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.

NQRs Are Ready to Work

By Mark I. Schickman The HR world certainly has more than its share of acronyms, having to deal with the EEOC in order to comply with the ADA. And for an employee on leave, the interplay among the FMLA, PDA, and WC are crucial. But there’s a new acronym you need to learn because it […]

Bias In the Friendly Skies

Many employers have had more than their fair share of discrimination allegations. Continental Airlines was accused of race, color, national origin, religious, and disability discrimination in one lawsuit. Let’s take a look at how it did more than its fair share of trying to work with the employee before eventually terminating him. Losing Control Meet […]

More Working Women Than Men Have College Degrees

According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau,  37 percent of working women and 35 percent of working men had attained a bachelor’s degree or more as of 2010.  However, when looking at all adults 25 and older, the report showed that  29.6 percent of women and 30.3 percent of men had at […]

Boomers (and Their Employers) Face Work/Life Challenges

Modern medicine continues to increase life spans in the United States. Just as an example, the death rate for heart disease has dropped 60 percent in the last 50 years. The death rate for stroke has dropped even more, by 70 percent. And deaths from cancer have decreased 10 percent just in the last 15 […]

High Salary + RIF = Age Discrimination Claim

By Robert P. Tinnin, Jr. Q As a result of the economic downturn, we must lay off approximately half of our workforce. In considering whom we should select, it occurs to me that we could save the most money by laying off higher-salaried, nonmanagement employees. However, our higher-salaried employees tend to have the most seniority […]

May 2011: Older Americans Month

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute in some way to older people across the country. In 1980, a proclamation by President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events, and public […]

Transgendered Employees in the Workplace

By Susan G. Fentin According to a report published in February by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, transgendered workers are twice as likely to be unemployed and experience a high degree of harassment or other workplace mistreatment. The report, Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of […]

Employers Seeking Savings Can’t Afford Age Claims

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently heard testimony on the particular effects the economic downturn has had on older workers, addressing the unfortunate possibility that the recession may be serving as a catalyst for some employers to engage in age discrimination. Recession Hits Older Workers During a mid-November EEOC meeting, several experts reported on […]

Gender Change May Be a Physical Disability

By Jonathan C. Sterling As we have reported in the past, transsexual employees may be protected from discrimination, at least in some cases, by federal and state law. The decisions granting that protection have treated such discrimination as a violation of gender or sex discrimination law. However, courts have been reluctant to recognize that transsexual […]