Dear ASHHRA & IFD Members,
Welcome to 2011! We wish you a great year. This week, we have a special request for ASHHRA members — Please give us your feedback on the member benefits we are providing to you.
In an effort to increase the value of your membership, we'd like to know your level of satisfaction with ASHHRA. Please take the next 10 minutes or so to complete the 2010 Member Satisfaction Survey.
Your valuable input will be used to help us enhance the resources, tools, learning, and education programs that we provide to meet your health care HR needs.
We would appreciate your feedback by Friday, Jan. 21. Click here to access the survey.
Thank you very much,
Sharon C. Allen, M.B.A.
How health care reform benefits people of color
Center for American Progress Share
Americans from racial and ethnic minorities will gain much from the Affordable Care Act. The nation's new health care law will improve health coverage and access to health services for all Americans, especially people of color. These Americans are often sidelined in our current health care system. They are more likely to be without health insurance coverage — they make up more than half of America's uninsured — and to be poor. They have higher rates of infant mortality, disease, and disability than the general population. They are more likely to have the risk factors such as obesity that predispose them to chronic illnesses, and are less likely to receive the preventive screenings, regular care, and necessary medications that could prevent or ameliorate their chronic conditions. More
ENC secures ban on anti-transgender discrimination in hospitals
Equality North Carolina Share
The new year brought a new step forward for equal rights in North Carolina. Effective Jan. 1, Equality North Carolina — a statewide LGBT advocacy organization — successfully secured a critical amendment to the state's Hospital Patient's Bill of Rights to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in all hospital services. More
The cost of ignorance
Diversity Executive magazine Share
Culturally naive business managers are allowing their organizations to lose millions of dollars in lost opportunities due to cultural misunderstandings, which are leading to the mismanagement of employees. Miscommunication and a lack of cross-cultural understanding are two main barriers organizations face when it comes to working globally. In an increasingly aggressive global business environment, there's no time for the misinterpretation and blunders that result from failing to recognize and understand each other's values. More
When it comes to pay, size matters
Star Tribune via The Seattle Times Share
It's an endless cultural lesson that's been drilled into our heads since we were tots, watching cartoons such as the Flintstones, and playing with Barbie and Ken dolls: If you are a woman, you should be extremely thin; if you are a man, you should be big and strong. And while we've grown accustomed to seeing studies that such stereotypes play out in the workplace — overweight and obese women, for example, have a harder time ascending the career staircase — a recent study has found that a worker's girth can have an appreciable impact on the size of their paycheck. More
The New York Times Share
Every Monday morning, the 15 people on David Leeds's team at Ernst & Young, meet and lay out the personal commitments that might interfere with work — basketball games, teacher conferences, Pilates classes, weddings. They arrange to cover for each other, helping make the busy season tolerable for everyone. More
The new pay gap: Boomers, Gen X and millennials
Forbes (blog) Share
A 2009 study of 25,000 millennials conducted by the Futures Company found that nearly 20 percent of the employees polled between the ages of 21 and 30 had seen at least one pay cut since 2008 and 14 percent suffered a layoff. In contrast, only 8 percent of baby boomers surveyed lost their jobs in the same year. More
8 ways women can get ahead in the workplace
As a new year begins, some women are vowing to change their workplace situation. But how exactly do you get noticed by the boss? Or earn that pay bump? Or snag that sweet promotion? It won't be easy. A study last month by Catalyst, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in the workplace, reported women accounted for only 14.4 percent of executive positions. More
EEOC: Workplace discrimination charges set record
Business Insurance Share
A record 99,922 private-sector workplace discrimination charges were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during fiscal 2010, the agency said. The number of charges filed in fiscal 2010, which ended Sept. 30, was more than the 95,402 record set in fiscal 2008 and was 7.1 percent higher than fiscal 2009, the EEOC said. More
Retirement looms: Time to get nervous
Bloomberg Businessweek Share
Let the retirement parties begin: The oldest members of the 1946-64 demographic wave known as the Baby Boom turn 65 this month. It's up for debate how much that 79 million-member generation should celebrate, at least when it comes to their finances. In a May 2010 Pew Center survey, 57 percent of baby boomers said their financial situation had deteriorated since the recession began in 2007. That's nine points more than the national average and worse than any other generation surveyed. More