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Jan. 13, 2012

Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Webinar
Topic: Easy Steps to Complying with the Worksite Lactation Accommodation Law
Date: Thursday, Jan. 31
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 60 Minutes
Presenter: Cathy Carothers, IBCLC, FILCA
Price: Free for ASHHRA members | $24.99 for non-members

Supporting breastfeeding employees is pivotal to your organization's family-friendly platform, with proven financial benefits to businesses, including an ROI of three to one. It's also the law. The U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has specific provisions requiring businesses to implement basic lactation support. This webinar will address the law, and provides HR managers with practical tools for implementing worksite lactation support programs in health care institutions, including options for enhancements. Case examples of hospitals that have implemented lactation programs will be included, along with practical strategies for addressing barriers specific to healthcare settings.

Click here for more information and to register.

ASHHRA 48th Annual Conference & Exposition
Online Registration Now Open
Save up to $50 with Early Bird Special

Register Online or Download the PDF Form to take advantage of saving up to $50 on your registration during the Early Bird Special for the ASHHRA annual conference in Denver, Sept. 22-25.

IFD Webinar
Topic: The National CLAS Standards
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Guadalupe Pacheco, Jr., Senior Health Advisor to Deputy Assistant for Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Price: Free for Institute members $99 for non-Institute members

This presentation will discuss how the CLAS standards can be used as a road map for introducing and implementing cultural and linguistic cultural competence to an interdisciplinary audience as well as introduce the newest standard.
Please click here to register.



1 simple secret to a more successful business
Small Business Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Want to make your business more financially successful? A more diverse work force could be the key. So reports a study led by Ryerson University professor, Kristyn Scott, which found that diversity in the workplace leads to happier workers, which leads, in turn, to greater loyalty and productivity, ultimately enhancing a company's bottom line. More

Can electronic health records erase disparities?
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Switching to electronic health records might help close health gaps between black and white Americans, researchers suggest in a new study. Using government data on primary care visits from 2007 to 2008, they found a racial gap in well-controlled blood pressure among doctors who didn't use digital records, but not among those who did. More

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At more US workplaces, smokers need not apply
HealthDay via U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Following the lead of the Cleveland Clinic and a growing number of other hospitals, Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System will turn away job applicants who smoke starting next month. The move further flames a debate between workers' rights organizations and health advocates over whether denying jobs based on tobacco use is just. Some argue it's a form of employment discrimination, while organizations that adopt such standards, including Geisinger, say that turning away smokers reduces health care costs and absenteeism, and sets a healthy example. More

What HR can learn about diversity from Angry Birds
Human Resources IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In Angry Birds the objective is to eliminate all the annoying green pigs before you move to the next level. The pigs can be in tricky, seemingly impossible places, but to clear the level and move to the next one, you have to get them all. In the workplace arena, some don't like the priority of diversity because they feel it's a "soft" subject that distracts and detracts from getting the job done. More

Journey toward inclusion
The Greater Lansing Business Monthly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sparrow Hospital and Health System could be a case study in diversity. Actually, it already has been. A 2009 benchmarking survey report from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, determined that at Sparrow, diversity is seen as an opportunity and not an issue. The all-inclusive workforce strategy of this area’s largest health system, which has two Lansing campuses and three affiliate hospitals, is to create an environment that aligns with the communities it serves, says Jacqueline Thomas-Hall, director of diversity and inclusion/pastoral care at Sparrow. More

Are older workers getting in the way of the young?
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Young Americans are having a much tougher time finding work than older workers. The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for workers over age 55 stood at 6.2 percent last month, compared with 9.4 percent for workers age 25 to 34. And the overall workforce is getting more gray. Labor force participation by workers over age 55 has risen 11 percent since December 2007 and is projected to go higher as baby boomers try to restore retirement security by staying on the job longer. More

Gen Y: A generation of entrepreneurs
American Express Open Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gen Y might be more entrepreneurial than anyone thought. The folks at Millennial Branding and analytics firm Identified teamed up to comb through millions of Facebook profiles and discovered where folks aged 18-29 are working. They found a few surprises about the economic life of America's young workforce. More

Support diversity through the year
The Times Leader (opinion)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Diversity" isn't a dirty word, yet it gets treated by too many people this Pennsylvania community see it as if it were taboo. They don't mention it, maybe don't even stop to think about it. Or they distort its meaning, for instance, in conversations about this area’s mostly all-white public school faculty, equating calls for more diversity in the teaching ranks as demands for hiring quotas. More

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