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January 12, 2015


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals for the ASHHRA 51st Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, is now open. To submit a proposal for one of the 2015 learning sessions, please visit the ASHHRA Call for Proposals.

Join ASHHRA for the premier educational event and networking experience for the health care human resources (HR) profession! Consider becoming ASHHRA faculty to share your best practices, innovative solutions and expertise with health care HR professionals and enable them to lead the way to achieve excellence in their organizations.

DEADLINE: Submissions are due by Friday, Jan. 23.

IFD Webinar
January Diversity Dialogue - Risk Adjustment
Date: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes
Alexis Levy, director, HealthScape Advisors
Brandon Solomon, manager, HealthScape Advisors
Price: Institute for Diversity Members: FREE; Non-Institute for Diversity Members: $99
Join the Institute, and the webinar is free. Click here for more information regarding membership. If paying by check, please contact Pamela Janniere at 312-422-2691 or by email at

Registration is open for the Institute’s next Diversity Dialogue, “Risk Profile of New Exchange Entrants: Implications and Opportunities for Health Care Systems.” This webinar will help participants become familiar with risk profiles of commercially risk adjusted populations including the changing demographics and diversity of patients. Participants will also learn about the financial importance of risk adjustment to health plans and the impact it has on provider-health plan relationships. For more information and to register, click here.

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4 ways to embrace diversity for workplace success
The business landscape will look dramatically different in coming decades. By embracing people’s differences, we can spark innovation, better understand and serve our customers and gain competitive advantage. Driving a successful diversity strategy begins with the senior leaders, but to be fully sustainable it needs to be lived by every one of us. If that seems challenging, think about this: many leading researchers and social scientists have proven a link between diversity and productivity.
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New rules protect transgender workers against discrimination
The Hill
Transgender employees will be protected from workplace discrimination in the public sector, the Department of Justice announced. Previously, workplace discrimination laws in the public sector excluded discrimination on the basis of a person's gender identity, the Justice Department noted. But Attorney General Eric Holder announced recently that the federal government's views on this issue have "evolved over time."
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Gender-specific retirement education fills void, boosts workplace diversity
While the advent of the Affordable Care Act has placed a spotlight on preventive care and employer wellness programs, less attention is being paid to Americans' financial health, particularly that of women and their need to save for retirement. Yet employers have a critical role to play in helping women save for retirement, and research suggests women are open to receiving information from their employers and more likely to take advantage of investment tools, programs and education when they're offered.
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Gay marriage sweeps US: How does it affect the workplace, you?
AOL Jobs
Recently, Florida became the 36th state to have legalized same-sex marriage, per a federal court order. The first marriage licenses have already been issued in Miami-Dade County. Unless something changes drastically, it seems that gay marriage is here to stay in the vast majority of states. Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas all have had courts rule that gay marriage should be legal, but those cases are stayed.
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The life-planning tool that aims to fix tech's diversity problem
B. Cole was the first person in her family to go to college. But when she arrived at Mills College in Oakland, California, she realized that being accepted to a school is just the first step. Hanging in until graduation and setting yourself up for a career means staying organized and applying for the right scholarships, fellowships, and internships. Cole did well for herself, receiving a prestigious Harry S. Truman Foundation scholarship and going on to attend the London School of Economics.
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Pregnancy discrimination persists despite law's expectations
Houston Chronicle
The satirical portrayal of sexual harassment and discrimination in the 1980 movie "9 to 5" seems almost quaint today. Times have changed in the workplace since then. Pretty much everyone knows not to call women "babe" in the office, and unwelcome sexual advances get people fired. But there is one form of discrimination that seems to persist no matter how much it's debated at the U.S. Supreme Court or featured in the movies. Pregnancy discrimination continues to vex working women.
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Diversity is the key to understanding
Montgomery Advertiser
According to author Josh Moon: Stuart Scott wasn't a favorite of mine. To be clear, I'm talking about the late ESPN anchor's working persona, not the man himself. I didn't know Scott, who passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. But I have a number of friends who spent time around him, and they all have said he was a perfectly nice guy who was quick to help out the young folks in that business and generally a pleasurable guy to be around.
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Intel allocates $300 million for workplace diversity
New York Times
Over the last year, Apple, Google and other big technology companies have faced mounting criticism by civil rights leaders about the lack of diversity in their work forces, which are populated mostly by white and Asian men. Now Intel, the giant chip maker, is taking more concrete steps to do something about it. Recently, Intel said the company's work force would better reflect the available talent pool of women and underrepresented minority groups in the United States within five years.
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Gay marriage legal; so is workplace bias
Sun Sentinel
It may be legal to marry a same-sex partner in Florida now, but have a photo of that spouse on your desk at work, and as far as state law is concerned, it's also legal to fire you. A bill now before the Florida Legislature's Civil Justice Subcommittee would change that, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the already-protected classes: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap and marital status.
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