Tag: Affirmative Action

Diversity and inclusion: America’s CEOs are showing the path forward

by David S. Fortney and H. Juanita M. Beecher We should honor—not attack—those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. —Intel CEO Brian Krzanich upon his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council The summer of 2017 has shown that American business is committed to, and prepared to defend, broad-based EEO and […]

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May we fire employee who doesn’t fit in?

by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr. Q I own a small software development company that has been phenomenally successful in the few short years we have been in business. I attribute our success in large measure to our employees, who are very tight-knit and cohesive. Nine of our 10 current employees are Anglo males between 35 […]

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Supreme Court issues number of important employment rulings

by Sean D. Lee The U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2015 term ended in late June 2016. Employers and federal contractors should take note of several recent decisions that affect businesses nationwide across a broad range of areas, including employment discrimination, affirmative action, and overtime exemptions.   Green v. Brennan In Green v. Brennan (May 23, 2016), […]

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Keep your eyes on these labor and employment Supreme Court cases

by Judith E. Kramer The first Monday in October (October 5) marked the beginning of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term. While during the course of the 2015-2016 term the Court could agree to hear additional cases, these are the labor and employment cases currently on the docket, as well as a case involving affirmative […]

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OFCCP issues checklist on disability employment requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a checklist designed to help contractors analyze whether their affirmative action plans meet the government’s requirements for ensuring employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The checklist is designed to help federal contractors meet the requirements of Section 503 of the […]

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Study shows need to address unintended consequences of diversity efforts

For years now, employers have focused on the benefits of workplace diversity. They can point to studies showing how work groups in which men and women of all ages, races and ethnicities often outperform less diverse groups.  Sometimes the quest for diversity stems from a desire to capitalize on the talents of all kinds of […]

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Supreme Court addresses, upholds state bans on affirmative action

By Holly K. Jones In a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the court upheld a controversial ban on the use of affirmative action in public education, employment, and contracts in the state of Michigan. For details on the decision and whether it affects your business, read on.  Background In 2003, two U.S. Supreme Court decisions […]

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High court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in higher education

Michigan voters’ right to prohibit preferential race-based admissions programs in the state’s university system was upheld today by the U.S. Supreme Court in Schuette v. The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary (BAMN), 572 U.S. ___ (2014). In the 6-2 opinion written by Justice […]

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Tips for leveraging inclusiveness for a more productive workforce

Employers are always searching for ways to empower their employees to do their best work. They invest in training to help workers gain skills, and they develop policies designed to keep the workplace running smoothly, but other components—cultivating cultural intelligence and fostering an environment of inclusiveness—may be overlooked.   Simma Lieberman, a diversity and inclusion/culture change […]

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