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Nov. 19, 2010
Dear ASHHRA and IFD Members,

Please take advantage of the valuable learning and leadership opportunities that are available before the end of the year.

ASHHRA 47th Annual Conference & Exposition – 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 submission deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

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ASHHRA Webinars
TOPIC: Health Care Reform and Employer-Sponsored Health Plans: The Impact
of the Recent Election and Preparing for 2011 and Beyond
When: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
Time: 10:00 am PT, 11:00 am MT, 12:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm ET
Price: ASHHRA Members: Complimentary | Non-Members: $25
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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
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Respecting Muslim patients' needs
The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A woman in her mid-30s wearing a hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering, comes to an urgent care center complaining of leg pain. The first thing she asks: "Are there any woman doctors around?" She declines to be alone in an exam room with a male doctor. She does not want to be touched by a man who is not a family member, even as part of a medical examination. It's a hypothetical situation, recounted in a new paper in The Journal of Medical Ethics, but the scenario neatly summarizes some of the dilemmas confronting health care workers in hospitals serving observant Muslim patients. When the traditional health care system cannot accommodate their needs, what are doctors and nurses to do? More

Affirmative action may be back on the table
The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Backers of a bid to end affirmative action said that race-based preferences in college admissions and hiring are creating racial resentment and animosity and hampering efforts to build a color-blind society. "We've plateaued in our efforts. Further progress to end or slow discrimination has virtually ended," said Utah State Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield. "We are no longer making any difference with the programs enacted in the last 46 years." More

5 ways to bridge the generation gap at work
The Economic Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Age no longer ensures seniority in the workplace. Performance is what it's all about. Fresh ideas, out-of-the-box thinking, energy, ability to adapt and learn on the job are becoming increasingly important. Many older, seasoned executives, especially in the private sector, are suddenly finding themselves overtaken by GenNext. This shift of power often ends up creating a not-so-congenial atmosphere at the workplace. More

Supreme Court discusses gender discrimination in immigration case
The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Laws that discriminate between men and women have been regularly declared unconstitutional since the 1970s, but the Supreme Court seemed ready to permit an exception to that rule. At issue was when children born of mixed marriages abroad can claim U.S. citizenship. More

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Religious freedom has a place in the workplace    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The past 10 years have been difficult for actively religious workers across America. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received a dramatic increase — nearly 90 percent more — in complaints involving alleged religious discrimination in the workplace. The rate of religious discrimination claims has grown at around four times the rate as other claims. More

Methodist Health System closes the generation gap    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The generation gap is getting smaller for workers at Methodist Health System in Dallas, thanks to its Managing Generational Diversity classes. Health system staffers from four generations are learning the values, motivators, behaviors and expectations of each generation in the work force — traditionalists, baby boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials (including Generation Yers) in an effort to improve workplace communication. More

With no laws against it, workplace harassment takes a toll
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bullying is a growing concern across the country, yet workplace bullying is a life-altering threat that rarely gathers the attention that schoolyard bullying does. Still, workplace bullying can prompt feelings of stress, depression and anxiety, and some say it can cause heart attacks and even lead to suicide. More

Establishing fairness and legal predictability
Center For American Progress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congress has little time left on its legislative calendar, and it appears unlikely that it will tackle the Employment Non-Discrimination Act this year. ENDA would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This law has long been a primary goal for LGBT activists, given the widespread and persistent discrimination that people face based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. More

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Report debunks Millennial generation workforce myth
Wireless Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
So you think Millennials are the ones driving technology and social media adoption in the workplace? Not so fast, say the authors of the latest iPass Mobile Workforce Report. Defined in the report as a person age 34 or younger, Millennials are not pushing the envelope as much as many pundits would have you believe. "In reality, older generations are just as disruptive to the status quo in the workforce today," the report states. More

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Gender equality makes slow progress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gender inequality remains a considerable problem in the United States, both inside and outside of the workplace, 90 years after women's suffrage was enacted (1920), according to a recent Harris Interactive poll. More
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