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Volume 1, Issue 16. Published Each Monday ± Friday Scribd Edition Online Issue (live links) http://diversitybriefings.com
Today s New Diversity Topics:
Veterans and Diversity *EEOC Publishes Final Regulations on GINA * Can Facebook Get You Fired? * How to work with a younger boss * Want a great workplace? Respect your employees * Supreme Court discusses gender discrimination in citizenship case * Why Diversity Is Critical to Engagement *'Honest Conversations' find intolerance dominates Tulsa * Workplace Diversity Statistics and Data Links *Disability Law ± a Starting Place * The Work and Family Encyclopedia * + Today's Diversity Management Briefing ----- ----- ----- ----Welcome back to Diversity Briefings. I hope you are enjoying each issue of this newsletter. Please feel free to resend this Diversity newsletter on to friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to receive daily updates, the form for Diversity Briefings is below. Also, if you have some extra time, take a look at the new diversity glossary, upper left on this blog site. Take Care and Good Reading! Susan Klopfer, editor and publisher P.S. Free gift offer inside today's issue! You can subscribe to Diversity Briefings by visiting http://diversitybriefings.com ----- ----- ----- ----Invitation to employees, who are... Disabled Vietnam Era Veterans, Special Disabled Veterans or "Other" Eligible Veterans
According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a person with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.
A Disabled Veteran includes any veteran who (a) is entitled to compensation, or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or (b) was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. An Other Protected Veteran includes any veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service in a war, campaign or expedition in which a campaign badge has been authorized under laws administered by the Department of Defense. An Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran includes any veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which a service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985. A Recently Separated Veteran includes any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty. More information from the Veterans Diversity Office -http://www.bnl.gov/diversity/vetPolicy.asp ///// EEOC Publishes Final Regulations on GINA From Ford & Harrison LLP: On November 9, 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published final regulations implementing Title II of the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). When the Act was first passed, Title II of GINA prohibits employers from making employment decisions on the basis of genetic information and family history. This statute also prohibits employers from acquiring genetic information and family medical history about applicants, employees, and former employees, subject to specific exceptions. Continued ± http://www.fordharrison.com/shownews.aspx?Show=6744 ///// Playing it safe in the social media world (can Facebook get you fired?) From CNN: The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against a Connecticut ambulance service company after it fired a worker for posting unflattering and sometimes vulgar comments about her boss on Facebook. The organization accused the company of illegally
terminating Dawnmarie Souza and denying her access to union representation during an investigatory review. The federal agency is arguing that Souza's criticism of her boss on Facebook is generally "a protected concerted activity." Read more -http://edition.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/11/10/facebook.fired.social.media.etiquette/ ///// How to work with a younger boss From GoErie: Gary R. McClain, a psychologist and author who counsels clients on career transitions and self-defeating behavior, has written about the difficulty of accepting "kids your children's age" as your manager. First, he says, remember that generational discomfort may work both ways. The new boss may be unsure about how to establish rapport with the experienced worker. Act the grown-up and reach out. Continued -http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101111/BUSINESS05/311119976/1/BUSINESS ///// Want a great workplace? Respect your employees From The Houston Chronicle: « the five ways managers can create great places to work -Respect your employees enough to tell them where they stand. Are they doing a good job? Are they meeting expectations? Employees ² from custodians to the C suite - want to know. If they're not meeting deadlines or sales quotas, respect means giving those employees the bad news too. And tell them early enough so they can try to turn the situation around. Read more ± http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/sixel/7288970.html ///// Supreme Court discusses gender discrimination in citizenship case From the Los Angeles Times: Laws that discriminate between men and women have been regularly declared unconstitutional since the 1970s, but the Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to permit an exception to that rule. At issue was when children born of mixed marriages abroad can claim U.S. citizenship. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-citizenship20101111,0,2338681.story ///// Receive a free inspirational quote every day from me.
http://www.quoteactions.com/a/profile/841 Lots of my friends are enjoying this free gift. I hope you will, too. Susan ///// Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney: Why Diversity Is Critical to Engagement From DiversityInc: Pinckney said there are three major issues that endanger the nation's ability to meet security challenges: shortages in language and cultural skills, poor education levels and inadequate health and healthcare, particularly mental healthcare. Diversity, Pinckney said, is critical to engagement. "How can you face these challenges when leaders are all one gender and often one race?" she asked. "How do you develop a pipeline that ensures that we look like the nation that we'll serve some years out?" Read more -http://diversityinc.com/article/8117/Brig-Gen-Belinda-Pinckney-Why-Diversity-Is-Critical-toEngagement/ ///// Participants in 'Honest Conversations' find intolerance dominates Tulsa From Latina Lista: Xposure, a public relations agency specializing in diversity issues, held seven discussions, titled "Honest Conversations," aimed at gauging the level of tolerance and sexual and ethnic inclusion in Tulsa. The score was low in regard to tolerance. Continued ± http://www.latinalista.net/tulsa/2010/11/participants_in_honest_conversations_fin.html ///// Workplace Diversity Statistics and Data Links U. S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/ BLS - Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/ Disability Statistics Center http://dsc.ucsf.edu/main.php Diversity Central: Diversity Statistics http://www.diversityhotwire.com/business/diversity_statistics.html ///// Disability Law ± a Starting Place (Cornell University)
Disability law is largely regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, housing, education, and access to public services. The ADA defines a disability as any of the following: 1. "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual." 2. "a record of such impairment." or 3. "being regarded as having such an impairment." Learn more from the Cornell Legal Information Institute ± http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/Disability_law ///// The Work and Family Encyclopedia The Work and Family Encyclopedia is an online, peer-reviewed Encyclopedia. Encyclopedia entries have been authored by scholars with expertise in the work and family area of study. The Encyclopedia is intended to serve as a resource to academics as well as leaders at the workplace and state policy makers. This online encyclopedia, hosted by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network is authored by scholars with expertise in the work-family area of study and includes entries dealing with family diversity, gender, and generational differences. Connect here ± http://wfnetwork.bc.edu/encyclopedia.php?mode=nav ///// Today's Diversity Management Briefing Respect Others And You Are On Your Way To Embracing Diversity We talk about embracing diversity, but what does this really mean? Say that you have employees and/or customers who speak English as a second language. Can you pronounce their names? Speak some common words or phrases in their native language? If the answer is yes, you are showing signs of embracing diversity. For leaders, embracing diversity means they must do far more than merely accept the existence of diversity. To make diversity work, they must embrace it, and this starts by modeling good diversity skills, by showing respect and appreciation for the differences among the people they lead, and by helping others accept and value these differences. Fundamentally, embracing diversity translates into showing respect for others and their differences. Tolerance for uncertainties (haziness) in language, styles and behavior, is at the top
of a list created by William Sonnenschein, a diversity expert and author of "The Diversity Toolkit." Susan Klopfer continues -http://ezinearticles.com/?Respect-Others-And-You-Are-On-Your-Way-To-EmbracingDiversity&id=5174818 _____ _____ _____ _____ Feel Free to pass this Diversity Briefings Newsletter on to your co-workers and others. Thank you for visiting the Diversity Briefings website. Please note that the information located on our site is general and not intended to provide specific legal advice. You should consult with an attorney and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific situation. ///// You can subscribe to Diversity Briefings by visiting htttp://diversitybriefings.com Keywords: cultural diversity, manage and value diversity, diversity training, diversity education, workplace violence, workplace, employment, diversity, disability, inclusion, ethnic, racial, gender, multiculturalism, immigration ## End ##
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