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Pepsi Pays $3.1M in Bias Case Invovling Criminal Background Checks

January 11, 2012

According to the Associate Press – Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren't convicted of a crime. Probably not unexpected, reinforcing the idea that screening should be job related; of course, from a [...]

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Branding Your Company and Your Self

November 28, 2011

The branding of a company is a hot topic; as is the branding of oneself as an applicant for jobs. A question is where does the brand come from. One answer, and I think a good one, is that the Organizational Brand is a reflection of how you treat your employees. That is, if you [...]

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Online Vetting

November 11, 2010

The World of Online Vetting is heating up. Consider for example the recent court case involving a firing and Facebook postings. The National Labor Relations Board said a company fired an employee illegally after she criticized her supervisor on Facebook. A description of the case can be found at the New York Times. In addition, [...]

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Beer and Age Bias

March 4, 2010

One of my graduate students sent me this news item. It deals with an 85 year old woman who filed an age discrimination lawsuit when she was replaced by a 75 year old.

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Colloquium at University of Akron

November 14, 2009

The Psychology Archives at the University of Akron will continue its fall colloquium series by welcoming psychologist Dr. Florence L. Denmark, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Student Union 312. Denmark's lecture, “The History of Women In Psychology and the Development of the Psychology of Women,” is free and open to [...]

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Age Bias Response to Mark and Tim

October 14, 2009

For some reason my reply button for responding to comments does not work. So I am replying here to comments received from Mark and Tim to a previous blog. In response to Tim, my powers of prediction were based more on history than on moral hopelessness. For some reason, the courts have consistently drawn a [...]

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Job Loss in Government

October 12, 2009

I find it extremely difficult to predict the future. Everytime I try to I am wrong. So I provide this report from IPMA-HR on job losses in the government. There are of course two issues. One how many losses will there be over the next two years. Two, how will this impact the relative ratio of [...]

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All a Twitter

September 24, 2009

We have previously discussed the phenomena of employers searching social network sites for information on job candidates. The September issue of IPMA HR News report on a CareerBuilder Survey that finds 45% of employers use social network sites to research job candidates, up from 22%. Of those: 29% use FaceBook 26% LinkedIn 21% MySpace 11% Blogs [...]

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Future Trends in Public Sector HR

September 22, 2009

The newest issue of HR NEWS from IPMA-HR includes an intriguing article on “What's on the Minds of HR Directors.” My version of their summary is: The economy – the effects of the recession will be felt for a long time Public safety departments are not sharing equally in cuts When openings exist, there are large [...]

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Workforce Planning in the Public Sector

September 14, 2009

I serve on an IPMA-HR committee that recently looked at Workforce Planning in the public sector. The 2009 IPMA-HR Benchmarking Committee Survey on Workforce and Succession Planning is now available on the website at: http://www.ipma-hr.org/content.cfm?pageid=42. More than 300 members completed the survey which describes how workforce and succession plans are created and implemented. New this [...]

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