Category: Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is an important and ongoing strategy of any HR plan. Ensuring that your company supports hiring, engaging, and retaining diverse workers with varied backgrounds will set your company up for long-term success and an increased bottom line. This topic offers the latest strategies for talent management, key insights from diversity leaders, case studies on D&I in the workplace, and more.

3 Ways to Hire From Diverse Demographics, Not Just Recent College Grads

Running a forward-thinking company isn’t possible if you leverage only old-school recruitment methods. Yet that’s exactly what far too many hiring managers do when trying to fill new positions. Too many companies hold the antiquated belief that solely relying on college graduates to fill their talent pipelines will produce long-term fruit—but this thinking needs to […]

Unique Passion Drives Broad and Meaningful Impact

While many of the DEI leaders we speak to as part of our ongoing series of DEI executive profiles came into those roles almost fortuitously, our subject for this iteration has been involved in DEI efforts since his college days. Darrell L. Johnson, Jr. MBA is the Manager of Diversity & Inclusion Programs at the Baton […]

Appellate Court Rules for Employer on Interactive Process Issue

In a recent decision, the Appellate Division, Second Department ruled an employer’s alleged failure to engage in the “interactive process” wasn’t an independent element of a disability discrimination claim under the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL). Read on to understand what this decision means for your business and why it is normally always […]

Case Study: Fired Employee with Bad Attitude Fails on Religious Discrimination Claim

A car salesman who was terminated following customer complaints of a bad attitude cannot get to a jury on his religious discrimination claim according to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Oklahoma employers). The appeals court affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment (dismissal without a trial) in […]

Pay Equity Is a Basic Right. Here’s What You Need to Do Next

Like many new grads starting out in their career, I was hungry and eager. I wanted to perform well in my new role, with the hope of reward and recognition for my hard work—the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, if you will. But rather than that pot of gold—be it a […]

Digital Therapeutics Can Be a Pillar to a More Proactive Health Culture

With more than 181 million Americans depending on employer-sponsored health plans to access care, HR and benefits leaders have a critical responsibility when it comes to the health and well-being of their people. And, as we emerge from a pandemic, people have become more conscious and proactive about their health, both mental and physical. As […]

Restaurant and Service Dog: ADA Cautionary Tale for Employers

A restaurant in Burlington, Vermont, recently made headlines after refusing to seat a customer with a service dog. The restaurant owner cited an incident in which a previous patron’s dog attacked a neighboring table. In addition, she refused to seat the customer because of her unfamiliarity with their dog and a history of other customers […]

Software, Algorithms, and AI: New EEOC Guidance for Employers

It’s the year 3022, and you’ve just applied for a new job as an engineer on a starship traveling to Mars. You submit your resume, and an algorithm selects you for an interview. You record video answers to the employer’s interview questions and upload them for a robot to review. Using software to review applicant […]

Mental Health in the Workplace: World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

Nearly 264 million people across the world suffer from depression or anxiety. In the wake of COVID-19 and a push to return to the office, 44% of workers believe that in-person work will have a negative impact on their mental health. Over 30% of workers that are already in the office report that the return […]

How Verified Skills Can Help Close the Gender Gap in Leadership

Work should work for us all. Instead, we’re seeing women report increased feelings of exhaustion and burnout. Women still get paid less than men. Women — especially women of color — receive promotions at a lower rate than men. And women in senior leadership are 1.5 times more likely to consider downshifting their careers or […]