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Nov. 5, 2010
Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members,

As you wrap up 2010 and plan for 2011, we want to inform you of a few opportunities that are available to you.

ASHHRA Conference – 2011: Speaking Opportunity
The Call for Presentations for the 2011 annual conference is now open. The conference well be held on Sept. 10-13, 2011 in Phoenix, Ariz. The deadline to submit presentations is Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.

ASHHRA Industry Research Reports
Get these values reports to help you address many of the issues you face in your facility: HR Metrics Tool, Compensation Survey Report, Labor Activity Report, and the Retirement Plans Trends Report.

IFD Diversity Dialogue – FREE to ASHHRA Members
A One-Time Offer
Topic: The CLAS Standards and Resolving the Diversity Dilemma
When: Dec. 6, 2010
Time: 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. CT
For more Information, contact Pamela Janniere at pjanniere@aha.org or at 312-422-2691.

If you have any questions about ASHHRA and IFD benefits and services, please give us a call.

Respectfully,

Sharon C. Allen
Director, Marketing & Business Development
ASHHRA
sallen@aha.org
312-422-3722
Fred Hobby
President
IFD
fhobby@aha.org
312-422-2690





Is affirmative action still so necessary?
The Atlanta Post    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The topic of affirmative action has become somewhat taboo. Opponents argue that instead of moving past discussions of inequality and race, affirmative action in fact encourages discrimination in an era — depending on who you ask — that is deemed post-racial. But if you ask Shirley J. Wilcher, affirmative action is just as needed today as it was when President John Kennedy signed the policy into effect in 1961. More

Job seekers may want to do a credit check before an employer does
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even in good times, applying for a job is a nerve-wracking experience. In this economy, it's flat-out terrifying. Dozens of other people are probably vying for the same position, many of them younger, smarter and better-looking than you. Reports that employers are increasingly checking job applicants' credit records only add to job seekers' angst. Thirteen percent of companies conduct credit checks on all job applicants, and nearly half consider credit history for certain jobs, such as employees with financial responsibilities and senior executives, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. More



Why bias shows up in surprising places
Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The debate on the firing of commentator Juan Williams from NPR has addressed virtually every aspect of the topic. But it's a good illustration of an issue that comes up in the workplace when discrimination and discriminatory words come into play: People somehow think that members of certain groups are incapable of insensitivity. More

Gen X in the workplace: Stuck in the middle
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Generation X is stuck in the middle of the two largest generations in history (the baby boomers and the millennials). The modern workplace is jammed with three generations cramming to move forward, but sometimes it feels like there's simply too much in the way of our meager little Xer generation to merge. More

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If breastfeeding mother prefers bathroom, what should you do?
HR.BLR.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Under an FLSA amendment included in the Health Care Reform Act, employers must provide "a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child." The law requires that employers provide a private place, which may not be in the bathroom. … What if the employee would prefer the bathroom? More

The culture of bullying
DiversityInc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the national conversation on bullying gains momentum, it's time to take a closer look at what is causing this behavior and why it matters. "In today's America, incivility is on prominent display: in the schools, where bullying is pervasive; in the workplace, where an increasing number are more stressed out by coworkers than their jobs; on the roads, where road rage maims and kills; in politics, where strident intolerance takes the place of earnest dialogue; and on the web, where many check their inhibitions at the digital door," says Pier M. Forni, author of "The Civility Solution: What to Do When People are Rude" and director of The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. More



Beauty and the bias
4Hoteliers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The controversy over discrimination in employment based on appearance is heating up again; Newsweek recently ran a special report entitled 'The Beauty Advantage' that included a survey of hiring managers, 57 percent of whom said qualified but unattractive candidates will have a harder time landing a job. More than half of the managers in the survey advised job applicants to invest time and money in "making sure they look attractive" instead of on polishing a resume. In addition, Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode has authored a new book entitled The Beauty Bias that decries appearance discrimination and urges legal reforms to prohibit it. More

Employment for disabled people opens up doors
Princeton Daily Clarion (Opinion)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cashing your first paycheck can be exhilarating. Being a contributing member of the workforce gives us a sense of pride, independence and security, as well as consumer power to purchase goods and services. For people with disabilities, obtaining employment brings them closer to being full, valued participants in communities. More

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CDC's 'winnable battles' fails to include Asian health issues
AsianWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced its priority issues in a list of "six winnable battles," including HIV/AIDS, obesity and nutrition, traffic accidents, and teen pregnancy. Some Asian-American community activists, however, are saying that the list will do more harm than good to Asian Pacific Americans. "The Centers for Disease Control's new prioritization of "six winnable battles" once again demonstrates the CDC's poor track record towards achieving health equity for all Americans," said AsianWeek Foundation Director Ted Fang in a statement. More

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Age makes a difference in job hunt
Montreal Gazette via Edmonton Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gail Lea Scullion is having a tough time dealing with the rejection. "It's hard to keep going," she says. The 46-year-old has spent nearly two years looking for a job. After staying home for more than 20 years to raise her children and support her husband's career, she separated from her spouse and went back to school to become a travel agent. More
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