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5 Questions for Carl Brooks Minorities in the C-Suite

April 23, 2009
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No matter what he does during his tenure, President Barack Obama will be remembered in history as the first African-American president of the United States. Although that glass ceiling has been broken, much work remains to be done to get more people of color into corporate executive suites, says Carl Brooks, president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council. Brooks recently talked to Workforce Management staff writer Mark Schoeff Jr.
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A Renaissance for Government Work

March 6, 2009
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President Barack Obama’s call to civil service has resonated widely, but the new administration faces the same recruiting, retention and development challenges that bedeviled its predecessors.
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Unionization Bill May Require HR

January 30, 2009
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When President Ronald Reagan broke the air traffic controllers union in 1981, it accelerated the decline of collective bargaining. Today, only 7 percent of private-sector workers and 12 percent in the overall economy are organized.
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More Labor for HR

January 30, 2009
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The incoming Obama administration and pro-worker legislation lined up on Capitol Hill are poised to increase human resources’ administrative burden. Could this be the end of strategic HR?
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USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service iOptimas AwardM.i Winner for Managing Change

October 24, 2008
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Competing against the private sector for veterinarians and other science professionals, the agency transforms HR to get desperately needed talent.
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Are Plaintiffs Getting a Raw Deal in Employment Law Cases

September 26, 2008
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One of the authors of a new study argues that a drop in the number of employment law cases filed in federal court is not a reflection of diminishing bias in the workplace, but the result of workers being discouraged about their chances of success in a system dominated by conservative judges appointed by the Bush administration.
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The Workplace Agenda Campaigns Overlook HR Issues

August 31, 2008
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Topics such as pay, leave and benefits are pocketbook issues that influence votes, but for the most part, Republican nominee John McCain and Democratic nominee Barack Obama haven’t devoted much campaign time to them.
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The Workplace Agenda Engaging Employees in Politics

August 31, 2008
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A Washington advocacy group is attempting to reach millions of potential voters through their employers. Yet bringing politics into the workplace is a perilous proposition, as Wal-Mart learned.
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IBM India Places a Premium on Training and Integrating New Hires

August 13, 2008
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To find job candidates, IBM casts its net widely in a country that has ‘400 million talents.’ It then aggressively trains them in both the company’s business and its self-starting culture.
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Ambitious Plan for Workforce Education Faces Washington Inertia

August 13, 2008
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A national literacy commission warns that millions of American adults lack the skills required by today's labor market. But its ambitious proposal for $20 billion in annual funding to train 20 million people each year by 2020 has to overcome congressional inertia on training policy.
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