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How Employers Can Best Manage & Support PTSD

May 30, 2018

National PTSD Awareness Day is coming up around the corner on June 27th and I thought this would be a good time to shed light on the topic. More and more we hear about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the workplace. According to National Alliance on...

How to Create & Maintain a Respectful Workplace

November 1, 2017

There is so much in the news today about our culture in the United States. With the recent #MeToo campaign, in which people are indicating they have suffered sexual harassment or assault, to the troubles in Hollywood, people are growing tired of not being treated with respect and dignity....

Title VII Review: Sex Discrimination – Where Does Sexual Orientation Fall, In or Out?

April 19, 2017

Most of my clients’ view Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Sex Discrimination as adverse action taken against an employee on the basis of his/her sex, male or female.  Pretty straight forward….right? Well, as of April 4, 2017, the legal waters have just gotten very...

How to Best Approach Reducing the Gender Wage Gap at Your Organization

April 4, 2017

What Organizations Can Do to Reduce the Gender Pay Gap During a recent interview about gender pay equity on Freakonomics with Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin, she noted that the reasons for the existence of the gender pay gap in the United States are varied and complex. For organizations...

How to Plan a Company Holiday Party for Your Diverse Team

November 25, 2016

Around the holidays employers can run into a few bumps when planning a company holiday party… Years ago my colleague Jane, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, had a small handful of observances that we, as courteous colleagues, tried to be mindful of at work. Oddly, the most challenging and humorous of...

The Multi-Generational Workforce: A Top Problem for CEO’s

June 8, 2016

One of the hottest topics right now I’m seeing with many of my clients is how to manage multi-generations in the workplace. It is the first time the workplace has seen so many generational “forces” all at once. Today’s workforce includes Pre-Boomers (Born 1925-1945), also known as The Silent...

What the Gender Gap Is Costing Business

May 12, 2016

The Trillion Dollar Jackpot Lurking in HR Companies, large and small alike, are always trying to find ways to increase bottom line results and return profits to the organization, shareholders and employee base to signal healthy business operations and strong leadership. I cannot name one client of mine who...

Politics at Work: FAQ’s Around Election Time

April 26, 2016

Around election time, we hear a couple of questions that consistently come up by our clients. Time off for voting, the do’s and don’ts of how to handle politics in the workplace, and most importantly, how to encourage voter participation. Find out how I respond to these questions below!...

EEOC Review: The Top 8 Areas of Focus for 2016

April 1, 2016

I had the opportunity to attend NOVA SHRM’s 2016 Legal Academy and gained a wealth of information about current and potential future legislation and how it impacts businesses in the DC metro area.  One of the speakers was Martin S. Ebel,the Director of Field Management Programs at the Equal...

Transgender Equality Review – Is your Organization Prepared?

March 30, 2016

The Federal Government has spent a significant amount of time attempting to assure equality throughout the United States’ workforce. Whether it is ensuring the EEO statement includes gender identity, sexual preference or genetic information; ensuring there are not vast discrepancies between the salaries of men vs. women or based...

Section 508 Requirements Review for Government Contractors

February 4, 2016

By now, I am sure you are aware of the changes made to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by the Obama Administration.  Designed to address the barriers associated with employment of individuals with disabilities, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act outlines the compliance requirements for federal contractors. Under Section...

The Best HR Practices for Veterans We’ve Seen Employers Provide

November 11, 2015

Many companies do great things to honor veterans who have served our country. You’ve probably heard of employers closing the office to observe the holiday, some honor their veterans with a tribute luncheon, while others have a moment of silence to start the day or send thank you cards to the homes of those who have...

Three of the Best Tax Incentives that Encourage Hiring of Disabled Workers

September 8, 2015

“What happens when you hire a person with disabilities is you see how we do our jobs and then the mystery is over and we’re not special anymore. We become a part of the fabric of the work culture.” – Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, who...

The Best Solution to Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

February 25, 2014

Did you know that today there are five generations working together today in the workforce? As demographics shift, workforce issues for businesses need to be addressed as workers are staying in the workplace longer and putting off retirement.