| Management Decisions - Post-Pregnancy Discrimination
by Christine Walters and Tim Muma - Oct, 2014
It's likely, as an employer, you will have a woman in your workplace blessed with a pregnancy. While it can be a joyous time for everyone involved, there may be some challenges and legal items to consider throughout the process, including when the employee returns from her maternity leave. Christine Walters, an independent human resources and employment law consultant, gives the listeners the legal and practical considerations...
| Management Decisions - Gender Differences in Performance Reviews
by Kieran Snyder and Tim Muma - Sep, 2014
Gender in the workplace is often discussed in relation to how co-workers and employees are treated. Another perspective relates to gender's role in the type of feedback given and received in a performance review. Kieran Snyder, Co-Founder and CEO of Textio, did her own research by compiling a variety of performance reviews to gauge the similarities and differences. Kieran breaks it down for Tim Muma and points out the areas of...
| Management Decisions - Bias in Your Eye for Talent
by Joe Gerstandt and Tim Muma - Sep, 2014
For anyone in charge of hiring or recruiting talent, it's important the focus remain on knowledge, skills, experience and fit. However, the potential for discrimination - intentional or not - is something that everyone should be aware of when weeding out a candidate or favoring one. Joe Gerstandt, a diversity and inclusion speaker and author, warns individuals in charge of hiring to check their personal bias blind spots. He ex...
| Government Compliance - New OFCCP Directive on Transgender and Gender Identity Status
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. and Tim Muma - Sep, 2014
On August 19, 2014, OFCCP finally issued a Directive on Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination that clearly acknowledged that gender discrimination under Executive Order 11246 covers discrimination on the basis of transgender and gender identity status. Sandra Scott Zeigler, Esq., a recognized authority on Federal EEO enforcement with 25 years of experience divided equally between the EEOC and OFCCP, sheds light on this top...
Self-Plagiarism and Other Ethical Grey Areas
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2012
I know a very young and successful business book author named Jonah Lehrer. Lehrer has written two bestselling books and is frequently in the news, but last month it was not for a positive reason. Slate – among other outlets – recently reported that Lehrer had been caught stealing…from himself. “Media watcher Jim Romenesko claimed that Jonah, a newly minted New Yorker staff writer, copied his blog post “Why Smart Pe...
Tips to Help Employees Prevent Illegal Harassment
by Gladis Benavides - Jul, 2012
Be professional at all times. -Consider your attitudes toward harassment with respect to men, women and persons with disabilities or with a different sexual preference, cultural background or religious beliefs. How would you feel if you or a loved one were harassed? What would you do? -Set a positive example. Treat everybody with respect, and let others know you expect the same from them. -Be aware of your words an...
What does it really mean to be an Affirmative Action Employer?
by Terri Swain - May, 2012
It never fails in our office. The frantic phone call because a Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audit letter shows up on a desk, two weeks after sitting on the President's desk, with the yellow sticky note "please handle." Before fear and panic set in, here are some pointers for keeping ahead of the scary audit letter. Explore if your organization IS covered by the Affirmative...
Revised Memorandum of Understanding Warns Employers About Coordinated Enforcement Efforts of the OFCCP and EEOC
by Carmen Couden, Esq. - Apr, 2012
Revised Memorandum of Understanding Warns Employers About Coordinated Enforcement Efforts of the OFCCP and EEOC Much has been written recently about the OFCCP's increased focus on enforcement and its efforts to expand the scope of the obligations with which contractors will be required to comply going forward. However, recent updates to the OFCCP's memorandum of understanding ("MOU") with the Equal Employment Opportuni...
Employment Service Delivery System (State Job Bank)
by Local JobNetwork™ - Dec, 2011
Find Your Employment Service Delivery System (State Job Banks) The publicly-funded state workforce system provides administration of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information, and other programs and services. You can find a complete listing of the State Job Banks throughout the country. Washington...
New Law Lets Illegal Immigrants Qualify for State Grants in California
by Marcia Robinson - Oct, 2011
The California Department of Finance estimates that 2,500 more students will qualify for Cal Grants as a result of a new bill signed into law last week by California Governor Jerry Brown. Cal Grants, as the name suggests, are grants funded by the State of California to help students fund higher education. The California Department of Finance estimates that the cost to California for these 2,500 more students receiving Cal Gran...
The Dangers of Social Media – How Employers Can avoid the Pitfalls of Social Networks
by Lisa Harpe - Aug, 2011
Millions of people are actively engaging in social media. A survey conducted by Jobvite suggested that nearly 83% of Recruiters and Human Resource professionals surveyed were planning to use social media for recruiting job seekers in 2011. Dr. Lisa Harpe -- an Industrial Psychologist and Principal Consultant at Peoplefluent -- and Ms. Christy Kiely -- an attorney at Hunton & Williams – discussed the legal implications of using...
Who’s an Internet Applicant? Recruiters Should Be Ready to Answer
by Lisa Harpe - Aug, 2011
On October 7, 2005, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released its final rule regarding the definition of an Internet applicant. As mentioned in a November 2005 article by Dr. Michael Harris, the final rule presents four criteria for a job seeker to be considered an applicant, as follows: 1.The individual submits an expression of interest in employment through the Internet or related electronic data...
ALJ RULES ON OFCCP'S DESK AUDIT SCREEN OF ITEM 11
by David Cohen - Aug, 2011
A recent ruling by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) regarding Item 11 requests has some important implications for both contractors and the OFCCP. The case, OFCCP v. United Space Alliance LLC, DOL, OALJ, No. 2011-OFC-00002, 2/28/11, can be found here. Before discussing the case, it might be useful to briefly explain the process by which a federal agency obtains approval to request information from employers. When a federa...
What Wisconsin's Concealed Weapon Law Means for the Workplace and Employment Law
by Randy Enochs - Jul, 2011
Recently Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the concealed weapon bill which allows residents 21 years and older to carry a concealed weapon – a handgun, electric weapon such as a taser, knife (other than a switchblade knife), and billy club – almost anywhere in the state, including most places of employment. Wisconsin will issue licenses to carry concealed weapons, subject to background check and training requirements. Sin...
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