Month: October 2021

​Quebec’s government has proposed legislation to bolster the status of the French language on the job. Bill 96 would make French the predominant language in Quebec’s workplaces, said Alexandre Fallon, an attorney with Osler in Montreal. If passed, employers in the Canadian province will have to demonstrate compliance with language regulations within three months or
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​A jury’s recent $10 million award to a white man in a discrimination lawsuit should have companies ensuring they are properly balancing their diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) programs with anti-discrimination laws. The award is a “wake-up call,” said Jonathan Segal, an attorney with Duane Morris in Philadelphia and New York City. “Pursue diversity but
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​The U.K. government has confirmed that caregivers or “carers” will have a new right to one week of unpaid leave each year to fulfill caregiving responsibilities. Any employees hoping to exercise the right soon will, however, be disappointed that legislation will only be introduced when “parliamentary time allows.” After a year in which unpaid caregiving
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Broadcast journalist Gretchen Carlson dropped a bombshell in 2016 when she went public with sexual-harassment charges against Fox News Chief Executive Officer Roger Ailes. She was demoted and fired, she alleged, because she rebuffed Ailes’ sexual advances and complained about workplace harassment. Ailes left Fox two weeks after she filed suit, and Carlson received a
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They have been preparing for an exit for some time. According to LendingTree, 50 percent of Millennials have a second income stream. For some, it’s a financial necessity; for others, it’s a pathway out of corporate America. The latter can pose a problem for companies as they also deal with large numbers of Baby Boomers
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The Biden administration recently released a national strategy to foster gender equality in the U.S. and abroad. Priorities include preventing gender-based violence and promoting economic security, health, education, fairness in justice and immigration systems, and human rights and equity in the law. “On International Women’s Day, the president issued an executive order establishing the White
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AUSTIN, TEXAS—Much light has been shed on inequitable compensation, driving many organizations to close base pay gaps that reflect conscious or unconscious biases about employees’ gender, race, ethnicity or other criteria unrelated to performance. Many employers, however, continue using bonus programs that worsen equity gaps, with decisions about payouts made by a small group of
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AUSTIN, TEXAS — HR professionals have power to make an even bigger difference in their companies’ policies that promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) following the social justice movements that started a year ago. A group of HR leaders spoke Tuesday at SHRM INCLUSION 2021 in Austin, Texas, and virtually to explain how they must be
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​American-born actor Kal Penn, 44, spent most of his early years overcoming being cast primarily for his Indian heritage. Penn was born in Montclair, N.J., to Gujarati Indian immigrant parents, and early on, Hollywood never let him forget that. With SHRM’s Chief Knowledge Officer Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., as moderator, Penn took SHRM’s INCLUSION 2021 conference
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Nearly 3 in 5 (58 percent) of U.S. organizations voluntarily conduct pay equity reviews to identify possible pay differences between employees performing similar work. Of those organizations, 83 percent adjusted employees’ pay following a pay equity review, according to new survey data from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The surveys, which received responses
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​The theme for this year’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” intended to reflect “the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.” “As organizations rethink their talent strategies and rebuild their
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​On Sept. 16, the government of Ontario once again extended the period that the infectious disease emergency leave (IDEL) will apply pursuant to Ontario Regulation 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA). While previously scheduled to expire on Sept. 25, IDEL will now extend to Jan. 1, 2022. This recent extension signals the provincial government’s
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“Equity,” before it joined “diversity” and “inclusion” as a term for ensuring full representation among historically disadvantaged communities, long referred to financial assets that drive the creation of wealth. As it happens, financial equity is vitally important for achieving inclusive equity and assuring upward mobility for racial and ethnic minorities, according to an expert panel
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​Stumbling over the pronunciation of an employee’s, client’s or customer’s name can be more than a workplace faux pas. When it occurs repeatedly—even when the person provides the correct pronunciation—it becomes a microaggression, according to experts, and can lead to people being excluded in the workplace. A recent NameCoach online survey of 1,060 individuals in
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