Brass Light Gallery: A Disability-Forward Success Story
by Amy Wozniak - May, 2016
Perhaps a physical or developmental disability affects someone you know personally. It could also be that you know someone with a disability in your professional life, if you work for a disability-forward company. Recent statistics point to the fact that one out of every five adults has a disability. Under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, a person is defined as having a disability if: He or s...
 
  What is a Hire from OFCCP’s Perspective?
by Bill Osterndorf - May, 2016
Every month, the Department of Labor (DOL) releases a report concerning jobs that were added to the economy. The report released at the start of May 2016 indicated that approximately 160,000 jobs were added. Many articles about this report commented on the reduced level of hiring that occurred in April as compared to previous months, and focused on the fact that the U.S. has been experiencing strong hirin...
 
  Attention Construction Contractors: Are Your Affirmative Action Steps Consistent with Executive Order 11246?
by Pamela Ploor - May, 2016
Last fall, OFCCP was expected to publish in May 2016 proposed revisions to Executive Order 11246's affirmative action requirements for federal and federally-assisted construction contractors and subcontractors. OFCCP last updated its construction contractor regulations decades ago in the 1970s. The likelihood of OFCCP updating its regulations before the end of the Obama Administration is fading, especially...
 
  Beyond Pregnancy: The New PDA
by Marilynn L. Schuyler - May, 2016
The reach of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act has expanded in recent years, most notably when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its regulatory guidance on July 14, 2014. In subsequent years, the courts have added additional interpretation and clarification. And many employers have been caught off guard. Background The origin of the prohibition on pregnancy discriminatio...
 
  Five Ways to Manage Your Pay Equity Compliance
by Michele Whitehead - May, 2016
The topic of a wage gap between genders is hotter than ever, and both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) continue to make regulatory strides with respect to pay equity for women and minorities. Here are five tips to help plan your strategy for pay equity compliance: Stay on top of new and proposed regulatory requirements...
 
  4 Things Professional Resume Writers Cannot Do
by Robin Schlinger - May, 2016
As a professional resume writer, I have a commitment to giving you a clear, concise, accurate resume that shows off your value to hiring managers and recruiters and that can help you move on to the next stage in the application process, an interview. But that commitment also includes things that I cannot do for you. I cannot lie for you. If I am aware of any discrepancies or lies in your resume, I will advise you against th...
 
  Let's Talk Politics! (Office Politics, That Is)
by Lindsey Pollak - May, 2016
The phrase “office politics” makes some people queasy. Maybe that’s because we tend to associate “politics” with people who are looking out for No. 1. Those who will say anything to get ahead. The backstabbers. The gossipers. Very House of Cards. But office politics is a different game – and one that savvy professionals know they have to play. That’s why it’s important to reframe your view of office politics and think about...
 
  The Bad Job Search Advice I Almost Gave
by Stacey Lane - May, 2016
My husband’s last contract (technology consulting) ended in the fall. And since January, he’s been super-focused on his job search. And if you’ve been in a job search recently, you know that it’s a balance between applying for jobs (if you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win the lottery) and focusing your search effectively. The Job Description About a month ago, he asked me to read a job description and tell him what I...
 
  Why Is My Resume Not Working? 2 Words!
by Jean Cummings - May, 2016
It's been a long time since anything's been simple about executive resumes. People ask questions such as: should my resume be two pages or one, can you have three or more pages, how should it look, can I have a functional resume? And people ask: why I am not getting called back, why aren't recruiters contacting me, why have I been looking for months with no luck? Well, the simple answer to all these questions is, drum roll...
 
  How SMBs Set Financial Direction
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2016
A recent study, The Principal Financial Well-Being Index, found that business owners generally have positive vibes about where they stand financially. Almost half are optimistic about the 2016 economy—and with good reason. Sixty-four percent feel their financials have improved significantly or somewhat from last year, and 74 percent have built a surplus of cash. I asked three small-business owners—Sarah Jacoby, owner of dan...
 
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