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The immeasurable value of retaining women in
Large numbers of highly qualified women are dropping out of mainstream careers. In a recent conversation with diversity consultant Jennifer Brown, she reflected findings in a Harvard Business Review, that women are defecting from "extreme jobs" (jobs that demand a high number of responsibilities, tight deadlines and long work weeks) in large numbers. As Brown put it, "everyone loses" when women leave the workforce in large numbers. More
HIV-related employment discrimination in China highlighted in report
Mandatory HIV testing of workers in China should be revoked and the right of people living with HIV (PLWHIV) to employment should be protected, a report advocated. The report, HIV and AIDS Related Employment Discrimination in China, was released at an event held by the International Labor Organization, UNAIDS and Marie Stopes International. The report documents discrimination against PLWHIV in workplaces across China, including the mandatory testing of workers, the denial of job offers, forced resignations, mandatory job changes and demotions. More
Managing workplace diversity
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While many organizations talk diversity, it doesn't necessarily mean they're all good at it. The wrong leadership approach could turn a well-intentioned effort into mere PR "fluff" and polarize employees. The successful approach is one that can bring everyone on board from the top down. After having worked on several corporate diversity initiatives in her career, Nan Oldroyd has learned that managing a diversity program has to be a team effort. More
Employer obligations to temporary workers
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Increasing numbers of employers are using temporary workers from staffing agencies, whether to meet short-term needs or to replace laid off employees. Since a host employer often exercises control over temps regarding daily tasks, working hours or similar conditions of employment, it can become a joint employer under various laws. Although the staffing agency is the employer for taxes and payroll purposes, a host employer still has some responsibilities under anti-discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. More
When prayer opens the workplace
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John Chandy Otim, the General Manager told The Observer that the practice of prayer before work begins started eight years ago when they started the company. At 8 a.m., Otim says, all members of staff converge at a particular spot in the show-room. They start by reading a Bible verse that will inspire them that day. Different verses are chosen on different days by a member of staff conversant with the scripture. The verse is reflected upon and its relevance to mankind. After that, prayer ensues. More
Bias blocks foreign-trained MDs
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Two thirds of immigrant doctors are shut out from practicing medicine in Quebec because of systemic discrimination, a human rights investigation revealed. Gaétan Cousineau, head of the Quebec Human Rights Commission, said physicians trained outside Canada or the United States face obstacles in Quebec, especially in the selection process at the university level. More
What makes Millennials happy?
As if life weren't complicated enough in an era of technological and economic flux, today's 18-25-year-olds must also cope with unpredictable shifts in gender roles. It's one aspect of the culture wars in which no one is granted the safety of non-combatant status. However, a newly released survey of millennial-generation adults by Euro RSCG makes it clear that the tensions don't reliably play out the way you might guess. And the attitudes of young-adult women differ significantly from those in evidence a couple decades ago amid a more us-against-them phase of feminism. More
Mayo Clinic to further study cancer disparities in American Indians
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Networks Program Center grant from the National Cancer Institute to further develop its cancer health disparities outreach within American Indian and Alaska Native communities, a press release said. As one of only two American Indian medical oncologists in the country, Mayo Clinic's Native American Programs director Judith Kaur, M.D. is uniquely positioned to lead this program. More
Best companies bridge the generation gap
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Work-life balance has always been important to Anthony Di Carlo. But rather than rushing home to a young family or spending time at a summer cottage, the 30-year-old senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP carves out time to be a true soldier of fortune. "It's auditor by day, infantry officer by weekend," says the upbeat Montreal resident. "I had been contemplating how to make these two passions work in my life, and it was one of the main reasons I came to PwC." As part of the consulting company's flexible time away program, employees can take an unpaid leave or a reduced workweek and remain covered by all benefits during their time off. More
Indian IT opens-up to lesbians, gays
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For the first time, some companies in India's forward-looking and globalised IT industry have started targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Going ahead, the companies are holding manager and employee sensitization programs to avoid discrimination at the workplace. This is being considered a welcome gesture to the community as well as to boost diversity. More
Hitting a concrete ceiling
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While much has been written about the "glass ceiling," which creates barriers for women reaching the executive suites, there is far less discussion about the role race plays in this equation for visible minority women. Visible minority women in Canada made 84.7 cents for every dollar earned by white women and a staggering 53.4 cents for every dollar earned by white men, a report by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, based on 2005 census data shows. More
Recruitment is a risky business: The 8 types of risk takers
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A manager's natural disposition towards risk, their response to it and their capacity to manage it, will distinguish them from their peers and influence their managerial or leadership style. Whether, for example, they would be categorized as the prudent type, preoccupied with elimination of risk and uncertainty, or the fearless adventurous type, actively courting danger and seeking excitement, will determine their mind set and the way that they handle problems, plan for the future, motivate staff, shape economic strategy or grasp opportunities. It will contribute to their success or to their downfall, or to both. In extreme cases it may bring their organization crashing down around their ears. More