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Courts entertain First Amendment claims defending DEI

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions last year, legislators in 30 states have introduced bills seeking to ban or limit employer-sponsored diversity, equity and inclusion programs. But two recent cases show that employers are fighting back by asserting their First Amendment right to free expression.

Dread hiring members of Gen Z? Offer training to overcome their shortcomings

Kids these days! According to a new survey by ResumeBuilder.com, three in 10 hiring managers say they try to avoid hiring Generation Z candidates. If Gen Z comes into the workforce lacking the necessary attitudes, aptitudes and skills, then employers will have to train them how to succeed at work.

How assertive are you? 18 questions test your ability to be positively persuasive

Giving employees critical feedback, negotiating with vendors, sticking up for your people (or your budget)—they’re all communications situations that require a certain amount of assertiveness. These 18 questions can help you pinpoint areas of weakness in your ability to express yourself. Use your results to figure out where you can improve.

Committed to DEI? Here’s how to make it work

While diversity, equity and inclusion programs have recently come under fire, the Littler Mendelson law firm’s just-released Inclusion, Equity and Diversity C-Suite Survey Report found that most employers remain committed to DEI initiatives. Here are several ways you can leverage DEI to improve organizational performance.

How to properly train a new employee

Good training doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of careful preparation and a well-developed supervisory system.

Follow EEOC’s recipe for anti-harassment training

Employers in industries such as hospitality and retail often promote rank-and-file workers to supervisory roles. That may mean that front-line supervisors may not have had the formal training required for their new jobs. That means it’s up to HR to ensure new bosses understand all their responsibilities, including how to handle discrimination and harassment they witness. A recent EEOC lawsuit offers lessons on how to deliver that training.

Want to retain your employees? Offer training

If you ask a departing subordinate why she’s jumping ship, it’s likely the answer will include better pay and benefits and a lack of opportunity for advancement. You can’t do much about pay and benefits, but you can leverage the training programs you already have in place to prevent subordinates from looking for a new job in the first place.

Training a key indicator of effective organizational culture

A full 83% of survey respondents from 439 organizations said training and learning facilitation had a positive influence on their workplace’s culture.

Avoid retaliation lawsuits with these 4 best practices

Retaliation claims brought by unhappy employees—or really, really unhappy former employees—continue to trouble employers nationwide. Here are four recommendations for setting up systems that can help prevent retaliation claims in the first place and—acknowledging that no system can prevent all such claims—at least help the organization establish and prove possible defenses to claims of retaliation that do arise.

Train employees on ‘bystander’ responsibilities to report harassment

In 2016, the EEOC released a report that said reducing sexual harassment at work often depends on co-workers being willing to report misbehavior when they witness it. Since then, it has been largely up to employers to define policies for so-called bystander reporting. Here’s how to structure bystander training that prevents sexual harassment instead of merely reporting it after the fact.