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20

Aug

2019

Ageism in Today’s Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

The 2019 Hiscox Ageism in the Workplace Study™, revealed that 21% of U.S. workers age 40 and older have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to their age, and respondents believe they're most likely to experience it at age 51. The study also found that 62% of all workers did not receive any form of age discrimination training in the previous 12 months.

16

Jul

2019

Hiring Within the Spectrum: Understanding Autism in the Workplace

Author: Keisha Ward

In an article published in November 2018, we discussed Go-With-Your-Gut Hiring. To take this idea a step further ask yourself: Do you make hiring decisions based on a firm handshake? Have you ever changed your mind on a candidate due to noticeable “nervousness” or discomfort in the interview? Has lack of eye contact or stumbling over words ever raised a red flag? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are you have made a first impression, biased hiring decision...

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...

13

Mar

2018

6th Circuit Recognizes Gender Identity Discrimination

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Following the leads of the U.S. 2nd Circuit and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Michigan) continues the expansion of the definition of “sex” under Title VII and recognizes that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status or gender identity is discrimination on the basis of sex. 

27

Feb

2018

Second U.S. Circuit Says Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a case decided Monday by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, the full court in an en banc hearing definitively decided that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers sexual orientation as a protected class.  What makes this case extremely interesting is that the EEOC and U.S. Department of Justice both filed briefs taking diametrically opposing positions.

16

Jan

2018

Male, Female, or Nonbinary? How to Handle Gender Reporting in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Over the last several years, employers have become much more conscious and pro-active about creating work environments that are diverse and LGBTQ inclusive. While there have been many articles and guidance that have been published to help employers when a transgender employee goes through a gender transition process, most employers are not prepared for how to respond when an employee wishes to identify themselves as neither gender.  The term non-binary is used to describe an...

2

Jan

2018

Using Facebook Job Ads May Enable Age Discrimination

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Employers who use Facebook job ads to help with their recruiting practices need to be cautious in how they use this approach to reach applicants.  A recent federal court lawsuit filed in San Francisco charges 13 companies including Amazon, T-Mobile, and Cox Communications, Inc. with using Facebook’s ad targeting tools to exclude older Americans from job opportunities.  

12

Dec

2017

How a Case Over a Wedding Cake Could Affect Employers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments concerning a Colorado baker who was willing to sell a same sex couple a wedding cake, but had refused to design it to the couple’s specifications because of religious beliefs.  The baker, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakes, in court records stated that he "gladly serves people from all walks of life, including individuals of all races, faiths, and sexual orientations. But he cannot design custom cakes that express ideas or...

10

Oct

2017

Are Diversity Efforts Really Making Inroads Against Discriminatory Behavior?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

According to a recent study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, the answer appears not so much.  The study entitled “Meta-analysis of Field Experiments Shows no Change in Racial Discrimination in Hiring Over Time” was conducted by Northwestern University, Harvard University, and the Institute for Social Research.  The research analyzed data from some 30 separate studies of hiring outcomes conducted between 1989 and 2015 and assessed...

3

Oct

2017

Ways to Remove Unconscious Bias from the Hiring Process

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Most employers understand the importance of having a diverse workforce and take positive steps to implement diversity initiatives in their training and recruitment programs.  Despite these efforts, unconscious bias can still come into play when it comes to both hiring and employment related decisions.

13

Jun

2017

Do Ban-the-Box Laws Work as Intended?

Author: Susan Chance

Ban-the-Box laws were instituted with the idea that by delaying the point in the hiring process in which an employer can ask an applicant about conviction history, the applicants would have a fair chance at gaining employment, but do the laws work? 

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