Signs of Troubling Times Ahead for OFCCP's Approach to Manufacturing Comparators, Comparisons, and Discrimination
by Soul Cherradi - Apr, 2015
Discrimination cases are essentially “games” of making relevant, suitable, or valid comparisons between suitable, valid, or appropriate comparator(s). While anti-discrimination laws do not define discrimination in a comparative sense, comparators have had clear appeal as an evidentiary or heuristic aid for gauging whether discrimination has occurred. Comparators and comparisons make visible the occurrence of comparatively adv...
Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans — The Real Benefits to Your Company
by Cindy Karrow, SPHR - Apr, 2015
I am frequently asked for examples of the benefits derived by companies who hire Individuals with Disabilities (IWDs) and Veterans. Often this question comes from an Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) Manager who is looking for support from staffing representatives, hiring managers, and/or executives for their company’s outreach and recruitment activities. This support may take the form of budget dollars—at job fairs or time...
Tips on Responding to New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing — Part II
by Bill Osterndorf - Apr, 2015
This article is a companion to an article in the March 2015 edition of The OFCCP Digest. As we noted there, on October 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a new version of the scheduling letter and itemized listing that the agency sends to organizations at the start of an affirmative action compliance review. The previous version of the itemized listing aske...
Data This, Data That: Why Managing Data is Vital to a Successful AAP
by Lynn Clements - Apr, 2015
Just as in cooking, an Affirmative Action Program (AAP) is only as good as each of its ingredients. The most important ingredient in a successful AAP is good data. Federal contractors would be wise to spend more time understanding this ingredient before they begin mixing in others. Simply put, any analyses of a federal contractor’s personnel activities or progress in meeting placement goals is only as good as the initial...
5 Ways To Create A Spring Spark In Your Business
by Valerie Sokolosky - Apr, 2015
I love the descriptive words for spring! Refresh. Renew. Re-energize. Recently our team was talking about how ready we are to tell Old Man Winter to take a hike. And ask Spring Sunshine to show herself soon. I echoed their sentiment that when spring comes, most of us are more than ready to re-energize and do something exciting, something new. Let’s look at 5 things you can do to create a spring spark into your busin...
5 Ways to Increase Your Team’s Well Being in the New Year
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2015
In 2015, go where no manager has gone before. It’s the beginning of a new year, and you want your team members to be as happy and productive as possible. A little while ago, we talked about some easy wellness ideas you can implement. Here are other novel ways you might switch things up for the better. Nix Email After 11PM People who work all day generally need to sleep at night. If you want healthy and happy employees...
Bad Bosses Happen, But Suffering Is Optional
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Apr, 2015
Talent leaves an organization when they’re badly managed or when the organization fails to inspire them or provide room for new challenges and growth. You need to use your professional power and take control of your career trajectory. If you have a bad boss, suffering in silence (or out loud) is not a wise career strategy. I encourage you to take your power back in your work environment. Here are techniques to rehabilitate...
Job Searches: Dealing with the Wrong Kind of Help
by Robin Schlinger - Apr, 2015
As much as you may wish to keep private your lack of work or your unhappiness with your current job, the people who care about you will notice. In many ways that is a good thing. When they become a part of your job search team, you have more chances of finding someone who needs an employee just like you. But how do you ensure that well-meaning friends and family offer the right kind of help? Here are some frustrating job searc...
The Rules of Navigating Work Friendships
by Melody Wilding - Apr, 2015
As you invest more and more time into finding your dream career and professional calling, it’s inevitable that the lines between business and pleasure blur, often out of necessity. A tough day at the office may end with drinks and gossip with a trusted co-worker, or you find yourself responding to emails on your BlackBerry from your yoga mat before class begins. As the lines blur, so too do traditional professional relation...
Unemployed? 3 Suggestions for a Powerful Executive LinkedIn Profile
by Lisa Rangel - Apr, 2015
How to handle your employment status on your LinkedIn profile when you are unemployed is a question many executives ask when they are in between positions. One major issue you may run into is that your status may drop when you do not have a “to present” position listed on your profile. For example, if you have an end date for your last position on your LinkedIn profile and you do not have a current position, your status may...
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