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  Clean Up Your Toxic Workplace
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Feb, 2011
Organizations with sound diversity and inclusion strategies frequently experience higher rates of creativity, are able to hire and retain the best and brightest talent and make product development a priority in order to stay competitive. Yet for years — and in some circles today — the word diversity has been associated with controversial, even negatively viewed practices, such as affirmative action, the Equal Employment Op...
 
  If Your Company Doesn’t Do Sexual Harassment Training, Why Not?
by Judith Lindenberger - Feb, 2011
Sexual harassment isn’t fun. One man’s – or woman’s – idea of a compliment or joke can start a mess of trouble that can cost companies big money. On January 9, 2006, the largest sexual harassment lawsuit ever, at $1 billion dollars, was filed in New York against Dresdner Klienwort Wasserstein. In 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 13,867 charges of sexual harassment; 15.9% of the complaints were filed b...
 
  Your Rights in Wisconsin When Applying for Jobs with an Arrest & Conviction Record
by Randy Enochs - Nov, 2010
One very common problem for people with an arrest and conviction record(s) is the fear of being rejected for a job because of the stigma associated with such a record. What further complicates the matter is the ease of employers and the general public to conduct a search on the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) to discover a person’s court history, both civil and criminal. Whether it’s that small claims matter or...
 
  Minimizing Risk of Retaliation Claims Is As Easy As A B C
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Nov, 2010
In last week’s #EEOChat, the issue of retaliation came up. How much do you know about retaliation claims? Retaliation claims are on the rise. Among all charges filed with the EEOC in 2009, 36% included a claim of retaliation; this represents an increase of approximately 70% over the last decade. In her May 3, 2010 article on retaliation, Karen Gieselman, an attorney in the Columbia office of Fisher & Phillips, states: G...
 
  Ignoring Sexual Harassment Is Expensive: 5 Tips To Prevent Lawsuits
by Judith Lindenberger - Oct, 2010
In the 1980s, after a $1 million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit against the government, I developed and conducted the first-ever training for federal employees. Fast forward thirty years and the workplace is still rampant with sexual harassment claims and lawsuits. In 2006, the largest sexual harassment lawsuit ever, at $1 billion dollars, was filed. The complaint cites lewd behavior and reduced opportunities for women wh...
 
  Online Sexual Harassment Training: A Wise Investment in Any Economy
by Judith Lindenberger - Oct, 2010
Sexual harassment isn’t fun. One man’s – or woman’s – idea of a compliment or a joke can start a mess of trouble that can cost companies big money. On January 9, 2006, the largest sexual harassment lawsuit ever, at $1 billion dollars, was filed in Manhattan against Dresdner Klienwort Wasserstein Services, the American branch of Dresdner Bank of Germany. The complaint cited lewd behavior toward women, entertainment of client...
 
  Planning and Executing a Reduction in Force: A 10-Point Inspection
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Feb, 2010
According to the Mass Layoff Statistics program (Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics), there were 28,030 mass layoff events and 2,796,456 initial claims during 2009. These are recorded program highs. The unemployment rate closed out the year at 10 percent, up more than three and a half percentage points from the previous year. Given the current economic conditions, many businesses are struggling and may need to...
 
  OFCCP Compliance Guidance for Small Businesses from the US DOL
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Jan, 2010
More and more small businesses are becoming involved in 'service and supply' contracting with the US government. Navigating the waters of requirements and regulations can be difficult for those new to the process of government contracting. The exact requirements and regulations that apply depend on the characteristics of your business, the types of contracts you have been awarded, etc. Legal counsel is best positioned to ad...
 
  Five Standards for an OFCCP-Compliant Compensation Self Evaluation
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Nov, 2009
IntroductionUnder federal affirmative action regulations, federal contractors are required to conduct an annual self-evaluation of compensation with respect to gender, race, and ethnicity. Even though the self-evaluation is required, published affirmative action regulations have been virtually silent regarding the methodology federal contractors should use to perform this annual self-evaluation. This changed in June 2006, when...
 
  Eight Steps To Soften The Blow When You Have To Fire Someone
by Ramon Greenwood - Feb, 2009
Firing people is a tough and unpleasant task no matter how you slice it and dice it. Career paths are disrupted. Hopes for career success are dashed. But when it's necessary, there are eight steps you can take to soften the blow: 1. Deliver the bad news in a face-to-face meeting whenever possible. The boss has to do it. There can be no delegation of this responsibility. It is desirable to have one other person present, e...
 
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