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  • Be Ready for Increased Focus on Pay Equity in 2017
    by Cheryl L. Behymer - January 20, 2017
    Pay equity issues took center stage when the Lilly Ledbetter Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2009, the first such federal legislation to be enacted in an effort to close the wage gap between genders. This statute ushered in a new era for pay equity, and the effects continue to ripple throughout the country with no signs of slowing down. That Act overturned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that had denied reco...
  • Disability Etiquette: Tips for Interacting with Individuals with Disabilities
    by Lauren Collinson - January 20, 2017
    According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an Individual with a Disability (IWD) is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. Taking this definition into account, it is no surprise IWDs make up the largest minority...
  • The New National Origin Discrimination Guidance
    by Judy Lindenberger - January 20, 2017
    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination and retaliation due to national origin. Title VII makes it unlawful for employers to treat workers unfairly because of their national origin or ethnic background, if an individual is from a certain country, or if he or she has cultural, physical, or linguistic characteristics of a certain ethnic group. In FY 2015, approximately 11% of workplac...
  • Waiting for Change at OFCCP
    by Bill Osterndorf - January 20, 2017
    In January of 2017, Donald Trump will be president of the United States. This is not what the political pundits expected, and it is not what most service providers working in the affirmative action/equal opportunity area expected. Now that a Trump presidency is a reality, it is time to determine how this affects organizations that must comply with the federal affirmative action laws. How Are the Federal Affirmative A...
  • Employ the New ABC’s of Career Management – Avoid Being Complacent
    by Lisa Rangel - January 19, 2017
    Embracing uncomfortability is another way to avoid being complacent. We are living in uncomfortable times. Those solely seeking comfort and maintaining the status quo in their careers may find themselves blindsided when their company decides to insource, outsource, expand or contract – if they are on the wrong side of that corporate action. Proactively keep your network engaged. Help others reach their goals...
  • The Ultimate Work/Life Blend: The Business + Leisure (AKA "Bleisure") Trip
    by Lindsey Pollak - January 19, 2017
    Have you heard the term “bleisure?” Combine the ongoing conversation about work/life blend with our need to replace the term Brangelina and this is the result: a new way to talk about combining personal travel with a business trip. I can’t say I love the word, but I do like the concept. If you’re headed off to a fun city like Nashville, why not stay the weekend and hear some great music after your co...
  • Think You Can't Change Others Or Increase Their Happiness? You Can, And Here's How
    by Kathy Caprino - January 19, 2017
    In my years as a therapist, I could see clearly in my interactions with clients that how I approached them and their challenges could either make or break their day and their therapeutic progress. If we focused on all that was going wrong for them, they’d leave my office even more deflated and hopeless than when they came in. But if we focused instead on exploring and expanding their strengths – in short, highlight...
  • Day In The Life: Simple Ways To Turn A Bad Day Around
    by Melody Wilding - January 18, 2017
    Being a millennial entrepreneur comes with it’s fair share of emotional ups and downs. Some days your energy is high. Your creativity is on fire. Other days? You find yourself in a motivational slump, wondering where that inspiration and focus disappeared to. Recently I had one of those frustrating “off days.” My mood was low, my brain was foggy, and my inner critic was seriously acting up. Maybe you ca...
  • Don't Come to Me with a Problem!
    by Marshall Goldsmith - January 18, 2017
    Most of us have difficulty articulating our struggles in a public forum, especially in the presence of our boss and peers. This probably stems from history we may have with bosses who said things like: “Don’t come to me with a problem, come to me with a solution!” When you think about it this creates exactly the opposite of the environment an effective leader wants. If people have problems, you want to get...
  • Women's Day Off
    by Debra Wheatman - January 18, 2017
    October 24, 1975. 90% of the women in Iceland went on strike. No work. No cooking. No shopping. No cleaning. No caring for children. Almost 25,000 women assembled in the capital city of Reykjavik in protest of economic inequality of women. The impact was enormous. It paralyzed the economy, and put the tiny nation of Iceland at the forefront of the fight for gender inequality. This year, on the 41st anniversary of Women’...