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  • Nag, Nag, Nag
    by Sherri Edwards - July 17, 2018
    A recent discussion prompted a deeper look into nagging and/or micromanaging. Both behaviors have negative connotations, although each may actually be necessary due to someone else’s unresponsiveness or bad behavior. So why do the naggers get the bad rap while the people who prompt it continue on as if they aren’t part of the problem? Let’s start with an analysis of one the problems. There seem to be diffe...
  • Inspiring Innovation
    by Debra Wheatman - July 13, 2018
    You’ve noticed. Business has radically changed. No longer can you sit back and enjoy increased revenues from the same products, year after year. You need to do something different. Maybe you need to find a new market for your products. Or perhaps you can find a way to solve new and emerging problems for your existing market. You ruminate on it. You decide to host a “town hall” meeting, in which you strongl...
  • How Satisfied are You With Life?
    by Carole Kanchier - July 9, 2018
    Summer is the perfect time for vacations, sunbathing, outdoor sports, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying outdoor barbeques. The summer season may also be a good time to evaluate the degree of satisfaction, we have with our lives. Kirk, who changed jobs four times in the past four years, is still dissatisfied with his work; he also lacks a close friendship, and has little time for leisure. Job satisfactio...
  • Are You Bullied - at Work?
    by Carole Kanchier - July 2, 2018
    A top-notch salesman, who recently won a prestigious sales award, has had 20 years of successful experience with his company. A year ago, a new regional manager became his boss. The manager is criticizing the salesman’s ethics and blocking access to needed resources. Do you feel discriminated against or harassed at work? Are you humiliated or falsely accused of being incompetent? Do you feel apprehensive about going...
  • Availability Analyses Have Limited Value
    by Bill Osterndorf - June 20, 2018
    I have two subject areas that are of significant interest to me that I have written about on various occasions over the last several years. One of these areas involves the demographic surveying that must be done for applicants and employees. The other involves the availability analyses that must be a part of affirmative action plans produced under Executive Order 11246. Today, we’re going to return to this later topic,...
  • Counting the Right Numbers…<i>or How to Stop Worrying and Love Disposition Codes</i>
    by Ellen Shong-Bergman - June 20, 2018
    Part 1 of this article focused on the important role that 'disposition codes' play in the employer's ability to perform its own meaningful adverse impact analyses and the employer's ability to defend an allegation of discrimination/demand for back pay based on the OFCCP's analyses of the data it provides…that is, the importance of Counting the Right Numbers. In my experience, most disposition codes do a f...
  • Federal Tax Reforms and Proposed State Laws Try to Address the Concerns Raised by the #MeToo Movement
    by Connie Bertram - June 20, 2018
    Since the beginning of the #MeToo movement in October 2017, Congress and state and local lawmakers have introduced a series of legislation aimed at eliminating sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. In 2018 alone, over 125 bills have been introduced by states to eliminate workplace misconduct. We expect to see continuing efforts by Congress, states, and localities to offer legislative solutions. On December 22, 201...
  • OFCCP’s Town Hall Action Plan:  A Response to Contractors’ Concerns or the U.S. Chamber’s Hard-Hitting Report?
    by Heather Miller, Cara Crotty - June 20, 2018
    On May 1, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a Town Hall Action Plan (the 'Plan'). The OFCCP's announcement regarding the Plan describes it as the result of participant feedback and insight provided during three Compliance Assistance Town Halls held in 2017. The Plan states that such feedback and insight 'resulted in the identification of three general areas of focus: training, communication,...
  • The OFCCP Digest Volume 8, Issue 6
    by Local JobNetwork™ - June 20, 2018
    96 The OFCCP Digest is a complimentary resource for federal contractors on topics of Affirmative Action, EE...
  • Using Last Chance Agreements as a Retention Tool
    by Linda C. Batiste - June 20, 2018
    One of your best sales representatives was injured last year in an accident at home. His injuries were not very severe and he returned to work after a month of leave. However, his job performance started slipping and he began calling in sick frequently. Then you noticed that he appeared disheveled and sometimes seemed confused when you tried to talk with him. You had no choice but to discipline him according to your performa...