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    Moving Up the Ladder - The Gaming Industry: Sexism and Death Threats
by Brianna Wu and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
The gender gap remains wide in the gaming industry and that is contributing to many unfortunate and often-disturbing cases of sexism. In some scenarios, serious threats of bodily harm and even death have become regular occurrences for women who are speaking out and trying to counteract the inequalities. Brianna Wu, video game developer and co-founder of Giant Spacekat, talks to Tim Muma about her experiences in the industry, w...
 
    Employment Notebook - The Lowdown on Discussing Religion at Work
by Jim Webber and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
Few topics drum up passionate debate and uncomfortable feelings as much as religion, especially when it comes up at work. While many will avoid it completely, our guest says that's not necessary as long as the employer and employees understand some guidelines. Jim Webber, an individual with 25 years experience as an employment lawyer and humans resources manager, talks with Tim Muma about the key components regarding the discu...
 
    Management Decisions - The Ick and Aww Factors of Ethics
by Jack Marshall and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
There's a phenomenon within the human psyche that clouds judgment and gives way to emotions instead of ethics. Jack Marshall, president of ProEthics and a recognized expert in the ethical arena, dubs these the "ick" and "aww" factors. Jack explains to Tim Muma the various scenarios that lead to a confusion of ethics where normally logical decisions are pushed aside. Instead, people almost automatically favor things that feel g...
 
    Employment Notebook - Tactics for Difficult Work Conversations
by Jim Webber and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
Whether it has to do with a more personal matter, a business-related complaint, or potentially firing someone, there are countless difficult conversations that need to be had at work. Jim Webber, a professional with more than 25 years of experience as an employment lawyer and human resources manager, gives us some tips on how to handle various situations, big or small. He tells Tim Muma how a personal issue needs a different t...
 
  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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