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Bringing Women Back to Work After Career Breaks in India

​As gender diversity becomes a key focus for companies in India, one key question is how to encourage women who have taken career breaks to return to work.Women made up just 23 percent of India's labor force in 2019, compared with a global average of 48 percent, according to World Bank data. A large number of women in India drop out of the corporate workforce to raise children, care for elderly family members and other reasons. If they want to return to work after being away for years, they ofte

Black Tech Employees Continue to Face Workplace Racism

Companies including Google and Facebook have pledged to hire more diverse employees, but black employees say that the tech industry is still unwilling to confront bias. Analyses by USA Today and others show major tech companies employ far fewer women and underrepresented minorities than other industries, even in Silicon Valley. Black employees say that racism and discrimination have worsened.

Demotion Can Be Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA

An employer properly offered a demotion to an employee with a disability as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Religious Harassment Claim Fails

The religious harassment claim of a former firefighter was denied by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since the disrespectful comments about his religion did not interfere with his work performance.

More Employee Handbooks Replace ‘He’ and ‘She’ with ‘They’

Increasingly, companies are removing “he” and “she” from their employee handbooks and replacing them with gender-neutral pronouns, such as “they,” Merriam-Webster’s word of 2019.

How to Manage Intergenerational Conflict in the Workplace

​When Brian Formato began working as an HR manager for Golden Books, the editorial staffers of the now-defunct publisher of children's books were mostly in their late 50s or early 60s and had been with the company for 25 years or longer.After the company was purchased, it added more than 200 new jobs in one year, with most new hires being recent college grads. The new generation of employees brought fresh ideas but were also far more focused on immediate gratification than long-term success, For

Bias Claim Fails Where Employer Hired Motivated Applicant

Evidence that an employer had hired a motivated candidate with a disability was relevant and nonprejudicial in a trial involving an unsuccessful applicant’s claim of disability discrimination, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held.

New York Corporations to Report Number of Women on the Board

New York State recently enacted a new law mandating a study of the proportion of female members on the boards of corporations authorized to do business in the state. Legislative efforts to press corporations to improve the representation of women on corporate boards seem to be a growing trend.

Fired Nurse Anesthetist with Eye Condition Can Pursue ADA Claim

A certified registered nurse anesthetist with a degenerative retinal condition whose employer questioned her sight and later fired her could proceed with her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Employer’s Trivial Adverse Actions Could Not Be Basis for Bias Claim

An Asian-American employee in his 50s who alleged that the city of Los Angeles discriminated against him based on his race and age could not proceed with his bias claims because he didn't suffer an adverse employment action, a California appeals court ruled.

Former Twitter Engineer Denied Class Action in Gender-Bias Suit

A female software engineer's gender-bias suit against Twitter could not go forward as a class action, a California appeals court ruled. The plaintiff alleged that the company's promotion practices had a disparate impact against women.

UK: Mind the Pay Gap that Exists for People with Disabilities

​It  is easy to assume that in the United Kingdom (U.K.) in 2020 a physical or mental disability will not determine your salary.However, figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that the employment landscape in the U.K. is far from inclusive. The pay gap for workers with disabilities is at a shocking 12.2 percent, with average pay at 10.63 pounds (approximately $13.94) per hour, in comparison with 12.11 pounds (approximately $15.88) for nondisabled employees. The largest pa

Labor Department: Women Edged Out Men in Payroll Employment in December

​Women made up a slightly larger share of nonfarm payroll employment than men in December—the first time in 10 years, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The ratio for women has been 50.0 percent for the last three months. However, drilling into the figures shows a slight uptick from 49.99 percent in November 2019 to 50.04 percent December 2019. The reason for the bump is the growth of job sectors in which women are

More Older Workers Are Staying in the Workforce in Ireland

​In 2005, Ciarán McKinney moved home to Ireland and took out a 25-year mortgage that won't be paid off until he is 70. He's 60 now and has no interest in retiring anytime soon. "I have zero interest in retiring at 65. Neither personal interest, but also, I can't afford to." McKinney is the manager of the Engage program at Age & Opportunity, a national development organization in Dublin that focuses on improving the quality of life for Irish people who are at least 50 year

House Passes Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act

​The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 15 passed by a vote of 261 to 155 the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), which would permit plaintiffs to sue for age discrimination even if age was not the sole cause of the challenged employment decision.

What Does It Take to Prove Age Discrimination?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 15 in Babb v. Wilkie, a case that asks what standard of proof applies to a federal government worker's Age Discrimination in Employment Act claim.

Female Speakers Underrepresented at Professional Gatherings

​The nominations for the Oscars' best-director category, released Monday, did not include any women, omitting potential contenders such as Greta Gerwig for "Little Women."Gender diversity at other professional work events has not fared much better. The representation of women as speakers and panelists at conferences and summits is low across most industries and types of gatherings, according to an analysis of more than 60,000 event speakers from 2013 to 2018.In fact, the percentage of

How to Start Diversity and Inclusion Efforts—and Keep Them Going

​The following anecdote is drawn from multiple accounts and has been fictionalized to preserve privacy and confidentiality.A law firm specialized in intellectual property (IP). Its clients ranged from multibillion-dollar international corporations to small start-ups. It helped its clients with patents, copyrights, trademarks, nondisclosure agreements, and other ways of protecting inventor and corporate IP. It also litigated IP disputes.With one exception, the firm had grown and thrived. While wo

Supreme Court to Rule When Religious Schools Can Discriminate

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clauses prevent courts from reviewing employment discrimination claims against parochial schools when workers performed important religious functions.

Timely Attendance Is Essential Job Function for Audiologist

An audiologist who had 60 documented instances of tardiness in a two-year span could not perform the essential functions of his position under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled.

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 The aging workforce NYS SHRM PowerPoint from 4/29/2017.
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