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Companies Sign Amicus Brief In Support Of Marriage Equality
By: CareerCast.com
Four DiversityInc Top 50 companies are among 23 employers that have signed on to an amicus brief in support of same-gender marriage. The four are Cummins (No. 15), Marriott International (No. 16), Target (No. 22) and WellPoint (No. 29). In addition, Pfizer, one of DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies, also joined. The brief has been submitted as part of an appeal that will be heard on Aug. 26 in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago regarding the legality of same-gender-marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The court initially was scheduled to hear separate cases when federal judges overturned bans ... more
Employment Discrimination Can Exist Without Accommodation Requests
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Controversial hiring practices based on appearance or other discriminatory bases are subject to penalization without accommodation requests, the Supreme Court ruled. Justice Antonin Scalia said, “Title VII forbids adverse employment decisions made with a forbidden motive whether this motive derives from actual knowledge, a well-founded suspicion or merely a hunch.” In his written decision, joined by six other justices, Scalia explained further that, “An employer may not make an applicant’s religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions.” READ MORE AT ERE.NETmore
Hispanic Job Seekers with a College Degree Have Abundant Opportunities in Health Care
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A college degree is an invaluable credential for the growing workforce of Hispanic and Latino job seekers, while the health care industry provides them with the most new career opportunities, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report released in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month. Unemployment for Hispanic workers with a college degree is 5.7%, significantly lower than the rate among those with some college (9.1%), a high school diploma (10.3%) and no high school diploma (12%). A degree translates into far more job opportunities, particularly in the industries with the highest job potential for the nation’s ... more
Companies Providing Gender Diversity Opportunities Excel
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A University of California at Berkeley study entitled Women Create A Sustainable Future finds businesses that actively pursue gender diversity opportunities for positions of leadership are more successful than those that don’t. The study, published by the UC Haas School of Business and written by Kellie A. McElhaney & Sanaz Mobasseri, says in its thesis statement, “Diversity is a critical factor in improving not just the quality of a company’s leadership and decision making, but also its overall financial, environmental, social and governance performance and ultimately, the company’s sustainability. “Indeed organizations like Credit Suisse, McKinsey, and Catalyst have shown that ... more
Be Aware Of Possible Discriminatory Issues In Employee Health Matters
By: CareerCast.com
Medical leave issues can easily trip up employees and employers. It pays to know your rights. Unfortunately, issues relating to medical leave in the workplace are common and can stem from employees or employers not understanding the policy, and can even include subtle discrimination. Vivienne Parra of Virginia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. When she requested FMLA, her colleagues verbally badgered her. “I would get comments about my appearance, like, ‘For a cancer patient, you don’t look sick,’” she remembers. “It was pretty rough.” She took leave and then found out that she’d been terminated before having the ... more
Flexibility In The Workplace Key To Diversifying Staff
By: CareerCast.com
How can we build a 21st century workplace that supports thriving employees, growing businesses, and healthy economies — all at once? It’s a critical moment for this conversation, because in today’s global economy, we can only succeed if we embrace people from every background and every experience. We can’t afford to lose anyone’s talent — whether they’re working mothers, working fathers, single parents, or anyone else. To stay competitive, we need to create diverse and inclusive cultures, then maintain them and reinforce them from the top. One of the issues at the heart of this conversation is workplace flexibility. In ... more
Addressing The Big Questions Of Workplace Diversity
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Why is diversity still a Corporate taboo? People don’t know how to talk about diversity. This may seem staggering after decades of intentional diversity awareness, but the power of social norms and misunderstanding about how we are all different as people isn’t what people want to bring up or focus on. The topic still leaves people tiptoeing around it versus having open, constructive dialogue. We talk about diversity as a “problem.” This is not only true about diversity. It is indicative of how HR approaches every topic. We feel that once something is a problem, then it can be addressed. ... more
Diversity and Leadership - Smart Leaders Model Diversity Thinking
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As the business sector grapples with the rapidly shrinking global economy, and the ever-expanding technological era, diversity and leadership go hand-in-hand. Albert Einstein said, "we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them," which is why diversity of thought is such a key management strategy. Today's leaders need to be able to break the barriers of "normal" to find creative and innovative ways to solve problems, and to see a genuine return on investment (ROI). They must understand that diversity of thought, word, and deed can go a long way towards charting ... more
Assessing Your Inner Circle
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Our society emphasizes friends, family and co-workers as essential parts of our emotional and professional support system. Friends can offer distraction and encouragement, family members give unconditional love and co-workers may provide a sense of camaraderie and even professional advice. However, there are times when we need a fourth type of support in the form of a personal board of directors. A personal board of directors is usually made up of up to six professionals in your age group—but not necessarily in your industry—who meet once a month to for brainstorming and encouragement. In his book, Who’s Got Your Back ... more
States With LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws Are Best For Employees, Study Finds
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States with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) anti-discrimination legislation are the best for LGBT employment, an XpertHR report finds . There are no federal laws on the books specifically addressing the protection of LGBT employment rights. However, 16 states passed such laws. Each of the 10 states ranked as the best for LGBT employment enacted LGBT anti-discrimination legislation: California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. XpertHR reports its study was “compiled…based on their state specific laws which prohibit discrimination, the availability of same-sex marriage and other benefits, the state laws with regard to ... more