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Sunday, January 25, 2015

HuffPost Checks In - Life is Getting Better for Layoff Victims

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Huffington Post: As Economy Improves, Layoff Victims Say Life Is Getting Better


In a recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, employment rose by 252,000 and the unemployment rate declined by 5.6 percent. 

This article in the Huffington Post revisits several people who were interviewed at the beginning of the recession and explores how the improved economy has actually affected them. You'll see that not only the improved economy, but determination and perseverance lead to success. 


"HuffPost caught up with several people who fell victim to the early waves of layoffs five years ago to find out if their situations have improved. For the most part, they had...
...Kerri, a 57-year-old living near Seattle who asked to have her full name withheld, told HuffPost in 2011 she had become so hopeless during the course of a long unemployment spell that she attempted suicide in the winter of 2009. (Though experts say suicide attempts are rarely precipitated by a single factor, such as job loss, the overall suicide rate does correlate somewhat to economic conditions.)...
Now 60, Kerri said things got even worse before they got better. She lost her part-time job and spent six months homeless, sleeping in a shelter at night.
"[The shelter] was a blessing and so I was safe at night, and warm, but they still kicked you out at 6:30 in the morning," Kerri said in an interview this week. "I was basically on the streets during the day and it was not fun. Not good."
Fortunately, Kerri landed an account manager job and got an apartment last year year in Kirkland, Washington. She doesn't credit economic growth for the turnaround so much as her own perseverance and some plain old serendipity. She said she makes only a little more money than she did from the unemployment benefits she received after her last job, but she's in a much better situation overall." READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

February 4th, 1PM EST/10AM PST- 5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination In Your Job Search! [Live Question and Answer]

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  • Over Come The 5 Biggest Biases Against Older Job Seekers 
  • Write Your Strongest Resume Ever To Eliminate Age Related Problems 
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Time Magazine: MLK Day is A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF

In this article, you'll find some volunteer opportunities and community engagement ideas.



The Number One Reason Not to Sleep In On Monday. 
You can spend your day away from the office honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering in your community instead.
Established as a federal holiday in 1983, MLK Day was designated a National Day of Service by Congress in 1994. Across the country, volunteer groups turn Monday into a "day on, not a day off" by building community gardens, distributing food, sprucing up schools, and helping the homeless. 
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Age Bias: Do Hiring Managers Care That Federal Laws Prohibit Age Discrimination When Hiring?

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Many people struggle with the definition of "age discrimination in the workplace." Although, ageism can affect workers at all stages of their lives, there are specific laws intended to protect 40 plus year old job seekers from age discrimination.  

But do hiring managers really pay any attention to laws regarding age discrimination? What are your thoughts and comments? 

This information is provided by the The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.(Editor's note).

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination 
Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws

What Are the Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination?


    * Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;
    * the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination;
    * the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older;
    * Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), which prohibit employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the private sector, and in state and local governments;
    * Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who work in the federal government;
    * Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), which prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information about an applicant, employee, or former employee; and     
   * the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which, among other things, provides monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces all of these laws. EEOC also provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.

Other federal laws, not enforced by EEOC, also prohibit discrimination and reprisal against federal employees and applicants. The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) contains a number of prohibitions, known as prohibited personnel practices, which are designed to promote overall fairness in federal personnel actions. 5 U.S.C. 2302. The CSRA prohibits any employee who has authority to take certain personnel actions from discriminating for or against employees or applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability. 



It also provides that certain personnel actions can not be based on attributes or conduct that do not adversely affect employee performance, such as marital status and political affiliation. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has interpreted the prohibition of discrimination based on conduct to include discrimination based on sexual orientation. The CSRA also prohibits reprisal against federal employees or applicants for whistle-blowing, or for exercising an appeal, complaint, or grievance right. The CSRA is enforced by both the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

Additional information about the enforcement of the CSRA may be found on the OPM website from OSC at (202) 653-7188 and from MSPB at (202) 653-6772.

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