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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
March 20, 2009
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Dear ASHHRA/IFD Members,

ASHHRA continues to provide relevant information regarding the economy and the latest in legislative updates that are impacting your day-to-day work life. We have two new Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) briefings from IRI Consultants that will give you the latest update to the impending legislation. You will find these briefings at

On March 31st we are offering a terrific Webinar brought to you by the Institute for Applied Management and Law (IAML) regarding "Dealing with Reductions in Force: the How Tos, Impact, Legalities & More." IAML has partnered with ASHHRA to bring this to you at a discounted rate.

On April 8th, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, will sponsor an update to "FMLA Check Up" at the reduced rate of $134.99 to ASHHRA and IFD members.

ASHHRA is committed to providing FREE Webinars:

  • April 22: Presented by AARP on a Workforce Assessment Tool Introduction
  • In April or May Jones Day Presents on the new Obama administrationís changes to COBRA (date to be determined) and other information from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Click here to register for the Webinars.

We understand the necessity to have the latest information at reduced prices or FREE during these difficult economic times, and you have our commitment to continue to do our very best to provide them to you.

The Institute for Diversity brings you two important events:

I) Summer Enrichment Program
The Institute for Diversity invites you to participate in a special teleconference discussing the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) and the benefits of becoming a Host Site, especially in our current economy. This event will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., CST. Dial-in: 1-800-351-6802, Pass Code: 56484.

II) Diversity Dialogue
Our special dialogue will feature Ms. Rosalyn Cole, Associate Medical Center Director with the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. Ms. Cole has been instrumental in having the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) adopt SEP as their official internship program. Even during these tough times, the VHA has increased their participation by 300% over the last year. Fred Hobby, President and CEO, as well as Pamela Janniere, Educational Programs Consultant will discuss the Institute, SEP and why serving as a Host Site can be a solution to your bottom line. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of all the panel participants.

Please contact Pamela Janniere, Educational Programs Consultant, at or at (312) 422-2658 with any questions.


Cathy Sewell
Executive Director
Fred Hobby
President, CEO
Institute for Diversity

Baby Boomers Face Workplace Ageism
from The Examiner
There is growing evidence that some Baby Boomers and other older workers are victims of age discrimination − both when they are laid off from their jobs and when they go to look for another job. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported yesterday that age-related job discrimination complaints are at an all-time high, jumping 28.7 percent to 24,582 filed in the year that ended Sept. 30, up from 19,103 in 2007. More

Silent Victims Opt for Jobs Over Workplace Bullying, Sexual Harassment Complaints
Workers are putting up with bullying and sexual harassment because they fear a complaint would mean "career death." Almost two thirds of Australian workers say they have been bullied at work, and nearly one third claim to have been sexually harassed, according to a recent employment survey. It showed 74 percent of sexual harassment cases went unreported, often because workers feared the impact it would have on their job. More

Hawaii Celebrates 50 Years After Statehood Bill
from The Associated Press
Gov. Linda Lingle called Hawaii's unique racial and cultural diversity one of its most resonant contributions to the world during a celebration yesterday of the signing of the Hawaii Admission Act, which paved the way for statehood 50 years ago. More

Aetna Ranked in DiversityIncís Top 50 Companies for Diversity
from WebWire
DiversityInc announced that Aetna has been named to its 2009 list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity. Of the 401 companies under consideration, Aetna was ranked 48th. The company also ranked fifth on the DiversityInc's Top 10 Companies for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual employees and eighth on the DiversityInc's Top 10 Companies for people with disabilities. The view the entire list of companies honored, click here. Subscription is required. More

   Engaging Employees through
   Effective Communication Tools

   By: Kate Murawa,
   Communication Solutions Consultant with Findley Davies, Inc.

In a time where we are faced with doing more with less, the most essential part of your business is your top talent. And right now, your top performers are more valuable than ever. Ensuring that they are engaged and motivated is going to be what sets your organization apart and gets you through to the other side of this economic crisis. How do you keep your employees productive and give them a sense of security and control in an otherwise uncontrollable environment? Itís time to refine and execute a comprehensive communication strategy. This article describes some of the top ways to do that. To read the entire article, visit

Conservatives Argue Obama's Victory Shows Legal Safeguards for Minorities Not Needed
from The Seattle Times
The election of Barack Obama as president has been hailed as a crowning achievement of America's civil-rights movement, the triumph of a black candidate in a nation with a history of slavery and segregation. But in a twist, Obama's success has now emerged as a central argument from conservatives who say his victory proves that some of the most protective civil-rights laws can be erased. More

U.S. Health Care System Pinched by Nursing Shortage
from Portfolio
The U.S. health care system is pinched by a persistent nursing shortage that threatens the quality of patient care even as tens of thousands of people are turned away from nursing schools, according to experts. An estimated 116,000 registered nurse positions are unfilled at U.S. hospitals and nearly 100,000 jobs go vacant in nursing homes, experts said. More

Best HR Ideas for 2009
from the Human Resource Executive
In recognizing the best human resource ideas of the past year, we're essentially honoring the thought processes and creativity that went into getting them off the ground, along with the programs and approaches to the business challenges themselves. We're also underscoring the need for organizations, particularly HR organizations, to work harder than ever today − in these economically troubled times − to harness their creative energy and encourage their innovative thinkers in order to stay ahead of the pack and survive. More

Nursings' Techno Diversity
from the ADVANCE for Nurses
The diversity of technological achievement is mind-boggling, that much is certain. But is diverse technology attuned to diverse users? Manufacturers of products with direct patient/clinician interfaces are trying to refine diversity sensitivity now that health care technology is up and running. More

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