Affirmative Action Plans: Does Your Company Need One?

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affirmative action plan requirements Affirmative Action Plans: Does Your Company Need One?

So who needs an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)? We spoke with Doug Brown, President of Alexander & Bryce, to find out what the requirements, guidelines, and timeframe is when getting involved with an AAP.

Alexander & Bryce Inc. is a human resources consulting firm that provides support to employers who are government contractors and subcontractors subject to the broad spectrum of affirmative action obligations, covering females, minorities, the disabled, and veterans.
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5 Realities of an Aging Workforce

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5 Realities of an Aging Workforce

An aging workforce is quickly becoming a reality with projections as early as 2016. From 2016 on, one-third of the total U.S. workforce will be over the age of 50. Although millions of “Boomers” are hitting the official retirement age of 65 over a very short time period, the average actual retirement age is also steadily increasing.

The combination of these two trends means that employers will likely be facing two seemingly contradictory scenarios: the mass retirement of long time employees as well as an increasingly large proportion of older employees in the workforce.
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Employee Engagement and Women in the Workplace

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Employee Engagement and Women in the Workplace

This is the second article in a series of articles spotlighting women for Women's History Month.

Employee engagement is a great way to retain productive and efficient employees for your company. Susan Pyles gave great guidelines for companies to follow when it comes to women in the workplace.
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Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the Workplace

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Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the Workplace

This article is the first in a series of articles spotlighting women in the workplace, commemorating National Women's History Month 2014.

According to the Department of Labor, roughly 70% of all women in the U.S. work. But what are some of the challenges that women face today in the workplace? And how can organizations help the ever evolving working mother? We spoke with Susan Pyles about women in the workplace.
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An Introduction to Background Screening Program Assessments

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When working with a background screening company, it's important to understand the measurement programs they are utilizing, and making sure they are up to industry standards, best practices and legal compliance. In February 2014, we sat down with Greg Dubecky, President of Corporate Screening and one of ERC’s preferred partners, to discuss background screening checks and he shared some information that organizations may not have been aware of.

What are the core components of a Screening Program Assessment (SPA)?

“The core components of our background screening program assessment is education and value,” says Dubecky. “It’s introducing employers to the background screening service and the value that comes with it.”

SPAs not only help make a company’s experience a lot more efficient, it also helps employers understand how to apply industry best practices and how to better comply with background screening laws and regulations.

“The core components of SPA is really to allow employers to understand how they can better apply industry best practices, comply with laws that govern background screening regulations, and how they have the ability to make their program more efficient,” says Dubecky.  

What makes Corporate Screenings’ Screening Program Assessment unique? 

Corporate Screening really takes a deep dive into the screening program process. This is done through surveys and reviewing information of a company’s policy on background screening.

“Then we put all of that information together to create a gap analysis. After that, we identify where that company’s program can improve,” says Dubecky.

How much does a SPA cost?

According to Dubecky, the cost of a SPA depends on the size of the organization.

“Corporate Screening services organizations from small mom and pop shops to enterprise level organizations,” says Dubecky. “Customers who have signed up for SPA do not pay anything for it because that’s part of the service. However, organizations that don’t want to use Corporate Screening services as their screening vendor, but want the screening program assessment, will pay a fee.

Dubecky stresses that the fee is so minuscule compared to the amount of money that organizations will save as a result of being a more efficient shop. Also, they can expect to be fined for an improperly prepared or designed background screening program.

Why is a SPA important?

A screening program assessment is important for an employer because a properly designed program will help that employer:

  • Eliminate risk due to non-compliance
  • Streamline their candidate pipeline
  • Create a process that helps mold with their HR work flows
  • Maintain their strong reputation in their organization
  • Reduce overall background screening spending

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How to Identify and Deal With Workplace Bullying

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How to Identify and Deal With Workplace Bullying

The Workplace Institute in 2014 reports that 35% of the U.S. workforce is being bullied at work. Interestingly, bullying is four times more common than either sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job. The primary reason workplace bullying is so common is that bullying is not yet illegal. The impact of bullying to a business is costly.

Overall, it impacts an organization’s performance and success. Bullying is a serious matter that HR professionals and all levels of management need to pay attention to and understand.

We talked with Meg Matejkovic, an employment law attorney, about bullying at the workplace and what it could lead to and how management and HR can help.
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Six Trends that will Influence Employers in 2014

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Six Trends that will Influence Employers in 2014

Several training trends emerged from 2013 that will affect employers’ delivery of learning and development, heading into 2014. They include the following:

1. Informal Learning

Discussing best practices, reading articles and blog posts, informally talking to mentors, and exchanging messages with coworkers, is evolving and more organizations are leveraging it to improve performance.
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Complete Guide to Training & Development

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Complete Guide to Training & Development

Training and development is an essential function of most organization nowadays. Strategically investing in employees'  training and development, nurturing their talents, and building their skill sets helps organizations achieve their desired results, enhances their culture, and assists leaders in better managing talent. Most organizations can't compete effectively without providing training and development.

Properly managing and administering staff training is important. The following guide provides guidance on several areas of training and development, including:
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How Top Companies Approach Training & Development

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How Top Companies Approach Training & Development

To get the best, grow the best and keep the best employees in today’s global economy, employers must invest in their best. Of course, investing in your employees can mean practically anything, from compensation to luncheons; but let’s take a look at what making an investment means in the context of training & development.

Top Employers, Top Talent

There is no better place to start than with the best- the best 99 employers in Northeast Ohio that is. Last year’s NorthCoast99 winners report that in 2012, they provided an average of 47 hours of training to their employees on the whole and 69 hours of training to their top performers. These training hours account for an average annual expenditure of $1,494 per employee and $2,339 per top performer.
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