2

Jul

2019

Are the Equal Pay Initiatives What They Seem to Be?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When the Equal Pay Act (EPA) was passed in 1963, it made it illegal for employers to pay women lower wages than men for equal work on jobs requiring the same skill, effort, and responsibility.  Over the years, these cases were far and few between and difficult to win.  As a result, the previous administration as well as a growing number of blue (Democratic controlled) states have passed more rigorous pay discrimination laws, pushing for pay transparency as a solution for the wage...

25

Jun

2019

Employers – Ensure Your Grooming Policies Aren’t Discriminatory

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Most employers have policies that outline requirements regarding dress and appearance.  These can range from business vs. casual dress, if body piercings or visible tattoos are allowed, and some outline grooming standards.  Some employer grooming standards not only require a neat appearance but may also detail whether certain hairstyles or certain hair colors are prohibited or whether male employees must be clean shaven or have short hair.  As employers define their dress code...

25

Jun

2019

How Does an Aging Workforce Affect the Economy?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Not retiring appears to be a bad thing in the eyes of younger workers.  An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study of 1,423 adults conducted in February of this year found that workers under the age of 50 were significantly more likely to view America's aging workforce as a negative development.  About 4 in 10 respondents ages 18 to 49 and 44% of the youngest respondents ages 18 to 29 said they consider the trend to be a bad thing for American workers. ...

18

Jun

2019

Racial Profiling or Protecting America’s Intellectual Property? Government Focus on Chinese Workers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Xifeng Wu, an award-winning epidemiologist and naturalized American citizen, quietly stepped down as director of the Center for Public Health and Translational Genomics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after a three-month investigation into her professional ties in China.   When she came to the Anderson Center, she had been encouraged to develop and collaborate with Chinese institutions. 

21

May

2019

“No-Label” Explosion Versus Diversity in the Workforce

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It seems we are living in an age where 1960’s racial and gender reporting requirements are archaic.  More workers are not identifying themselves by race/ethnicity and/or gender when applying for positions or when onboarding. 

14

May

2019

“I Get by With a Little Help From My Friends…”

Author: Michael Burns

Did you know friendship as a hiring factor can beat off a discrimination allegation? A recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling affirms other court decisions holding the same.

23

Apr

2019

Contractors Beware: OFCCP Proposes New Scheduling Letters and Turning Sharply Left

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On Friday April 12th, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its proposed new scheduling letters for Service and Supply audits, Compliance Checks, and Focused Reviews.  These proposed letters appear to follow a current of the agency to move further left in the enforcement of the OFCCP regulations. 

29

Jan

2019

Websites Under ADA Attack

Author: Anthony Kaylin

There have been a number of lawsuits filed testing the accessibility of websites and compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  It is costly for organizations to defend these lawsuits, and especially will be as “tester” applicants muddy the waters. 

11

Dec

2018

Does Implicit Bias Still Impact HR?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Unconscious or implicit bias, the unconscious attitudes that influence how people perceive and act toward each other, has tremendous impact on employment.  There are a number of studies showing its affect on everything from hiring to perceptions of competence.  For example, the programmers that built Amazon’s recruitment engine somehow influenced bias – they had to sunset the new tool before it even launched since it was biased against women.

13

Nov

2018

Go-With-Your-Gut Hiring: Is This a Practice You Should Keep?

Author: Keisha Ward

Hiring managers and talent acquisition professionals have all heard the term, go with your gut, but when it comes to making solid hiring decisions, using your head is the best choice.

6

Nov

2018

When Employee Rights Collide in the Workplace

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Law PC presented on this topic at our Annual HR Conference last March.  It is an important issue today as a number of factors have risen, making HR shake their heads in confusion.  As seen in the news, the most vexing issue for employers today is how gender identity and sexual orientation rights are competing with religious beliefs and rights.  With these issues spilling into the workplace, it is important for HR to have a game plan when these...

29

Oct

2018

A Solution for Managing Millennials – Stop Stereotyping Them

Author: Heather Nezich

Wondering how to manage Millennials?  Some suggest to stop thinking of them as Millennials as a solution.  A study published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology shows there are many more attitude and behavioral differences within generations than between them.

17

Jul

2018

How to Prevent Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  It sets people up to overgeneralize, sometimes leading to discrimination even when people feel they are being fair.  Since implicit bias is unconscious, how do you identify it?

22

May

2018

Be Careful How Job Qualifications are Written: ADEA Protects Applicants

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A question that has been pending for many years has been whether applicants, and not just employees, can avail themselves to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) disparate impact provisions. 

20

Mar

2018

Diversity and Inclusion is Not the End Game – A High Performing Employee Community Is

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It is very surprising to see employers think that diversity and inclusion (D&I) is an end game of an organization that will lead to greater profitability, stability, and harmony.  The truth, though, is the opposite.  D&I is simply a tool for engagement strategies that may or may not create an environment of greater productivity and engagement.  The employee community is greater than D&I and encompasses the passion and drive of employees to meet both internal and...
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