and management to Ajay Singh, the original promoter of the airline, who brought in fresh funds to keep the airline going.With the recapitalisation move, SpiceJet is also re-negotiating contracts and settling dues with creditors, which together is expected to bring down costs, Chief Financial Officer Kiran Koteshwar said.The airline scrip was trading at 19.65, down by 0.40 or 2%, at the time of reporting.
Chittagong University (CU) authorities on Tuesday suspended assistant professor of Sociology department Maidul Islam, who was sent to jail in a case filed over making ‘derogatory remarks’ on prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook, reports UNB.CU vice-chancellor Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury said they took action against Maidul as per the university rules.Earlier on Monday, Maidul Islam was sent to jail after he surrendered before the court on expiry of his eight-week anticipatory bail granted by the High Court.On 24 July, former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and CU student Md Iftekhar Uddin Ayaz filed the case with Hathazari police station under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.On 15 July, the Sociology teacher had to leave the campus along with his family following continuous threat reportedly from BCL activists over his Facebook post in support of the quota reform movement and demeaning the prime minister.The BCL men also declared Maidul Islam and another CU teacher persona non-grata on the campus.