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  • To Rant or Not to Rant? Is That Your Question?
    by Steve Farber - November 22, 2017
    Just before the 2016 presidential elections, the Pew Research Center published the results of a survey that pretty much confirms what I suspect most of us think about political content on social media. It found, for instance, that only 20 percent of social media users said they “like seeing lots of political posts and discussions,” while 37 percent said they were “worn out” by such posts and discussi...
  • Exploring External Availability Data Beyond the Census 2006-2010 ACS File
    by Michael Pati, Marife Ramos - November 17, 2017
    The Availability Analysis is a critical element of an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) since, by its very definition, it determines the “qualified labor pool” from which the contractor will be selecting to fill open positions. Those availability results, then, have a direct impact on the outreach efforts towards minorities and women the contractor puts forth, as well as the resources required to invest in such efforts. Given...
  • Former Marine Has Five Good Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Veterans
    by Ben Murphy - November 17, 2017
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of the end of 2016, the Veteran unemployment rate was 4.3 percent. This means that 460,000 of today's Veterans are living in the United States without jobs. Although this statistic has steadily decreased over the past several years, it's still a disheartening one. As a former U.S. Marine and founder of HandyVets, Inc – a company that exclusively hires Veteran tech...
  • OFCCP and the Rule of Law
    by Bill Doyle - November 17, 2017
    Implementing affirmative action programs and complying with OFCCP requirements are intensely practical matters for those charged with these responsibilities. It may seem that abstract questions about the Rule of Law are far afield from such practical concerns. However, the most important requirement that OFCCP enforces relates to an abstract law: “The contractor will not discriminate against any employee or applicant...
  • New and Proposed Prohibitions on the Disclosure of Salary History
    by Connie Bertram, Emilie Adams - November 17, 2017
    It is a well-known political axiom – and unfortunate reality – that women continue to earn, on average, 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. As federal efforts to address equal pay issues continue to stall, states and localities have stepped into the breach to take meaningful action to try to address pay disparities. One of the tools they have recently relied upon is prohibiting employers from asking applicants about...
  • The OFCCP Digest Volume 7, Issue 11
    by Local JobNetwork™ - November 17, 2017
    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2018 Wishing you all the joys of the holiday season and happiness throughout the coming year! We sincerely thank all of...
  • The Year in Review at OFCCP 2017
    by Bill Osterndorf - November 17, 2017
    Many of us working in the affirmative action field had expected that 2017 might be a year of significant change at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Instead, the year was striking for the number of things that did not change in regard to OFCCP. No Head of OFCCP Chosen Until November 2017 While it often takes some time for sub-cabinet positions in the federal governm...
  • Winning at Working: Those Crazy People
    by Nan S. Russell - November 16, 2017
    The man in front of me in the breakfast order line at the food court, in one of the busiest airports in the country, wanted a “full” cup of coffee. He kept raising his voice, yelling at the woman to “fill his cup to the top.” His words peppered with angry comments about her not giving him his “money’s worth.” His voice was loud; his attitude hostile; his words caustic. Despite how r...
  • IDEO's New Ieas for Building Innovation
    by Alexandra Levit - November 9, 2017
    Global design firm IDEO is known for its innovation. In fact, many clients approach the firm specifically because they want to learn its secrets. In a research initiative meant to get at the heart at what makes innovative companies tick, IDEO studied its 26-year archive of projects that focused on clients’ internal team dynamics, as well as external sources focused on innovation (including Fast Company‘s annual Mos...
  • Three Simple Tips to Start Solving Problems in Your Business Today
    by Steve Farber - November 8, 2017
    David Conley found himself on a team of experts who were attempting to design satellite superstructures, a challenge not specifically covered while earning his college degree in nuclear engineering. As he succinctly put it: “What the hell do I know about satellite super structures?” So, when the team shared the key problems that were holding back progress, Conley turned to something he knew rather well: a method...