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Feb. 10, 2012

Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

We are hosting two valuable complimentary webinars this month. Register today and take advantage of these fabulous learning opportunities.

ASHHRA Webinar
Topic: Dear HR Director, Meet Your New Employees – Physicians
(This webinar has been approved for 1.25 general recertification credit hours through HR Certification Institute.)
Thursday, Feb. 16
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 75 Minutes
Sponsored by: Select International
Presenter: Maria Greco Danaher, shareholder, Ogletree-Deakins Law Firm
Robert A. Crossey, D.O., President, Premier Medical Associates
Sam Agnew, MD, president and medical director, Global Trauma Solutions
Bryan J. Warren (moderator), manager, health care solutions, Select International
Price: Free for ASHHRA members | $24.99 for non-members

Both physicians and hospitals are turning to physician employment models for a number of reasons. This session will examine: reasons behind the physician employment trend; selection — ensuring the right fit; the cost and cause of turnover; physician employment does not ensure physician engagement; performance based compensation models; selecting and developing physician leaders; recruitment strategies; HR and legal issues unique to physicians (employment contracts, ADA, ADEA, benefit plans, employment discrimination, and the hiring process).

Please click here to register

IFD Webinar
Topic: The United States Department of Labor-Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs: What Are My Requirements?
Date: Feb. 29
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenters: Margaret Kraak, Branch Chief for Planning and Program Development, OFCCP and Nakisha Pugh, Senior Compliance Officer, OFCCP
Price: Free for IFD members | $99.99 for non-IFD members

This presentation will discuss responsibilities for employers who have federal contracts and subcontracts as well as the building blocks needed to prepare affirmative action programs.

Please click here to register



Why we need more minority doctors
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"I'm an ER physician," Dr. Alden Landry said. "When I walk into patients' rooms and start speaking to them and introduce myself as their doctor, often older black women will say, 'Thank you for being my doctor! I'm so proud of you. I'm glad you're going to be taking care of me.' They say they feel more comfortable with me as their physician." Landry practices emergency medicine ... but he's more than just a doctor — he's helping lead the movement to diversify medicine. More

What Obama should do about workplace discrimination
The New York Times (opinion)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An executive order banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors might also be the first step toward federal legislation outlawing the same for all employees. Today, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is disturbingly common. Recent research by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 27 percent of lesbian, gay or bisexual people had been harassed at work or lost a job because of their sexual orientation in the previous five years. More

Racial and ethnic disparities in obesity start in childhood, making early intervention essential    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Disparities in obesity prevalence and risk factors are already evident in minority populations by the preschool years, emphasizing the need for early interventions to prevent and manage childhood obesity, according to an article in a special issue of the journal Childhood Obesity celebrating the second anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative. More

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Study: Nowhere to go but up for the poor lacking insurance
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In anticipation of the expansion of health insurance that will start in 2014 under the federal health care law, the Commonwealth Fund has begun tracking coverage of low-income Americans. The first of the surveys reconfirms what's already well-known: the poor are starting from a pretty bad place in terms of coverage. The report found a third of low-income Americans have lacked insurance for at least two years — 10 times the rate of higher earners. More

Generation Y, take a bow
San Diego Reader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether it's a conscious decision or simple dependence on our own experiences, each of us probably has been guilty of generational discrimination in the workplace at one time or another. The people who sacrificed through The Great Depression and braved World War II looked down their noses at the baby boomers, the post-war generation. The boomers were up in arms in the 1990s when Generation X began flexing its muscle and every worker over the age of 30 probably has the same sort of issue with the members of Generation Y. But the simplest explanation is the simple fact that we all think we know what's best. More

Older workers staying on the job much longer
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The American work force is getting grayer. As WBBM Newsradio's Regine Schlesinger reports, baby boomers are staying on the job much longer by their sheer numbers, because they're in better shape than previous generations, and due to the recent economic downturn. More

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Professor studies healthcare disparities in older Korean Americans
New York City College of Technology via Newswise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Soyeon Cho, assistant professor of human services at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) discusses her research that is focused on physical and mental health disparities in the Korean American populations. More

Obama administration launches equal pay app challenge
POLITICO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration is launching a software development competition designed to help achieve equal pay in the workforce for American women. "Right now, if you're a woman in the workforce, it can be surprisingly difficult to answer basic questions about equal pay: what's the typical salary for someone in your position? Should you be asking for more at the negotiating table? What are your fundamental legal rights?" White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote in the Huffington Post. "When the Equal Pay App Challenge is over, you'll have information that helps you answer these questions, available right on your smartphone or computer." More

Mental health at work: Creating safe workplaces
CTV News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are days when Michael Bach can't bear the thought of sitting in a closed-door meeting with his colleagues. Or anyone, for that matter. It isn't a reflection of how he feels about his co-workers, or whether he enjoys his job. As KPMG's National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Bach is no longer afraid to admit he lives — and works — with depression. More

Are we generations apart?
EBN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since building relationships and trust is a critical component of success in business, it makes sense to take a look at whether taking generational differences into account when cementing relationships with customers and reaching out to prospects could make a difference in the bottom line. Are there differences in expectations that we need to take into account? Are there things we need to do to tailor our offerings and approach to meet those expectations? More

Employment discrimination complaints hit new EEOC high
EEOC via Tri-State Defender    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — typically thought of as an agency that benefits protected classes such as minorities, women and the disabled — received a record 99,947 charges of employment discrimination in fiscal year 2011, and secured a chart-topping $455.6 million in relief. Once again, charges alleging retaliation were the most numerous. More

What doctors are telling us even when they're not talking
The New York Times (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I recently read through a study published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine on the different ways that African-American and white doctors communicate nonverbally with older patients, and I was reminded of a former colleague, a specialist in brain tumors who stood out from the rest of us young doctors for two reasons, writes Pauline W. Chen,M.D. First, though a relative newcomer to the hospital, he had diagnostic skills equal to those of physicians many years his senior. Second, and not unusual for over a decade ago, he was one of the few African-American physicians there. More

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