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April 30, 2010
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ASHHRA 2010 Compensation Survey
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Receive great benefits that include:

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US surgeon general discusses diversity in research industry and clinical trial participation
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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin will deliver the keynote address at the May 3 summit which will take place during the 2010 BIO International Convention being held May 3-6 in Chicago. The summit will focus on the importance of integrating diverse and underserved populations within the medical, agricultural and energy research industry, increasing employment opportunities and encouraging participation in clinical trials. More

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Breaking the 'bamboo ceiling'
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Change a few circumstances in her life and Sakie Fukushima says she would have been a housewife. She was raised to be a good Japanese wife and homemaker, after all. That's what was expected of women of her generation — to sit behind their men, make their bentos, iron their shirts and watch them rise to lead Japan's economy. Life did not go as Fukushima expected. She's one of Japan's most powerful executives, sitting on the board of both U.S. and Japanese-based multi-national companies. The fact that she is a female in one of the most male-dominated business cultures is a stunning back story in one woman's remarkable ascent through the so-called "bamboo ceiling." More

The economic imperative of achieving diversity
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Around the globe the pressure to raise college completion levels is growing. Many political and business leaders recognize that prosperity, within a rapidly changing global economy, requires more knowledgeable workers: Today's employers expect workers to be, among other things, critical thinkers, effective communicators, ethical decision-makers and effective team members. Given these realities, the educational community faces significant challenges — and opportunities--in ensuring that all students are equipped with the skills that are vital to America's long-term economic success. More

Race and disability discrimination complaints in Wisconsin TANF Program to be resolved by statewide agreement
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Under a new agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DCF will ensure that when Wisconsin families seek income assistance and help finding employment, they will have an equal opportunity to participate in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, regardless of race, color, national origin or disability. DCF entered into the agreement following an OCR investigation of complaints filed by Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation, and the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP. The complaints alleged that DCF and its predecessor agency, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, discriminated on the basis of race and disability in the administration of the W-2 program. The disability-related complaints stemmed from the experiences of individual families. More

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Connecticut woman alleges genetic discrimination at work
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A Connecticut woman who had a voluntary double mastectomy after genetic testing is alleging her employer eliminated her job after learning she carried a gene implicated in breast cancer. …Her complaints, filed with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, are among the first known to be filed nationwide based on the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. More

Arizona immigration law draws Republican critics
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When Arizona's governor signed the country's toughest immigration enforcement rules into law last week, Democrats — including President Barack Obama — immediately denounced it as a poorly-conceived bill that could threaten Americans' civil liberties. Now several national Republicans, many of them hailing from states with large Latino populations, are echoing some of those concerns. More

Coast Guard acts quickly on diversity, but not without implementation problems
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The Coast Guard's motto is ""emper Paratus." It means "Always Ready." We see that in action when the Coast Guard rapidly responds to an oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico or a capsized boat off Key West, Fla., or a crashed helicopter in Lake Huron. Less apparent is how quickly the Coast Guard put that motto into action after it was criticized for doing too little to increase diversity in its civilian and uniformed ranks. It has moved swiftly, but not without important problems in the implementation of the agency's diversity program. More

Human resources: The business case for diversity
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There are myriad reasons why Royal Bank of Canada is so successful. Its balance sheet is strong, it has leading market share in all of its business lines-from banking to insurance to wealth management to investment banking-and, at a time when many of its competitors are retrenching, it continues to invest in new products, services and markets. But not to be overlooked as a contributing factor is the diversity of its workforce. Canada's largest banking company actively targets new immigrants, women entrepreneurs, Canadian Aboriginals, the gay and lesbian community and people with disabilities, and chief executive Gord Nixon says the key to reaching these audiences are having a workforce that mirrors their cultures. More

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