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“Equity,” before it joined “diversity” and “inclusion” as a term for ensuring full representation among historically disadvantaged communities, long referred to financial assets that drive the creation of wealth. As it happens, financial equity is vitally important for achieving inclusive equity and assuring upward mobility for racial and ethnic minorities, according to an expert panel
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​Stumbling over the pronunciation of an employee’s, client’s or customer’s name can be more than a workplace faux pas. When it occurs repeatedly—even when the person provides the correct pronunciation—it becomes a microaggression, according to experts, and can lead to people being excluded in the workplace. A recent NameCoach online survey of 1,060 individuals in
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​As of Oct. 15, Italy not only has mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19 for all those working in certain fields—a requirement already in place—but a new universal, mandatory use of the COVID-19 Green Pass in all remaining industries. Italy’s Green Pass—a domestic COVID-19 passport that indicates if someone is fully vaccinated or has recently tested negative
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​Employers in the United Kingdom that require personal protective equipment (PPE) on the jobsite will need to supply the health and safety gear to a broader worker population under proposed changes to the country’s 1992 law governing PPE in the workplace. The change may affect small and medium-sized employers more than large employers, legal experts
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​Gero Bongiorno works as the head of research and development at an industrial machinery company in Milan, which is preparing for Italy’s Green Pass for workers. As the Oct. 15 implementation date for the Green Pass approaches, Bongiorno isn’t worried about his own direct reports, who are fully vaccinated. But there are other people in
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​Recently an HR director told me about resistance she experienced from a senior executive toward the company’s new diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiative. The executive made comments disparaging the new practice of adding gender pronouns to employees’ e-mail signature block. I suggested that these comments created an opportunity for a one-on-one conversation. “Rather than
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​During the last general election, the U.K. government included a manifesto pledge to make flexible work the default position unless employers have a good reason not to make it so. In 2019, the government launched the Flexible Working Taskforce—a partnership across government departments, business groups, trade unions and charities to encourage employers to consider advertising
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​Ontario’s Divisional Court—a branch of the Superior Court of Justice in Canada’s largest province—unanimously ruled in June that more employers in Ontario will now have to take their global payroll into account in determining an employee’s entitlement to severance pay. According to the Ontario Employment Standards Act 2000 (ESA), employers in the province with a
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​Marlo J. Gaal, SHRM-SCP, is chief talent officer at Chicago-based Ariel Investments, a Black-owned mutual fund investment firm. As businesses began prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategies over the past 18 months, Gaal received inquiries from HR colleagues about “all things DE&I,” save one at the heart of Ariel’s business. “To be honest, I
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​With people living longer and being in generally better shape in their golden years than their parents and grandparents were, people over age 50 represent a major talent pool for the IT industry. According to the Urban Institute, only 12.9 percent of adults ages 65 and older have a job. With high demand for IT
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