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New Acting Chair, LGBTQ Rights: EEOC in the News

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 03, 2017  |  Share       

The Trump administration is making policy and leadership changes prompting more headlines regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the spirit of keeping VeriFirst readers informed, through our blog posts and social media (follow us on Twitter for current news), we've consolidated a few headlines that may be of interest for employers.

EEOC in the News

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Topics: Human Resources, employee relationship management, EEOC Compliance, discrimination, lgbtq

EEOC: Workplace Retaliation is Not Okay

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 16, 2016  |  Share       

Let's say you're working for an organization and you frequently notice workplace discrimination. These practices could be in the form of wage differences between genders, discrimination because of age, race, national origin or even sexual orientation. As an employee, you want to be able to confront management about unfair practices, especially as they are protected under various laws. Then you notice that you're passed over for a promotion, demoted or even fired with little or no reason given. This is workplace retaliation.

The EEOC has released new guidance against workplace retaliation. Here's what employers need to know.

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Topics: workplace bullying, employee morale, employee relationship management, EEOC Compliance, Employment Law

HR Question: Gender Neutral and Transgenders in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Nov 20, 2014  |  Share       

In a recent landmark decision, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel determined that the U.S. Army discriminated against a veteran who had transitioned from male to female. In July, the President signed an executive order against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees of the federal government. According to the Human Rights Campaign, as of April 2013, 88% of the Fortune 500 companies had implemented non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, and 57% had policies that include gender identity.

Transgender and gender neutral rights are protected under various employment regulations including the EEOC. Hiring practices and workplace discrimination are being widely scrutinized. Has your organization adopted a non-disrimination policy? Have you considered the hiring challenges that could be discriminating?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, hiring employees, employee relationship management, Employment Background Screening, discrimination, lgbtq

Managing Change: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Sep 23, 2013  |  Share       

I am not talking about your significant other's roaring snore, or the television being left on. Instead, I am referencing those daily activities (or lack thereof) in business that cause you to worry at night. For many of us, these thoughts can be boiled down to one common denominator - "Change". 

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Topics: Human Resources, Human Capital, managing change, hiring employees, employee relationship management

Taking Chances on People | HR Inspiration from a Cab Ride in Egypt

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Sep 17, 2013  |  Share       

Let me set the stage with a brief story.

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Topics: employee morale, employee relationship management, Job Related Background Screening, Taking Chances on People

The Just Because Factor

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jun 11, 2013  |  Share       

On a recent United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia, I was moved by a statement our captain made over the PA system. The afternoon began with an expected flight delay due to severe weather in Middle America. Subsequently, we were given a 7 hour flight path taking us from California down to Texas, over to Florida and up the east coast to Pennsylvania. The flight attendants "please take your seats" announcement was followed by the captain telling us to keep our seat belts fastened until we reached a safe altitude. Pretty standard stuff. What he said once we reached that altitude is what got my attention.

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Topics: Human Resources, managing change, employee relationship management

Secret Lovers: HR Guide to Employee Relationship Management

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 29, 2013  |  Share       

Successfully managing your human resources requires the ability to practice effective employee relationship management. 

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Topics: employee relationship management

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