Archive for the ‘Employee Relations’ Category

OFCCP’s LGBT Executive Order and its impact

Executive Order 13672 Highlights: LGBT non discrimination E.O. 13672 went into the Federal Register Dec. 9, 2014 and will be effective April 8, 2015 Any place your organization displays the entire list of protected classes, gender identity and sexual orientation must be added EO Clause for contracts and sub contracts should be amended, along with Ad […]

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6 Internal Investigation Mistakes

As a former EEOC investigator, gone corporate then gone consultant…I’ve reviewed my share of internal discrimination investigations. Some are impressive, some are epic and well, others shouldn’t have bothered. Here’s our dirty half- dozen mistakes: 1. No report written to memorialize what happened – your notes scribbled on legal pads are often difficult for you […]

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2011 OFCCP review

WOW! 2012 was an interesting year on the OFCCP front.  Here’s what we experienced: As advertised, we noticed a decline in the number of audits but the audits we assisted with were INTENSE. The Chicago office experienced a backlog resulting in rescinded audits and the movement of cases in that office to other offices. We […]

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Addressing the 13%

The US Department of Labor states that the unemployment rate for the disabled is 13% – 1.5x the rate of those without disabilities.  In order to address that high rate, the OFCCP is proposing a 7% disability hiring goal for Affirmative Action employers – strengthening the Rehabilitation Act. Visit the federal e-rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov […]

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The best defense is a good offense

In football and human resources (still hurting from that Cowboys loss last night!), having an offensive strategy is imperative, particularly in the compliance area.  Many companies receive their affirmative action plans, give them a quick glance then stick them on a shelf just praying that this is a year they won’t be audited. We’re advocating […]

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I took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights….

Retaliation. It’s funny in a country song, but in the workplace…it can mean serious trouble. The EEOC reports that in 2010, that for the first time in its history, Retaliation Charges were the most filed EEOC charge – representing 36.3% of all charges filed – that’s greater than 1 in 3!!! As a former investigator […]

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And the Sign said, Long Haired Freaky People Need Not Apply…

You’d be hard pressed to find a sign like that out today. Or advertisements seeking “Help Wanted Male” “Help Wanted Female,”  or signs telling someone to use the back door.  We’ve come a long way from those early contentious days of the Civil Rights Act, but are we there yet? Have we created a business […]

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I love the way you lie…

Well, not really.  But you know all of those “he said/she said” situations HR folks are faced with…how in the world do you ever get to the truth?  Most internal HR professionals choose the easy way out – call it a spitting contest and err in favor of the company.  However, did you know that […]

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She’s a pink warrior…

Yes, that is me wearing the Pink Survivor shirt. Most people who know me away from work know that I am a 9 year breast cancer survivor and my volunteer passion is with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  But a lot of my clients had no idea I went through a year of breast […]

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Money, money, money…mo-ney

OFCCP audits are focusing on compensation equity — specifically are there any inequities between males/females or minorities/white similarly situated employees in your organization?  Compensation is a slippery slope.  HR professionals recognize that there are many components to compensation level: education, seniority, performance, market conditions, predecessor companies, etc.  Unfortunately, the data that you need to support […]

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