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Dec. 30, 2009
As 2009 comes to a close, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the eNewsBrief: Hot Topics in Diversity, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication Jan. 8, 2010.

End of life health care more for Hispanics and Blacks    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Differences in health care costs during the final weeks of life existed among patients with advanced cancer, according to data from two studies published in The Archives of Internal Medicine. The cost discrepancies were associated with physician-patient communication about end of life and race/ethnicity, and led to worse quality of death among patients. More

Does your doctor judge you based on your color?
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John Reid, a retired businessman, came home from a Caribbean cruise a few years ago with an infected toe as a souvenir. As a diabetic, he knew it was serious, so he went to the emergency room near his home in New York City. There, he says, the first doctor he saw ordered an immediate amputation, scheduling him for surgery right then and there. Horrified, he argued with the doctor, insisting there had to be a way to avoid lopping off his toe. "You'd better bring the head doctor in here," he said. More

Diversity: The Obama Effect
Workforce Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In many ways, Subha Barry believes her job will be easier now that the United States has its first African-American president. She was having lunch at a diversity conference in Hong Kong when the organizers broadcast President-elect Barack Obama’s Nov. 4 victory speech in Chicago. "I remember thinking that the job of any supporter of diversity is going to be much easier because we now have this visual symbol in the most powerful role in the world," says Barry, managing director of global diversity and inclusion at Merrill Lynch. More

How hospitals treat same-sex couples
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During a medical emergency, a patient’s husband, wife, parents or other family members often are close by, overseeing treatment, making medical decisions and keeping vigil at the bedside. But what happens if the hospital won’t allow you to stay with your partner or child? More

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Mental illness in the workplace: The hidden epidemic
HR Zone    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With 50 percent of all sickness and absence attributed to stress every year, at an estimated cost of 4 billion to U.K. employers, isn't it about time that employers stopped burying their heads in the sand? Verity Gough explores how HR can play its role in dealing with this last taboo. More

EEOC: Employee discrimination claims set record
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Discrimination claims filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year rose to the highest in the agency’s 44-year history, after a Supreme Court ruling that changed the way complaints may be filed. A record 95,402 claims were filed during the year ended Sept. 30, the EEOC said. That was 15 percent more than in 2007. More than 25 percent of claims filed contained an allegation of age discrimination, while more than 34 percent of the filings included complaints of retaliation, according to the agency. More

Morehead Associates
Patient safety is a significant problem in this country. A critical step in addressing this complex problem is measuring the workplace issues that foster a culture of patient-centered care and safety. Morehead’s Patient Safety Culture Survey assesses how well the organization focuses on patient safety and where improvement is needed.

Should nurses be fired for advising patients to go to church?
Healthcare Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Healthcare Republic reports that a nurse with over 40 years' experience is considering legal action after claiming he was sacked for suggesting a patient could benefit from going to church during a role play exercise. The Christian Legal Centre, which is representing 71-year-old Anand Rao, claims course directors raised their concern with the nurse saying they did not want him to talk about God. More

Busting diversity myths at the workplace
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Advancement in technology and thriving global trade has led to a modern breed of international workers. Our workplace environment has also become more diverse than ever as we continue to do cross-border business. This poses new challenges for the business leader who needs to lead a unified team striving towards the same corporate goals. A recent study on managing diversity and bridging communication gaps, conducted by the Singapore Human Resources Institute in September 2008, revealed that a majority of workers (77 percent out of 272 participants) in Singapore feel that their organizations' leaders are not able to motivate and enable staff to achieve both individual and corporate goals. More

Diversity amid uncertainty
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Fred Keeton recalls having to sit on a crate in the back room of a doctor's office because the then-young black American wasn't allowed in the whites-only waiting room. The incident took place decades ago in the deep South. Today, segregation experiences such as that one seem worlds away, as the now 52-year-old Harrah's Entertainment executive looks at all the business opportunities afforded Las Vegas' eclectic groups of entrepreneurs.


When the stork carries a pink slip
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here's a pop quiz: Which of the following would violate federal employment law? No. 1: Laying off a pregnant woman. No. 2: Laying off a woman on maternity leave. Pencils down. The answer is "neither." More

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