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    Managing a Culturally Diverse Staff

    Managing a Culturally Diverse Staff
    According to Census 2000 one out of every four Americans identified themselves as a member of a minority group, up from one in five 10 years ago. This means that workplaces are becoming more culturally diverse, which often requires managers and others to continually rethink the ways they work with people. “Cultural competencies are not something that you can learn in ...
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    Hiring People with Disabilities: The Tax Code Is on Your Side

    Hiring People with Disabilities: The Tax Code Is on Your Side
    Hiring employees with disabilities is a great way to bring diverse perspectives and skill sets into your organization. But how much does it actually cost to bring them on? And what sort of assistance is available to help you? The US Department of Education and Monster Government Solutions are working together to give you a chance to get the facts on ...
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    Diverse Candidates Demand Career Growth Opportunities

    Diverse Candidates Demand Career Growth Opportunities
    Employers need to be sensitive to the unique issues that can influence the career decisions of ethnically diverse job candidates, particularly when it comes to factors beyond salary and benefits. Monster's recent study on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce – "A Changing Landscape: The Effect of Age, Gender and Ethnicity on Career Decisions" – looks the commonalities and key differences ...
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    Employer Rules for Hiring Non-US Workers

    Employer Rules for Hiring Non-US Workers
    The immigration debate isn't just about undocumented workers, employers are key players too. No matter which side of the debate you favor or what role you play in the hiring process, job seekers of all kinds should understand the rules that employers must follow when hiring both citizens and noncitizens. The "Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1996":http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/ofccp/ca_irca.htm says employers ...
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    Diversity: Don't Innovate Without It

    Diversity: Don't Innovate Without It
    A white guy, a white guy, and a white guy walk into a bar. Did we lose you yet? Thought so. Nothing interesting was going to come from that joke. Humor works when you have an unexpected, compelling outcome. So does the innovation process. In fact, that's the goal, and it's often achieved by adding diversity -- getting the ideas of ...
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    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws

    The Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination are: a. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; b. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination; c. The Age ...
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    Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

    Synposis: The ADA discrimination against "qualified individuals with disabilities." This includes applicants for employment and employees. An individual is considered to have a "disability" if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. Persons discriminated against because they ...
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    Strip-Search Before a Job Interview?

    Strip-Search Before a Job Interview?
    A reader writes: After filling out an online application, I received an email from the (large and well-known) employer asking that I return to their career website to provide my date of birth, social security number, and driver's license number. They added that they will only use the information to begin a background check if I were to receive and accept ...
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    Got an Annoying Coworker? When to Take it to HR

    Got an Annoying Coworker? When to Take it to HR
    Dear J.T. & Dale: I normally am a very happy, enthusiastic employee. Getting along with ANYONE has never been an issue. However, I now have a co-worker who has been very hostile and makes rude comments that he pretends are “jokes.” About a year ago, I began keeping a journal of these incidents. As much as I would like to go ...
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    How to Manage a Problem Employee

    How to Manage a Problem Employee
    A reader writes: As you hail from the non-profit sector just as I, you can probably lead me down the right path with this one. I'm a new HR rep for this mid size organization, and have inherited this situation: We have two employees who work in our fundraising department. They both work full time, but telecommute at their will, which ...
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    My Manager Complains About Me Online

    My Manager Complains About Me Online
    A reader writes: I'm having a problem with my manager. I work at a convenience store to help put me through college. She's hated me from the start, most people say it's out of jealousy, I learned to ignore it. Now she is discussing my work performance online with a coworker who is not even of management position. Never once has ...
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    Explain Depression to Prospective Employers

    Explain Depression to Prospective Employers
    A reader writes: I have bipolar depression, and I am starting to interview for jobs. I recently graduated college but my grades suffered toward the end of my education because of bipolar depression. It affected me for one year before I was diagnosed. I am now starting the job interview process and wondering what to say about my GPA dip, and ...
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    Transgendered Coworker Using the Right Bathroom?

    Transgendered Coworker Using the Right Bathroom?
    A reader writes: I have a question of how/if/when transgendered coworkers get to be treated as such in the workplace. Specifically, there is a man in our office (widely known as such) who wears women's clothing, hairstyles, shoes, makeup, etc. every day, and refers to himself as "she". Some women in the office have been claiming that his use of the ...
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    How to Deal With a Rejected Coworker

    How to Deal With a Rejected Coworker
    A reader writes: I moved to my current role in late November last year. Many of the other employees have known each other for years and socialize together out of work. In principle I prefer to keep my work and personal lives separate, but I will go to lunch from time to time and to the 'yay we met our targets' ...
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    Handling Inappropriate Coworker Behavior

    Handling Inappropriate Coworker Behavior
    A reader writes: I found your blog while searching for help with a very uncomfortable and embarrassing problem. My co-worker has started wetting himself during work. I'm not kidding, this is not something to joke about as it could be a sign of serious health problems. He wears beige colored pants and around the middle of the day, when he stands ...
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    Coworker Keeps Staring at My Chest

    Coworker Keeps Staring at My Chest
    Employees hitting each other, a HR is of course an option as well, although I'd share your instinct to try to handle it directly first. Whatever option you choose, you should say or do something, because it's making you and others uncomfortable. What do others think? And I'll promise we'll get back to the more staid letters from here on out. ...
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    Boss Can Check Your Text Messages

    Boss Can Check Your Text Messages
    Let’s face it, most employees use their company-issued pagers, phones, laptops for personal reasons sometimes. It’s just the way life is now — the lines between work life and personal life are becoming more and more blurred as workers seem to be working round the clock these days. But if you do use these devices for a message or text you ...
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    Inappropriate Job Application Question

    Inappropriate Job Application Question
    A reader writes: A close friend applied for a job through their online resume/cover letter submission link. Then the company emailed him and asked him to fill out a separate application (which was not on their "apply now" link from their own site, but whatever). Most of the information the form requests was already answered on the resume and in the ...
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    What Role Should Gut Instinct Play in Hiring?

    What Role Should Gut Instinct Play in Hiring?
    A reader writes: As a fellow recruiter/manager, how much do you count your gut instinct into the hiring decision? If someone on paper has all the experience you want and answers all the technical questions correctly and the hiring manager loves him, but he just for some reason gives you a creepy vibe or is a little off-putting -- I'm sure ...
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    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?

    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?
    A reader writes: Our local Goodwill here has been posted a good number of hiring ads in the last 5 months and I've honestly applied every time and never got a call back. I followed up by calling and even this last most recent time followed up in person. The day after I followed up in person, they posted yet another ...
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