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.

EEOC Issues Final Harassment Guidance

On April 29, 2024, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final harassment guidance, updating the previous version with Bostock, #MeToo, and remote work issues. The most controversial guidance involves broad protections of LGBTQ+ employees, especially transgender employees, which the EEOC believes is a natural extension of the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision and has already drawn the expected […]

Nurturing Employee Well-Being Through Progressive Policies

The modern workplace is changing. More employees value progressive perks like flexible work, and folks will quickly jump ship if they can find remote work that offers the benefits they’re looking for. Many employees expect their employer to offer well-being–related perks. Offering these benefits to boost well-being will improve your productivity and help you build […]

Corporate America’s Shifting DEI Landscape

The corporate America of the last few years has seen an explosion in attention to social justice issues. This includes everything from cultural appreciation events in workplaces to an increased focus on diverse hiring to corporate messaging aimed at demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to consumers. But not all consumers and […]

SHRM’s New Headache: The Loud Outcry From the HR Industry Against ‘I&D’

SHRM’s recent adoption of the new acronym “I&D” instead of IE&D—removing the term “equity” from “Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity” —has caused quite an uproar in the HR industry. SHRM’s post on LinkedIn announcing this change has sparked rapid response and discussion throughout the HR community.  The post, which has over 500 comments, features a myriad […]

Supreme Court Lowers Bar for Adverse Actions

Can an employee sue under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to challenge a lateral transfer, even if the transfer doesn’t result in a loss of pay? According to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the answer is yes. Employers transfer employees, or take other actions, for a variety of reasons. Until […]

From Health Educator to D&I Leader: Shavonne Washington-Krauth’s Makes an Impact at Children’s Nebraska

Shavonne Washington-Krauth, Director of Culture and Inclusion at Children’s Nebraska, has built her career on a foundation of health behavior change and research. Her journey from a health educator to a key leader in diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a testament to her dedication to fostering inclusive workplaces. Through her proactive approach, she has made […]

How Much Harm Is Enough? Transfer Supports Title VII Discrimination Claim

In a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, there was no question that the complaining employee was moved out of her position because of her gender, but she suffered no loss of pay or rank. So the Court had to determine whether she was still able to maintain an employment discrimination claim under Title VII of […]

Should You Disclose Invisible Disabilities? Why or Why Not

Many workers with “invisible” disabilities, including mental health and neurological conditions, hesitate to disclose them to their employers due to fear of discrimination or bias, despite increased awareness and reduced stigma surrounding these conditions. ​​Approximately 50 million American adults live with mental, emotional, or behavioral conditions, and around 5.5 million have autism. The National Institutes […]

Remember Your Obligations When Religion and DEI Training Collide

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, which clarified that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s  protections against discrimination “based on . . . sex” included sexual orientation and gender identity, an increasing area of legal questions has arisen regarding the conflicts between LGBTQ+ employees’ rights and other employees’ […]

How to Help Diverse Teams Thrive: 5 Strategies for Leading with a Multicultural Lens

Lately, while facilitating workshops at companies, I’ve noticed a common theme: frustrated employees and overwhelmed managers. Workers tell me, “I wish my manager would understand me better & take the time to learn more about me and my cultural background.” By the same token, managers are having a hard time even knowing how to start […]