Employment discrimination isn’t just limited to race and gender; it can take many forms. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s annual EXCEL conference next week is a chance for both government and private industry to take a closer look at employment law. This year the conference is being held here in Washington, D.C., to mark the commission’s 50th anniversary. Dexter Brooks is the associate director of the Office of Federal Operations at the EEOC. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the celebration and conference.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission celebrates its 50th anniversary today. And while it’s made a lot of progress since 1965, there’s still a lot of work to do to achieve across-the-board equality of opportunity in today’s workplace. Jenny Yang is the chairwoman of the EEOC. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the celebration and the work the agency still has to accomplish.
Following up on the Office of Personnel Management’s new recruitment and retention strategy the Chief Human Capital Officers Council announced Friday a governmentwide forum on diversity hiring.
A person’s disability can range from the difficult to detect — like Attention Deficit Disorder — to the more apparent, like loss of a limb or blindness. Now employers have a go-to guide to answer all their questions on hiring and equipping those with disabilities. A product of the “Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative,” the plain-language guide brings together a host of resources from across the government. Sharon Masling is Chief of Staff to Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who has been a leader in the Curb Cuts Initiative. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more of what’s in the new guide.
Tony Vergnetti hosts a roundtable discussion of the upcoming training seminar at the Federal Manager’s Association convention. February 6, 2015
Jenny Yang has been the EEOC’s new chairwoman only for two months, but she’s already outlined her overarching goal: to make it easier for agencies to hire employees with disabilities, and increase their overall number. Yang also used National Disability Employment Awareness Month to start immediately improving the hiring process.
About 12 percent of federal employees say they have disabilities. The hiring of more has become a focal point of the Obama administration. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just wrapped up a month of focusing on this issue, during which it published guidance for agencies, hosted a Twitter town hall and launched a new data collection effort. New EEOC Chairwoman Jenny Yang told Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp the agency is trying to help the government be a model employer of people with disabilities, while it does a better job itself.
Federal agencies are too quick to dismiss employee discrimination charges, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC reversed a third of all cases dismissed by agencies between 2008 and 2012 without investigations or hearings. The agency received more than 1,500 dismissal appeals in fiscal 2012, and remanded nearly 700 back to agencies. Carlton Hadden is director of the Office of Federal Operations for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what federal managers can do to avoid having decisions overturned.
President Barack Obama named Jenny R. Yang as the new EEOC chair Tuesday, but one employee union has already given her a list of issues they’d like to see her tackle.
With more people teleworking or working at remote locations, agencies face a tough time providing the equal opportunity information they’re required by law to provide their dispersed workforce. A new report from EEOC offers some solutions for agencies.