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Ageism Rearing Its Ugly Head

7 June 2022

Ageism Rearing Its Ugly Head

Author: Anthony Kaylin

For the past 20 years or so, many HR consultants and thinkers have called employees “assets” or “capital assets” of the employer.  The problem with these terms is manyfold. 

Discrimination Issues with AI

31 May 2022

Discrimination Issues with AI

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As more organizations embrace artificial intelligence (AI), the EEOC and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have begun to be more cognizant of the discriminatory issues associated with these tools.

U.S. Department of Justice Issues New Guidelines for Website Accessibility

3 May 2022

U.S. Department of Justice Issues New Guidelines for Website Accessibility

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On March 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") published guidance on website accessibility specific to how state and local governments (Title II of the ADA) and "public accommodations" (Title III of the ADA) can remove unnecessary barriers that make it difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to use websites. 

U.S. Department of Labor Focuses on Retaliation

26 April 2022

U.S. Department of Labor Focuses on Retaliation

Author: Michael Burns

Equal employment laws (EEO) have protections against employer retaliation. Retaliation is an adverse employment action an employer takes against an employee who, for example, whistle blows against their employer, makes a claim of discrimination, or even participates in a wrongful employment action investigation against the employer.

Ageism is Alive and Well and Running Rampant

22 March 2022

Ageism is Alive and Well and Running Rampant

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a recent survey by the AARP, nearly 80% of older employees say they’ve seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. The percentage of jobseekers in February above the age of 55 who were “long-term unemployed,” meaning they’d been looking for a job for 27 weeks or more, was more than 36%, compared to around 23% among those between the ages of 16 and 54.

#BreakTheBias – Removing Road Blocks to Women’s Leadership Journeys

8 March 2022

#BreakTheBias – Removing Road Blocks to Women’s Leadership Journeys

Author: Heather Nezich

Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The 2022 theme is #BreakTheBias.

Hiring Individuals with Disabilities is a Boon to Employers

1 March 2022

Hiring Individuals with Disabilities is a Boon to Employers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

According to the CDC, there are about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. or 61 million Americans that have some kind of physical or mental disability.  Not all disabilities are obvious such as paraplegia and quadriplegia, Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, and amputation.  There are a number of Americans with hidden disabilities such as diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, dyslexia, color blindness, and more.  How many times have people seen someone with a disabled...
The No-Label Generation and Self-Identification

4 January 2022

The No-Label Generation and Self-Identification

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A growing issue today is identifying demographics, not of just applicants, but also employees.  While typically 1% to 2% of each group may not identify, today anecdotally it is being found at 10% to 15%.  There is a conflict today with 1960 and 1970’s regulations and today’s workforce that prefer no labels. Further, because of government reporting requirements and unknowns both by gender and ethnicity/race in the workforce, HR professionals are becoming more hesitant to...
7 Key Takeaways for Employers Regarding COVID-19 and ADA

21 December 2021

7 Key Takeaways for Employers Regarding COVID-19 and ADA

Author: Heather Nezich

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just released guidance to clarify under what circumstances COVID-19 may be considered a disability under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. This will likely become a more common issue in the workplace as COVID-19 continues to spread and have a lasting effect on some.

Is Racism Subtly Prevalent in Your Organization?

21 December 2021

Is Racism Subtly Prevalent in Your Organization?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives take root at many organizations, the questions organizations face is whether or not racism exists in the organization, or if the organization simply reflects norms and culture within it.  As Roosevelt Thomas Jr., a diversity pioneer, has described in his seminal book, Beyond Race and Gender, the roots of an organization run deep, and they are hard to break.  In many cases, social equity initiatives attack these roots to attempt...
OFCCP Launches New Federal Contractor Portal

7 December 2021

OFCCP Launches New Federal Contractor Portal

Author: Anthony Kaylin

August 31, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget approved the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) information collection request for the Affirmative Action Program Verification Interface, through a new online portal, referred to as the Contractor Portal. Covered federal contractors and subcontractors (“contractors”) must use this portal to certify, on an annual basis, whether they have developed and maintained an affirmative action program for each...
Updates to the Illinois Equal Pay Act Reporting

26 October 2021

Updates to the Illinois Equal Pay Act Reporting

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In June the Illinois legislature passed amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act reporting requirements, which unfortunately makes it more confusing for employers.  This law is ever evolving and will likely evolve again.

As We Watch for OSHA’s COVID Vaccine Mandate Guidance, Don’t Forget Applicable Wage and Hour Rules

19 October 2021

As We Watch for OSHA’s COVID Vaccine Mandate Guidance, Don’t Forget Applicable Wage and Hour Rules

Author: Michael Burns

As we wait for the OSHA guidance detailing how employers (over 100 in employment) can implement mandated vaccination for employees, employers need to keep in mind how they require vaccination and testing may impact proper pay for non-exempt employees.

Transgender Employee Restroom Access – Are You Compliant?

6 October 2021

Transgender Employee Restroom Access – Are You Compliant?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last month, the Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of whether the nation's schools must allow students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identities.  In that case, a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, the court ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm, a transgender man who sued his Virginia high school for barring him from using the boys’ restroom.  Grimm stated that “[b]eing forced to use the nurse’s room, a private bathroom, and the girl’s...
Think Harassment Isn’t Happening at Your Organization?  Maybe it Just Isn’t Being Reported.

21 September 2021

Think Harassment Isn’t Happening at Your Organization? Maybe it Just Isn’t Being Reported.

Author: Heather Nezich

From sexual harassment to discrimination to power abuse, harassment affects more than just a handful of employees. Harassment deteriorates culture and morale and can lead to psychological discomfort, leaving a job, or lawsuits. Why is this happening? And how can organizations work to prevent harassment before it begins, or hear about issues when they arise?
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