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Aug. 9, 2013


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Certification Information, Webinar, and Mentoring


Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR) Candidate Handbook and Application

Apply no later than Sept. 3, 2013 for the
Inaugural Examination offering on
October 1, 2013,

at the ASHHRA 49th Annual Conference & Exposition in Washington, D.C., in paper and pencil format. Results will be available 3-4 weeks after exam.

457(b) and 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans for Hospital and Health Care Institutions
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 27
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 p.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Nancy A. Taylor, director of executive compensation, TIAA-CREF
Price: ASHHRA Members: FREE
Non-members: $69

Register Now

A carefully designed executive compensation plan is an important component of a total competitive rewards program because it can help recruit and retain, as well as motivate, key leaders and medical professionals at your hospital or health care system. In turn, eligible participants can save on current taxes by deferring more compensation to these plans than what is typically available under a qualified 403(b) or 401(k) plan all the while saving more toward retirement.

Join us for the upcoming webinar which will help you understand and manage your 457 non-qualified deferred compensation plans by:
  • Reviewing your fiduciary requirements
  • Analyzing plan design features
  • Discussing taxation, general administrative, and compliance requirements.
Register Now

Interested in Becoming a Mentor or a Mentee?: The ASHHRA Mentoring Program is designed to create a mentorship community for health care HR professionals to enhance and grow knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel in their career. Check it out here and complete the application by Sept. 27.

IFD Webinar

Working with Latino Immigrant Populations: Striving to Provide Culturally & Linguistically Competent Services
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 28
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenter: Jaime Peñaherrera director of diversity and community partnerships at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif.
*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 90-minute webinar will discuss a number of factors that contribute to the diversity and complexity inherent in Latino immigrant populations, and give practical applications of concepts to help health care leaders become more proactive and competent when working with Latino immigrants in order to better understand their mentality and attitude toward health care.

For more information and to register, click here



4 ways to reinvigorate diversity councils
Diversity Executive
Increasing organizational effectiveness to improve business results is a perennial challenge. Excellent organizations know the status quo is not enough. They know they cannot rest on their laurels, and this same premise holds for sub-units in an organization. A diversity council can be a critical part of an organization’s success in developing a diverse and inclusive work environment. Councils can generate inclusiveness across organizational segments including senior and middle management, rank-and-file and various diverse cohorts.
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5 mistakes hospitals make in employee relations
Becker's Hospital Review
A recent blog post from global employee assessment firm Select International, based in Pittsburgh, highlights five ways organizations can fail at human capital management. Amber Thomas, consultant with Select International, identified the following five mistakes organizations make with their employees.
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The Trayvon Martin effect and managing race issues in the workplace
Fast Company
The research is clear — a company with diverse employees is a company with a wide range of workplace experiences. While the majority of acts of discrimination are not blatant violations of company policy, diverse employees are commonly treated differently in small, subtle ways. For example, black employees may now be subjected to a barrage of seemingly innocent questions like, “What do you think of the Trayvon Martin verdict?” Unless these employees are attorneys, they are probably wondering why THEY are considered “experts” on the matter.
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Creating an effective workplace social media policy
Bloomberg Law
Social media has pervaded the workplace. At any moment, your employees might be updating their Facebook status, following celebrity tweets, or networking with colleagues on LinkedIn. A 2012 report by SilkRoad Technology revealed that 75 percent of employees access social media daily on the job, with 60 percent doing it multiple times per day. Almost half the respondents indicated that connecting with co-workers was the top reason to use social media at work. Only 23 percent of the employees, however, had received a social media policy from their employers, and fewer than 10 percent had received social media training. A new body of law is growing to address social media in the workplace. Employers must balance their business needs against employees’ freedom to engage in personal pursuits.
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Oldest boomers are increasingly facing discrimination in the workplace
As the oldest boomers blaze the trail into an extended working life, increasingly they are experiencing classic age discrimination. One in five workers between 45 and 74 say they have been turned down for a job because of age, AARP reports. About one in 10 say they were passed up for a promotion, laid off or denied access to career development because of their age.
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Attorneys address implications for employers of justices' latest affirmative action ruling
Bloomberg BNA
The rules governing affirmative action and diversity in employment were not directly affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's latest decision in an education case, but employers should exercise caution when considering race as a factor in hiring or recruitment, a panel of attorneys advised during a recent employment law seminar.
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Want to motivate women to advance? Offer flex time
Diversity Executive
Despite a recent push by some high-profile companies to rein in flexible working arrangements, a large majority of high potential employees report working for firms that offer some kind of flex option. In addition to showing that 81 percent of high potentials say their current employer offers a flexible work option, the April 2013 study by nonprofit research firm Catalyst shows that offering flex work actually influences workers’ career aspirations to advance up the leadership pipeline, especially among women.
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5 big mistakes that will get you sued under the ADA
HR Morning
This year, it’s expected that nearly 30,000 ADA-related claims will be filed against employers with the EEOC. A big part of the reason: Some employers have gotten their wires crossed when it comes to complying with some of the more confusing aspects of the law. In 2012 alone, the EEOC says 26,379 disability claims were filed, and the agency collected a whopping $103.4 million in damages resulting from those claims. To help employers keep themselves from becoming part of those statistics, employment law attorney Jeffrey S. Kopp recently pointed out five of the worst mistakes employers make that expose them to EEOC discrimination claims and employee lawsuits.
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