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July 30, 2010
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ASHHRA Webinar - Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010
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DOL announces new pay equity
and workplace flexibility initiatives

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During a recent White House Middle Class Task Force forum, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced several department initiatives designed to end wage discrimination while improving pay equity and work/life balance. "Pay equity is a core family issue," said Solis. "More money in a woman's paycheck means a working family not having to choose between paying the mortgage, buying groceries, or buying necessary school supplies." More

Advantages of cultural diversity in the workplace setting
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Having a diverse workforce is a value to any company. Diversity is important in the workplace because it allows for innovation through different skill sets and background information. If a workforce has diversity it will be more capable of solving conflicts and creating resolutions. The following essay will summarize an experience where the lack of diversity caused problems in the workplace. This essay will also discuss the ramifications of lack of diversity, and it will identify strategies for avoiding and addressing the problem because it is important to have a diversified staff in the workplace. More
Lessons from the Shirley Sherrod saga
The Nation via CBS News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It goes without saying that Andrew Breitbart did not viciously smear Shirley Sherrod because of her all-powerful role as a mid-level appointee in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This invented controversy isn't about farming, and it's not even about taking shots at the NAACP, which recently called out the Tea Party's racism before rushing to repudiate Sherrod-only to later admit that they'd been "snookered." At the end of the day, the fiasco is not even really about Obama.

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Muslim woman sues Somerset Medical Center
in New Jersey for religious discrimination

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Rona Mohammedi went to Somerset Medical Center the night of Feb. 11 with severe chest pains. After hearing she would need an electrocardiogram, she asked for a female to conduct the test. A Muslim, Mohammedi wears traditional garb, including the hijab, or head scarf. The Basking Ridge woman believes it is her religious duty to maintain modesty before strange men, and an EKG calls for wires to be applied to the chest, shoulders and wrists. Instead of heeding her request, officials let her languish in the emergency room for five hours until 3:10 a.m., when her husband sought a transfer. More

At more and more companies, smokers need not apply
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If you're trying to find a job these days, it might help to get rid of your cigarette habit. A hospital in the Atlanta suburbs is the latest employer nationwide that is refusing to hire smokers. Gwinnett Medical Center instituted the policy July 1, but other hospitals, including Cleveland Medical Center in Ohio, also have the policy. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the lawn-care giant, hasn't hired smokers since 2006. More

Anniversary of ADA brings presidential order to hire more disabled workers
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As the country marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Obama administration and Congress are taking steps to give the disabled greater access to federal jobs and technology. Under a new executive order from President Obama, federal agencies will step up efforts to hire 100,000 disabled employees over the next five years. Ten years ago this month, President Bill Clinton laid out the same goal in a similar order, Obama wrote in the order, but "few steps were taken to implement [the order] in subsequent years." More

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New veterans adjust from battleground to workplace
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Just more than a year ago, Larry Tentinger was a Navy reservist in Iraq overseeing medical care for nearly 1,000 Marines. The senior corpsman passed his days riding a Humvee into combat and surviving the gunmen who lurked in the city. Today, he is back at his job as an assistant professor in the education school at the University of South Dakota. Now, his biggest concern is mentoring students; once, it was keeping soldiers alive. More

ACP: Despite gains, racial disparities linger
Modern Healthcare    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although progress has been made, "overwhelming evidence shows that racial and ethnic minorities are prone to poorer quality health care than white Americans," according to Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Updated 2010, a position paper released by the American College of Physicians, an internal medicine society made up of some 129,000 physicians and medical students. The paper cites statistics such as how 34 percent of Latinos lack health insurance compared with 13 percent of whites and how racial and ethnic minorities diagnosed with dementia are 30 percent less likely than whites to use anti-dementia medications. More

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