Racially Offensive Remarks in the Workplace [Video Blog]

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Diversity is one of the greatest strengths in the modern workplace. Over the past few decades, employers have recognized how the input and unique contributions of employees with varying backgrounds can help to build a vital, productive, and profitable workforce. At the same time, managers must be sensitive to actions or behaviors that are offensive to members of their teams and take immediate steps to put a stop to such conduct. 

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Preventing Race and Color Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 7:30:00 AM

Today marks the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  According to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Dr. King’s nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s achieved legal equality for African-Americans in the United States, and his actions contributed to the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race or color (as well as religion, national origin, or sex) when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.


Even though the Civil Rights Act is almost 50 years old, race and color discrimination continues to exist in the workplace. In fact, racial discrimination is one of the most frequently filed claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), second only to retaliation charges in FY 2011.

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Employees with Disabilities—Free Resources for Employers

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme of this year’s campaign is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?"

As an Employer, What CAN You Do?

ODEP offers a number of ways employers can affirm their commitment to employees with disabilities during NDEAM including:

  • Review Policies. NDEAM is an opportune time to review your company's policies to ensure they convey a commitment to an inclusive workplace culture.

  • Train Supervisors. Supervisors are the individuals closest to an organization's workforce. As part of NDEAM, consider conducting training to ensure they understand their role in fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

  • Educate Employees. It is critical that companies committed to disability inclusion effectively and regularly reinforce that commitment to employees. NDEAM offers an opportunity to do this through disability training or informal educational events such as brown-bag lunch discussions.

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7 Strategies for Dealing with Workplace Bullying

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Bullying is often associated with school children and adolescents, but it can occur in the workplace as well. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, at least 35% of adult Americans have experienced some form of workplace bullying. Victims of workplace bullying may experience significant physical and mental health problems, and the consequences can be costly for employers, too:

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Dress Codes in the Workplace—4 Do's and Don'ts for Employers

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Workplace dress codes have relaxed over the past few decades, leaving some employers unsure about how to set dress standards that are both in line with the company image and in compliance with the law. While federal law generally allows employers to establish dress codes which apply to all employees or to employees within certain job categories, there are some general parameters employers must work within.

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Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act--Are You in Compliance?

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Last week marked the 22nd anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark federal law that prohibits private employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. But even though the ADA has been the law of the land for over 2 decades, many employers still have questions regarding whom the law protects and what the law requires.  

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Does Your Employee Wellness Program Comply with HIPAA?

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 7:30:00 AM

If you're like many employers, you may be trying to combat rising health care costs by encouraging your employees to adopt healthier lifestyles. Perhaps you subsidize more nutritious food choices in the employee cafeteria, offer a reward to workers who quit smoking, or provide premium discounts to employees who meet a certain cholesterol or blood pressure target. These incentives are often a win-win for both the employer and the employee, but did you know that such programs may be subject to the nondiscrimination requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)? 

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Laws Against Discrimination in the Workplace—Free Guidance & Outreach Programs

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 7:30:00 AM

As an employer, you are responsible for understanding the anti-discrimination laws that apply to your company so that you can protect your employees from unfair treatment and harassment on the job. In addition, you may be required to keep records, comply with poster requirements, and respond to charges of unlawful treatment. Taking steps to prevent discrimination may not only be required by law, but it may also avoid costly litigation in the future.

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Women at Work: 3 Key HR and Benefits Issues

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 9:30:00 AM

Did you know that March is Women's History Month? According to the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), over 4.6 million women were employed in the U.S. in 2010, and women comprised nearly 47% of the total U.S. labor force in that year.

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HR Over Coffee Webcast

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 4:20:00 PM

HR Over Coffee Highlights—12.6.2011

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