What Does OFCCP Want?
by Bill Osterndorf - Apr, 2013
Much has been written about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the last few years. OFCCP has a number of significant new initiatives, most notably its recent directive regarding the evaluation of compensation data that federal contractors and subcontractors will be asked to provide during compliance reviews. OFCCP has also gone through a number of changes to the manner...
Why It Pays to Collect Data Beyond What OFCCP Requires
by Dr. Hossein Borhani - Apr, 2013
Some of the OFCCP’s decisions on whether a contractor has discriminated in its hiring decision making process are driven by the result of the gross calculation of hiring rates, availabilities, and impact ratio analyses that OFCCP conducts during the Desk Audit review period. Below, using a simple example, I show why gross calculations on aggregate data sometimes provide misleading results and conclusions. I will also discus...
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Apr, 2013
The preservation of institutional knowledge can mean the difference between a finding of discrimination and a finding of no violation in an OFCCP audit. Institutional knowledge can tell you how and why a particular situation exists. For example, suppose Jennifer, a widget designer, is among the last hires in a down market 2010. The entire widget designer staff is shortly thereafter subject to a pay freeze and the company inst...
Don’t be Frivolous: Focus on the Job, Not the Life
by James Thompson - Apr, 2013
“He’s frivolous.” I was in my early 20s and had already worked for a government contractor when I had a big-time job opportunity come available at the leading multinational technology and consulting company. Two words described this opportunity—launch pad. While you figure out that name brand company, I’ll also add that the opportunity was stellar for someone starting out and the pay was good. Based on my degree and te...
Sleeping with Failure? There's Success Under the Covers. | Undaunted Leadership
by Dawn Lennon - Apr, 2013
Failure happens in spite of our best efforts to avert it. Fear of impending failure can be haunting, even crippling. It can drain our self-confidence, crush our optimism, and stress our every move. It can also ignite us to fight the good fight, motivating us to do whatever it takes to stop it. But failure will come anyway. When it does, we often feel defeated, believing our personal brand is forever tarnished and our...
What to do about a bad boss
by Miriam Salpeter - Apr, 2013
Bad bosses can be the kiss of death for employees, and they cost companies big time in lost revenues. One estimate holds that it costs the economy $360 million a year in lost productivity. Meanwhile, 3 out of 4 employees describe their manager as the worst and most stressful part of their jobs; 65% of people would take a new boss over a pay raise. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Sometimes leaving your job just i...
Manage This… In the Moment
by Kerrie Halmi - Apr, 2013
To succeed in business, you need more than intellect and a strong work ethic. Selling your ideas and getting promoted depend on “leadership presence.” If you’ve have seen strong leaders in action you know what I mean; they have a certain something that is often hard to define, a way of communicating, of presenting themselves. I identified it long ago. Then, as I was honing a training class on the topic, I discovered I wasn’t t...
Manage This… Negotiating
by Kerrie Halmi - Apr, 2013
We often equate negotiating with a labor versus union situation or negotiating the terms of an acquisition. However, we are continually negotiating at work. Examples include: Getting more resources—people/ budget Project deadlines Hiring employees Being promoted Getting an interesting project Delegating to someone over whom you have no formal authority To increase your success in negotiation: 1. Increase...
5 Reasons To Follow Up In Your Job Search
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Apr, 2013
Many job seekers miss the one step that can land them an interview and the job they’re applying for. Sure, they send in their resume or application – they may even send the additional information requested – but many of the unemployed simply fail to follow up with the employers to whom they apply. 5 Reasons To Follow Up In Your Job Search Why follow up? Here are five good reasons: 1. Consideration Care to guess...
Expanding Your Career Network – Does In-Person Networking Still Trump Virtual?
by Madeline Kronfeld - Apr, 2013
We attend networking events with the hope of exchanging business cards with dozens of new colleagues but it’s hard to meet everyone and hold a meaningful conversation before the night is over. In-person networking events have long been the standard for forming connections outside the office but our communication methods are evolving so our views on networking must do the same. LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Facebook use ca...
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