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Mar. 22, 2013


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

Your calendars are filling up, so register now for these two free-to-members webinars.

ASHHRA Webinar

Commitment to Making Better Health Care Choices: AHRQ Effective Health Care Program
Thursday, March 28
1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT)
60-minute webinar presented by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Presenter: Pam Montagno is the lead of AHRQ's Chicago Regional Partnership Development Office
Price: ASHHRA Members — FREE

How does your organization promote its commitment to helping your workforce make better health choices? Join AHRQ and ASHHRA for this complimentary webinar, which will provide free resources to help your organization's employees make more informed health decisions. If your workforce is armed with critical information concerning their chronic health conditions, higher quality health care and outcomes are the result — a win-win situation for you as a health care HR leader and your organization as a health care provider.

Learning objectives:
  • Access the full array of free resources on the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program website
  • Share the AHRQ resources with your employees and pertinent stakeholders to keep updated on the latest research.

REGISTER by Wednesday, March 27
To register, contact Danae Goldberg by emailing or calling 202-729-4294.
Registration must be completed by close of business on March 27.

Save up to $50 by registering before March 31!

IFD Webinar

Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion: An Ability-Centered Mindset When Broadening Inclusion for the Disabled
Wednesday, March 27
10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
90-minute webinar

Presenter: Francesca Sparacino, Corporate Partnership Consultant, Intersect for Ability

*Price: *Free for Institute members | $99 for non-Institute for Diversity members

*Note: Many ASHHRA members are also IFD members. Feel free to contact Pamela Janniere, Manager of Membership and Education, to see if your organization is a member at 312-422-2691 or email:

This presentation will focus on the employability and effectiveness of one of the largest — and most overlooked-job-seeking segments: individuals with intellectual and/ or developmental disabilities. Historic employment trends the most common preconceived notions and how the landscape of diversity and inclusion is changing for this population.

Click here to register



A potential cure for 'diversity fatigue'
Diversity Executive
Edward E. Hubbard writes: I recently read an article by a Canadian diversity colleague on the topic of what he called "diversity fatigue." What, you may ask, is diversity fatigue? He described it as "the Herculean effort required by diversity practitioners to keep the momentum going through the toughest economic crisis since the Depression. It is trying to sell and repackage a business case for diversity by showing specific return on investments at a time of limited dollars for any corporate imperative.
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How diversity and inclusion drive employee engagement
Globally, Sodexo is one of the largest companies in the world operating in 80 countries and employing nearly 420,000 employees. While the decentralized nature of the business model allows Sodexo to operate with agility and speed, it poses a challenge with regard to employee engagement. As a service company, employee involvement and enthusiasm are essential components to delivering the optimal products and services Sodexo is known for.
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Has anyone seen HR lately?
Diversity Executive
Author Robert Rodriguez says he's noticed a disturbing trend in the past three or four years when it comes to human resources. When important diversity and inclusion decisions are being made within an organization, HR is absent. They aren't involved in fleshing out ideas or helping to sell them to senior management and often are not there to help support diversity initiatives' implementation.
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Men still get the highest paying jobs
Business News Daily
Despite the popular sentiment that women have nearly closed the gender gap in the workplace, men continue to get the vast majority of high-paying jobs, new research shows. The study from the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions at the University of California, San Diego found that while recent high-profile stories in Slate and the New York Times have helped popularize the theory that the role of men in the workplace is declining, women continue to lag behind in securing top-level positions.
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More states offer job protections for abuse victims
USA Today
For the 24 years she lived with her husband, Susan Still was fearful of physical and verbal abuse at home. If she'd known then what she eventually found out — that one employer had noticed and was making note of various signs of Still's abuse — she says she'd have been even more afraid, in part because of what that could mean for her job.
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Federal agencies remain aggressive about pay equity enforcement
Employee Benefit News
Although the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act now is four years old and the Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in Congress, a wide pay gap still exists nationally. While PFA legislation has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled House, according to Jones Day partner Alison B. Marshall, she warned employers to remain vigilant about pay equity.
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Big firms make business argument for marriage equality
Human Resource Executive Online
As prominent employers show their support for furnishing same-sex married couples with the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples, HR leaders point to the positive effect such a stance may have in the war for talent. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of two cases concerning same-sex marriage, the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California law banning same-sex marriage.
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EEOC recoveries on the rise
Human Resource Executive Online
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recovery results in 2012 should serve as a strong reminder to employers that the agency is pushing hard on its most recent Strategic Enforcement Plan, according to a recent report on 2012 EEOC developments by a leading employment law firm.
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What Cisco CEO John Chambers needs to know about gender balance
Harvard Business Review
"While I have always considered myself sensitive to and effective on gender issues in the workplace," writes Cisco CEO John Chambers in a leaked email, "My eyes were opened in new ways and I feel a renewed sense of urgency to make the progress we haven't made in the last decade." This awakening was the result of a meeting with Sheryl Sandberg and reading her just-published book, Lean In.
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