EEOC issues FY 2013 performance report

February 16, 2014 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

On December 16, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2013 performance report, which indicates the agency is as busy as ever. According to the report, the EEOC received a total of 93,727 private-sector charges of discrimination in FY 2013, making it one of the top five fiscal years in terms of new charges filed. In addition, a total of 97,252 charges were resolved, nearly 14,000 fewer than in FY 2012.  Settlement

At the end of September, the EEOC had a pending inventory of 70,781 charges. The average time to investigate and bring charges to resolution was reduced by 21 days, to 267 days per charge. The report also revealed that in FY 2013, the agency obtained a record $372.1 million in monetary relief for victims of private-sector workplace discrimination. That figure represents a $6.7 million increase over the relief recovered in FY 2012, and it’s the highest amount ever obtained in the EEOC’s history. Overall, the agency secured both monetary and nonmonetary benefits for more than 70,522 individuals through administrative enforcement activities, including mediation, settlements, and conciliations.

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Atten-hut! Know your USERRA obligations

by Steve Jones

Q What are my obligations to employees who are in the military, are called to serve, and then seek to return to their civilian jobs? What if an employee will be deployed for more than a year?

A The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) governs the employment of military servicemembers. USERRA, which is a federal law and therefore applies in all states, is intended to ensure that people who serve or have served in the armed forces, reserves, National Guard, or other uniformed services (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service, (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from military duty, and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service. You must be aware of your obligations under USERRA before you hire military servicemembers, during their employment, and while they are away from their jobs because of service-related duties.

Application of the law

First, you may not deny someone initial employment because of past, present, or future military service. You can defend your company against a USERRA claim by presenting evidence that you would have taken the same action if the job applicant didn’t have military service obligations. Detailed documentation, including comprehensive interview notes and in-depth explanations of your reasons for not hiring prospective employees, will help your defense. read more…

The FMLA turns 20

March 17, 2013 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

On February 5, 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became the first legislation signed into law by President Bill Clinton. On February 5, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Act by publishing new FMLA regulations and holding a special event attended by President Clinton, former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, and others who promoted the 1993 statute.

The agency also released “Family and Medical Leave in 2012,” a report on the law compiled for the DOL that reviewed the status of the FMLA in 2012 and opined on proposals to change the law. The report surveyed 1,812 worksites, some covered and some not, and 2,852 employees, some eligible for FMLA leave and some not. Here are some of the facts from the report: read more…

EEOC has a banner year

by Edward Sisson

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was very busy in fiscal year (FY) 2012. The agency reported that it finished the year with record-high monetary recoveries for victims of discrimination.

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Survey looks at the difference in work styles of younger, older workers

December 16, 2012 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

Online job website CareerBuilder conducted a national survey between May 14 and June 4, polling more than 3,800 full-time workers and more than 2,200 hiring managers across industries and functions. Managers and workers ages 25 to 34 and managers and workers 55 and older were surveyed to get a picture of how the styles of the two groups differ.

“Age disparities in the office are perhaps more diverse now than they’ve ever been,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “It’s not uncommon to see 30-year-olds managing 50-year-olds or 65-year-olds mentoring 22-year-olds. While the tenets of successful management are consistent across generations, there are subtle differences in work habits and views that all workers must empathize with when working with or managing someone who’s much different in age.” read more…

Federal government touts increase in employment of people with disabilities

November 18, 2012 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

When President Obama signed Executive Order 13548 on July 26, 2010, he specifically set a goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities by 2015. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) not only lead federal agencies in the first two quarters of 2012 with 4.2 percent of all new hires being people with disabilities, the agency also trained 3,000 federal employees from more than 56 agencies on recruitment techniques for finding and hiring people with disabilities.

“People with disabilities are welcome in the federal family,” said OPM Director John Berry. “We need the talents and creativity of all people—including people with disabilities—to help do the work of the American people.  We are doing anything possible to remove barriers to their employment, and the good news is that we’re moving in the right direction, and you can see it in the numbers.”

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Hate Crimes Reported Nationwide Remain Steady

April 15, 2012 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

According to the 2010 Hate Crime Statistics report released by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program late in 2011 the number of hate crimes reported nationwide in 2010 remained fairly steady from the previous year. Participating local law enforcement agencies reported a total of 6,628 incidents — up just slightly from the 6,604 incidents reported in 2009 — involving 7,699 offenses as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability. Alabama showed an increase in the number of hate crimes reported — from nine in 2009 to 19 in 2010, but remained well below the average of such crimes reported in other states.

 

Agencies that participated in the Hate Crime Statistics Program in 2010 represented over 285 million inhabitants, or 92.3 percent of the nation’s population, and their jurisdictions covered 49 states and the District of Columbia. For each hate crime offense type reported, law enforcement must indicate at least one bias motivation. A single-bias incident is defined as an incident in which one or more offense types are motivated by the same bias. A multiple-bias incident is defined as an incident in which more than one offense type occurs and at least two offense types are motivated by different biases. read more…

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March: Women’s History Month

March 18, 2012 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

On March 8, 1857, women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. In 1981, 124 years after that historic protest, Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Here are some facts about American women from the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • According to the 2010 Census, 157.0 million females lived in the United States at the time. The number of males was 151.8 million. At 85 and older, there were more than twice as many women as men.
  • In 2010, there were about 71.9 million women 16 and older who participated in the labor force. Of those women, 40.6% worked in management, professional and related occupations, compared with 34.2 % of employed males.
  • In 2010, the median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round was $36,931 , unchanged from 2009. read more…

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New Tax Credits Available for Hiring Veterans

February 19, 2012 - by: Diversity Insight 0 COMMENTS

By H. Mark Adams and B. Trevor Wilson

Employers now have a powerful new incentive for hiring recently discharged and other unemployed veterans. Under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, enacted by Congress this past November, employers may receive significant income work opportunity tax credits for hiring unemployed veterans, including:

  • 40 percent of the employee’s first year’s wages, up to $6,000 (i.e., a tax credit of up to $2,400) for each veteran hired who receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits;
  • 40 percent of first-year wages, up to $6,000 (i.e., a tax credit of up to $2,400) for each veteran hired who was unemployed for a period of at least four weeks but less than six months during the year ending on the hire date;
  • 40 percent of first-year wages, up to $12,000 (i.e., a tax credit of up to $4,800) for each veteran hired who has a service- connected disability and is hired not more than one year after being discharged or released from active duty; read more…

National Employment Law Trends

January 15, 2012 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

Last year is ended on a high note, at least in terms of one economic indicator: the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in December. Despite that good news, many states are still experiencing record unemployment; this rampant unemployment was the number one issue addressed by state legislatures this past year. Here is a brief look some key issues state legislatures tackled in 2011:

  • In an effort to modernize and update their programs, as well to pull down available federal funds, several states overhauled their unemployment compensation laws.
  • Maine and Pennsylvania added work-sharing laws.
  • New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, and New York passed laws prohibiting employers from discriminating against the unemployed when hiring. A proposed federal law is also pending in both the House and Senate. read more…

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