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September 8, 2016

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EEOCU.S. Employers Will be Required to Report on 2017 Pay Equity

Under a proposed EEOC rule, U.S. employers with more than 100 employees will be required to report pay equity information along with their 2017 EEO-1 filings. EEO-1 reports have historically been due in September; however, the EEOC will move the timing of EEO-1 filings to March 2018 to enable employers to use calendar year 2017 payroll data. For any company not already regularly analyzing pay equity among their workforce, it's not too early to begin a review process to prepare for this filing.

Harvard Business Review: Why Your Diversity Program May Be Helping Women but Not Minorities (or Vice Versa)

Researchers at the MIT Sloan and Kellogg Schools of Management studied 151 law firms and found that diversity communications that emphasize "value in difference" correlate with lower attrition rates for women while those that emphasize "value in equality" correlate with lower attrition rates for minorities. It's not known if combining the messages is effective or ineffective.

One reason is likely that women are often moderately represented in companies while minorities are often very underrepresented, creating different experiences of the work environment, and suggesting that any group significantly underrepresented would be more positively impacted by the "value in equality" message.

Public Relations Society of America: My Fellow Relacionistas

Hispanic Public Relations practitioners tell the Public Relations Society of America about common diversity and inclusion mistakes they experience in organizations, and suggest ways companies can improve including:
  • Recognize Hispanics come from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, perceptions and languages; don't expect an individual Hispanic employee to be an authority on the entire group. 
  • Consider each individual’s talents. Don’t pigeonhole Hispanic professionals into roles that only involve interfacing with Hispanic audiences or speaking Spanish.
  • Remember many Hispanics are multi-generation Americans and are not native Spanish speakers.

Focus on Gender
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Visier: Gender Equity

Deep analysis from workforce analytics firm Visier found that having the same proportion of female workers in manager positions as men and eliminating the gender wage gap for those managers would reduce the overall worker pay gap by almost 50% for employees over age 32. Citing women’s increased childcare responsibilities between the ages of 25 and 40, the company also concluded that meaningful parental leave for fathers and mothers would further reduce the gender pay gap; for each additional month of parental leave a father takes, the mother increases her future earnings by almost 7%.

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