11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

Unorganized meetings are the worst!

Everyone has been in a meeting that seems to never end, nothing is accomplished and you walk away wondering why you were even invited in the first place or why couldn’t this have been covered in an email … you are not alone!

Meetings, in the workplace, are necessary for exchanging opinions, ideas and collaborating to move projects forward or improve what already exists. Employees should feed excited about participating and contributing to their professional growth and the betterment of their company.

Organizations need to set expectations, so that a positive, constructive and professional experience is had by all employees. All it takes is a little preparation. Continue reading

Did You Miss Our Webinar? OFCCP Audits – 5 Reasons They Fail

Due to high demand for more information into the industry trends of the topics of Human Resources, Labor Relations, Department of Labor regulations and compliance expectations, America’s Job Exchange has gone monthly with its educational webinars.

This September we chose to tackle OFCCP audits. We know they exist. We assist our customers through them weekly… but how is one organization selected over another? What takes place during these investigations? Is there any way to prepare, ahead of time, for an audit? If you have visions of a meltdown dancing in your head, knee-deep in a pile of paperwork…we can save yourself the rise in blood pressure. We teamed up with our trusted partners at Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates (PMP). They are based in New York and have been committed to providing full-service, strategic guidance on all facets of employer/employee relationships and providing guidance through the numerous laws and regulations that pertain to labor relations and human resource. Continue reading

The Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

disabilityMany employers are finding success with an often overlooked talent pool — candidates with disabilities. Forward-looking employers are developing proactive sourcing plans to create a recruiting pipeline that includes candidates with disabilities.

Recruiting

Many businesses that employ individuals with disabilities report reduced employee turnover, increased employee loyalty, and increased morale and productivity of other employees. According to Maryland.gov “Strong human capital strategies, which include recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities, are pivotal to maintaining competitive advantage.”

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NILG 2015 Key Takeaways

The 33rd Industry Liaison Group National Conference 2015, in New York, July 29-July 31, celebrated “Onward and Upward: Building the Future of Compliance.” For the first time, representatives from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) collaborated on panels to discuss pay equity, gender identity, background checks and other major issues that impact equal employment opportunity.

Industry experts educated attendees on several topics of current importance:

Recruitment

Compensation

Disability and Veteran Outreach

Job Steering

LGBT

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Important Government Initiatives in 2015 to Assist Veterans (Part 2)

Veterans’ Economic Communities Initiative

Earlier this year, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, with leaders from national and local veterans’ service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), an effort focused in a total of 25 U.S. cities to promote economic success for veterans. The initiative is part of MyVA, which is dedicated to making veterans the center of all we do.

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Important Government Initiatives in 2015 to Assist Veterans (Part 1)

Paid Sick Leave for New Veteran Federal Employees:

2015 beginning saw a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress that would give service-disabled veterans 104 hours of paid sick time after they enter the federal workforce under The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act. Non-veteran employees begin with none and accrue hours over time.

Representative Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who sponsored the bill, said that new veteran employees, many of whom return from duty with illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder and other health issues, often start their jobs without paid sick leave and find it hard to fit in time for medical appointments to treat their service-related disabilities. They have to sometimes let go of these appointments or take unpaid leave to go see their doctor, which results in significant lost income. Lynch said that it was unacceptable that veterans who are just starting out in the federal workforce are often faced with the difficult choice of having to take unpaid leave to attend their health appointments or miss their medical visits.

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