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October 9, 2009


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members,

The ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition is less than a month away!
Have you registered yet?

If you haven’t and plan to attend, you’ll want to do the following right away:
  • Reserve your room in the ASHHRA room block at the Hyatt Regency on the River Walk, they are going fast.
  • Select your learning sessions now, the most popular ones are almost full.
  • Book your flight while good deals are still available.
  • Register for the Pre-Conference Tracks, there is something for all professional levels of HR.

One-day rates are available if you cannot attend the entire conference. Click here for details.
REGISTER TODAY!

Sincerely,

Sharon C. Allen,
Marketing & Membership Manager
ASHHRA
Fred Hobby
President
IFD


Bill would counter Supreme Court age bias ruling
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Democrats in Congress are trying to counter another Supreme Court decision on employment discrimination, this time taking aim at a ruling that makes it harder for older workers to prove age bias. A measure introduced this week would effectively reverse a 5-4 decision from earlier this year that said workers must show age was the decisive factor in a demotion or layoff. Previously, older workers had to show that age was just one factor in the employment decision. MORE


Swine flu more severe on Hispanics, African-Americans
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Swine flu is taking a disproportionate toll on Hispanics and blacks, with high percentages of children deaths (though small overall numbers) and a higher rate of adult hospitalization. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control released a report showing that a third of the 36 children who had succumbed to swine flu as of Sept. 4 were Hispanic, even though Hispanics make up just 15 percent of the U.S. population. More
Seven out of 10 LGBT adults, given the choice, prefer jobs in states that recognize same-sex marriages
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According to the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Survey, other factors being equal, 71 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults would prefer a job with an employer based in a state where marriage equality is recognized over an employer based in a state that does not yet recognize marriage equality for same-sex couples. When asked specifically of lesbian and gay adults, 79 percent or eight out of 10 agree.  More

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Pursuing workplace diversity: Business leaders find strong return on inclusion investments
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Kathy Taylor first encountered discrimination barriers when the new law school graduate interviewed with a firm that hired only "PLUs." Dave Lopez recalled his first instance as a young boy, when his hungry family stopped at a diner to eat, only to turn away due to a posted "No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed" policy. Yet while that memory of his father's anger haunts him, Lopez said he still finds need to examine his own efforts at workplace diversity, and his failings. "There is no finish line here," said the president of Oklahoma City's American Fidelity Foundation. More
Kaiser named leader in diversity by LATINA Style Magazine
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Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., soon will be honored at the White House for demonstrating diversity in its healthcare staff. The facility was ranked No. 1 by LATINA Style magazine on the publication’s list of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United States. More


Minority groups join forces in health care debate
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Minority groups joined forces Monday to form a coalition aimed at mobilizing African-American and Latino communities in the national debate over health care. The NAACP Voter Fund, the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Campaign for Community Change will kick off an advertising campaign this week. The ads are aimed at pushing minorities to join the debate, specificially by reaching out to fiscally conservative "blue dog" Democrats and urging them to support President Barack Obama's health care plan.  More

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Dozens of groups to Justice Deptment: End faith-based hiring
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More than seven months after announcing that it would deal with the so-called hiring issue around faith-based programs on a "case by case basis," the White House has given no indication of how its piecemeal policy is playing out. Many conservative religious interests want Obama to continue George W. Bush's policy of allowing faith-based groups to hire only fellow believers with federal funds. But many religious minorities, liberals, and secular groups are appalled at the thought that the Obama White House is extending the Bush-era policy. More
Deloitte's diversity push
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Deloitte CEO Barry Salzberg likes to talk about the value of diversity. But of the 4,500 partners and other top executives at his firm, 92 percent are white. A big part of the problem, Salzberg believes, is where Deloitte has been looking: in the same pool of top universities that everyone else taps for minority talent. More



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