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  • Creating an Infrastructure for Inclusion
    by Brett Sheats, John Kemp - October 17, 2018
    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to celebrate the contributions of America's workers with disabilities both past and present and educate about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. In honor of NDEAM, we recently talked to John D. Kemp, one of the nation's foremost authorities on disability employment and current President & CEO of The Viscardi Center,...
  • Disability Inclusion Award in the Works for Contractors
    by Cara Crotty - October 17, 2018
    The OFCCP plans to recognize contractors that prioritize disability inclusion. Following its recent Directive to develop a Contractor Recognition Program, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has proposed to implement an Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award. This award would recognize contractors 'that ensure equal employment opportunity, foster employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities,...
  • OFCCP Continues Issuing Directives: What We’ve Seen and the Newest Developments
    by Meredith Gregston - October 17, 2018
    To date, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued nine new and proposed directives in 2018. While most of the directives have been covered in prior articles, this article will provide more insight into the directives issued in September, as well as a few observations and an overview of what we have seen from OFCCP so far in 2018 under the Trump administration. 2018 OFCCP Recap With the flur...
  • OFCCP is Listening to Academia
    by Marilynn L. Schuyler - October 17, 2018
    During the last several weeks, OFCCP has been conducting a series of Listening Sessions to collect information for incorporation into a soon-to-be-released Academic Technical Assistance Guide (TAG). This TAG will serve as a resource for academic institutions who are federal contractors. It's long overdue, and academia is anxious to see which issues the TAG does, and does not, address. Background When I established...
  • The Franken Amendment Has Lost Much of Its Anticipated
    by Connie Bertram - October 17, 2018
    Since the beginning of the #MeToo movement in October 2017, Congress and state and local lawmakers have introduced a series of laws aimed at eliminating sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. As we explained in our June 2018 article, by mid-2019, over 125 bills had been introduced by states to eliminate workplace harassment. Many of these statutes and proposed laws have prohibited or limited the use of mandatory arbit...
  • 5 Tips for Driving Culture in Your Business
    by Alexandra Levit - October 16, 2018
    Driving culture involves reinforcing beliefs and behaviors that determine how that organization's leaders and employees interact internally and externally. Is there a formula for it? Not exactly. There are, however, certain best practices that I've learned along the way as an entrepreneur, and also by consulting two fellow business owners: Jacqueline Marrano, owner of accounting firm Marrano Solutions, and Re...
  • Here's What to Avoid if You Want to be Taken Seriously at Work
    by Debra Wheatman - October 16, 2018
    You want to be taken seriously by your managers, peers, and clients. But are you doing everything you can to ensure that you are? It’s possible that some things you do are undermining your credibility. Brands are collective. They’re built on the sum of experiences. While your big accomplishments are notable, it’s the little things that happen regularly that truly define you. If you do any of these, you may be...
  • Finding the Company Culture That Fits Your Personality
    by Carole Kanchier - October 15, 2018
    Do you like working for your current organization? Does it enable to express your purpose, satisfy your needs, and use your interests, skills and other characteristics? Do you know what kind of company culture would best fit you? Organizational culture is defined as the underlying beliefs, assumptions, values and ways of interacting that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization. A...
  • Your Challenge as a Leader is to Find Strength in Differences. Here's How
    by Steve Farber - October 15, 2018
    Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was made up only of people who are just like us, who like us, and who think exactly the way we do? Well, no. Because (1) we’d be wasting iconic truisms like “opposites attract,” and (2) it would be monumentally boring, and (3) it would be just plain un-American. Anyone in a leadership position ought to have as a goal–especially here in the U.S. with our natio...
  • Play At Work: Incorporating Fun On the Job
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 12, 2018
    For many of us, work is often characterized as “serious,” “nose-to-the-grindstone,” “no-nonsense” and “down to business.” There’s this idea that work is work and play is…well…for after work. In an INC column, Brendan Boyle, a partner at the design firm, IDEO, says play in the workplace has a “PR problem.” “Some think of play as frivolous...